80% of the production companies’ budget is spent for buying materials: steels, plastics, components… The sources for supply are very diversed and economic, technical and environmental problems are all linked together.
Product design depends on the physical-chemical and mechanical properties of the materials. Simultaneously, product design depends as well on associated costs, standards and recycling. The Materials Science engineer is the multidisciplinary link between offices. He/she improves companies’ quality, reliability and productivity for better performance, sustainable development and costs management.
Competences of the Materials Science engineer:
Materials economics and environment
Environment and regulations (eco-design and sustainable development, clean technologies, recycling, standards…). This specialization trains engineers in eco-design. They control the materials lifecycle and acts on production effects on environment with regards to standards.
Technology and trade of materials and components
Trade and purchase and costs reduction techniques. Beside having competences in technologies and economy, these engineers master the purchase and costs reduction techniques.
Transformation and quality of materials
Broad knowledge in science and materials engineering oriented to metallurgy, plasturgy, structure and microstructure, advanced materials properties, surface treatments and sustainable development.
Example of research activity: new hybrid nanomaterials for nanophotonics, prototype of miniaturized optical spectrometer