67 episodes

"It's a Material World" is a podcast that uncovers why materials science will change the world. We explore how materials are engineered to make an impact all around you and how they will play an even bigger role in your future. We also invite experts onto the show to share high-level insights on how MSE can make a difference in nearly any industry. The field of materials science and engineering is new and exciting, so hop on board now and you won't get left behind.

For additional updates, soundbites, and bloopers, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn @itsamaterialworldpodcast.

Feel free to connect with Tom Miller and Punith Upadhya on LinkedIn as well! We'd love to chat with you to discuss the latest breakthroughs in MSE, what you'd like to see from our podcast, and how to get more involved in the field of materials science and engineering.

It's a Material World | Materials Science Podcast Punith Upadhya and David Yeh

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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

"It's a Material World" is a podcast that uncovers why materials science will change the world. We explore how materials are engineered to make an impact all around you and how they will play an even bigger role in your future. We also invite experts onto the show to share high-level insights on how MSE can make a difference in nearly any industry. The field of materials science and engineering is new and exciting, so hop on board now and you won't get left behind.

For additional updates, soundbites, and bloopers, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn @itsamaterialworldpodcast.

Feel free to connect with Tom Miller and Punith Upadhya on LinkedIn as well! We'd love to chat with you to discuss the latest breakthroughs in MSE, what you'd like to see from our podcast, and how to get more involved in the field of materials science and engineering.

    66: Hyperloop Technology: Revolutionizing Transportation (ft. Andrea La Mendola)

    66: Hyperloop Technology: Revolutionizing Transportation (ft. Andrea La Mendola)

    Hyperloop TT has brought together a global team to create a frictionless world. By removing the financial, technological, safety and environmental risks, and by removing the wasted time, stress and complications of travel, they’re removing the barriers to where the world wants to go.    

     

    Check out our MSE Company Database and free professional development guide for materials scientists and engineers!

     

    In today’s episode, we welcome Andrea La Mendola, the Chief Operating Officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. With him we discuss:

     

    🔹️What hyperloop technology is and how people perceive it. 

    🔹️The role of material science in developing Hyperloop technology. 

    🔹And much more!

     

    Learn more about our MSE Career Development Online Course, which includes more industry-specific information and advice.

     

    Join our Discord community! You can meet other passionate materials scientists and engineers from around the world, discuss the latest breakthroughs in MSE, share materials-related memes, and get career advice from experts in the field. 

     

    Also, check out our MSE-themed merchandise if you want to support us or simply show off your love of materials science!

     

    For shorter segments and full video podcasts, subscribe to our channel on YouTube. For bloopers, audiograms, and interesting materials science articles, follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Feel free to message us on our social media platforms if you have any feedback or recommendations for future episodes, or email us directly at itsamaterialworldpodcast@gmail.com. Finally, reach out to David Yeh and Punith Upadhya on LinkedIn if you'd like to chat about the latest breakthroughs in MSE!

     

    Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed by either guests or hosts in this show are their own, and do not represent the opinions of the companies or organizations with which they are affiliated.

     

    #materialsscience #hyperloop #transportation #technology

     

    • 52 min
    65: How Biomimicry Inspired the Creation of Helicoid Composites (ft. Dr Lorenzo Mencattelli)

    65: How Biomimicry Inspired the Creation of Helicoid Composites (ft. Dr Lorenzo Mencattelli)

    Biomimicry aims to take inspiration from biological processes and translate the principles to engineering. By its inspiration, the idea of helicoid composites was created.  

     

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    In today’s episode, Dr. Lorenzo Mencattelli, Director of Research and Development at Helicoid Industries, will share with us his expertise in Composite Innovation and R&D project management.

     

    In this conversation, we discuss:

    🔹️What does a helicoid structure look like in nature.

    🔹️Advice to engineers who would like to learn more about biomimicry.

    🔹And much more!

     

    Learn more about our MSE Career Development Online Course, which includes more industry-specific information and advice.

     

    Join our Discord community! You can meet other passionate materials scientists and engineers from around the world, discuss the latest breakthroughs in MSE, share materials-related memes, and get career advice from experts in the field. 

     

    Also, check out our MSE-themed merchandise if you want to support us or simply show off your love of materials science!

     

    For shorter segments and full video podcasts, subscribe to our channel on YouTube. For bloopers, audiograms, and interesting materials science articles, follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Feel free to message us on our social media platforms if you have any feedback or recommendations for future episodes, or email us directly at itsamaterialworldpodcast@gmail.com. Finally, reach out to David Yeh and Punith Upadhya on LinkedIn if you'd like to chat about the latest breakthroughs in MSE!

     

    Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed by either guests or hosts in this show are their own, and do not represent the opinions of the companies or organizations with which they are affiliated.

