March Materials Madness candidates

Inspired by March Mammal Madness and the Periodic Playoff, I have now mused to my fellow materials science colleagues:

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But this means we need materials to put in a bracket. I have some ideas below. If we want to really this be materials and not just chemicals, we probably need to specify structure/processing in addition to composition. So I say Czochralski silicon instead of just “silicon” because that process makes the silicon used in modern electronics. However, I’m not sure if we need to split up related categories of materials more. On the other hand, I’m fine with not 100% specifying composition if changing the elements may be part of processing/design, which comes up a lot with transition metal dichalcogenices and perovskites. But do we need to specify those more into sub-groups that have more consistent crystal structures? (See this recent paper on what exactly IS a perovskite?)

Maybe we don’t need 64 for a first attempt, but 32 might nice. I would love to hear more ideas from people on WordPress and Twitter!

  1. Gold nanoparticles
  2. Transition metal dichalcogenides
  3. Metallic glass
  4. Nacre
  5. Silver nanoparticles
  6. Nitinol
  7. Mesoporous metals
  8. Clays
  9. Collagen
  10. Silk
  11. Graphene
  12. Carbon nanotubes
  13. Diamond
  14. Perovskites – does this need to be split out more?
  15. Czochralski silicon
  16. PDMS
  17. hexagonal boron nitride
  18. Antimicrobial copper-alloy touch surfaces
  19. Cadmium telluride
  20. Stainless steel
  21. Neodymium magnets (Nd2Fe14B)
  22. Cellulose
  23. Chitin

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