The Salzburg Center for Smart Materials is a joint project of the Department Chemistry and Physics of Materials and the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg in collaboration with the research department Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

In a joint effort between these three research labs, the project aims to forge new links between material science and human-computer interaction. The aim is to create new stable and accessible materials that allow for novel interfaces and meaningful interactions. In order to achieve this aim, the project will address the development of new (functional) hybrid materials based on sol-gel processing of biogenic and ceramic precursors and apply constructive design research to unveil the potential of those new (interactive) materials.

In exchange with regional business partners, based on the competences of the participating researchers and the research infrastructure, two research topics domains will be in the focus of the project.

Module 1
 is primarily focused on the creation of new materials from a chemical perspective. It addresses (functional) materials with highly specific surface areas of biogenic origin, with the aim of generating a basic understanding of the production, characterization and application potentials. Module 2 is concerned with the application of future smart materials. It addresses functionalization of surfaces with active or adaptive materials, related interfaces and their possible uses. Through functional implementations as well as more speculative approaches of tangible interfaces, concrete visions and applications of future smart materials will be explored.


Duration: 01/2019 – 12/2022

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Contact: Bernhard Maurer