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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Recent Examples on the Web Walter Voit, an associate professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, said in a prepared statement. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "UT Dallas researchers create ventilator valve designed to help COVID-19 patients breathe," 14 May 2020 These links give chemistry and many branches of materials science a complexity that defies simulation on classical computers. Michael Brooks, Scientific American, "Beyond Quantum Supremacy: The Hunt for Useful Quantum Computers," 3 Oct. 2019 Indeed, tribology is a highly interdisciplinary field, a branch of study made up of mechanical engineering, materials science, biology, mathematics, and others. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, "How the Obscure Science of Rubbing Built the Past and Will Shape the Future," 7 Apr. 2020 Asgari, a materials science and engineering professor, was arrested by ICE agents in November after his acquittal on federal charges of divulging trade secrets. Yeganeh Torbati, ProPublica, "In a 10-Day Span, ICE Flew This Detainee Across the Country — Nine Times," 27 Mar. 2020 Hegmann’s goals for the institute are: increasing the institute’s distinctive role in the future of liquid crystal and materials science to inspire a higher level of competitiveness for research funding. Robin Goist,, "Kent State names new director of Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute," 16 July 2019 The university and the lab are negotiating to construct a $100 million building at PPPL for the cold plasma and material science work. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "After decades of decline, the U.S. national fusion lab seeks a rebirth," 6 Feb. 2020 Whether insights from pirarucu scales will percolate into materials science remains to be seen. The Economist, "To see off piranha this fish has strong armour," 17 Oct. 2019 The former giant DowDuPont is now three separate companies that focus on material sciences (now called Dow Inc. (DOW)), agriculture (now dubbed Corteva (CTVA)) and specialty goods (DuPont). Michelle Toh, CNN, "A deal for DuPont's food business will create a $45 billion giant," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of materials science

1956, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2020

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“Materials science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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