Materials for the 21st Century

ISBN : 9780198804086

David Segal
336 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2017
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What does cotton candy, which dissolves at the touch, have in common with Kevlar, used for bullet-proof vests? How can our understanding of such materials help us to tackle essential problems of the 21st century? Materials play a key role in our search for solutions to many pressing issues. They underpin many industries, are critical for the development of consumer goods, are essential components of medical diagnostic techniques, offer hope for the treatment of currently incurable diseases, and provide answers to environmental problems. This handbook is a guide to the materials we rely on for the future. Materials for the 21st Century serves as a useful resource for undergraduate and high school students preparing for a career in physical sciences, life sciences,or engineering, by helping them to identify new areas of interest. It is also an excellent reference for readers interested in learning more about the diverse range of materials that underlie key aspects of our economy and everyday lives.


1 Introduction: The importance of materials for 21st-century economies
2 Candy floss, cellulose, sugars and foods
3 Chips with everything
4 Polymers
5 Healthcare: The benefits of materials
6 Let there be lights
7 Energy supplies for the 21st century
8 Preparation of materials
9 Disruptive technologies
10 The importance of microstructure on material properties
11 Patents, patent trolls and intellectual property
12 Everyday products: the role of materials

About the author: 

David Segal is an author or co-author of over forty scientific papers and an inventor or co-inventor of over twenty-five patent families. He has worked for the UK Atomic Energy Authority at the Harwell Laboratory and Coller IP Management. He earned his Ph.D. on foaming in lubricating oils at Bristol University, and carried out post-doctoral work at Brunel University on the surface chemistry of copper phthalocyanine pigments.

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