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In this podcast we will be investigating materials science and engineering by exploring cutting edge materials technology, the history of different materials, the commercialization of new materials, and exciting advances in processing and characterization. We’ll be covering things like the unlikely discovery of superglue or teflon and we’ll also reveal the fascinating backstories about modern biomaterials like dialysis filters, we’ll update you on exciting new technologies including wearable electronics, next generation batteries, and nanomaterials. In short, we hope to help listeners understand the critical role that materials have played in society and even glimpse into what the future may hold for new materials.

In this podcast we will be investigating materials science and engineering by exploring cutting edge materials technology, the history of different materials, the commercialization of new materials, and exciting advances in processing and characterization. We’ll be covering things like the unlikely discovery of superglue or teflon and we’ll also reveal the fascinating backstories about modern biomaterials like dialysis filters, we’ll update you on exciting new technologies including wearable electronics, next generation batteries, and nanomaterials. In short, we hope to help listeners understand the critical role that materials have played in society and even glimpse into what the future may hold for new materials.

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United States

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In this podcast we will be investigating materials science and engineering by exploring cutting edge materials technology, the history of different materials, the commercialization of new materials, and exciting advances in processing and characterization. We’ll be covering things like the unlikely discovery of superglue or teflon and we’ll also reveal the fascinating backstories about modern biomaterials like dialysis filters, we’ll update you on exciting new technologies including wearable electronics, next generation batteries, and nanomaterials. In short, we hope to help listeners understand the critical role that materials have played in society and even glimpse into what the future may hold for new materials.

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English

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Episodes

Episode 28: μ: Investing in Materials Startups

11/23/2020
Every new startup requires capital, but most venture capital groups are very cautious about investing in materials companies due to the typically long timeframe for development. In this episode we talk to a Matt Cohen, Director of Technology at Pangaea Ventures. Matt talks about why their company dares to invest primarily in materials companies. He tells us about some of the investments they make, and the impact they have. Matt and the team also discuss how you can start your own startup as...

Episode 27: The Materials of Cosplay

10/29/2020
Halloween is right around the corner and like many of you, we’ve been hard at work on our spooky costumes! If you’ve ever been to Comic-Con you’ve seen the incredible costumes that cosplay artists can create. Giant suits of armor and weapons crafted out of EVA foam, Mandalorian suits with Worbla or Sintra armor plates, life-like silicone and latex masks, monsters built from Papier-mâché, Styrofoam, Plastidip, and PVC. This episode is dedicated to all the incredible material science &...

Duration:00:52:40

Episode 26: μ: When Materials Failure Leads to Wildfire

10/19/2020
When you hear of massive wildfires you probably think of the usual suspects: lightning, a campfire carelessly left unattended, maybe a cigarette butt thrown from a vehicle? What you probably don't think of is materials fatigue of a steel hook. This micro episode centers on the story of the Camp Fire in Butte County, California that took 85 lives, decimated the land, and was the biggest insured disaster that year. A look at what mistakes PG&E made ranging from their lack of records keeping to...

Duration:00:13:22

Episode 25: The Materials of Art

10/5/2020
Can art make you a better scientist? Can an understanding of materials science make you a better artist? We think so! So does Darryl Butt, dean of the College of Mines at the University of Utah. We interview him for this episode and discuss tons of interesting aspects of materials science and art. For example, he explains how ancient artists like Da Vinci had an understanding of atmospheric light and used it in their art. We also discuss how modern materials science characterization tools...

Duration:00:35:33

Episode 24: μ: Bio-Inspired Materials

9/18/2020
Andrew catches you up in the issues facing this month's full episode and then sits down with Dr. Steven Naleway from the University of Utah to talk about his research in the field of bio-inspired Materials. If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more people, consider leaving a...

Duration:00:21:22

Episode 23: μ: Bioprinting

8/21/2020
Printing human organs? Replacing worn-out body parts with fresh, newly printed ones? This sounds like science fiction but in some ways, it's already here! From kidneys to bladders and even more complex organs the bizarre future of 3D-bioprinting is here! In this micro-materialism episode we introduce a new producer, Ramsey Issa, to help separate fact from fiction when it comes to the materials science of bioprinting. Some great links to supplement today's episode:...

Duration:00:14:57

Episode 22: Vulcanized Rubber

8/3/2020
A look into the history of rubber and the vulcanization process from Charles Goodyear's insane dedication to abandoned corporate towns in the jungle. In Taylor Sparks' absence, Andrew and Jared take the helm and cohost together. References: Kohjiya S. Chemistry, manufacture and applications of natural rubber. Elsevier; 2014 Feb 17. Coran AY. Vulcanization. InScience and technology of rubber 1994 Jan 1 (pp. 339-385). Academic Press. Fisher HL. Vulcanization of rubber vulcanization of...

Duration:00:25:49

Episode 21: μ: Auxetics

7/22/2020
This episode covers a fascinating class of materials called auxetics. Experience tells us that when we pull a material in tension, it should shrink; auxetics do the opposite. By shifting, winding, or rotating, these materials get wider when stretched and thinner when compressed. If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If...

Duration:00:14:26

Episode 20: Materials Informatics

7/6/2020
A look into the uses of machine learning and the field of materials informatics. Discussions of the positives and negatives of using machine learning on a project as well as some general tips on how to get started in the field. If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more...

