Splash@UCSD 2021

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OLIVIA DIPPO, UCSD PhD student in Materials Science

Major: Materials Science and Engineerin

College/Employer: UCSD

Year of Graduation: G

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E286: Iron Man is Soft in Splash Spring 2019 (Apr. 20, 2019)
Would Iron Man actually make his suit out of iron? Absolutely not. Is Iron Man’s mortal enemy oxygen? Absolutely. We will be diving into the science behind the strongest materials throughout history and what makes them so special. The materials we use to build our battle armor, bridges, and buildings are the often forgotten foundation of our society and history. The Bronze Age began when an ancient materials scientist combined two soft metals, copper and tin, to create an alloy that was stronger and tougher than any material that had ever come before. The Industrial Revolution was made possible by processing iron and carbon together to create STEEL, a real engineering material. We wield steel to construct massive factories, bridges, and skyscrapers that make up the modern world. However, these engineering materials are susceptible to attack from the oxygen in the air we breathe. What power does oxygen have to weaken these strong materials over time, and how can we protect them?