materials science


Definition of materials science 

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

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As Caltech professor of materials science William L. Johnson explains, the internal stress causes the glass to yield more easily to any introduced stress on its surface. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Why your brand-new smartphone will scratch just as easily as your old one," 19 Oct. 2018 According to Anish Tuteja, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at U of M, sixty percent or more of a ship’s fuel is used to overcome drag. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Testing Superhydrophobic Hull Coatings For Submarines," 5 July 2018 In the Marvel superhero’s newest movie adaptation, his vibranium shield defies everything that physics and materials science has taught us. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Many Shades of Bad Physics," 8 June 2018 The latex on its own wasn’t rubbery at all, says Michael Tarkanian, a senior lecturer in materials science and engineering at MIT who has researched the early technology. Susannah Gardiner, Smithsonian, "How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness," 2 June 2018 Nian Cai Liu, a professor of polymeric materials science and engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, got swept up in this initiative. The Economist, "How global university rankings are changing higher education," 17 May 2018 The first-year materials science and engineering student was defeated after making it to the semi-finals. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "'Jeopardy!' contestant hoped to use $100K prize money for lifetime supply of Taco Bell," 20 Apr. 2018 These include studying the effects of living in space, microfluidics, material science, astronomy, and microgravity physics. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside China’s New Space Station," 29 May 2018 Newkome and his wife, Mary Jane Saunders, pledged the funds for a first-ever professorship in materials science in Kent State University's College of Arts and Sciences. Karen Farkas,, "Kent State University receives $1 million gift from former University of Akron administrator," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of materials science

1956, in the meaning defined above

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