Making materials that matter

Material Science Innovation

Cambridge Smart Plastic gathers the top talent of Cambridge University and focuses it on designing new and exciting polymer compounds with unique material properties, increasing the performance and value of our customers' products

Smart Polymers

CSP has produced three products and fields of expertise, each with a unique set of features and benefits:

Our experience in smart polymers is now also driving us in the packaging sector, with projects and experience under our belt in cellulose, and nanocellulose networks and films leading to some amazing breakthroughs in barrier packaging.

We have pioneered the field of liquid crystal elastomers, and the novel damping material Mesodamp.  These can be used to dramatically reduce vibrations and impact forces, being >10x superior to traditional rubbers and simply put, the best damping material in the world.

The team are also expert Cambridge chemists, and offer consultative services. We are most often approached to discuss and develop polymer technologies that require dynamic covalent bonding solutions or "vitrimers". Please contact to discuss your business needs.


Each technology is developed with a sector in mind. Barrier packaging stands to make big waves in consumer goods and food. However, our more advanced and complicated polymers target the automotive and aerospace sectors. Our materials are easy to process and our bonding technology will mean our customers do not need expensive plasma treatment and slow curing adhesives for additive manufacturing.

We additional support industry and post-consumer waste recovery by offering solutions to improve the environmental credentials of your polymers - either via dynamic covalent bonding technologies, or consulting on the change to a more sustainable biopolymer or biodegradable polymer.


We are committed to improving the quality and useful life of plastics, while reducing their environmental impact. All our materials are build with recyling and the circular economy in mind.

CSP further commits to an outstanding company culture of respect, integrity and pioneering spirit. We are an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure every employee and applicant receives fair and kind treatment.