Contribution Guide

Index

General information

Materials

The Materiom library offers open source material recipes made from renewable biomass and abundant minerals. We do not accept any ingredients from petrochemical sources, including waste products such as waste petrochemical plastic or textiles. For more information, see section below on “Safe Recipe and Ingredient Guidelines”.   

Authorship

When you submit a recipe to Materiom, it will automatically be linked to your user account. It will also be linked to the user accounts of any other authors of the recipe. If you would like your recipe to be associated with an organization, including a research group, company or non-profit, please create a user account for this organization, and then include the name as an author.  

If you are not the author of a recipe, but would like to post it, you must have permission from whomever created the recipe to post it on Materiom. You must also provide appropriate attribution and add their name/organization in the “source” box of the recipe submission form. 

Intellectual Property 

All recipes on Materiom are considered ‘open source’ and published by default under a CC-By-SA 4.0 license. If you would like to publish your recipe with a different open source license, please note this in the appropriate comments box in the recipe submission form. 

For each recipe we will create a pdf version of each recipe and time stamp it with Safe Stamper, as well as upload this time stamped document to the Prior Arts Archive. By doing this, our aim is to make sure each recipe remains in the commons, and does not become part of any patent claim. 

In addition, property data associated with material recipes will be indexed on Materials Data Facility, with an accompanying searchable and citable DOI. 

Terms and conditions

Note that it is the user’s responsibility to ensure that all content submitted by the user, including material recipes and material applications, is able to be freely shared under a CC-By-SA 4.0 license. Materiom does not assume any liability for content shared on its platform. Furthermore, your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements. Please view our terms and conditions for more information.



Safe Recipe and Ingredients Guidelines

Priorities

Our aim is to provide a materials library where all materials are neither harmful to humans or to ecological systems, understood within the context of safe handling, and appropriate concentration and disposal.  

Under no circumstances will we allow materials or ingredients that:

  1. Are carcinogens, have genotoxicity, developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, or are endocrine disruptors
  2. Are acutely toxic for mammalian or aquatic species
  3. Bioaccumulate in terrestrial or marine ecosystems
  4. Are not considered biodegradable (are persistent) or bio-benign   

Our principles

The recipes on Materiom follow Green Chemistry Principles. Please review them as follows:

Green chemistry principles

  1. Prevention: It is better to prevent waste than to treat or clean up waste after it has been created.
  2. Atom economy: Synthetic methods should be designed to maximize incorporation of all materials used in the process into the final product.
  3. Less hazardous chemical syntheses: Wherever practicable, synthetic methods should be designed to use and generate substances that possess little or no toxicity to human health and the environment.
  4. Design safer chemicals: Chemical products should be designed to preserve efficacy of function while reducing toxicity.
  5. Safer solvents and auxiliaries: The use of auxiliary substances (e.g., solvents, separation agents, etc.) should be made unnecessary wherever possible and, innocuous when used.
  6. Design for energy efficiency: Energy requirements should be recognized for their environmental and economic impacts and should be minimized. Synthetic methods should be conducted at ambient temperature and pressure.
  7. Use of renewable feedstocks: A raw material or feedstock should be renewable rather than depleting whenever technically and economically practicable.
  8. Reduce derivatives: Unnecessary derivatization (use of blocking groups, protection/deprotection, temporary modification of physical/chemical processes) should be minimized or avoided if possible, because such steps require additional reagents and can generate waste.
  9. Catalysis: Catalytic reagents (as selective as possible) are superior to stoichiometric reagents.
  10. Design for degradation: Chemical products should be designed so that at the end of their function they break down into innocuous degradation products and do not persist in the environment.
  11. Real-time analysis for pollution prevention: Analytical methodologies need to be further developed to allow for real-time, in-process monitoring and control prior to the formation of hazardous substances.
  12. Inherent safer chemistry for accident prevention: Substances and the form of a substance used in a chemical process should be chosen to minimize the potential for chemical accidents, including releases, explosions, and fires.



