Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) having a completely amorphous structure possess many attractive properties, and several groups from academia and industry have conducted research to expand their application in the market. Although many efforts have focused on investigating scientific issues related to the mechanical and chemical properties of these amorphous alloys, very few studies have assessed the development trends of these amorphous materials, especially from the viewpoint of market application and R&D directions. Therefore, in this chapter, the development trajectory of BMG materials is summarized based on data extracted from patent bibliometric information. These data were used because the information on patent documents obtained from a commercial patent database, World Intellectual Property Service (WIPS 2.0), can provide the most comprehensive information on valuable R&D activities and market issues. The results summarize advances in technology based on various alloy categories and processing routes. Furthermore, the research interests are also analyzed according to different countries, companies, and research institutions. The patent information provided in this chapter can provide a clear direction to assist metallurgist/metallurgy engineers in further technology development forecasting and R&D plan management.
Part of the book: Metastable, Spintronics Materials and Mechanics of Deformable Bodies