Glue like a Screw:

Modular Product Design

Ready to Disrupt

Manufacturing of

Everyday Products

Disruptive Innovation Festival

The Disruptive Innovation Festival is an online festival of ideas that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything? During the DIF, we’ll be asking our speakers to tell us what they think is in store for the future of the economy. While watching you can chip in with your thoughts and questions: sign up for a free My DIF account and ask your question through the discussion forum below the live stream!

Material Science has brought us amazing materials to solve everyday needs. Companies making our everyday stuff have been using material science to make fancy new layers and ingredients to our products. Today, we know how complex combination of layers, glued together for eternity, block economically interesting recycling. Redesigning our stuff with a simpler set of recyclable materials seems inevitable, and at the same time disruptive for manufacturing industries.

This session talks about outsmarting material complexity in everyday products with material science, with a glue that decouples on demand, and how that can be applied on stuff made from bio-based waste streams. It will also hint towards ideas to apply these innovations in the redesign for recycling.

23 Nov, 2017 at 16:00 – 16:30 GMT
Mark Miodownik, Eric Logtens, Lukas Hoex

Mark Miodownik,

Director @ Institute of Making, University College London

Mark Miodownik is an engineer and materials scientist and director of the Institute of Making at University College London. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University in 1996. Before joining UCL in Feb 2012 he worked in engineering research institutions in the USA, Ireland, and in the UK. He was included in the The Times 2010 list of the top 100 most influential people in science. He is a Chartered Engineer and in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Eric Logtens,

Noble Environmental Technologies
Corporate Director Circular Economy, CEO Benelux

With an educational background in ergonomics and human behavioral change mr. Logtens became one of the first entrepreneurs to embrace the Cradle to Cradle design protocol and management tools. For multinationals, he developed new routes to market, participated in design teams for C2C product development, and brought to market new USP’s and business models since then. By building a company with a true Circular Economy mind set and DNA he went on a quest for better materials which can be kept in endless “User Cycles”. He learned about the technological innovation ECOR.

“ECOR technology is the Enabler for others to achieve their Circular Economy ambitions. We establish communities of designers, craftsmen and partners who, in a multi stakeholder collaboration develop local ECOR solutions and applications. With local, closed loop waste stream cycles defined, we can scale up to our ECOR Living Factories where we convert these waste streams into panels and products which can be sold regional or international.”


Lukas Hoex,

Marketing manager Niaga

Lukas lectures Circular Economy at the University of Amsterdam Science faculty as of 2012. Before joining Niaga, he was responsible for the Circular Economy at DSM, a global life science and material science company. Today Lukas is responsible for marketing at Niaga, a start-up company that redesigns everyday products from scratch for full recycling.

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