Materials In Action

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10 March 2015 19:00 - 21:00
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Materials play a central role in our lives but to a great extent we take them very much for granted.
In this presentation we will explore how materials have helped to change and improve the technology we rely on by looking at how they are used in computers, aircraft, sports equipment and medical devices. Metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and smart materials will be discussed in terms of their uses in these applications and the much publicised field of nanotechnology will be discussed.
We have already had the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, but what material do you think we could name our current time after?
Perhaps it could be silicon that we can process on a nano-scale to produce postage stamp-size microchips containing the equivalent of many millions of components.
Maybe you would choose the very lightweight aluminium alloys or composite materials which have allowed us to develop large aircraft such as the Airbus A380 or Boeing 787.
Biomaterials must surely be a contender as the use of these biocompatible materials inside the body has allowed us to improve the quality of life of millions of people. We are now able to successfully replace a number of different joint, lenses in eyes and even sections of blood vessels.
Smart materials such as colour changing polymers and shape memory alloys can be used in a variety of medical and space-related applications and nanotechnology is another emerging field with its roots in Materials Science


Diane joined the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in 2001 and took over managing the school and college education activities in 2009. Her role involves developing resources for teachers, attending conferences and putting on events to support the materials taught in schools.


The Holiday Inn - Peterborough
Thorpe Wood
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