What is Materials Science and Why Do I Like it?

According to the internet Materials Science is ‘the scientific study of the properties and applications of materials of construction or manufacture (as ceramics, metals, polymers, and composites)‘ I like to think of it as how something is made and what it does and why.

The reason I have applied to university for materials science is that its all around us and I think that advancements have been and will be crucial to humanities progress. A simple change of a certain molecular bond can entirely change how a material behaves and this is fascinating.

Why does elastic stretch? Why are diamonds hard? How do solar panels work? These questions and many, many more would go unanswered by many people but materials scientists know the answers.

There are many examples of why materials science is amazing, or atleast decent in a lot of cases. I want to share these here to teach people and to learn more myself.


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