Materialism: A Materials Science Podcast
An exploration of the past, present, and future of materials science and engineering.
8 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.

Articles Discussed:

  • 2018 Schneider, Rare Earth Glass Leica Lenses: A Quick and Quirky Overview [LINK]
  • 1990 Ła̧czka M, Rare earth elements as components of special glasses. Journal of the Less Common Metals.
  • 2012 Chiu CP, Liquid lenses and driving mechanisms: a review. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology.
  • 1958 Kodak - How film is made.
  • 2007 Rogers D, The chemistry of photography: from classical to digital technologies.
  • 2010 Shu-wei H, Photographic Film Structure [LINK]
  • 2013 Link A, How Photos Were Edited in the Darkroom Days [LINK]
  • 2016 Witten, The Chemistry of Photography

This episode is sponsored by Matmatch. Check out how they can help you find the perfect material for your next engineering project! This episode is also sponsored by Materials Today, an Elsevier community dedicated to the creation and sharing of materials science knowledge and experience through their peer-reviewed journals, academic conferences, educational webinars, and more.

Thanks to Kolobyte and Alphabot for letting us use their music in the show!

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Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-host, co-creator), Andrew Falkowski (co-host, co-creator), Jared Duffy (production, marketing, and editing), Ramsey Issa (co-host and editing assistance).

Keywords: film chemicals photography materials science kodak chemistry glass

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