36 episodes

In this podcast we will be investigating materials science and engineering by exploring cutting edge materials technology, the history of different materials, the commercialization of new materials, and exciting advances in processing and characterization. We’ll be covering things like the unlikely discovery of superglue or teflon and we’ll also reveal the fascinating backstories about modern biomaterials like dialysis filters, we’ll update you on exciting new technologies including wearable electronics, next generation batteries, and nanomaterials. In short, we hope to help listeners understand the critical role that materials have played in society and even glimpse into what the future may hold for new materials.

Materialis‪m‬ Taylor Sparks and Andrew Falkowski

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 48 Ratings

In this podcast we will be investigating materials science and engineering by exploring cutting edge materials technology, the history of different materials, the commercialization of new materials, and exciting advances in processing and characterization. We’ll be covering things like the unlikely discovery of superglue or teflon and we’ll also reveal the fascinating backstories about modern biomaterials like dialysis filters, we’ll update you on exciting new technologies including wearable electronics, next generation batteries, and nanomaterials. In short, we hope to help listeners understand the critical role that materials have played in society and even glimpse into what the future may hold for new materials.

    Spark Plasma Sintering

    Spark Plasma Sintering

    A look into Spark "Plasma" Sintering and why the name is a misnomer. Follow the history as it goes from Mayan jewelry making all the way to Dr. Sparks building one in his lab at the University of Utah. Finally, dive into its current applications and possibilities in the future.

    References:
    ttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2004.11.010
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2005.04.003
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/adem.201300409
    https://patents.google.com/patent/US1071488

    Munir ZA, Anselmi-Tamburini U, Ohyanagi M. The effect of electric field and pressure on the synthesis and consolidation of materials: A review of the spark plasma sintering method. Journal of materials science. 2006 Feb;41(3):763-77.

    If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more people, consider leaving a review - it helps us improve and it exposes new people to the show. Finally, check out our Instagram page @materialism.podcast and connect with us to let us know what new material you’d like to hear about next. We’d like to give a shoutout to AlphaBot for allowing us to use his music within the podcast. Check him out on Spotify. And as always a special thanks to Kolobyte who created the intro and outro for our podcast. He makes a ton of really cool synthwave music which you can check out at kolobyte.bandcamp.com. Visit our sponsors for this episode www.materialstoday.com and matmatch.com.

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    Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-creator, editing assistance), Andrew Falkowski (co-creator, co-host, production, editing assistance), Jared Duffy (production, marketing, and editing), Ramsey Issa (editing assistance, co-host).

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    • 37 min
    μ: Cookware

    μ: Cookware

    Andrew and Ramsey take a look into the surprising science that helps make cooking as easy as can be. They explain the dangers that cooking with some of these chemicals can create and how to avoid it.

    If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more people, consider leaving a review - it helps us improve and it exposes new people to the show. Finally, check out our Instagram page @materialism.podcast and connect with us to let us know what new material you’d like to hear about next. We’d like to give a shoutout to AlphaBot for allowing us to use his music within the podcast. Check him out on Spotify. And as always a special thanks to Kolobyte who created the intro and outro for our podcast. He makes a ton of really cool synthwave music which you can check out at kolobyte.bandcamp.com. Visit our sponsors for this episode www.materialstoday.com, and matmatch.com.

    Follow us on Instagram: @materialism.podcast Follow us on Twitter: @MaterialismPod Visit our website: www.materialismpodcast.com

    Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-creator), Andrew Falkowski (co-creator, co-host, production), Jared Duffy (production, marketing, and editing), Ramsey Issa (editing assistance, co-host).

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    Photography

    Photography

    The development of photography is inextricably linked to the development of advanced materials and chemicals. In this episode, Andrew and Jared discuss the science that makes photography possible. The episode includes everything from the structure of film, to digital sensors, to radioactive elements in glass.

    Sources and Cool Articles:

    Witten NM. The Chemistry of Photography.

    Link A. Fstoppers. “How Photos Were Edited in the Darkroom Days”

    Shu-wei H. “Photographic Film Structure”

    Rogers D. The chemistry of photography: from classical to digital technologies. Royal Society of Chemistry; 2007.

    “Kodak - How Film is Made - 1958”

    Chiu CP, Chiang TJ, Chen JK, Chang FC, Ko FH, Chu CW, Kuo SW, Fan SK. Liquid lenses and driving mechanisms: a review. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. 2012 Sep 1;26(12-17):1773-88.

    Ła̧czka M, Stoch L. Rare earth elements as components of special glasses. Journal of the Less Common Metals. 1990 Oct 20;166(1):163-71.

    Schneider J. “Rare Earth Glass Leica Lenses: A Quick and Quirky Overview”

    If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more people, consider leaving a review - it helps us improve and it exposes new people to the show. Finally, check out our Instagram page @materialism.podcast and connect with us to let us know what new material you’d like to hear about next. We’d like to give a shoutout to AlphaBot for allowing us to use his music within the podcast. Check him out on Spotify. And as always a special thanks to Kolobyte who created the intro and outro for our podcast. He makes a ton of really cool synthwave music which you can check out at kolobyte.bandcamp.com. Visit our sponsors for this episode www.materialstoday.com, and matmatch.com.

