13 - Non Combustible Solids
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Can there be an effective strategy for finding breakthrough materials, since they are, by definition, unpredictable? One answer is found in Combinatorial Materials Science techniques, which represent a powerful approach to identifying new and unexpected materials.
The unique properties of the rare-earth elements and their alloys have brought them from relative obscurity to high profile use in common hightech applications.