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Concepts of Materials Science

Adrian P Sutton


This short book describes ten fundamental concepts – big ideas – of materials science. Some of them come from mainstream physics and chemistry, including thermodynamic stability and phase diagrams, symmetry, and quantum behaviour. Others are about restless atomic motion and thermal fluctuations, defects in crystalline materials as the agents of change in materials, nanoscience and nanotechnology, materials design and materials discovery, metamaterials, and biological matter as a material. A cornerstone of materials science is the idea that materials are complex systems that interact with their ... More

Keywords: Thermodynamics, Phase diagram, Change in materials, Crystal defect, Symmetry, Quantum behaviour, Nanoscience and nanotechnology, Materials design, Collective behaviour, Complex system, Metamaterial, Biological matter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192846839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192846839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian P Sutton, author
Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Physics, Imperial College London