Meet materials – materials science & technology for people without a materials background

Kennismaken met materialenWhy are chinaware, drinking glasses and metal cutlery dry when taking them out of the dishwasher, while plastic cups remain wet? Is a LED-lamp really the reverse of a solar cell? Why does data travel faster through a glass fibre than through a copper wire? And how can you make glass or ceramics more fracture resistant? The answers to these and other questions can be found in the new book Kennismaken met materialen – materiaalkunde voor niet-materiaalkundigen. Currently, this book is only available in the Dutch language; an English release Meet materials – materials science & technology for people without a materials background is planned in 2020.

Kennismaken met materialen is more than just a book. It is unique in the way that it makes materials technology accessible to non-technical people who are working with(in) technical companies and organisations, without compromising the content. By using many examples out of our daily life: materials in cars and planes, to generate energy, in your computer or smartphone, and in & around the house.

Metal, plastic, ceramics, composite, natural or artificial … various materials are presented in this book. But also: how do they cope with heat, light, electricity and mechanical loads? This book gives a clear answer to questions like ‘why is that material suitable for that application’ and ‘which knobs have to be turned to get better materials, if the current ones do not satisfy’.

The information in this book can be well employed to understand and follow new material developments. And there are a lot of developments: graphene, plastics for flexible electronics, self healing materials, nanotechnology, 3D-printing and biobased materials play a (sometimes minor) role in this book.

During the Materials 2016 trade fair in Veldhoven, this book was presented. Author Eddy Brinkman, also member of the programme commission of this trade fair, handed over the first copy to professor Sybrand van der Zwaag, materials science professor at Delft University of Technology.

Eddy Brinkman, Kennismaken met materialen – materiaalkunde voor niet-materiaalkundigen,
ISBN 978-90-79926-00-8, published by Betase BV, Barchem, The Netherlands, 192 pages, Dutch language, 2016.

How to order
Would you like to order a copy of the (Dutch) book Kennismaken met materialen? Send an e-mail to, with your name and postal address. Shortly afterwards, you will receive a PDF invoice by e-mail. The book will be sent to you after we received your payment on our bank account.
The price of the book is 59.95 euro incl. 9% VAT, excl. shipping costs.