28 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 • 44 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.

    Halloween Spooktacular

    Halloween Spooktacular

    Halloween is right around the corner and like many of you, we’ve been hard at work on our spooky costumes! If you’ve ever been to Comic-Con you’ve seen the incredible costumes that cosplay artists can create. Giant suits of armor and weapons crafted out of EVA foam, Mandalorian suits with Worbla or Sintra armor plates, life-like silicone and latex masks, monsters built from Papier-mâché, Styrofoam, Plastidip, and PVC. This episode is dedicated to all the incredible material science & engineering that goes into Cosplay materials.

    On this episode we’re joined by artist Cara Krebs who is a fantastic artist who specializes in using many different materials in unique and creative ways. Check out her art on her Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/carakrebs/?hl=en

    References:
    https://www.freepatentsonline.com/5314940.html
    https://www.smooth-on.com/support/faq/198/

    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)

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    • 52 min
    μ: When Materials Failure Leads to Wildfire

    μ: When Materials Failure Leads to Wildfire

    When you hear of massive wildfires you probably think of the usual suspects: lightning, a campfire carelessly left unattended, maybe a cigarette butt thrown from a vehicle? What you probably don't think of is materials fatigue of a steel hook. This micro episode centers on the story of the Camp Fire in Butte County, California that took 85 lives, decimated the land, and was the biggest insured disaster that year. A look at what mistakes PG&E made ranging from their lack of records keeping to materials incompatibility and testing methods that led to the deadliest fire in California's recorded history.
    References:
    https://twitter.com/TubeTimeUS/status/1306359385656946688

    https://www.electricaleasy.com/2016/10/insulators-used-in-overhead-power-lines.html

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2004.01.004

    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 The American Ceramic Society Arts Archeology & Conservation Science division, 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)

    Support Materialism by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/materialism

    • 13 min
    The Materials of Art

    The Materials of Art

    Can art make you a better scientist? Can an understanding of materials science make you a better artist? We think so! So does Darryl Butt, dean of the College of Mines at the University of Utah. We interview him for this episode and discuss tons of interesting aspects of materials science and art. For example, he explains how ancient artists like Da Vinci had an understanding of atmospheric light and used it in their art. We also discuss how modern materials science characterization tools like microscopy, X-ray diffraction and more can be used to inspect art, determine its provenance, and even find out if a piece is a forgery! Dean Butt also explains how paint is made and explains some of the advantages of home made paint.

    References:

    https://www.sleek-mag.com/article/art-forgers/

    https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/art-crime/0/steps/11884

    https://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://scholar.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1003&context=eng_15

    https://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1004&context=eng_15

    https://www.materialstoday.com/the-art-and-science-of-making-materials/

    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 The American Ceramic Society Arts Archeology & Conservation Science division, 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)

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    • 35 min
    μ: Bio-Inspired Materials

    μ: Bio-Inspired Materials

    Andrew catches you up in the issues facing this month's full episode and then sits down with Dr. Steven Naleway from the University of Utah to talk about his research in the field of bio-inspired Materials.

    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)

    Support Materialism by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/materialism

    • 21 min
    μ: Bioprinting

    μ: Bioprinting

    Printing human organs? Replacing worn-out body parts with fresh, newly printed ones? This sounds like science fiction but in some ways, it's already here! From kidneys to bladders and even more complex organs the bizarre future of 3D-bioprinting is here! In this micro-materialism episode we introduce a new producer, Ramsey Issa, to help separate fact from fiction when it comes to the materials science of bioprinting.

    Some great links to supplement today's episode:
    https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=nhK3CgAAQBAJ&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA18
    http://www.personal.psu.edu/ito1/assets/files/Scaffold-Based_or_Scaffold-Free_Bioprint-2.pdf
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX3C201O4MA
    https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/altered-carbon-how-to-build-body-science-behind-fiction
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbtz8fhhMhE

    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)

    Support Materialism by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/materialism

    Support Materialism by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/materialism

    • 14 min
    Vulcanized Rubber

    Vulcanized Rubber

    A look into the history of rubber and the vulcanization process from Charles Goodyear's insane dedication to abandoned corporate towns in the jungle. In Taylor Sparks' absence, Andrew and Jared take the helm and cohost together.

    References:



    Kohjiya S. Chemistry, manufacture and applications of natural rubber. Elsevier; 2014 Feb 17.



    Coran AY. Vulcanization. InScience and technology of rubber 1994 Jan 1 (pp. 339-385). Academic Press.



    Fisher HL. Vulcanization of rubber vulcanization of rubber. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry. 1939 Nov;31(11):1381-9.



    Grandin G. Fordlandia: the rise and fall of Henry Ford's forgotten jungle city. Macmillan; 2009 Jun 9.



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

    Support Materialism by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/materialism

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

HYoussefi ,

Materialism - Material Science and Engineering Review

Fantastic podcast that blends science and engineering with all the facets of our lives. Really enjoy the background and scale up of products like GORE-TEX and the history of artificial organs.
Keep these podcasts coming!

shyam-kannu ,

Awesome Podcast

Awesome podcast. In a world where there is a dearth of good engineering podcast this show shines through. Material science is a though subject engineering wise and this podcast does an awesome job of simplifying hard concepts and providing a lot of information in each show. The hosts are full of enthusiasm and are super smart.

AgentG91 ,

Well spoken, well researched info

This podcast is chock full of great information in the material science community. While it’s a little too smort for the average Joe, it’s great for anyone working in science or engineering. The two hosts work very well together to present information without too much monologue. Would love for you guys to expand it by talking with companies who actually work in these industries.

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