Materials Science is an interdisciplinary field which is growing exponentially over the recent decades. This growing field of translational research has much potential as new materials are discovered and designed for applications and technology to suit our increasingly modernized world, thus addressing the needs of society and driving the economy.
Wiley attended the recent 8th biennial International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT2015), organized by the Material Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S). This event was jointly held with the International Union of Materials Research Societies-International Conference in Asia (IUMRS-ICA) and the 4th Photonics Global Conference (PGC) in celebration of the International Year of Light (IYL). The event was held in the Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore from 29 June 2015 to 2 July 2015 and had a turnout of almost 2000 delegates.
Our Editor-in-Chief of the nano- and micro-technology journal, Small, Dr. Jose Oliveira, was invited to speak at the Meet-the-Editors Forum at the conference. Dr Jose Oliveira was Senior Associate Editor of Angewandte Chemie prior to his current role. He holds Honorary and Visiting Professorships at several Chinese universities and research institutes.
We had our own Meet a Wiley Editor session at our booth too, for delegates who had missed the rare opportunity to learn more about an insider’s view of scientific publishing.
So what exactly do the researchers feel about the future of this exciting and dynamic field of research? We heard from some of our prize winners of our “Guess the Number of Red M&M’s” contest on their take of the above question. Here is what they think:
Lin Shuren, Defence Science Organisation (DSO) National Laboratories, Singapore:
“Our lives have been greatly shaped by the advancements in Materials Science throughout the past decades. Moving forwards, we will expect more radical developments that will be driven by energy needs, environmental concerns and other novel explorations.”
Udit Narula, Chang Gung University, Taiwan:
“The future of Materials Science is very bright and holds the key for new technologies to prosper from conception to realization. Especially with the advent of 2D materials and Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, and a vast ongoing research on the same will bring about revolutionary developments. These materials might push the limits of Moore’s Law and facilitate further scaling down of existing technologies. I think that the time is not far when we start talking about 1D material which might have even better properties.”
Read more about the radical research in Materials Science here. Don’t forget to check out Wiley’s exclusive feature on the International Year of Light.