materials science


: the scientific study of the properties and applications of materials of construction or manufacture (such as ceramics, metals, polymers, and composites)
materials scientist noun

Examples of materials science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kyle Clark Employer: Beta Technologies Title: CEO Education: Bachelor’s degree in materials science engineering, Harvard Among the hundreds of companies building electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, Beta has established itself as the clear No. 2, behind Joby Aviation. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Oct. 2023 Breakthroughs in materials science allow for better body armor, hopefully saving lives. Popular Science, 29 Nov. 2023 Quantum simulation offers the potential for considerable advancements in chemistry and materials science, aiding in areas such as the intricate modeling of molecular structures for drug discovery and enabling the discovery or creation of materials with novel properties. Daniel Lidar, Discover Magazine, 23 Nov. 2023 Joseph Martz, a scientist in Los Alamos's materials science and technology division, has spent his career mapping the specifics of that complication. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 Burn-in risk varies from monitor to monitor Advancements in the materials science of OLED and quantum dots are big contributors to OLED displays' growing life spans. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 3 Nov. 2023 Recently, the materials science startup Mattiq synthesized hundreds of possible replacements for iridium. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Oct. 2023 Led by materials science and engineering professor John Forsythe, the Monash team described their experiment in June in Advanced Healthcare Materials. WIRED, 3 Oct. 2023 Their use of expensive platinum catalysts kept them relegated to space applications until five years ago, when Stanford materials science and engineering professor and battery entrepreneur Yi Cui’s team found an inexpensive nickel-molybdenum-cobalt alloy catalyst for the battery that costs $20/kg. IEEE Spectrum, 24 Sep. 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of materials science was in 1956

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“Materials science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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