The Search for New Materials

The Search for New Materials and the Role of Novel Processing Routes

Peter J. Wellmann

  • European Materials Research Society (E-MRS), 23 Rue du Loess, Strasbourg, France
  • International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS), Singapore, Singapore
  • Crystal Growth Lab, Department of Materials Science & Technology 6, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Martensstr. 6, Erlangen, Germany


Throughout human history, most further developments or new achievements were accompanied by new materials or new processes that enabled the technologic progress. With concrete devices and applications in mind, synthesis and subsequent treatment of materials naturally went along with the progress. The aim of the underlying article is to spot the role of optimization, of discovery, of trial-and-error approaches, of fundamentals and curiosity driven design and development. In a consecutive examination, five missions addressing the challenges facing our world (identified by the European Council) will be cross linked with seven topical areas from materials science defined by the European Materials Research Society. The scope of this examination is to identify approaches and methods to further develop and innovate materials which form the basis of the anticipated solutions.

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Acknowledgements: This article was composed at the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the International Union of Materials Research Societies IUMRS in 2021 and includes the considerations of the above mentioned seven research fields based on a rich scientific exchange within the European Materials Research Society.

Authors’ contributions: PW wrote the main manuscript text and PW prepared Fig. 1 and Table 1. The author read and approved the final manuscript.

Funding: Open Access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL.

Competing interests: The authors declare no competing interests.
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