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Explore Design Innovate with Tata Steel MaterialNEXT

The world of Tata Steel is one without boundaries - growing, changing and challenging, a world that embraces different skills, continuous innovation, sustainable growth and a better quality of life.

Tata Steel’s sustainable growth and technology leadership aspirations are driven by innovation in multiple areas primary among them being in the domain of New Materials beyond Iron and Steel. At Tata Steel, we are actively pursuing research in Advanced Materials.

Tata Steel Advanced Materials Research Centres (TSAMRC) have also been established to achieve this aspiration, one at Chennai in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM), and the other at Bengaluru, in collaboration with the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS). The objective of these Centres is to work closely with academia and other centres of expertise to strengthen the portfolio of advanced material research and its applications.

With ever emerging needs, requiring new generation of materials or technologies around the world, Open Innovation approaches are gaining importance and are being increasingly adopted by organizations to feed their innovation funnels to address the problems/challenges identified.

MaterialNEXT, an Open Innovation event hosted by TSAMRC is an effort to increase the richness factor of the innovative ideas in advanced materials domain. Explore Design Innovate with Tata Steel MaterialNEXT.

MaterialNEXT is a flagship event by Tata Steel across Pan-India and is based on key themes/challenges already pre-identified by Tata Steel.

MaterialNEXT 4.0 (2023)

MaterialNEXT 4.0 has 2 parallel tracks for participation:

  • Research Track
  • Start-up Track

MaterialNEXT 4.0 also has 4 Technology Theme Areas open to both tracks.

As the world around us is touching new heights in technical advancements, this year we focus on themes for discovering break-through materials & their applications for current/future technology. Further, multiple sub-areas have been identified in each area from current and future industry relevance.

Ideas and proposals are invited in these sub-areas through research or start-up track after registration. Please refer the eligibility and rules below, before registering in applicable track.

The event would consist of 3 Major Phases: Selection, Performance and Finale. After registration by teams, the Selection Phase is a 2-stage process of an online screening followed by discussion-cum-evaluation stage, conducted by subject matter experts. The selected entries will progress to Performance Phase. Performance Phase ends with an evaluation (Pre-Finale) round.

The Selected entries from this phase qualify for the Finale Phase and will be called for the Grand Finale to decide winner and runner-up. Please refer the depiction below on event details and timelines.

Winner and runner-up teams from both the track gets awarded with cash prizes. Also, post-event mentorship and grants for next level of development will be provided, if applicable.

MaterialNext 4.0 Event Details

MN4.0 Challenge/Theme Areas

Sub-Area : Super Hydrophobic Surface

Challenge : Develop strategies to form surface with hierarchical structures that will give super-hydrophobicity

Sub-Area : Air Pollution Control

Challenge : Novel sensing technologies for pollutants detection at lower concentrations; clean up air contaminants via adsorption, oxidation and filtration techniques

Sub-Area : Catalysts

Challenge : Development of efficient and selective catalysts

Sub-Area : CO2 Harvester

Challenge : Designing low-cost process, using high-availability nanomaterials for CO2 harvesting

Sub-Area : Supercapacitors

Challenge : Enhancing the electrochemical performance of electrode materials to improve the overall performance of a supercapacitor device through novel structure, composition and synthesis method

Sub-Area : Efficient Sodium Ion batteries

Challenge : Designing commercially feasible, efficient cathode & anode materials for state-of-the-art sodium ion batteries

Sub-Area : Solid State Batteries

Challenge : Develop full solid-state battery that meets the performance, cost, and manufacturability, necessary for an electric vehicle

Sub-Area : Metal-Air Batteries

Challenge : Develop suitable cathode, anode and electrolyte for high performing metal air batteries

Sub-Area : Metal Sulphur Batteries

Challenge : Develop low-cost cathode and anode materials for high performing metal-sulfur batteries

Sub-Area : Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive applications

Challenge : Develop cost effective, high performance, high temperature application, thermoplastic polymer composite for automotive application

Sub-Area : Pressure Vessels for H2 Storage

Challenge : Develop cost effective, novel composite pressure vessel / cylinder for H2 storage and transportation

Sub-Area : Advanced Multi-functional Composites

Challenge : Develop novel composites for

  1. high energy storage capacities for modern electronics
  2. self healing for automotive and structural application
  3. self diagnostics for structural health monitoring

Sub-Area : Recyclable Polymer / Vitrimer based Composites

Challenge : Develop novel polymer amenable to undergo multiple reshaping / reprocessing at desired temperature range

Sub-Area : Efficient Thermal Management

Challenge : Develop scalable, cost-effective novel materials / technologies for efficient thermal management of rural and urban infrastructures

Sub-Area : Graphene/ Carbon Fibre Reinforced Concrete

Challenge : Develop novel technologies for preparation of master batch for uniform dispersion of Graphene/ C- fibre in concrete

Sub-Area : Sustainable material for 3D printing

Challenge : Develop novel cost-effective materials and process design for 3D printing with high performance and light weight