Materials Chemistry

The interdisciplinary field of materials science, also commonly termed materials science and engineering is the design and discovery of new materials, particularly solids. The intellectual origins of materials science stem from the Enlightenment, when researchers began to use analytical thinking from chemistry, physics, and engineering to understand ancient, phenomenological observations in metallurgy and mineralogy. Materials science still incorporates elements of physics, chemistry, and engineering. As such, the field was long considered by academic institutions as a sub-field of these related fields. Beginning in the 1940s, materials science began to be more widely recognized as a specific and distinct field of science and engineering, and major technical universities around the world created dedicated schools of the study, within either the Science or Engineering schools, hence the naming.

Many of the most pressing scientific problems humans currently face are due to the limits of the materials that are available and how they are used. Thus, breakthroughs in materials science are likely to affect the future of technology significantly.

Materials scientists emphasize understanding how the history of a material (its processing) influences its structure, and thus the material's properties and performance. The understanding of processing-structure-properties relationships is called the § materials paradigm. This paradigm is used to advance understanding in a variety of research areas, including nanotechnology, biomaterials, and metallurgy. Materials science is also an important part of forensic engineering and failure analysis – investigating materials, products, structures or components which fail or do not function as intended, causing personal injury or damage to property. Such investigations are key to understanding, for example, the causes of various aviation accidents and incidents.

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Scholarships for Materials Chemistry Majors

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Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

$25,000 March 27, 2020 See Details

Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

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$25,000

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March 27, 2020
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Clifford C. Hach Memorial Scholarship

University of Wyoming

$6,000 March 15, 2020 See Details

Clifford C. Hach Memorial Scholarship

University of Wyoming

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$6,000

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March 15, 2020
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IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship

Chicago Public Schools

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IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship

Chicago Public Schools

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Beekhuis Scholarship

Delaware Community Foundation

$3,000 March 15, 2020 See Details

Beekhuis Scholarship

Delaware Community Foundation

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$3,000

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March 15, 2020
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UNCF STEM Scholars Program

UNCF, Inc

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UNCF STEM Scholars Program

UNCF, Inc

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March 19, 2020
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Science Student Award

Avomeen Analytical Services

$2,500 April 01, 2020 See Details

Science Student Award

Avomeen Analytical Services

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$2,500

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April 01, 2020
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John A. and Louise V. Maslin Scholarship

Delaware Community Foundation

$1,000 March 15, 2020 See Details

John A. and Louise V. Maslin Scholarship

Delaware Community Foundation

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$1,000

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March 15, 2020
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Nola Cook Scholarship

Michael and Lauren Branch

$750 May 01, 2020 See Details

Nola Cook Scholarship

Michael and Lauren Branch

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$750

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May 01, 2020
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Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship

Study.com

$500 April 01, 2020 See Details

Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship

Study.com

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$500

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April 01, 2020
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Evergreen STEM Scholarship

Northern New York Community Foundation

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Evergreen STEM Scholarship

Northern New York Community Foundation

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April 15, 2020
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