Nature Communications | Article | open
Metals, alloys, ceramics, and composites are the backbone of the automotive, construction, and aerospace industries, and are also extensively used in complex biomedical and biomimetic applications. Game-changing advances in these fields rely on innovative material design based on new principles, and require better understanding of how to predict and optimise material properties.
This collection highlights some of the experimental and theoretical work published in Nature Communications on the science and engineering of load-bearing materials, and on how microstructure and operating environment can affect performance. It showcases the latest research dealing with material behaviour, defects, and phase transitions at the macro, micro, and nano-scale.