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Much more than glue − a partnership with FormFormForm leads to award-winning material developments

Sugru glue

FormFormForm is a materials company based in Hackney, East London, whose primary product is Sugru mouldable glue, used for a variety of DIY applications. FormFormForm identified a knowledge gap, preventing development of the next generation of Sugru. Queen Mary placed a KTP associate with the company to offer expertise in the development and testing of silicone-based polymers, composites and putties

The challenge

FormFormForm needed the new iteration of Sugru to cure more quickly and to be family friendly. They hoped to be able to scale production and to open up new markets for their product.

Highly recommended - The Knowledge Transfer Partnership has allowed FFF to collaborate with a very talented PhD graduate and the project has led to new process improvements and increased market opportunities.
— Tom Dowden, Company KTP supervisor and Principal Research Scientist at FormFormForm

The results

With the help of the KTP, huge advances were made in the development of:

  • New silicone chemistries with ultra-fast cure-rates
  • A new family-safe verson of Sugru
  • Scalability
  • Conductive photo-curable materials

These innovations have given the company access to new markets (toys, food packaging, industrial silicone coatings) which are forecasted to grow the company’s turnover by £2million three years post KTP.

These outputs were celebrated at the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020, where the Associate Khai Nguyen was recognised with the Future Innovator Award.

Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Dr David Collier

Business Development Manager, (Health)

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Ali Najimi

Business Development Manager, Science and Engineering

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