The study of how the properties of matter arise from its structure at all scales and of how processing can be used to modify those properties (often in pursuit of a specific application).

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Does there exists a flexible supermaterial with which you can write a “thermal image” instead of a visible light image [closed]

I'm thinking a mesh of copper that some how heats up at the touching points and you address each point with rapid switching. Would that not work? Also, what do you suggest as a heater at each of ...
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How can I get some conductive polymer (silicone like), with 1 Ohm/cm resistance? [closed]

I'm looking for a silicone-like (flexible, stretchable) conductive polymer with 1 ohm/cm resistance. Does anyone happen to know where/how can I acquire some? Thank you very much for your time.
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Martian space elevator from the vulcano Olympus Mon to the moon Phobos?

In my fascinating imagination, I am seeing a space elevator from the vulcano Olympus Mon to the moon Phobos. Phobos also seems to keep spaceships - while a smaller shuttle attaches itself to the ...
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Software for analysing SEM or TEM images

I am looking for a software to analyse SEM and TEM images of some PLD experiments because I want to characterize the samples, like calculate the concentration of nanoparticles, size, and do some ...
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Cold welding of a metallic surface

I have heard of cold welding, it's said that it's only possible if the surface is very clean. Can cold welding be accomplished by shearing a metal object and then immediately touching the newly ...
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Is it possible to cut harder material with a less hard material?

Is it possible to cut harder material with a less hard material - for example cut a steel rod with iron blade ?
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What are the factors affecting transparency and color of a substance [duplicate]

What is the reason behind visual properties like color and transparency of different substances? I have always heard that the structure of the substance is responsible for these properties. I always ...
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Material for moisture moderation

Do you know of any material that can moderate the level of moisture of its local environment? Example: if the desired moisture level is 30% and the local environment of the material is at 6% the ...
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Material that can provide soft flexibility, while maintaining conduction “accuracy”

I hope material search may be valid here. Is there a material that can be shaped as a few millimeters thick sheet, that can be placed on top a touch surface (e.g. iOS/Android tablet, Wacom drawing ...
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Why is steel-reinforced concrete stronger than ordinary concrete?

Is it only because steel has higher elasticity? What other factors are involved?
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What is the yield strength of a bar of different cross sections?

Will the yield strength of the combination will be same as that of the rod of uniform cross section?
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What are some structures which minimize surface stress upon expansion

Intro I am currently researching into a problem involving the cyclical expansion and contraction of a 3 layered structure comprised of an internal metal encased by another metal encased in an outer ...
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Does induced current affect the permeability of a material?

For electromagnetic wave propagation, we can typically characterize a medium by conductivity $\sigma$, permeability $\mu$, and permittivity $\epsilon$. Consider if this material had current passing ...
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How many molecules rub off when I press a key?

I have a lot of questions below but my overarching questions are: Do surfaces rubbing lightly together always strip molecules off of each other? and How can we model that? Clearly the answer to the ...
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How does a knife cut things at the atomic level?

As the title says. It is common sense that sharp things cut, but how do they work at the atomical level?
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Demagnetisation by throwing a magnet

I tried to answer this question in a book about electrodynamics: How to demagnetise a permanent magnet, ie. described by $ D_T$ change into described by (0,0) I figured out about heating it up ...
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If atoms have specific energy levels, why do opaque solids absorb all visible light, not just some? [duplicate]

Here's my question: if atoms have well defined energy levels and those differences correspond to the frequencies of light that can be absorbed, how is it that opaque objects absorb all or most visible ...
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Question about supercooling

During the cooling of a liquid, if no impurity of site of nuclearation, an appreciable solidification will begin only after the temperature has been lowered to below the equilibrium solidification (or ...
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A physicists perspective on a material science/engineering problem

I am looking into some research that involves engineering and material science. As a physicists I wondered what other physicists would think of this problem and how they would approach it. Much of the ...
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intermetallics and solid solution

For some systems, discrete intermediate compounds rather than solid solutions may be found on the phase diagram, and these compounds have distinct chemical formulas; for metal–metal systems, they are ...
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Graphene conductor? [closed]

I was thinking if we had a a busbar that can carry massive amounts of current(since its resistance is $0.9\, \mathrm{\mu \Omega}$), and it's weight is $15\, \mathrm{kg}$, I assume if graphene would be ...
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Grain boundary sliding in creep

To prevent grain boundary sliding so that creep is less likely to occur, usually engineers would design components of larger grains or have columnar grain structure to prevent grain-boundary sliding. ...
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Does extreme cold make **everything** extremely brittle?

First of all, I'm genuinely sorry if this question isn't "serious" enough for this forum! A common cliche in movies and tv is that a very tough object (eg the villain) is frozen, and then hit with ...
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A question about residual stress

Shot peening is a process of inducing residual compressive stress on the surface layer of metal parts. When shooting particles are colliding on the surface of metal there is a compressive stress. My ...
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Surface area of glass (or general material) and strength

How does the surface area of a piece of glass (or any general material; sapphire isn't technically glass) correlate with strength? Strength as in resistance to pressure concentrated at a small point? ...
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Where I can find information about how helium gas diffuses through different polymer materials

I need more experimental information about helium gas diffusion in solid materials such as different plastics, metals, ceramics etc. For example I am scientifically curious about what is the polymer ...
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How absorption coefficient determines which material is used to make solar cells?