Duration:00:54:14

Episode 19: μ: Filtering Out The Bad

6/15/2020
The team tries out a new format. Please bear with us while we figure it all out. This episode is on N95 masks and other filtration materials. If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more people, consider leaving a review - it helps us improve and it exposes new people to the...

Duration:00:11:44

Episode 18: Diamonds Aren't Forever

6/1/2020
A conversation about the history and future of artificial diamonds for industrial applications. Featuring an interview with Colton Fox a research engineer at US Synethic. http://pdc-guru.com/uploads/2/8/7/9/2879895/daw_d-scott_history-and-impact-of-synthetic-diamond-cutters-in-og.pdf https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9781845695620500157 If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes,...

Duration:00:39:44

Episode 17: Perfecting Polymers Processing

5/4/2020
A look at the basics of polymers followed by an interview with Alex Reed CEO of Fluence Analytics, a company specializing in polymer processing data. Bonus Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOrW1ldV3C4 Manivannan, G. (1997). UV-vis spectroscopy as an analytical tool for the characterization of polymers . Materials Characterization and Optical Probe Techniques: A Critical Review. doi:10.1117/12.279857 Tieke, B. (2005). Makromolekulare Chemie. 2nd ed. Weinheim: WILEY_VCH Verlag GmbH...

Duration:00:48:00

Episode 16: Surfactants: A Slippery Soap

4/6/2020
A look back at the history of soap from it's origin in 2500 BC to the numerous changes made to soaps in the last century. Also featuring a discussion about viruses and why soaps are so effective against them. Verbeek, H. (1987). Historical Review. Surfactants in Consumer Products, 1–4. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-71545-7_1 Oluwatoyin, Shoge Mansurat. "Quality Soaps Using Different Oil Blends." Journal of Miicrobiology and Biotechnology Research 1.1 (2011): 29-34. f you have questions or...

Duration:00:26:05

Episode 15: A Look Inside Ultrasound

3/2/2020
An investigation into ultrasound and the material properties that make it work. Featuring an interview with Dr. Jeff Bates about his work on hydrogels and his experience in consulting. Nondestructive Air-coupled Ultrasound Measurement in the Food Industries: https://www.ndt.net/article/IranNDT2017/papers/391.pdf A Study on Automatic Flaw Detection using MSSIM in Ultrasound Imaging of Steel Plate: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8646291 Laser Ultrasound:...

Duration:00:40:19

Episode 14: Self-Healing Rubber

2/3/2020
A look at an exciting new take on a widely used material, the science behind it, and potential future applications. Articles Discussed: 2008 Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles https://www.nature.com/articles/nature06669 2012 Chen and coworkers UC Irvine https://www.nature.com/articles/nchem.1314 2013 Rahman and coworkers University of Brescia and Polytechnic of Milan https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/am303015e 2015 Das and coworkers Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung,...

Duration:00:35:09

Episode 13: The Science of Blacksmithing

1/6/2020
Have you ever watched a blacksmith work an old railroad tie into an elaborate metal trinket and wonder "How do they do that?" or "Why are doing it that way" or "What is the purpose of that step?" In this episode, we dive into the science behind those exact questions. We talk about metal deformation, heat treatments, fracture, different steel types, and wrap up the episode interviewing Alexander Wickstrom an undergraduate in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at the University of...

Duration:01:19:23

Episode 12: Recycling and the Science of Separation

12/2/2019
About half of the solid wastes produced each year end up in a landfill. A quarter gets recycled, 10% is composted, and the rest is burned. Why isn't more being recycled? Is this trend going to change? What will be the impact of China's new policy regarding impurities? This episode dives into recycling and we interview Dr. James Nagel of EDX Magnetics, a company with an innovative new tool for separating metals that could transform the recycling landscape. Links: http://www.edxmagnetics.com/...

Duration:00:52:08

Episode 11: The Ultimate Construction Material

11/4/2019
A great empire demands an equally great building material. In this episode, we cover the development and implementation of concrete throughout human history. We are joined by Marie Jackson, a research associate professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah, and an expert on Roman concrete. She explains how Romans were able to develop concrete and why Roman concrete is able to endure for thousands of years. Finally, we cover some new and exciting concrete technologies that are...

Duration:00:52:30

Episode 10: Seeing With Electrons

10/7/2019
The optical microscope was discovered in the 17th century and ever since has been a staple of scientific discovery. It uncovered germs and let humanity investigate the microscopic world. However, optical microscopes face a limit to their resolution since they rely on visible light. If materials scientists were going to ever probe atoms, grains, domains, and other features smaller than a few hundred nanometers, it would be necessary to fundamentally change the way we see matter. In this...

Duration:00:48:49

Episode 9: Materials That Remember

9/2/2019
Imagine stepping on your favorite glasses and bending the frame horribly out of shape. Now imagine immersing these glasses in boiling water and seeing them snap back into their original shape with no evidence of ever being deformed. Shape memory alloys are as close to real-life science fiction materials as it gets! In this episode, we dive into what the materials are, their discovery, how they work, and lots of cool applications. If you are interested in reading more check out these great...

Duration:00:37:49