Ingredients check

If you are adding a new ingredient to the Materiom library, please search your ingredient on the EPA Safer Ingredients list. If your ingredients are already in the Materiom library, you can be sure they’ve been checked already.

For every new ingredient you will need to check a box that says whether it is a ‘green circle’ (safe), ‘half green circle’ (needs more data), or ‘yellow triangle’ (not safe), or ‘grey square’ (high risk). If your ingredient is labelled with a green circle, that’s excellent. If your ingredient is labelled as a half green circle, we suggest you research more about its safety, and include this information in the comments box next to the ingredient. If your ingredient is labelled as a yellow triangle or grey square, we suggest you research alternatives to this ingredient (see Further Research below). We can help you with this. Please use the comments box to explain which ingredients you need help on replacing. 

If you cannot find your ingredient on the EPA Safer Ingredients list, don’t worry - a lot of good ingredients are not there. In this case please check the box ‘not found’ on your ingredient submission form, and we will help you research it.    

Further research

If you want to understand more about your recipe and ingredients, check out the following databases.  When you submit your recipe, please include any information (and where you found it). This will speed up the approval process for your recipe.  

    1. ToxNot (for hazard assessments - you need to create a free user account)
    2. Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) (for detailed views of the studies done on your ingredient)
    3. Life-friendly chemistry principles

If you have questions or concerns, just note this in the comment box when you submit your recipe. Also feel free to email us anytime.  

Recipe Submission Steps

As you go through the process of recipe submission, this guide will accompany each step. You can refer to the relevant section this guide along the way in the help boxes. 

Contribution type

You can choose whether to submit a material recipe (how to make a material), or a recipe application (how to make an object, e.g. a product, with a recipe). 

Material Recipe

To be accepted as a new recipe on Materiom, a recipe should be either (a) a combination of ingredients that is different from other recipes in the library, or (b) a different process that combines a set of existing ingredients in a new way. 

If your have varied the proportion of ingredients for an existing recipe in the library, and have obtained an interesting result, please let us know. We will be sharing recipe variations through the Materiom database that is currently in development.

Application

This is currently in development. If you have an example application you would like to share, please let us know. 

Recipe Details (Contribute a Recipe)

Recipe title

Please choose a descriptive title that includes the main ingredient(s) of your recipe. You can also add a word to describe the aesthetic of your material (e.g. “gelatin leather”).

Recipe description

Briefly describe your recipe, including its inspiration and possible uses. 

Prep time in minutes

Please estimate or measure the amount of time it takes to make the recipe. Drying or curing time is additional, and should be noted in the recipe steps.

Output quantity

Please estimate or measure the amount of material produced by the recipe (e.g. one sheet of bioplastic measuring 30 cmand half a cm thick. 

Choose authors

You can choose authors who already have profiles on Materiom by typing in their name. Once selected, the recipe will be linked to all of the author’s profiles. You can also add authors who are not on Materiom (these will show up as plain text on the recipe).

Difficulty

Estimate the difficulty of your recipe. Consider the ingredients used, time taken, and process steps.

Process

Select the processes used to make your recipe. E.g. a recipe may be “mixed”, “molded”, “3D printed” etc. If you use a process not on the list, you have an option to add it.

Tools

Select the tools used to make your recipe. E.g. "Cooker/stove", "Balance/scales", "Stirring spoon" etc. If a tool you used is not on the list, you have an option to add it.

Source of recipe

Source type

Select where your recipe comes from (e.g. book, person, academic article, Materiom recipe). 

Source name

Add the specific name of your source (e.g. name of a book, a person’s name or yourself, a recipe name from Materiom). 

Source link

Please add a link to the source.   

License

All recipes on Materiom are considered ‘open source’ and published by default under a CC-By-SA 4.0 license. If you would like to publish your recipe with a different open source license, please note this in the comments box in this section.

Recipe Ingredients

Choose ingredients from our library

Type in the name of ingredient to see if it is in our library. If you can’t find an ingredient, click on the link to enter details manually.

Ingredient amount and unit

Enter the amount of the ingredient and units (e.g. 50 grams). Please note that we use standard SI units on Materiom for all of our recipes. Please convert any measurements you have to the SI units listed.

