Plastic Fantastic

– learn about surprising properties in plastic materials

27 August 2020

Hotel Trinity
Meeting room M1
Gl. Færgevej 30
7000 Fredericia

At this seminar you will learn about the latest developments within functional plastic materials and surfaces. The speakers will present a broad range of materials with surprising properties that can add functionality to your products, or allow you to use plastics in new applications.

You will hear about antibacterial plastics, light-altering surfaces, carbon nanotube-reinforced plastics, a bio-based EPS alternative, a new fingerprinting technology for plastics, water-soluble plastics, vibration-dampening plastics, high-end bioplastics, and many other interesting materials and technologies.

The seminar is a great opportunity to get inspired and stay updated. It is also an opportunity to expand your network and meet new collaborators and business partners.

Target audience
Engineers, designers, and product developers wanting to learn more about plastic materials that can add new functionality to existing or future products.

09:00 - 09:30
Registration and light breakfast
09:30 - 09:40
Welcome by ATV-SEMAPP
09:40 - 10:15
Soft robots: The gentle embrace

Anne Ladegaard Skov, Professor, DTU Chemical Engineering

This talk will focus on recent material developments to fulfill the specifications set by the new field of soft robotics. Robots are playing a greater and greater role in society. For true interaction with humans, a soft interface is preferential. Imagine robots that can give a gentle embrace while actively listening to and commenting your problems, or small insect like robots used during operation to reach and operate within the most complicated structures within the human body. Soft robotics put a demand forward for softer and softer materials with mechanical integrity and stability over time. Silicone elastomers are excellent for soft robotics due to their inherent softness, mechanical integrity and stability, but for certain applications they are still too hard and must be optimized.

Anne Ladegaard Skov is a Professor of polymer science and engineering specializing in design and utilization of silicone elastomers in the Danish Polymer Centre at Department of Chemical Engineering, DTU. She holds a PhD in polymer physics from DTU. She was a research fellow at Cambridge University, UK, before taking up a position as assistant professor at DTU. She has headed the Danish Polymer Centre since 2016. In 2018 she was promoted to full professor. She has worked with functionalization and formulation of silicone elastomers with main focus on silicone elastomers used and optimized for dielectric elastomers and more recently for flexible electronics and drug delivery amongst others.
10:15 - 10:50
Plastic fantastic materials

Erik Haastrup Müller, CEO, Futation and

Erik will present plastic materials and surfaces with surprising properties. You will learn about light-altering micro-structures, 3D-printed optics, digital embossing, laser transfer decoration, a new type of shapeable silicone dough, low melting point plastics, plastic finger-printing, and many other interesting materials and technologies that you don’t find in your classic material compendium.
During the breaks you can explore a collection of 120 different material samples selected for the theme of the seminar.

Erik Haastrup Müller runs the company Futation which supplies material collections to R&D departments and educational institutions. The collections contain several hundred physical samples of plastics, textiles, metals, ceramics, and coatings. The collections are updated regularly with new materials that inspire product developers and help them discover and source materials.
10:50 - 11:15
Coffee and networking break
11:15 - 11:45
Surprising tribological properties

Ion Sivebæk, Associate Professor, DTU Mechanical Engineering & Research Scientist, Novo Nordisk

Tribology is the science of surfaces in contact and relative motion. Topics related to this area are friction, wear and lubrication.
In this presentation, Ion will give examples of surprising and sometimes strange polymer behaviour that he has encountered during his work and in collaboration with international tribology groups e.g.:

  • The friction properties of a polymer change when loaded or compressed
  • Polymers are weak and soft. Adding fibers makes them stronger and stiffer, but then they start to wear out
  • Car tires only touch the road with a few square millimeters. How can they keep your car on the road (most of the time)?
Ion works 1/3 of his time as Associate Professor in NanoTribology at Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark and 2/3 of his time as Research Scientist in Tribology, Novo Nordisk, Device R&D.
11:45 - 12:15
On the verge of unleashing the phenomenal characteristics of carbon nanotubes in plastics

Henrik Pedersen, CEO, Nanocore

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are characterized by their high tensile- and compression strength, high electrical- and heat conductivity, and attractive fluorescence and luminescence ability. So far researchers have been unable to commercially exploit these characteristics, as efficient dispersion and anchoring of CNT in a composite have been impossible. At Nanocore, they are attempting to solve this challenge. They have developed a nanosizing approach that allows both the “individualization” (full dispersion) of CNT and tight anchoring of CNT in the composite. In this presentation, Henrik will give an overview of their current studies applying the nanosizing approach to different polymers and processing methodologies. The nanosizing technology should allow the realization of many of the potential uses of CNT, allowing for attractive applications such as the use of CNT in actuators, sensors, photovoltaics, and many other products.

