Definition of Advanced Materials
THE CROSS-SECTOR NATURE OF ADVANCED MATERIALS
An advanced material can be defined as any new or significantly improved material that provides a distinct advantage in (physical or functional) performance when compared to conventional materials.
Advanced materials can be organized into the following three categories:
Materials found upstream in the manufacturing chain that have undergone little or no transformation (production of advanced materials).
Finished and semi-finished products
Products intended for intermediate or end users (integration of advanced materials).
Processes and instrumentation
Processes involving advanced materials.