Add new ingredient: manufactured

Ingredient description

Please describe your ingredient, adding as much information as possible. 

Barcode number

Add the barcode number from the product packaging. 

Manufacturer company name

Add the company who made the product. 

Brand name

If the product goes by a specific brand name, please add it.

Product ID

If listed, add the product ID number.

Product specification

If your ingredient has a variation or quality that is listed, please add it. For example, the gel strength of gelatin is called “bloom strength”. This is very useful information to add here. 

Ingredient amount and unit

Enter the amount of the ingredient and units (e.g. 50 grams). Please note that we use standard SI units on Materiom for all of our recipes. Please convert any measurements you have to the SI units listed.

Ingredient Images

Upload an image for your new ingredient. Please refer to the Contribution Guide in section "Recipe and Ingredients Images" for guidance.

Add new ingredient: extracted

This section is for adding a material that has been collected or extracted directly from a source of natural biomass. If you have used an extraction method for this ingredient, please consider sharing it on Materiom as its own recipe. 

Ingredient description  

Please describe your ingredient.

Ingredient location

Geographic location where the ingredient was sourced. Please be as precise as possible.

Extraction method 

Name

Name of the extraction method used. 

Description

Please describe the method of extraction. 

Source type

Please state what kind of source you used for the extraction method.

Source name

Please add the name of your source you got the extraction method from (e.g. name of the book, article, or recipe)

Link to source

Please provide the link to the source of your extraction method. For example, if it is an academic article, provide the DOI link. If it is a Materiom recipe, please add the name or recipe code. 

Ingredient amount and unit

Enter the amount of the ingredient and units (e.g. 50 grams). Please note that we use standard SI units on Materiom for all of our recipes. Please convert any measurements you have to the SI units listed.

Ingredient Images

Upload an image for your new ingredient. Please refer to the Contribution Guide in section "Recipe and Ingredients Images" for guidance.

Recipe Method

Add recipe step

Describe how to make your recipe by adding steps one by one. Please take care to make each step clear and easy to follow. After adding them, you can reorder them by dragging and dropping.

Recipe and Ingredient Images

SHOT SET UP

Please take some overhead shots

As well as straight on shots

SHOTS TO TAKE

Please take total frame images.

1. Images of individual ingredients.

2.Image of all of the ingredients collected together in their respective proportions.

3.Images of the made material, in sheet form and product form, if possible.

4.Images of up-close details.

TECHNICAL SET UP

camera, lighting and background guidelines

Please avoid shadows at all costs.

Please use a high key lighting setup to reduce shadows. Would recommend

a top and backlight on white background.

Please use a shadow box where possible.

Please use a full and clean white background (free of seams, lines, etc.)

Please keep the ISO as low as possible to avoid grain.

Use tripod and camera shutter timer to remove camera shake.

Use as high an F Stop as possible for wider depth of field (F11+)

Include macro detail shots.

IMAGE FILE TYPE

If you can take raw images rather than jpegs (CR2 versus JPG) that would be ideal

Please take as large of an image format size as possible — Please shoot in raw camera format for the largest possible file size (not JPG).

300DPI+ RGB Colour space is ideal.

Title the images in a helpful way - name the ingredient or made material.

POST EDITING

We can fix color balance and any minor issues in photoshop but will not be able to make significant changes.

Terms and conditions

You agree that you shall hold Materiom harmless for all losses that it incurs as a result of breach by you (whether intentionally or unintentionally) of any third party's IP rights in posting content on Materiom's website, including but not limited to any legal claims, compensation, and the cost of defending such claims.

Liability

Before submitting your recipe, you must check a box acknowledging that all content submitted is able to be freely shared under a CC-By-SA 4.0 license. Materiom does not assume any liability for content shared on its platform. Furthermore, you acknowledge that the use of any information or materials on this website, including information submitted by the user, is entirely at the user's own risk, for which Material shall not be liable. 

Contact us

If you have any questions, email us at hello@materiom.org. Please put “recipe submission” in the subject line.