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:
- Health and Nutrition
- Advanced manufacturing
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Advanced Materials: A Strategic Sector for Quebec