Sunburn bracelet to burn cancer

SunCatalyst Laboratories
UK (Belfast)

Sunburn could be a thing of the past thanks to a bracelet that lets you know when it’s time to get out of the sun. A plastic strip containing ‘smart’ ink, its blue colour fades and becomes colourless just before ultraviolet exposure is too high, prompting you to move into the shade before you burn. The inexpensive product can be worn on skin with suncream applied, to let users enjoy the rays without taking risks. It is also available to suit three different skin types, making it extra safe and personalised to the wearer.

The product is based on a novel area of research called ‘photocatalysis‘ and was initially developed by Dr David Hazafy at Queen’s University in Belfast. Hazafy was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise fellowship, which gives academics £85,000 each to develop their research into commercially viable projects, and he co-founded SunCatalyst Laboratories as a result. As skin cancer accounts for at least 40% of all cancers globally, this deceptively simple product might just help tackle a worldwide health problem.

Written by

Lauren Burrows, Writer/ Researcher, Atlas of the Future (30 July 2015)

Project leader

David Hazafy, Co-founder and CEO

Photo: Evoke

Creative Commons License



Take me somewhere
Take me somewhere
Data Protection Act: LOPD.
In compliance with Organic Law 15/1999, of 13 of December, on Personal Data Protection, and the development of Rules of Procedure, approved by Royal Decree 1720/2007, of 21 of December, Atlas of the Future subscribers may be required to provide Personal Data, which will be included in a file owned by Democratising The Future Society SL. Such file is duly incorporated in the Spanish Data Protection Agency and protected in compliance with the security measures established in the applicable legislation. Subscribers may exercise, at any time, their rights of access, rectification, cancellation and/or opposition regarding their Personal Data. The subscriber shall notice their will, either under written form addressed to Democratising The Future Society SL, Ref. LOPD, Calabria, 10 6-3 08015 - Barcelona (Spain) and/or by e-mail, clicking here. Also, the subscriber shall communicate Atlas of the Future any modifications of their Personal Data stored, so that the information stored by Atlas of the Future remains at all times updated and error-free.
The future of education explained
by 7 of the world's most inspiring experts
Discover the online event
Fixing the future - Education edition
Sign up for our weekly newsletter