Developments in materials science open up a range of potential engineering innovations that allow transforming many aspects of current business and industrial products and systems. Materials innovation is, indeed, at the heart of technological progress.
Materials innovation results from basic science and engineering research, aimed at understanding the materials structures and properties. However, this knowledge must be directed in a highly impact-oriented way. The transfer of knowledge and technology from basic research to final products includes consideration of factors such as materials and product life cycles, the abundance of materials, the technical, as well as the ecological and economic feasibility of materials engineering and processing.