Materials in Today's World

Summary and Final Tasks



As our understanding, and control, of materials at the nanometer scale improves, we are able to manufacture materials that are: tailored for specific tasks, designed to perform at the extremes of materials properties, or can utilize structure to enable properties not achievable before. Utilizing bottom-up, self-assembly, and other novel fabrication techniques, designer materials are becoming possible for everyday usage. In fact, superior materials are known today, but their utilization is hampered by our current inability to mass produce usable quantities economically. In this lesson, we looked at the basics of electronics, as well as some of the basics of nanoelectronics, which has the potential of being the electronics of the very near future.

Reminder - Complete all of the Lesson 12 tasks!

You have reached the end of Lesson 12! Double-check the to-do list on the Overview page to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you take your final.