Advanced materials make noise on Twitter, finds GlobalData
Advanced materials are grabbing the interest of business leaders to create sophisticated products and design new business models. An analysis of the Social Media Analytics platform of GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, reveals that mentions for advanced materials, especially nanomaterials and smart materials, on Twitter have doubled over the last two years.
Sanchari Chatterjee, Disruptive Tech Analyst at GlobalData, notes: “Of late, advanced materials have been trending among Twitterati. Influencers laud the potential of carbon-based nanomaterials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes to be integrated into a broad range of outcome-oriented products, including semiconductor chips and smart tools for cancer treatment.”
Kiran Raj, Principal Disruptive Tech Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Advanced materials help in achieving the most urgent mission of net zero by 2050. While the transition by mid-century looks daunting, nanomaterials such as graphene are gaining traction in some of the largest carbon dioxide emitting sectors such as transportation for lightweighting, which is critical to improving fuel efficiency that can significantly lower carbon emissions.”
GlobalData’s FutureTech Series report, ‘Beyond the Molecule: Can Advanced Materials Steer Next Wave of Industrial Revolution?’ highlights that Twitter mentions of advanced materials peaked in 2021, primarily attributed to graphene re-entering the limelight for its emerging applications.
The first peak in mentions (A) in October 2020 was around the potential application of 3D printed biomaterials as a drug delivery platform for bone cancer and anti-inflammatory biomaterials assisting tissue regeneration.
Another peak (B) in mentions was observed in January 2021 around the research on functional nanomaterials enhancing the human body’s immune system, graphene-enhanced batteries, and metamaterials.
Peak C in July 2021 illustrates the renewed interest in graphene, graphene oxide, graphene-based aerogels, and carbon nanotubes being linked with applications in aircraft engines, computing, healthcare, and construction material reinforcement.
Chatterjee concludes: “The drive towards corporate sustainability, fuel efficiency, and superior functionality will push the research and development of advanced materials. The innovation of these materials will be complemented by the use of material informatics tools that leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to achieve quick breakthroughs.”
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