Materials theory is where we begin. We study materials physics and chemistry to see which experiments are worth doing, then look at the properties of extant materials in the world and we think about how and why they perform the way they do.
That lets us consider wider possibilities – what if we were to combine the performance of multiple materials, engineering out their flaws at the same time? We could create more efficient materials, lighter materials, less expensive materials and less environmentally harmful or exploitative materials.
Dr Stefano Leoni (Reader in Computational Chemistry – Cardiff University)
Dr Stephen Hepplestone (Lecturer E&R – Exeter University)