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Materials for the 21st Century

David Segal


The book is a general text that shows how materials can contribute to solving problems facing nations in the 21st century. It is illustrated with diverse applications and highlights the potential of existing materials for everyday life, healthcare and the economies of nations. There are 13 chapters and a glossary of 500 materials with their descriptions, historical development, their use or potential use and a range of references. Specific areas include synthetic polymers (e.g. nylon), natural polymers (e.g. proteins, cellulose) and the role of materials in the development of digital computers ... More

Keywords: disruptive technologies, patents, intellectual property, solid-state lighting, energy supplies, healthcare, digital computers, polymers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198804079
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Segal, author