     

    #materialsscience #biomimicry #helicoidmaterials #technology

     

    • 44 min
    64: Scaling Nanotechnology from Research Labs to Consumer Products (ft. Dr. Nichole Cates)

    64: Scaling Nanotechnology from Research Labs to Consumer Products (ft. Dr. Nichole Cates)

    Nanocoining is a patented process that enables scalable nanomanufacturing by indenting nanopatterns around the outside of a seamless cylindrical drum or sleeve 500 times faster than electron-beam lithography. 

     

    Check out our MSE Company Database and free professional development guide for materials scientists and engineers!

     

    Today's guest, Dr. Nichole Cates, Senior Research Scientist at Smart Material Solutions and leads the company’s nanofabrication and nanocharacterization efforts. In this episode, she will share her knowledge about high-speed nanopatterning and its different applications. 

     

    In this conversation, we discuss:

    🔹️How NASA could use nanocoining to prevent dust accumulation on astronaut suits

    🔹️Advice to MSEs who are trying to figure out what industry they want to make an impact in

     

    Learn more about our MSE Career Development Online Course, which includes more industry-specific information and advice.

     

    Join our Discord community! You can meet other passionate materials scientists and engineers from around the world, discuss the latest breakthroughs in MSE, share materials-related memes, and get career advice from experts in the field. 

     

    Also, check out our MSE-themed merchandise if you want to support us or simply show off your love of materials science!

     

    For shorter segments and full video podcasts, subscribe to our channel on YouTube. For bloopers, audiograms, and interesting materials science articles, follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Feel free to message us on our social media platforms if you have any feedback or recommendations for future episodes, or email us directly at itsamaterialworldpodcast@gmail.com. Finally, reach out to David Yeh and Punith Upadhya on LinkedIn if you'd like to chat about the latest breakthroughs in MSE!

     

    Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed by either guests or hosts in this show are their own, and do not represent the opinions of the companies or organizations for which they are affiliated.

     

    #materialsscience #fibercoat #compositefibers #fibers #technology

     

    • 49 min
    63: Using Composite Fibers to Shield Your Home from Radiation (ft. Dr. Robert Brüll)

    63: Using Composite Fibers to Shield Your Home from Radiation (ft. Dr. Robert Brüll)

    Fibercoat is a two-component, ceramic fiber reinforced, high build coating system.  It is designed for walls, ceilings, columns, and other surfaces subject to chemical exposure.  Fibercoat is a high film build system with excellent adhesion to concrete or steel. 

    Check out our MSE Company Database and free professional development guide for materials scientists and engineers!

    Today's guest, Dr. Robert Brüll, the CEO and Co-Founder of FibreCoat, whose mission is to make high performance materials affordable for everyone. Robert and FibreCoat have earned multiple prizes for their aluminum coated composite fibers, including most recently the JEC-World award, one of the most renown awards in the composite industry. Just like us, they believe materials science has the potential to sustainably improve our environment, our society, and our lives, so we are looking forward to diving into this story and this technology. 

     

    In this conversation, we discuss:

    🔹️How can composite fibers play a role in shielding all households from electromagnetic radiation.

    🔹️How material development changes for different applications (i.e., a conductive yarn for smart textiles vs. fibers for spacecrafts).

    🔹️Advice for MSEs who would like to get involved in the composites industry.

     

    We hope you enjoy the episode! And as always, let us know what topics you’d like us to cover next!





    Learn more about our MSE Career Development Online Course, which includes more industry-specific information and advice.

     

    Join our Discord community! You can meet other passionate materials scientists and engineers from around the world, discuss the latest breakthroughs in MSE, share materials-related memes, and get career advice from experts in the field. 


    Also, check out our MSE-themed merchandise if you want to support us or simply show off your love of materials science!

     

    You can reach out to Dr. Robert Brüll to learn more about composite fibers.

    https://fibrecoat.de/

    linkedin.com/in/robert-bruell

     

    For shorter segments and full video podcasts, subscribe to our channel on YouTube. For bloopers, audiograms, and interesting materials science articles, follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Feel free to message us on our social media platforms if you have any feedback or recommendations for future episodes, or email us directly at itsamaterialworldpodcast@gmail.com. Finally, reach out to David Yeh and Punith Upadhya on LinkedIn if you'd like to chat about the latest breakthroughs in MSE!

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    Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed by either guests or hosts in this show are their own, and do not represent the opinions of the companies or organizations for which they are affiliated.

     

    #materialsscience #fibercoat #compositefibers #fibers #technology

    • 38 min
    62: Using Smart Windows to Increase Energy Savings, Privacy, and Comfort (ft. Ameen Saafir)

    62: Using Smart Windows to Increase Energy Savings, Privacy, and Comfort (ft. Ameen Saafir)

    Among these new technologies are smart windows, and we aren't talking about Microsoft's operating system. This exciting, cutting-edge window technology allows consumers to block either all light or just some with less energy than it takes to charge a smartphone. This type of light control could potentially save billions of dollars on heating, cooling and lighting costs.

