Materialism: A Materials Science Podcast
An exploration of the past, present, and future of materials science and engineering.
6 months ago

Episode 33: Photography

The history of photography through the lens of materials science.

The development of photography is inextricably linked to the development of advanced materials and chemicals. In this episode, Andrew and Jared discuss the science that makes photography possible. The episode includes everything from the structure of film, to digital sensors, to radioactive elements in glass.

Sources and Cool Articles:

Witten NM. The Chemistry of Photography.

Link A. Fstoppers. “How Photos Were Edited in the Darkroom Days”

Shu-wei H. “Photographic Film Structure”

Rogers D. The chemistry of photography: from classical to digital technologies. Royal Society of Chemistry; 2007.

“Kodak - How Film is Made - 1958”

Chiu CP, Chiang TJ, Chen JK, Chang FC, Ko FH, Chu CW, Kuo SW, Fan SK. Liquid lenses and driving mechanisms: a review. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. 2012 Sep 1;26(12-17):1773-88.

Ła̧czka M, Stoch L. Rare earth elements as components of special glasses. Journal of the Less Common Metals. 1990 Oct 20;166(1):163-71.

Schneider J. “Rare Earth Glass Leica Lenses: A Quick and Quirky Overview”

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