Meet materialsSeven chapters form the basis of the book Meet materials – materials science & technology for people without a materials background. Chapters in the middle discuss the relation of materials with light, temperature, electricity and mechanical loads (forces). The first chapter deals with materials as such, and the final chapter deals with manufacturing processes for materials, and the ways in which materials come to their end – and what can be done to counteract that or how to make sustainable use of materials. Special attention is for materials that play a role in the energy transition from fossil fuels to a sustainable energy supply.

Each chapter consists of short pieces of a few pages, that can be read independently from each other:

Materials in a nutshell
A helicopter view of some material properties
Material developments and society

Materials as suchMaterialen als zodanig
Light or heavy?
Porous or dense?
Membranes – versatile separators
Atomic bonds
Advanced ceramics: stable and functional materials
Crystalline or amorphous – order or chaos?
The origin of natural materials
Natural or artificial?
Materials for red wine

Light and materialsLight and materials
Interaction between light and materials
Transparent or not?
Light with a twist
Communication through glass fibres
LEDs and other luminous materials
Laser: social medium avant la lettre

Temperature and materialsTemperature and materials
How do materials transfer heat?
Heat storage in materials
High temperature resistant?
Creep – deformation at high temperatures
The glass transition in polymers
Heat treatment of steel
Shape memory alloy
Thermal expansion
Materials for pumps

Electricity and materialsElectricity and materials
Generation and storage of electricity
Electrical conductors and insulators
Touchscreen for tablet or smartphone
Shielding of sensitive electronics
Semiconductors within microelectronics
Manufacturing of a MOSFET transistor
Piezoelectric materials
Attractive materials by magnetism
Magnetic materials in practice

Materials for the energy transitionMaterials for the energy transition
Carbon dioxide and global warming
Energy transition – how to depart from fossil fuels
Solar energy: from sunlight to electricity
Electrochemistry of the fuel cell
Rechargeable lithium ion batteries
Nuclear energy
Materials and radioactivity

Materials under mechanical loadMaterials under mechanical load
Meet mechanical properties
Flexible or stiff?
Overload: deformation, tough or brittle fracture?
Strength and brittleness of ceramics and glass
Toughening of ceramics
How to make metals stronger?
Reinforcement of plastics
Strong and hard
Fatigue due to cyclic loads
Sound and materials

Materials from the beginning to the end (and beyond)Materials from the beginning to the end (and beyond)
Manufacturing processes for materials
3D printing
Processing of advanced ceramics
Decorative, protective or functional coatings
The binding factor
How long does a material last?
Friction and wear
Resistant to corrosion?
Sustainable use of materials
Self healing materials

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Eddy Brinkman
Meet materials – materials science & technology for people without a materials background
ISBN 978-90-79926-04-6
Published by Betase BV, Barchem, The Netherlands,
240 pages, English language, 2021

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