This field is focused on the development of new and better materials for the next generation of engineering applications that improve the world around us. It covers the fundamentals of biomaterials, nanomaterials, ceramics, metals, polymers, electronic materials, and composites, emphasising the relationships between atomic structure and microstructure as well as the properties, processing, and performance of these materials. In this century, sustainability and environmental impact lie at the core of materials development and application.
Materials science and engineering combines chemistry, physics and biology with mathematics and the principles of mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering. As a result, materials engineers are highly marketable.
Along with a solid technical foundation, you will be equipped with communication, project management, time management, organisational and computing skills.
As advanced manufacturing technologies develop, so does the work of researchers developing new materials. Some may eventually be commercialized and replace materials now being used.
Lead zirconate titanate piezoelectrics are important for making transducers, sensors, and other components for electromechanical applications. To expand the usable temperature range and electromechanical coupling factor, Li et al. introduce a texturing process for lead zirconate titanate–based materials.
Spherical ferroelectric domains, such as electrical bubbles, polar skyrmion bubbles and hopfions, share a single and unique feature—their homogeneously polarized cores are surrounded by a vortex ring of polarization whose outer shells form a spherical domain boundary.