Design Methodologies for Bridging Science, Technology, and Industry

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  • Title: Design Methodologies for Bridging Science, Technology, and Industry: A Graphene-Centered Case Study
  • Author(s): Blanca Guasch, Sergi Cortiñas, Marta Gonzalez, Javier Pena
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Design Principles & Practices
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice
  • Keywords: Design Thinking Methodologies, Knowledge Management, Participatory Design, Graphene, Science Communication
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2325-162X (Print)
  • ISSN: 2325-1638 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-162X/CGP/v13i01/1-20
  • Citation: Guasch, Blanca , Sergi Cortiñas, Marta Gonzalez, and Javier Pena. 2019. "Design Methodologies for Bridging Science, Technology, and Industry: A Graphene-Centered Case Study." The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice 13 (1): 1-20. doi:10.18848/2325-162X/CGP/v13i01/1-20.
  • Extent: 20 pages

Abstract

Graphene, its first isolation and its nanoscale properties, has changed the paradigm established by the laws of physics and opened the door to new, previously unheard of industrial applications. Graphene has also been a turning point in nanoscience and nanotechnology, which has led to the creation of many technology centers dedicated to this field. Currently these materials are being studied in scientific communities, but most companies and individuals still do not know about their existence and/or potential. Our main objective is to fuse this scientific and technological knowledge with the main market and industry sectors (construction, food, energy, transport, and health) through design methodologies. For this purpose, we have carried out a case study using design thinking strategies to achieve understanding and innovation. This case study consisted of five “Graphene Days,” each of which was related to a different sector. These days consisted of a series of lectures in the morning, followed by a creative workshop to innovate with graphene in the afternoon. They made it possible for scientists to connect with businesspeople and transfer knowledge and exchanges between both worlds. From a design point of view, these sessions generated sectoral maps that reflect new opportunities for graphene in the market, and foreshadow the future of this nanotechnology. The method is applicable to other fields of science and technology and this paper reflects evidence of the importance of design methodologies for science, technology, and industry communication.