The role of design in maturing university-developed technology

for: Design Society Conference 2022
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with: Dr David Mesa, Dr Charlie Ranscombe
year: August 2021 – May 2022
role: researcher
type: Research

Universities struggle to commercialise scientific research. However, designers can help scientists bridge the research-market gap in different ways. Although the value design can bring to science is understood, how design outputs deliver value to scientific research remains unexplored. Our paper reports findings from a designer-scientist collaboration developing a graphene-based water desalination technology. By reflecting on this case study, we found that design outputs serve different purposes in developing technology and assist in progressing technology maturation efficiently.