Materials are everywhere in daily life. You probably use them without thinking about where they come from. Visiting Materials Science may change that.


 

Everything's made of something

In collaboration with Northwestern University, MSI developed an exhibition about what we use and why we use the stuff we use to make stuff.

Obtuse?

Try this: why make a phone case out of silicone? No slip and lightweight. Why not make the phone's shell out of silicone? Conductivity and cellular signal amplification works better with metal components. That's materials science at the highest level. Going deeper, underlying structure and chemical composition dictate characteristics of materials and that's when the subject kicks in to awesome mode.

With an obtuse premise that I may have just explained incompletely, I came up with a design that legibly represented the stratified, chaotic organization of the atomic compositions of everyday items.

The exhibit lives on as a small traveling panel show.


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