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Published on Jul 22, 2014
Man's continued drive to discover new and improved materials meant that stone was superseded by bronze, bronze by iron, and iron by steel, aluminium and a wide range of alloys.
In the 21st century, even the toughest of metals are now being replaced by synthetic carbon-based materials that are so strong, light, and resistant to high temperatures that they can be used in the construction of high-performance aircraft.
Howard Colquhoun, Professor of Materials Chemistry at Reading University, highlighted some of the latest research in this fascinating field.