How are new materials best discovered and designed? Why do some things stick (create more friction) more than others? Do modern swim suits really resemble shark skin? Materials scientists are on a quest to find answers.
The World in a Grain
The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization
Food Fraud and Counterfeit Cotton
The Detectives Untangling the Global Supply Chain
The Guardian, 2021
Symphony in C
Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything
W.W. Norton, 2019
Crystalline Nets Snare Water and Make Fuel from Thin Air
Having solved stability problems, chemists think metal-organic frameworks are ready for a commercial ascent.
Making the Modern World
Materials and Dematerialization