What is Materials Technology?

Materials technology is a relatively comprehensive discipline that begins with the production of goods from raw materials to processing of materials into the shapes and forms needed for specific applications.

Materials - metals, plastics and ceramics - typically have completely different properties, which means that the technologies involved in their production are fundamentally different. Materials technology is a constantly evolving discipline, and new materials with interesting properties lead to new applications. For example, the combination of different materials into composites gives rise to entirely new material properties. Materials Science is closely related to materials technology. Materials Science is a multidisciplinary field that connects material properties to the material’s chemical composition, micro-structure and crystal structure.

The metallurgical industry and the production and processing of materials are very important aspects of Norwegian industry, and also offer significant added value to the economy through the export of products such as aluminium and ferrosilicon. Materials are also of very great importance in the oil and gas industry, such as in providing protection against the corrosion of steel in the marine environment.

NTNU is the only university in Norway that trains engineers (Master of Technology) with expertise in materials technology and materials science. About 50 engineers graduate annually from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

 

Studies in Materials Technology at NTNU

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU offers several study programmes within materials technology. In the degrees we focus on:

  • Manufacturing and processing of different materials with a focus on metals and chemical reactions.
  • Structural and functional properties of materials related to the use, for example. metals, plastics and ceramics.
  • Materials that have great significance for energy technology, and how industrial processes and new technologies such as fuel cells and solar cells can help lower emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Refining and recycling metals
  • Creating environmentally friendly batteries
  • Creating new materials using nanotechnology

The materials are the basis for all new technologies. At NTNU we are working to create and customize materials. We research on materials for use in computer technology, transport, telecommunications, medicine and the production of oil and natural gas.
 

NTNU offers the following Master's degree programmes in materials technology:

Students enrolled at the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology programme are abled to specialize in Materials Chemistry and Energy technology from the third year.


NTNU also offers a PhD programme in Materials Technology


Research Areas in Materials Technology

You find more information about studies and research at The Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Professor Lars Arnberg demonstrating instruments to a master student in the solar cell lab.