Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering is the natural evolution for the Material Engineering, as it incorporates a knowingly important segment in the contemporaneous technological development, that is, the Nanotechnology. With its expanded scope after incorporating the atomic mechanisms that control the materials properties, this branch of the engineering allows the acquired knowledge to be managed, not only for the study of the conventional materials and their properties but also in the conception and implementation of new synthesis and transformation processes, which aim to obtain nanostructured materials with innovating characteristics and functionalities. So, it is up to the professional to get involved with the procedures of synthesis, processing and characterization of the materials, which should be conducted via a solid scientific knowledge, thus allowing the understanding and control of the crystalline structure, form and size of the materials, from the atomic and molecular scale up to the macroscopic system.
The Material and Nanotechnology Engineer shall stand out due to their solid base in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Materials. Such scientific base enables this engineer to communicate and interact with any other engineering branch, as well as to perform in the most diverse areas of the productive sector. The strong fundamental basis also facilitates the multidisciplinary nature of such engineering and amplifies the acting field of its professionals, allowing them to adjust to the larger and diversified work in the base industries (mechanics, mining, oil, metallurgy, chemistry, etc.) and the consumer goods industries (electronics, cosmetics, biotechnology, medicines, dyes, polymers, etc.).
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