Keyword: Polymers

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
With its instant repellency and its ability to repel rather than kill or deactivate pathogens, RepelWrap presents an effective alternative to current technologies.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Engineers have invented a way to spray extremely thin wires made of a plant-based material that could be used in N95 mask filters, devices that harvest energy for electricity, and potentially...

Briefs: Medical

Researchers have developed a new kind of bandage that helps blood to clot and doesn’t stick to the wound. They tested various superhydrophobic materials — which are, like...

Application Briefs: Transportation

Micro-optics and nanostructures are key technologies for the latest optoelectronic components in smartphones, smart glasses and vehicles. Some examples used in consumer...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

An ultra-sensitive heat sensor was developed that is based on the fact that certain materials are thermoelectric. The electrons in a thermoelectric material move from the cold side to the...

Briefs: Wearables

Researchers have developed electronic skin (e-skin) that is applied directly on top of real skin. Made from soft, flexible rubber, it can be embedded with sensors that...

Briefs: Medical

Substances such as plastics, metals, and wax are used in 3D printers to make products and parts for larger items. Products created through the 3D printing of plastics include every-thing from...

Briefs: Aerospace

Researchers combined additive manufacturing with conventional compression molding to produce high-performance thermoplastic composites reinforced with short carbon fibers. The approach...

Briefs: Materials

Elastic polymers, known as elastomers, can be stretched and released repeatedly and are used in applications such as gloves and heart valves, where they need to last a long time without tearing. But...

Briefs: Materials

A Penn State-led team of interdisciplinary researchers developed a polymer with robust piezoelectric effectiveness, resulting in 60 percent more efficient electricity...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Researchers have developed tiny optical elements from metal nanoparticles and a polymer that could replace traditional refractive lenses to realize portable imaging systems...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This method prints 3D structures made of metal and plastic, paving the way for 3D electronics.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A reversible polymer changes color when it senses a material is about to fail.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.
Briefs: Energy
This process could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The sustainable material offers a zero-waste solution to boost recycling and support the circular economy.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A method converts cotton into sugar, which can be turned into spandex, nylon, or ethanol.
Briefs: Wearables
The patch enables unobtrusive drug delivery through the skin for the management of skin cancers.
Briefs: Motion Control
These “living machines” hold potential for applications from medical treatments to improving the environment.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Imagine a tablet or Kindle that can display braille on command for the visually impaired.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A 3D-printable elastomer yields soft, elastic objects that feel like human tissue.
Briefs: Power
The battery charges faster than a lithium-ion battery and is fire-safe and eco-friendly.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
An optimized flash process could reduce carbon emissions.
Briefs: Materials
These elastomers have a wide range of uses for the building, automotive, and electronics industries.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The hydrogels can morph multiple times in a preprogrammed or on-demand manner in response to external trigger signals.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An "E-Skin" material can be printed without polymer binders.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
An electrically driven soft valve paves the way for fully soft robots.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
SensiCut, a smart material-sensing platform for laser cutters, can differentiate among 30 materials commonly found in makerspaces.