Material Development and Use

Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Material Development and Use

– Specialisation Materials Science and Engineering (MSMT)


Foto: Geir Mogen/NTNU

MSMT - material development and use

Challenges and opportunities

Did you know that metals can be produced in different ways - from natural raw materials or by recycling scrap metal?

Aluminium and steel are examples of materials that are increasingly recycled, and therefore offer many new and exciting challenges for you as a materials technologist.

Solar cell silicon is an important material which is being produced today. It is created by recycling expensive silicon from the electronics industry. The Norwegian silicon industry is currently investing heavily in mass production of this material, through direct reduction of SiO2 (quartz) to Si using carbon. Future material technologists will have the opportunity to develop this vital industry in Norway.

That isn’t all, when boats, cars, aircraft, oil platforms and skyscrapers are all created, they need someone with expertise in materials technology. To design or build a car, boat, aircraft or offshore installation, you’ll need to be able to answer these questions:

Why, exactly are the materials chosen? Why are the material properties important, and what determines the material properties?

To understand this, you’ll first need a basic knowledge of how the nanomaterials and microstructure of the materials influence the application properties. You’ll be able to use this as a tool for structural characterisation, advanced electron microscopes with a resolution down to the atomic level.

By joining us, you’ll be taking a step to make the cars of the future in aluminium or lay the foundations for safe and environmentally friendly utilisation of oil and gas resources in the North Sea and the North.

MSMT - master thesis - material development and use

Master thesis - Andrea Nautnes

My master's thesis was to investigate the corrosion properties of various stainless-steel pipelines lying on the seabed filled with seawater.

During the start-up of an oil and gas field, pipes and pipelines are placed on the seabed, and for a period they can be filled with seawater. I investigated various corrosion mechanisms that occur by exposing stainless steel to seawater. By performing various tests, such as to look at oxygen consumption in a closed system, I could say something about the corrosion properties of stainless steel pipes and how much damage seawater can have on the pipe.