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December 2020
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Material science seems like a complicated science topic that is far from us, but in fact, the application of material science is everywhere in our daily lives. Metals, ceramics, glass, and even the screens on mobile phones that we used every day are all related to material science. Material science is a research field focusing on the preparation and processing of certain materials and the interaction between their microstructure and macrostructure. Moreover, it is also a cross-disciplinary research topic that involves different fields of scientific research and engineering..... Read More

Research Highlights

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) has been well-recognized as a critical locomotive to drive the advancement of modern technology. Along with other developed countries, Taiwan has been inspiring and investing in MSE research for the past five decades, and has thus achieved impressive and substantial results. Such MSE achievements from Taiwan contribute scientific influences which benefit international communities, have social impacts which uplift local industries, and have even paved the way towards a brand-new subject in MSE research (e.g., high-entropy alloys, HEA).

In December 2020’s issue of Research Highlights, we focus on introducing Taiwan’s cutting-edge MSE research. Seven marvelous works are presented; for instance, green multifunctional nano silicon powders for green energy applications, a creative piezoelectrocatalyst for hydrogen production and environmental remediation, an ultralow-threshold plasmonic nanolaser using a single quantum dot, an aluminum plasmonics enriched ultrasensitive UV photodetector, disruptive innovation of perovskite solar cells for photovoltaic technology, high-performance organic photovoltaics with flexible, light-weight and high power conversion efficiencies and revolutionary high-entropy alloys. These research highlights from Taiwanese researchers not only demonstrate fundamental breakthroughs, but also create practical applications and commercial value.