Materialism
An exploration of the past, present, and future of materials science and engineering.
a year ago

Episode 5: Solving Structures with X-Rays

The tool that revolutionized materials science.

In this episode we cover the history and development of crystallography, the study of the structures that make up the materials around us. The history of this field is filled with accidental discoveries, ingenious inventions, and drama between those who study it.

One of the most important discoveries to come out of this field is x-ray diffraction. This important characterization technique allowed scientists to delve deeper into crystal structures than ever before. We discuss new advances in x-ray diffraction with Ben Frandsen, an assistant professor of physics at Brigham Young University. Ben utilizes x-ray and neutron diffraction techniques to study super conductors and magnets.

We only scratch the surface of the fascinating history of crystallography in this episode. If you want to learn even more, check out Nature's Milestones in Crystallography.

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