Does the knowledge of the material absorption coefficients aids engineers in determining which material to use in their solar cell designs? If yes, how?
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What is the meaning of $\%E$ on a graph?

I'm reading the book The New Science of Strong Materials by J.E. Gordon. He writes when we plotted (...) breaking strain, against thickness, we found it did not matter what the whiskers were made ...
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What factors cause the velocity saturation to occur at different electric fields for different materials?

In semiconductors the velocity of carriers gets saturated after a certain value of electric field. In silicon it occurs at around $10^4 kV/cm$ and in GaAs at some other value. What factors are ...
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Where will a board break when weight is added to the end?

If you have a board, say a standard 2x4 of finite length, where one end is fixed in a cement wall and the other end is free, and you begin adding weight to the free end until it breaks, where will the ...
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Is there a textile like material that can act as a spring? [closed]

Imagine some sort of textile (as in very light, not metallic) that is tightly rolled up, can be easily unrolled by applying some force (i.e pulling it) but when released will eventually return to it's ...
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Does Mohs scale of mineral hardness always hold?

According to Wikipedia's article on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, materials / minerals with a higher rating cannot be "visibly" scratched by materials with a lower rating. It goes on to admit ...
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Not-so-hot black shirt

As it is getting warmer here by the minute I was asking myself: Are there materials, that are black (in th visible range) but reflect (most) invisible light? Furthermore, I asked myself what ...
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Is Sapphire crystal flexible?

It is widely rumoured that the next iPhone's screen cover will be a sheet of synthetic Sapphire crystal. A video purporting to show a leaked part has emerged. The chap in the video (Marques Brownlee) ...
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Why is powdered sugar less dense than granulated sugar?

The density of powdered sugar is about 20% lower than that of granulated sugar. There is small composition difference between the two - about 3% cornstarch and 0.5% water in powdered sugar, but that's ...
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Melting and Boiling Points of Odd Materials

In Chemistry, I was taught that there are three main states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas, and that heat and pressure determine that state. For some substances, the line is blurry between them. ...
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How does a fabric containing 10% stretch material make it stretchy?

Why should adding a small amount of a stretchy material make an otherwise non-stretchy fabric stretch? Shouldn't the non-stretch fibres still constrain the maximum stretch of the fabric?
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Which is stronger, wire rope or chain?

Assume they are the same material with the same weight, which is stronger?
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What keeps objects made of gold apart? [duplicate]

I was told the following basic facts: Objects made of the same metal don’t fuse in the atmosphere because they form an oxide layer. They do fuse in space. Gold doesn’t oxidize. Yet, gold nuggets ...
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What keeps objects made of the same plastic apart?

I have two objects here which are made of the same plastic. When I hold them together, they remain separate objects: I can pull them apart with no resistance. How does each atom/molecule “know” which ...
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Does the Night Mode of the screen display (LCD) save more energy?

In some cases, we can enable the Night Mode (reversing the bright and dark color of the display; such as White Text, Black Background) for the screen display. LCD(Liquid-crystal display) seems to be ...
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Glass Hardness and Pressure

How is glass hardness defined? I understand that ordinary kitchen knives cannot scratch most toughened glass, such as the ones found on cell phones. However (I once tried) - with enough pressure, one ...
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Why defects reduce electric field?

I am running a simulation with drift-diffusion equation, Poisson equation and Fourier heat equation with a metal/insulator/metal structure. In my simulation, initially electric field is at the top of ...
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Materials with directional friction property?

At the macroscopic level a simple metal file or rasp creates a large amount of friction in one direction and a much smaller amount in the opposit direction. Shark skin displays the same properties due ...
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Can Aluminium be softened

I have an aluminium baking plate that I did put in a very hot oven and now it is soft, so I can bend it or almost roll it up. Why?
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Reducing Friction between 2 abs plastic bodies [closed]

Here at the company we've been working on a new product, and it will more than a few times a day and with a considerable force, slide on a plastic surface, being itself, another plastic body, roughly ...
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Why do pores make ceramic opaque?

I want to know how a ceramic transparency is mostly affected by the pores, grain boundary, second phases etc. present inside of it, but the major contribution is due to the pores. Let's consider the ...
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Are there materials that get softer with temperature decrease?

Could be there material that begins melting/softening when it's temperature is lowered? I would say no, but I've seen enough physics to know that not always life is so easy. Moreover I think I've ...
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How does tempered glass work?

I've read that tempered glass work by heating and then rapidly cooling the glass so that the outer layer 'freezes' (stops expanding/contracting) but the core contracts further as it cools. I'm told ...
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What makes materials hard and strong?

This is something I have wondered for a long time. Why are some materials like steel, diamond, and even light materials like graphene stronger than others? Is it due to the strength of the ...