     

    Check out our MSE Company Database and free professional development guide for materials scientists and engineers!

     

    In today’s episode, Ameen Saafir,  the CEO and Co-Founder of Tynt Technologies, shares his mission which is to make energy-efficient smart windows affordable for everyone. He has been an advisor for eco-friendly companies such as Rainforest Connection, Nano Hydrophobics, SUNTAP, and Twelve, spanning areas such as deforestation, solar energy, and CO2 emissions.

     

    In this conversation, we discuss:

    🔹️The diverse background of his team at Tynt Technologies, and how that has contributed to the success of their technology.

    🔹️How much better smart windows are compared to traditional windows at reducing energy consumption.

    🔹️Advice for young MSEs who are hoping to become entrepreneurs one day.

     

    Learn more about our MSE Career Development Online Course, which includes more industry-specific information and advice.

     

    Join our Discord community! You can meet other passionate materials scientists and engineers from around the world, discuss the latest breakthroughs in MSE, share materials-related memes, and get career advice from experts in the field. 

     

    Also, check out our MSE-themed merchandise if you want to support us or simply show off your love of materials science!

     

    For shorter segments and full video podcasts, subscribe to our channel on YouTube. For bloopers, audiograms, and interesting materials science articles, follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Feel free to message us on our social media platforms if you have any feedback or recommendations for future episodes, or email us directly at itsamaterialworldpodcast@gmail.com. Finally, reach out to David Yeh and Punith Upadhya on LinkedIn if you'd like to chat about the latest breakthroughs in MSE!

     

    Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed by either guests or hosts in this show are their own, and do not represent the opinions of the companies or organizations with which they are affiliated.

     

    • 49 min
    61: From Volcanic Ash to Lunar Dust: Materials Engineering at NASA (ft. Dr. Valerie Wiesner)

    61: From Volcanic Ash to Lunar Dust: Materials Engineering at NASA (ft. Dr. Valerie Wiesner)

    Composite materials are comprised of at least two parts: the reinforcement, which provides special mechanical properties such as stiffness or strength, and the matrix material, which holds everything together. Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are a special type of composite material in which both the reinforcement (refractory fibers) and matrix material are ceramics. In some cases, the same kind of ceramic is used for both parts of the structure, and additional secondary fibers may also be included.

     

    Check out our MSE Company Database and free professional development guide for materials scientists and engineers!

     

    In today’s episode, Dr. Valerie Wiesner, a Research Materials Engineer at NASA, shares her research about high temperature ceramics with the goal of making space travel more routine, as well as her experiences working in both aeronautics and space research within NASA.

     

    In this conversation, we discuss:

     

    🔹️How did Valerie find out that getting a PhD was right for her, and what role did it play in her getting a job at NASA.

    🔹️What CMCs are, and what characteristics make them preferred for aerospace applications.

    🔹️What are the consequences if particulates are ingested into aircraft engines, and how to address or minimize those consequences.

    🔹️How a ceramic coating would be applied to a part of the spacecraft.

    🔹️What role materials engineering plays in helping NASA achieve a sustainable lunar mission.

    🔹️ The main challenges Valerie has faced as a Research Materials Engineer at NASA, and how have they aided her personal growth.

    🔹️ Advice for a young person who plans to pursue an MSE career in the aerospace industry.

     

    We hope you enjoy the episode! And as always, let us know what topics you’d like us to cover next!





    Learn more about our MSE Career Development Online Course, which includes more industry-specific information and advice.

     

    Join our Discord community! You can meet other passionate materials scientists and engineers from around the world, discuss the latest breakthroughs in MSE, share materials-related memes, and get career advice from experts in the field. 

     

    Also, check out our MSE-themed merchandise if you want to support us or simply show off your love of materials science!

     

    For shorter segments and full video podcasts, subscribe to our channel on YouTube. For bloopers, audiograms, and interesting materials science articles, follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Feel free to message us on our social media platforms if you have any feedback or recommendations for future episodes, or email us directly at itsamaterialworldpodcast@gmail.com. Finally, reach out to David Yeh and Punith Upadhya on LinkedIn if you'd like to chat about the latest breakthroughs in MSE!

     

    Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed by either guests or hosts in this show are their own, and do not represent the opinions of the companies or organizations with which they are affiliated.

     

    #materialsscience #aerospace #ceramic #nasa

     

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Steven. T. ,

Easy Listening!

Good for anyone with innate curiosity about how things work or what stuff is made of. The hosts do a good job of maintaining the flow of conversation and keeping it accessible to people who don’t work in the field of materials science and engineering.

crystallukas04 ,

quality podcast!

A variety of topics are discussed diligently. Great podcast for those interested in MSE and scientific research in related spheres.

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It’s a Material World - an Outstanding Materials Science

It’s a Material World is an outstanding podcast in the Materials Science

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