theory + experiment = fmc2

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What are functional materials?

  • They are materials that contain one or more properties that can be significantly altered in a controlled environment by external stimuli, such as light, electric/magnetic field, temperature, chemical environment, etc.

  • It is found in all classes of materials as for example polymers, organic molecules, metals, ceramics, metal-organic frameworks, etc.

  • It can be applied in a broad range of technological devices as for example in solar cells, sensors, catalysts, functional foods, drugs, membranes, memories, displays, and telecommunication.

The importance of paradigm shift in the design process

  • Traditionally, we use a conventional approach as shown below which is expensive and time-consuming.

  • We need to introduce a computational approach in the design process to minimize cost and hasten the design process.