The Chair addresses three main categories to set the agenda for materials and design research in the Design Engineering Department:

  1. Smart Materials: Materials which are able to sense and respond to different situations; that have one or more properties that can be significantly changed in a controlled manner by external stimuli, such as moisture, electric, pressure, temperature, etc. (e.g. shape memory alloys, piezoelectric textiles, temperature sensitive polymers, etc.).
  2. Advanced Materials: Materials with superior mechanical/physical properties such as advanced metals, alloys, ceramics, composites, plastics etc. This category also covers the emerging materials for advanced manufacturing, such as functionally graded materials (FGM) made for multi-material 3D printing (e.g. materials with graded optical properties like colour, gloss, translucency and texture).
  3. Environmentally Sensitive Materials: They are developed as environmentally sensitive substitutes to materials derived from petroleum (e.g. materials made of waste, mycelium-based materials, natural fibre composites, bio-based plastics, etc.).

The research crossing these three categories of materials investigates possible ways to mobilize materials for novel functionalities; rich, intuitive, meaningful user experiences; and sustainable products in design. A recent example to demonstrate this endeavour is an on-going European project, Light.Touch.Matters (LTM) (FP7-2012-NMP), focusing on design driven development of touch sensitive luminous flexible plastics for applications in care & well-being. In the project product designers and material researchers collaborate to jointly develop a fully new generation of smart materials that combine touch sensitivity with luminosity, based on latest developments in polymeric piezo materials and flexible OLEDs.

Key publications

  • B.J.C. Bastiaansen et al, Smart Sensor Shorts: a novel inertial measurement unit based method to continuously assess the biomechanical training- and match load in team sports, Journal of Visualized Experiments,, May 2020
  • Qinyu Wang, Gennaro Senatore, Kaspar Jansen, Arjan Habraken, Patrick Teuffel, Design and characterisation of variable stiffness structural joints, Materials and Design 187: 108353 (2020)
  • Abdallah El Ali et al., ThermalWear: Exploring Wearable On-chest Thermal Displays to Augment Voice Messages with Affect, CHI 2020, April 25th to 30th, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Mücahit Aydin, Armaĝan Albayrak and Kaspar Jansen, Jaco Hoekman and Rene Klaassen, Omnivisi Earable: Continuous and non-invasive monitoring of vital signs, Proc. 7th International conference on Design4Health, Amsterdam, 1-3 July 2020
  • Xueliang (Sean) Li, Kaspar Jansen, Xinjie Zhang, Marco C. Rozendaal and Catholijn M. Jonker, Designing an Integrated Wearable System for Biosensing and Self-reporting of Stress, Proc. 7th International conference on Design4Health, Amsterdam, 1-3 July 2020
  • Xueliang (Sean) Li, Marco C. Rozendaal,  Kaspar Jansen, Catholijn Jonker, Eric Vermetten, Things that help out: Designing Smart wearables as Partners in Stress Management, AI & Society, June 2020
  • Annemarijn Steijlen, Jeroen Bastemeijer, Linda Plaude, Paddy French, Andre Bossche, Kaspar Jansen, Development of Sensor Tights with Integrated Inertial Measurement Units for Injury Prevention in Football, Proc. 7th International conference on Design4Health, Amsterdam, 1-3 July 2020
  • S.C. Zhao, M. Maas, K.M.B. Jansen, M. van Hecke, 3D Printed Actuators: Reversibility, Relaxation, and Ratcheting, Advanced Functional Materials 2019, 1905545
  • K.M.B. Jansen, Smart textiles: how electronics merge into our clothing, Keynote in EurosimE conference, March 2019, Hannover, Germany
  • K.M.B. Jansen, The next generation of Smart Textiles, Keynote in Setcor conference, October 2019, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Michiel Hagenbeek, Marcelo Motta Dias, Jos Sinke, and Kaspar Jansen, Creep behaviour of FM906 glass-fibre epoxy in heated Fibre Metal Laminates, Composites part B, J Composite Materials 2019
  • K.M.B. Jansen, What does my shirt tell me? The integration of electronics in clothing, Keynote in SMTA Pan Pacific Microelectronics symposium, February 2019, Hawaii, USA

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  • A.S.M. Steijlen, K.M.B. Jansen, A. Albayrak, D.O. Verschure, D.F. Van Wijk, Development of a 12-lead electrocardiographic system for home use, JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2018; 6(7):e10126
  • X. Li, K.M.B. Jansen, M.C. Roozendaal, C.M. Jonker, ‘Things that help out’: Designing Smart-wearables- as-partners in Stress Management, DIS 2018
  • K.M.B. Jansen, B. Tarren and M. Slingerland, Disposable, stretchable on-skin sensors for posture monitoring, WearSys workshop of MobiSys conference, Munich, June 10-15th 2018
  • K.M.B. Jansen, S. Claus and B. Barati, Designing of a semi-transparent Electroluminescent Umbrella, Smart Systems Integration conference, Cork 2017
  • K.M.B. Jansen, S. Claus and B. Barati, Design Exploration of electroluminescence, ICDEPI conference, Singapore 2017
  • X. Li, K.M.B. Jansen, M.C. Roozendaal, C.M. Jonker, Towards an agentic design approach to stress management: Understanding autonomy, animism and presence in interactive products, DIS 2017
  • Karana E., Barati, B., Rognoli V., Zeeuw Van Der Laan, A., (in press). Material Driven Design (MDD): A Method To Design For Material Experiences. International Journal of Design.
  • C.M.J.L. Lelieveld and K.M.B. Jansen, Thermal-electric Characterization and modelling of a smart composite structure for architectural applications, Smart Materials and Structures 23, pp.1-8, 2014:
  • Karana, E., (2012), Characterization of 'natural' and 'high-quality' materials to improve perception of bio-plastics, Journal of Cleaner Production,37: 316-325:
  • Karana, E., Hekkert, P., & Kandachar, P. (2010). A Tool for Meaning Driven Materials Selection. Materials and Design, 31: 2932-2941:
  • Karana E., Pedgley O., Rognoli V., (2014). Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design, 1st Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann: Elsevier, UK: 


Accordingly, the Chair of Emerging Materials advocates the challenging couplings of theory and practice from materials science, design engineering and social sciences, and embeds this understanding in cross-departmental, cross-faculties, national and international research projects and in industry collaborations, as well as in materials education in design.



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