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The National Science Foundation established the Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) program to provide "support for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering." The MRSEC site functions as an information clearing house, with links to research centers, educational programs, and news and information on current research and new developments.
A searchable database of material properties includes thermoplastic and thermoset polymers such as ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, polyethylene and polypropylene; metals such as aluminum, cobalt, copper, lead, magnesium, nickel, steel, superalloys, titanium and zinc alloys; ceramics; plus semiconductors, fibers, and other engineering materials.