    Follow us on Instagram: @materialism.podcast
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    Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-creator), Andrew Falkowski (co-creator, co-host, production), Jared Duffy (production, co-host, marketing, and editing), Ramsey Issa (editing assistance).

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    μ: The Elixir of Civilization

    μ: The Elixir of Civilization

    A review of the book "Scientific Freedom: The Elixir of Civilization" by Donald Braben. Taylor and Andrew drive into the radical ideas Braben implemented in his role as Director of Venture Research at BP. They examine the principles behind Venture Research and the potential for this approach to revolutionize scientific discovery by increasing freedom and creativity. Who knows? Maybe this approach would discover this century's Einsteins, Plancks, Rutherfords and more!

    If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more people, consider leaving a review - it helps us improve and it exposes new people to the show. Finally, check out our Instagram page @materialism.podcast and connect with us to let us know what new material you’d like to hear about next. We’d like to give a shoutout to AlphaBot for allowing us to use his music within the podcast. Check him out on Spotify. And as always a special thanks to Kolobyte who created the intro and outro for our podcast. He makes a ton of really cool synthwave music which you can check out at kolobyte.bandcamp.com. Visit our sponsors for this episode www.materialstoday.com, and matmatch.com.

    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/materialism.podcast/?hl=en Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaterialismPod Visit our website: www.materialismpodcast.com

    Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-creator, co-host, production), Andrew Falkowski (co-creator, co-host, production), Jared Duffy (production, marketing, and editing), Ramsey Issa (editing assistance)

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    • 17 min
    Ionic Conduction

    Ionic Conduction

    Diffusion is when atoms move through a material in response to a concentration gradient. However, some ions can move through a material in response to an electric field and can do so very quickly! Even more remarkable, the motion of ions can be restricted to ions of a certain type such as O2-, H+, Na+, Li+ etc. What is required of a material in order for it to be an ionic conductor? What technologies do ionic conductors make possible? Why are they necessary for batteries, fuel cells, sensors, electrolyzer, and more? We answer these questions and dive into the exciting recent news of solid-state batteries in this episode. We cover some of the key fast ion conductors like YSZ, BASE, LSGM, Nafion, LLZO, and NaSiCON.

    References

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery#Electrolytes
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery#Fire_hazard
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_ion_conductor#Superionic_conductor
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_superionic_conductor#cite_note-1
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_resistivity_and_conductivity
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_relation_(kinetic_theory)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yttria-stabilized_zirconia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LLZO
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nafion#:~:text=Nafion%20is%20a%20brand%20name,properties%20that%20are%20called%20ionomers.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASICON#:~:text=NASICON%20is%20an%20acronym%20for,are%20replaced%20by%20isovalent%20elements.

    If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more people, consider leaving a review - it helps us improve and it exposes new people to the show. Finally, check out our Instagram page @materialism.podcast and connect with us to let us know what new material you’d like to hear about next. We’d like to give a shoutout to AlphaBot for allowing us to use his music within the podcast. Check him out on Spotify. And as always a special thanks to Kolobyte who created the intro and outro for our podcast. He makes a ton of really cool synthwave music which you can check out at kolobyte.bandcamp.com. Visit our sponsors for this episode www.materialstoday.com, and matmatch.com. Also a special thanks to ACerS
    Energy Materials and Systems Division sponsoring this episode.

    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/materialism.podcast/?hl=en Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaterialismPod Visit our website: www.materialismpodcast.com

    Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-creator, co-host, production), Andrew Falkowski (co-creator, co-host, production), Jared Duffy (production, marketing, and editing)

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    μ: Engineering a Better Skateboard

    μ: Engineering a Better Skateboard

    The intersection of people interested in both skateboarding and materials science is likely small 🤣, but who cares! Skateboards have some cutting edge polymers, ceramics, metals, & composites:
    wood vs carbon-fiber composite lay-ups? ✔
    silicon nitride vs steel ball bearings? ✔
    titanium vs magnesium light-weight metal alloy trucks? ✔
    high hardness vs soft & grippy urethane wheels? ✔

    In this episode, we chat with Norman Woods, a professional skateboarder who helps us figure out if all the advanced materials translate to dramatically improved performance.

    If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more people, consider leaving a review - it helps us improve and it exposes new people to the show. Finally, check out our Instagram page @materialism.podcast and connect with us to let us know what new material you’d like to hear about next. We’d like to give a shoutout to AlphaBot for allowing us to use his music within the podcast. Check him out on Spotify. And as always a special thanks to Kolobyte who created the intro and outro for our podcast. He makes a ton of really cool synthwave music which you can check out at kolobyte.bandcamp.com. Also visit our sponsors for this episode www.materialstoday.com and matmatch.com.

    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/materialism.podcast/?hl=en Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaterialismPod Visit our website: www.materialismpodcast.com

    Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-creator, co-host, production), Andrew Falkowski (co-creator, co-host, production), Jared Duffy (production, marketing, and editing), Ramsey Issa (co-host, production), Kathy Liu (co-host, production)

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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

AJ12346 ,

Probably the best materials science podcast out there!

Very informative

Nicholas Etrick ,

Outstanding - Essential Podcast for (Materials) Scientists, Engineers, and Thinkers!

Materialism is the podcast you need in your arsenal for the Materials Science

Allie_G93 ,

So Interesting!

I love listening to this podcast weekly! They cover such interesting topics and explain it in such easy to understand terminology.

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