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Material Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Topic


Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland

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Department of Applied Physics,
University of Eastern,
Finland, Kuopio,

Received:  06-Jan-2022, Manuscript No. JOMS-22-52329;Editor assigned: 08- Jan -2022, PreQC No. JOMS -22-52329 (PQ);Reviewed: 20- Jan -2022, QC No. JOMS -22-52329;Revised: 22- Jan -2022, Manuscript No. JOMS -22-52329 (R); Published: 29- Jan -2022, DOI: 10.4172/2321-6212.10.1.002

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Materials science, sometimes known as materials engineering, is an interdisciplinary topic that studies the properties of matter (matter) and how they can be used too many fields of science and engineering. This branch of study deals with the relationship between a material's composition (including its structure at the atomic or molecular level) and its macroscopic qualities. It contains physics and chemistry aspects, with applications in chemical, mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering. Forensic engineering and failure analysis both rely heavily on materials science.


Materials science, which sprang from the creation of ceramics, is one of the oldest branches of engineering and applied science. Modern materials science is a direct descendant of metallurgy, which was derived from mining. Willard Gibbs demonstrated that, thermodynamic parameters linked to atomic structure in distinct phases are related to the physical properties of a material in the late 19th century, which was a key breakthrough in the understanding of materials. Understanding and engineering of metallic alloys, as well as silica and carbon materials, employed in the construction of space vessels that enable the exploration of space, are important parts of current materials science. Plastics, semiconductors, and biomaterials are examples of innovative innovations that have been fuelled by materials science. Because of a 19th and early 20th century emphasis on metals, many materials science departments were termed metallurgy departments before the 1960s (and in some cases decades beyond). Since then, the area has expanded to cover ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, magnetic materials, medical implant materials, and biological materials, among others (materiomics).

Materials science has risen to the forefront at many universities as a result of increased media interest on nanoscience and nanotechnology in recent years. The foundation of materials science is characterisation, which includes linking the desired qualities and relative performance of a material in a specific application to the structure of the atoms and phases in that material. The constituent chemical constituents of a material, as well as how it has been treated into its final form, are the most important determinants of its structure and hence of its qualities. These qualities, when combined and linked by thermodynamic rules, determine a material's microstructure and consequently its attributes. Physically, creating a flawless crystal of a substance is currently impossible. To manufacture materials with the appropriate qualities, materials scientists control flaws in crystalline materials such as precipitates, grain boundaries (Hall-Petch relationship), interstitial atoms, vacancies, or substitutional atoms. A regular crystal structure does not exist in all materials. The crystallinity of polymers varies, and several are completely non-crystalline. Amorphous materials include glasses, some ceramics, and many natural materials, which lack long-range order in their atomic configurations. Polymer research blends chemical and statistical thermodynamics to provide thermodynamic and mechanical descriptions of physical characteristics.

Materials science has evolved into a field that provides tests for condensed matter or solid state theories, in addition to industrial interest. Because of the various new material qualities that need to be explained, new physics emerges. While radical material advancements might lead to the birth of new goods or even industries, stable industries also employ materials scientists to make gradual enhancements and fix faults with existing materials. Materials design, cost-benefit tradeoffs in industrial materials production, processing techniques (casting, rolling, welding, ion implantation, crystal growth, thin-film deposition, sintering, glassblowing, etc.), and analytical techniques (characterization techniques such as electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, calorimetry, Rutherford backscattering, neutron diffraction, small-angle X-ray diffraction, etc.) are all examples. Aside from material characterisation, the material scientist/engineer is also responsible for material extraction and conversion into useable forms. Thus, a metallurgist/engineer must be familiar with ingot casting, foundry procedures, blast furnace extraction, and electrolytic extraction. The presence, absence, or variation of minute amounts of secondary elements and compounds in a bulk material can have a significant impact on the final properties of the materials produced; for example, steels are classified based on 1/10th and 1/100 weight percentages of carbon and other alloying elements. As a result, the extraction and purifying procedures used in blast furnace iron extraction will have an impact on the quality of steel produced. The intersection of physics and materials science has given rise to the subfield of materials physics, which studies the physical properties of materials.