The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
The technology could continuously monitor fluid flow in pipes on the International Space Station and prevent satellites from colliding.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
The coatings can be deposited on substrates such as glass, polymers, metals, and aerogels.
The technology could lead to a platform for quantum computation or new types of energy-efficient data storage applications.
This method is an important step towards smaller, more advanced, environmentally friendly electronics.
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Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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This technology has potential across many industries including water reclamation and treatment, and waste destruction in liquid waste streams.
By converting CO2 into complex hydrocarbon products, a new catalyst could aid in large-scale efforts to recycle excess carbon dioxide.
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
This built-in security measure would prevent hackers from getting enough information about the circuit to reverse-engineer it.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Charging Port for Autonomous Drone Swarms
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
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Articles: Photonics/Optics
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The algorithms enable drones to quickly switch between hover and forward flight.
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printing of Sensors Directly on Expanding Organs
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