What is it about?

We believe that learning in material science and engineering should reflect the current state of the field, as well as introduce the principles that are shaping technologies. We also feel that the readers in every specialty of materials need to appreciate the organizational paradigms that determines the capabilities, performance, and ultimately, the success of the semiconductor industry.

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Why is it important?

Semiconductor technology requires professionals of every specialty to understand both physics and maths. The interaction of physics and maths at a variety of levels also overs a framework for understanding the fundamentals of materials. Whether your primary interest is condensed matter physics or chemistry, the central ideas in material science and engineering is the same. Thus, our emphasis in this journal article is to show the relationship between physics and maths and to focus on the concepts that are the basis for current manufacturing.


Traditionally, the competing influences of electric, optical and elastic material properties have encouraged journal article to consider such area as a distinct subset. In our views, such distinctions have increasing lost meaning of semiconductor technology has advanced. To truly understand the breadth of our field, it is important to understand the interdependences among these topics. The audience for this journal article includes those with little experience in material simulations who need to understand basic condensed matter as well as readers with backgrounds in physics and chemistry who want to learn how to design electronic structure or understand how a system works and why it performs as it does.

Dr Geoffrey Tse
Southern University of Science and Technology

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This page is a summary of: The first principle study: electronic, optical and elastic properties of HfTe5 metal pentatelluride, Materials Research Express, October 2019, Institute of Physics Publishing, DOI: 10.1088/2053-1591/ab4ad0.
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