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Dalia Morcillo García-Morato

Absorbent foam

I am from Madrid, but currently I am working at BMW Materials, Process Technology in Munich, Germany as a material expert of team decoration and emissions inside the vehicle and I’m studying the online master’s degree in product design and modeling at the ESd in Barcelona.

In 2015 I wrote my master´s Thesis on the subject of “Effect and secondary effect of smell capturers” at BMW Group in Munich, as part of my Materials Engineering degree. I studied Chemical Engineering at the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain and have continued with Materials Engineering at the Technical University in Munich (TUM) in collaboration with the Complutense University in Madrid. 

My experience as a specialist in interior materials of the vehicle, has allowed me to know the needs of the industry to select new materials and I would like to design materials that are part of the space around us and that interferes so directly in the feelings and sensations of People and consumers.

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Material Qualities
Color: Beige and Black
Soft / hard: Spongy with rough surface
Shiny / matt: Matt
Smells: Neutral
Texture: Granulated foam
Material Recipe
40 ml water
1.6 g agar agar
1.4 g glycerin
1 drop of soap
Mix in a saucepan, heat to 100 ° C
Shake so bubbles form until a viscous paste forms
Add the granulated active carbon in the mixture
Dump into a mold and add active carbon on the surface
Cool and unmold
Dry off
Material Application
- Roof and door coating in the automotive industry
- Coatings in architecture
- Foams in armchairs
- Foams for the formation of emission-free mattresses
- Foams for car seats
Material Narrative
Due to the needs in the automobile industry to achieve a neutral smell in new vehicles and eliminate the harmful volatile organic compounds, I proposed to work with two absorbent materials, activated carbon and bentonite that could be integrated into a support material thus creating an absorbent material that can be applied in parts production processes.

Since the greatest amount of volatile organic compounds come from foams, it occurred to me as a final result, to create a foam to support the absorbent materials. The foams have a large internal surface and high porosity, making it a perfect base for granulated absorbents that can continue to capture the VOC without saturating.
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