Keyword: Smart materials

Briefs: Transportation
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Briefs: Materials
High-frequency sound waves can be used to build new materials, make smart nanoparticles, and even deliver drugs to the lungs for painless, needle-free vaccinations.
Briefs: Materials
The gel works even at freezing temperatures and contains natural antimicrobial compounds derived from durian husk.
Briefs: Materials
A novel method was developed to produce an alkaline hydrogel that could improve wound healing.
Briefs: Materials
The soft material demonstrates autonomous, heartbeat-like oscillating properties.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Ultra-thin piezoresistive sensors can be used in both R&D and as embedded components to develop safer, longer-lasting lithium-ion battery technologies.
Briefs: Wearables
Color changes of gold nanoparticles under the skin reveal concentration changes of substances in the body.
Application Briefs: Transportation
The SuperElastic Tire — a NASA Glenn innovation — can be used on both Earth and Mars.
Articles: Wearables
Head-up displays, health-monitoring sensors from NASA, and a pollen sponge.
Briefs: Motion Control

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Synthetic materials can mimic how living organisms expand and contract soft tissues, achieving complex 3D movements and functions.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new method of linking materials with unique mechanical properties could enable robots made of robots.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A smart fiber being tested on the International Space Station could be used to develop space dust telescopes and allow astronauts to feel through their pressurized suits.
Articles: Energy
A malaria-test "bandage"; underwater navigation via sound; and a biodegrading, implantable sensor.
Briefs: Materials

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
Briefs: Energy
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
Briefs: Aerospace
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
The technology, which could be added to smart watches, could detect the onset of Parkinson’s disease or help with stroke rehabilitation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Bioactive inks printed on wearable textiles can map conditions over the entire surface of the body.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The hydrogel could be made into a contact lens that effectively treats corneal melting.
Briefs: Materials
Bacteria-Based Hydrogel Beads Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater
Beads that contain bacteria and a slow-release food supply to sustain them can clean up contaminated groundwater for months on end, maintenance-free.
Briefs: Materials
The self-adapting material was inspired by how human bone adjusts mineral deposits in response to surrounding environments.
Technology Leaders: Materials
Make sure the polished optic meets the requirement of a particular application.
Q&A: Materials
An adhesive can be deactivated by applying a small voltage.