Materials pane is completely blank

I am trying to add a material, but after selecting the object I want to add the material to (or selecting anything for that matter), and I click on the materials tab in the properties view, nothing is listed. The entire window is completely blank.

See the image for reference:

See the scroll bar on the right hand side. Scroll up the panel.

yap, most probably the scroll as Richard said

WOW. I spent sooo long trying to figure this out. Thanks so much… haha