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Education at the Materials-Chemistry Interface

Prof Anthony Cheetham | Department of MS&M, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Education at the Materials-Chemistry Interface

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Chemistry plays a central role in modern materials research, but many of our undergraduate and graduate students are not well trained in the discipline. One of the reasons for this is that materials science departments are often in engineering faculties where access to chemistry training may be limited. Chemical factors of particular importance in materials research include ligand field effects, which control the behaviour of transition metals in a wide range of situations (e.g. mechanical properties, corrosion, magnetism, and optical properties), and chemical thermodynamics, which control phase equilibria, defects, polymorphism and crystallization. A variety of examples will be presented to illustrate the importance of these factors.