Materials Science vs. Physics How do they complement each other?

In summary, the fields of physics and materials science work together in the design of novel materials and nanotechnology. Materials scientists perform experiments and apply the findings of physicists, with a focus on condensed matter and solid state physics. A major in physics with some materials classes would be suitable for this field.
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Which field of science is at the forefront in the design of novel materials (biomaterials, semiconductors, energetic materials, etc.) and nanotechnology?

I would imagine that physicists and materials scientists work together to achieve the above goals, but can someone describe to me the role of each?

What do materials scientists do?

What do condensed matter and solid state physicists do?

How do they compliment each other in the lab?

Is there any other field that leads research in computational materials design and nanotechnology?

What would someone major in if they wanted to study this broad topic?
 
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I'm also interested in this, I'd like to get in a field between them. Would a physics major be enough for getting into nanotechnology/material science?
 
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I think majoring in physics would be better for nanoscience, which is basically condensed matter physics and/or molecular and atomic physics. Physics, therefore, would be better for the theoretical side of things.

A materials scientist would perform experiments and apply the fundamental findings of the physicists. I think a physics degree with some materials classes would be enough
 

Related to Materials Science vs. Physics How do they complement each other?

What is Materials Science and Physics?

Materials Science is a branch of science that focuses on the structure, properties, and applications of materials. Physics is a natural science that studies matter, energy, and their interactions.

How are Materials Science and Physics different?

Materials Science focuses on the properties and applications of materials, while Physics is a broader field that includes the study of various phenomena and laws of nature.

What are the main areas of overlap between Materials Science and Physics?

Materials Science and Physics overlap in areas such as the study of atomic and molecular structures, electrical and magnetic properties, and the behavior of materials under different conditions.

How do Materials Science and Physics complement each other?

Materials Science provides a practical application of the theories and laws of Physics. On the other hand, Physics provides a fundamental understanding of the behavior of materials, which is essential for advancing the field of Materials Science.

What are some examples of how Materials Science and Physics work together?

One example is the development of new materials for solar cells, which involves understanding the properties of materials at the atomic level (Physics) and finding ways to optimize their efficiency and durability (Materials Science). Another example is the study of superconductors, which requires a deep understanding of the behavior of electrons (Physics) and how they interact with different materials (Materials Science).

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