Materials science and engineering
Shackelford, James F. Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis, California.
Last reviewed:June 2019
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- Types of materials
- Ceramics (and glasses)
- Advances in materials science and engineering
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A multidisciplinary field concerned with the properties and uses of matter in terms of composition, structure, and properties. Materials science focuses on understanding how the properties (or characteristics) of materials are based on their atomic- and microscopic-scale structure. The term microstructure refers to this microscopic-scale structure. Materials science grew out of the fields of physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and condensed-matter physics. See also: Physical chemistry; Solid-state physics
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