Ceramics is a branch of materials science and engineering that involves the fabrication of a wide range of products using non-metallic and inorganic materials.
The field falls largely into two areas:
Conventional ceramics uses naturally occurring raw materials to produce products such as glass, porcelain, bricks, tiles, refractories, and cement.
Advanced ceramics requires high-purity synthetic chemicals to produce products such as semiconductors; superhard materials for machining, wear resistance, and military armour; fibre optics for telecommunication; many types of functional ceramics for specific applications, such as piezoelectrics for sonars and speakers as well as ferrites for data storage; and many types of optical devices, such as lens coatings.
Please note: this major is only available in our Materials Science and Engineering degree, and associated dual degrees.