Materials

Materials science is a mixture of physics, chemistry and engineering that aims to understand what our world is made of and what materials we should use to suit our needs - metal, wood, stone, glass? Materials science created plastic, the wonder material that revolutionised the kinds of objects we can create. Now, though, the focus is turning to plastic alternatives. What materials can we invent that don't pollute the seas with microplastics or find their way into the food chain?

Advertisement
Advertisement