Keyword: Smart materials

Briefs: Wearables
The technology, which could be added to smart watches, could detect the onset of Parkinson’s disease or help with stroke rehabilitation.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Green Design & Manufacturing
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.
Articles: Wearables
Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...
Briefs: Materials
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The material could enable applications such as antennas that change frequencies on the fly or gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Briefs: Energy
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Drexel Professor Genevieve Dion is coating yarn with the highly conductive, two-dimensional material MXene.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The robot is built entirely from smaller robots and can form a robophysical system that can move by itself.
Q&A: Materials
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This hands-on, educational tool highlights the properties of SMA wire.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This invention is a highly stable, heat-treatable, and tunable material.
Briefs: Materials
These polymers can combine thermal and optically fixable shape memory.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Multistep Self-Assembly for Reconfigurable Materials

Self-assembling synthetic materials come together when tiny, uniform building blocks interact and form a structure; however, nature lets materials like proteins of varying size and shape assemble, allowing for complex architectures that can handle multiple tasks.

5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Who

Piezoelectric materials are used in everything from cellphones and wearables, to robotics, energy harvesting, and tactile sensors.

Briefs: Test & Measurement

A customizable nanomaterial was developed that combines metallic strength with a foam-like ability to compress and spring back. The material can store and release mechanical energy on the nanoscale, and...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A controllable material was developed that can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli, allowing it to morph into a different shape before fully...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Shape Memory Alloy Rock Splitters (SMARS)

Glenn's revolutionary Shape Memory Alloy Rock Splitters (SMARS) device is fabricated from nickel-titanium-halfnium (NiTiHf), nickel-titanium-zirconium compositions, or a combination. These compositions contain a secondary, nanometer-sized precipitate phase that is produced through processes of...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Piezoelectric Resonator with Two Layers

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) filters have advantages in being able to reduce the size, weight, and power required when used as part of electronic systems such as radios; however, MEMS-type filters have limitations. For example, thickness MEMS-type filters (e.g., thickness-extensional mode...

Briefs: Energy

Eagles can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. New materials have been created that can store energy this way. The...

Briefs: Aerospace

A technique that enables on-demand control of composite behavior could enable a variety of new capabilities for future rotorcraft design, performance, and maintenance. The focus of the research was on...