Cutting Edge Materials

'What do materials scientists do? They investigate the properties of materials. Sometimes they try to make a material for a purpose. Sometimes a material is discovered and they explore its potential uses. The properties of all materials must be rigorously assessed.'

These practicals and videos use a workplace context to help students find out more about how science is applied to using and testing new materials, including the manufacture of miniature electrical circuits.

The practicals investigate the properties of an unusual material - nitinol (a smart metal alloy).

The video shows researchers working in the Department of Engineering, University of Liverpool doing world-leading research into advanced materials.

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Cutting Edge Materials: Practicals

Six groups of practicals produced by the Institute of Physics (IOP) that help students to find out more about how science is applied to using and testing new materials. In addition to the guidance included for specific activities, please refer to the generic health and safety information before commencing any...
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2000 - 2009

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Cutting Edge Materials: Videos

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Cutting Edge Materials: Activity Sheets

Seven activity sheets produced by the Institute of Physics (IOP) to accompany the MODEL Project's Cutting Edge Materials video. Worksheet one takes an overview of the topic. Worksheets two - seven are targeted at specific sections of the video. Answers to all the worksheet questions are provided in the Word...
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