Condensed-matter physics is becoming increasingly oriented towards materials science and engineering. That's the conclusion reached by two physicists, Michael Shulman and Marc Warner, after analysing the statistics of abstracts for the main annual (March) meeting of the American Physical Society since 2007 (http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03103 ). They enumerated key words used in abstracts to identify trends over the past eight years, and say that during this time the words that are increasing in popularity are often ones associated with specific types of material system, such as 'layer', 'thin', 'organic', 'oxide' and indeed 'material'. In contrast, words or (word fragments) with generally declining popularity include 'superconduct' and 'flux' (as well as, oddly, 'science').
Physics gets its hands dirty
Nature Materials 14, 361 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmat4268 ;