Materials Science

28 February 2017

We slice open an LED light bulb to see how they work and why we need them.

30 September 2016

Metal fatigue has been responsible for a number of fatal engineering disasters, from the Versailles rail accident to...

21 July 2016

Biological alternatives to oil-based varnish are turning wood into one of the most sustainable building materials...

05 February 2016

The world’s hardest natural material also has the most enthralling sparkle – these two properties mean that tiny...

15 October 2015

A look inside one of the most spectacular feats of engineering: the jet engine.

01 October 2015

Trains are one of the most 'green' forms of travel, but how can we make them even more energy efficient?

13 August 2015

How do we know where planes are in the sky, and why do we occasionally lose them?

20 February 2015

From knights in shining armour to bullet proof vests: what's next for protective materials?

23 November 2014

Jet engines have to keep entire planes in the air, so choosing what to make them from can make all the difference...

20 October 2014

Supported by The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Naked Scientists are offering candidates an opportunity to join...

05 July 2013

Every year, 210 kilos of steel is produced for every person on the planet. But how is this industrial workhorse made,...

05 July 2013

With modern computers becoming ever more powerful, they have become an indispensable tool for the design of engineering...

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15 October 2012

What is steel? How have the production methods for making it changed over hundreds of years? What are different kinds...

15 October 2012

A new high temperature aerospace material has proved to be elusive so far, however, the candidate materials have to...

15 October 2012

How do materials scientists process strong, deformation-resistant blades for gas turbine engines? What developments...

15 July 2012

In a world with ever-increasing energy demands and pollution, clean and abundant energy is urgently needed. The Sun...

06 July 2011

CSI has come to Swansea. But rather than solving murders, for a team at the University's Technology Centre (UTC)...

07 July 2007

Mention plastics and most people think of polythenes, perspex and other oil-based nasties that never break down. But...