Materialism: A Materials Science Podcast

By Taylor Sparks and Andrew Falkowski

In this podcast, Taylor and Andrew investigate the past, present, and future of materials science and engineering. Topic areas ranging from cutting edge materials technology, the history of different materials, the commercialization of new materials, and exciting advances in processing and characterization are all covered in detail. Our episodes include things like the unlikely discovery of superglue or teflon, the fascinating backstories about modern biomaterials like dialysis filters, and updates on 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.

  1. 1.
    Episode 43: Geopolymers
    35:52
  2. 2.
    Episode 42: μ: What Really Sunk the Titanic?
    17:52
  3. 3.
    Episode 41: 3D Printing Case Studies
    36:41
  4. 4.
    Episode 40: μ: Aviation Crack Growth
    20:29
  5. 5.
    Episode 39: Reshaping Energy Storage
    41:01
  6. 6.
    Episode 38: μ: Silicon Chip Shortage
    16:54
  7. 7.
    Episode 37: 3D Printing Deep Dive
    53:39
  8. 8.
    Episode 36: μ: Magnetocaloric Materials
    20:46
  1. 9.
    Episode 35: Spark Plasma Sintering
    37:18
  2. 10.
    Episode 34: μ: Cookware
    19:58
  3. 11.
    Episode 33: Photography
    54:47
  4. 12.
    Episode 32: μ: The Elixir of Civilization
    17:42
  5. 13.
    Episode 31: Ionic Conduction
    47:37
  6. 14.
    Episode 30: μ: Engineering a Better Skateboard
    18:15
  7. 15.
    Episode 29: Superconducting Materials
    39:05
  8. 16.
    Episode 28: μ: Investing in Materials Startups
    21:14
  9. 17.
    Episode 27: The Materials of Cosplay
    52:40
  10. 18.
    Episode 26: μ: When Materials Failure Leads to Wildfire
    13:22
  11. 19.
    Episode 25: The Materials of Art
    35:33
  12. 20.
    Episode 24: μ: Bio-Inspired Materials
    21:22
  13. 21.
    Episode 23: μ: Bioprinting
    14:57
  14. 22.
    Episode 22: Vulcanized Rubber
    25:49
  15. 23.
    Episode 21: μ: Auxetics
    14:26
  16. 24.
    Episode 20: Materials Informatics
    54:14
  17. 25.
    Episode 19: μ: Filtering Out The Bad
    11:44
  18. 26.
    Episode 18: Diamonds Aren't Forever
    39:44
  19. 27.
    Episode 17: Perfecting Polymers Processing
    48:00
  20. 28.
    Episode 16: Surfactants: A Slippery Soap
    26:05
  21. 29.
    Episode 15: A Look Inside Ultrasound
    40:19
  22. 30.
    Episode 14: Self-Healing Rubber
    35:13
  23. 31.
    Episode 13: The Science of Blacksmithing
    1:19:31
  24. 32.
    Episode 12: Recycling and the Science of Separation
    52:13
  25. 33.
    Episode 11: The Ultimate Construction Material
    52:35
  26. 34.
    Episode 10: Seeing With Electrons
    48:54
  27. 35.
    Episode 9: Materials That Remember
    37:52
  28. 36.
    Episode 8: Yes, Chocolate is a Material
    41:55
  29. 37.
    Episode 7: Gore-Tex: Structuring a Company like a Material
    30:44
  30. 38.
    Episode 6: Hemodialysis and the Birth of Artificial Organs
    41:28
  31. 39.
    Episode 5: Solving Structures with X-Rays
    1:07:39
  32. 40.
    Episode 4: Turning Heat into Electricity
    58:02
  33. 41.
    Episode 3: Making Materials in a Microwave
    42:01
  34. 42.
    Episode 2: Materials Commercialization: Batch 21
    34:50
  35. 43.
    Episode 1: The History of Steel
    41:11
  36. 44.
    Introduction to Materialism
    3:30

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