Henrik Pedersen, previously founder of Nuevolution and Immudex, is now CEO and co-founder of Nanocore, a composite materials company developing carbon nanotube composites using a novel approach for the efficient dispersion and anchoring of the carbon nanotubes in the composite.
12:15 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:00
Front panel design – Next generation PUR processing & injection moulding & IMD – purposefully combined (online presentation)

Michael Fischer, Head of Business Development Technologies, ENGEL, Austria

In the course of future brand positioning there is a radical change visible in the automotive industry, which can only be answered by differentiation via sustainable implementation of new design ideas and production solutions.
Based on this new design language and component requirements for ongoing electrical mobility developments and needs for autonomous driving, a production concept was realised by injection moulding with IMD decoration technology and further with integration of PUR lacquer over moulding in one production cell.
Design aspects could easily be addressed by changing IMD rolls. Long-lasting sustainable surface resistance qualities are achieved by the integrated PUR over moulding into one single mould concept making off-line painting process obsolete, benefitting from scale economies of injection moulding.

That technology enables part design sufficiently for the needs of RADAR and LIDAR requirements for automated driving and is attractive also for other industry segments besides automotive sector, e.g. white good industry.

Michael Fischer, Dipl.-Ing. & MBA, has since 2009 had different positions at Engel Austria GmbH. Since 2017 he has headed the Business Development Automotive Technologies.
14:00 - 14:30
Anti-microbial surfaces – how they work and the challenges when they meet the real world

Daniel Minzari, Senior Project Manager, IPU

Several strategies have been attempted in the quest to make surfaces antimicrobial and/or self-cleaning, but implementation remains challenging for most commercial applications. The consequences caused by unwanted/ unknown reactions can be disastrous.
This talk will present an overview of the various mechanisms used for making surfaces, and present examples of the difficulties encountered when taking the step from research to product development.

Daniel Minzari, M.Sc., PhD is specialist engineer and senior project manager at IPU. Daniel Minzari solves problems related to materials and surface technology for Danish and international companies/ institutions, often on a complex and highly cross-disciplinary base.
14:30 - 14:55
Coffee and networking break
14:55 - 15:30
Protecting Medical Equipment Plastics from Chemical Disinfectant Damage (online presentation)

Johannes Korte, Application Development & Technical Service Engineer, RTP Company

Unfortunately, there is a real risk of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAI). The Healthcare industry’s efforts to reduce HAI involve the use of aggressive, harsh chemical cleaners to destroy infection – causing microbes. However, when applied to hospital equipment and devices, these chemical cleaners can cause plastic housings and parts to become brittle and crack, rendering the equipment and devices non-functional, or unsafe to use.
This presentation will give you an overview of the HAI problem, the disinfection types, the chemical testing and plastic screening, the RTP new product development process, and show the new class of disinfectant resistant plastics.

Johannes Korte is Dipl.-Ing. within Materials Engineering (polymer materials). He has been with RTP Deutschland GmbH since May 2018. Before this, he worked as the Technical Manager at Grässlin Süd GmbH.
15:30 - 16:00
Ultra and high performance Polymers

Jakob Clemen, Sales Engineer, Molytex

Based on specific cases, this talk will present the benefits of using high performance polymers in terms of functionality and production and will also cover various additives such as glass, carbon, PTFE, metal ect. Jakob Clemen will also discuss when a high performance polymer is needed and what can be achieved with a more traditional plastic like nylon, POM or ABS in comparison.

Jakob Clemen works as Sales Engineer at Molytex which is an injection moulding company. Molytex specializes in manufacturing plastic parts in high performance polymers. This covers polymers such as PEI, PEEK, PPS and Polysulfone, but also more common polymers such as PBT, nylon, POM, polycarbonate and ABS.
16:00 - 16:10
Closing remarks

Registration fee

 DKK 2,300  Members of ATV-SEMAPP or promoting organizations
 DKK 2,925  Non-members
 DKK 975  PhD students
 DKK 200  BSc and MSc students (Membership is free of charge – register here. Early bird discount does not apply)

All prices are exclusive of 25 % VAT.

Early bird discount of DKK 200 when registering before 1 July 2020.

Registration closed 21 August 2020.

Safe participation

We want everyone to be able to enjoy safe participation and are taking all necessary precautions in relation to the covid-19 pandemic. ATV-SEMAPP and Hotel Trinity are naturally following the guidelines of the health authorities, but would like to highlight the following precautions below.

Should any questions arise, please feel free to contact us here.

Participants must follow the general guidelines:

  • Keep distance from others
  • Wash / disinfect hands
  • Stay home when experiencing symptoms


  • Individual servings only (no buffet)
  • Water / soda is served in bottles
  • Distance markings in the restaurant
  • Coffee and tea are served outside the conference rooms. There will also be hand sanitizer and gloves available for everyone


  • Extra cleaning is provided throughout the hotel
  • In break areas, contact surfaces are cleaned several times a day
  • There are hand sanitizers in every room and hand-wipes in all catering areas

Binding registration

Registration is binding, however substitutions are accepted at any time. Just remember to let us know who will be replacing you so we know who to expect.


If you have any questions regarding the seminar, you can write to us here. We will get back to you quickly.