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Material science is the study of the properties of solid materials and how those properties are determined by a materials composition and structure Most engineers have the primary function of relating the design and production of machinery and components Materials science and engineers are involved with all aspects of engineering and provide the best material for a large variety of applications In the workplace materials science and engineers can specify test and qualify the materials used by their companies They can also perform the research and development that is necessary to provide the materials of the future that will enable other engineers to extend the capabilities of their products Material science and engineers work with all classes of materials such as steel fiber ceramic composites metallic super alloys and electronic polymers Materials science and engineers use different kinds of methods to advance the use of all materials and discover the properties of different materials What do Material Scientists and Engineers Do Georgia Institute of Technology With todays new technology there are many things that materials science and engineers are doing that they could not do before One of the newest advancements made by materials science and engineers is the discovery of conductive polymers A conductive polymer is a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed by polymerization whose electrons need to be free to move and not bound to the atoms In the past one major difference between polymers and metals is their low electrical conductivity However there has recently been a new class of organic polymers capable of conductivity Commonly referred to as doping this new process through reduction and oxidation causes polymers to become conductive The advantages to the discovery of these new conductive polymers are a full range of conductivity from insulators to metallic conductors Technology Development Panipol I believe that the discovery of conductive polymers is going to change the way we live dramatically in the near future Conductive polymers can
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