The discovery of new materials and improvement of existing ones are crucial to bettering our quality of life and solving critical technological and societal problems. Making safe, fuel efficient vehicles requires light weight, strong materials. Improving the performance of jet engines requires new materials that can be used at high temperature. Increasing the computing capabilities of microprocessors requires improved materials for use in ever smaller integrated circuits. Developing new fuels and new sources of energy involve designing new materials for energy conversion and transmission.
Integration of advanced capabilities in electronics with medicine or the environment requires the development of new materials systems with that exhibit high performance and stability in harsh environments. These challenges are among the many types that materials scientists and engineers take on in their daily routines.
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