The Importance of Materials for 21st-Century Economies
Chapter 1 describes how materials are important for the development of consumer goods, are key components of medical diagnostic techniques, underpin industries and offer hope for incurable diseases. The importance of surfaces on material properties is stressed. It associates the 20th century with synthetic polymers and suggests the 21st century is an age of natural polymers. Speciality alloys, renewable materials and renewable energy sources are highlighted. The importance of microstructure on material properties is described. Consideration of foods as materials is discussed in relation to diabetes and obesity.
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