Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science is a fusion of metallurgy, ceramics, solid-state physics, and chemistry. This hybridized field plays a significant role in industrial sector and its major applications include ceramics and glasses, composites, polymers, metal alloys and semiconductors. The heart of materials science lies in the study of structure and the properties of materials. The main elements of the structure of a material and thus of its properties are its constituent chemical elements and the way in which it has been treated into its final form. Materials scientists emphasize understanding how the history of a material influences its structure, and thus the material's properties and performance.