Materials scientists study the relationships between the structure and properties of a material and how it is made. and they also develop new materials to meet engineering specifications. Materials scientists have been behind – or part of – many of the innovations of the last century. Think of the role of lightweight composites for transport applications, optical fibres for telecommunications and silicon microchips for the information revolution.
The avenues for the future in materials sciences are numerous and diverse and a career in this area offers lots of exciting opportunity – current work in materials science is key to the practical application of nuclear fusion for power generation, medical sciences relies on ever improved bio-engineering for prosthetics and as cell delivery mechanisms. Materials science is an interdisciplinary subject, involving engineering, physics and chemistry, and industrial manufacturing processes. It is at the core of nanotechnology, the production of machines and devices at molecular levels, which is likely to drive the next technological revolution.
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