From man’s first attempts to make fire and fashion stone tools, materials technology has been at the heart of almost everything we do and create. Today, the field is vast – from materials used by the construction industry, the energy industry, and mass manufacturing, to materials and techniques used in medical settings, computing and communications technology and others; from the very big to the very small, from the seemingly simple to the vastly complex.

The pages in this section (submenu to the right/bottom), provides a brief overview of some of the current trends and main challenges in materials science in some of the main economic sectors.