What is Materials Science?
Materials Science is the study of everything around us. There are millions of different materials – some natural, many others man-made – these materials make us who we are. The history of human civilisation is driven by the advances made through material discoveries such as those in the golden age, bronze age, iron age and more recently the silicon age. Advances in steel and glass have transformed our landscape and a plethora of other materials have modernised our lives, helped extend our lifespan and enabled exploration of space as well as the deep sea.
All engineering structures and devices are made of materials – materials science and engineering is the interdisciplinary field that discovers, studies and designs new materials – it combines the fields of chemistry, physics and engineering to solve problems that would benefit our society – in sectors such as energy, environmental protection, transport, electronics, healthcare among many others.