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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:

  • Basic materials - 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.

There are intended for, but not exclusive to, the following areas of application:

  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Environment
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Construction
  • Defence/Security
  • Digital
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Others

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Advanced Materials: A Strategic Sector for Quebec