Keyword: Polymers

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
Briefs: Energy
Polymer cores redirect light from any source to solar cells.
Articles: Aerospace
Thanos Yiagopoulos, Chief Technology Officer of Momentive Performance Materials, discusses how engineers can determine the best product for their application.
Q&A: Automotive

Jingcheng Ma, along with a team of researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, found a way to make ultra-thin water-resistant surface coatings robust enough to...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Directly visualizing external stresses of plastics is useful in development of materials with improved mechanical properties.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This paves the way for innovative and more energy-efficient printed electronics.
Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
Once triggered, the enzyme-embedded plastics self-destruct, completely degrading and eliminating microplastics in days.
Q&A: Materials
A chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics.
Briefs: Wearables
The inexpensive, convenient devices can measure exposure to a class of chemicals that can be harmful during pregnancy.
Briefs: Materials
The process produces rapid, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly material.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology provides accurate results on concentrations below levels that represent an immediate danger to life and health.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High-voltage direct current cables can more efficiently transport electricity over long distances.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The method could be applied to carbon waste streams.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The compact instrument measures thermal conductivity of materials at below ambient temperatures.
Briefs: Energy
The soft and stretchable device converts movement into electricity and can work in wet environments.
Briefs: Aerospace
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
5 Ws: Semiconductors & ICs
The durable soft electronics could be used in wearable electronics and soft robotics and could someday be part of a stretchable smartphone.
Briefs: Materials
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Briefs: Aerospace
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.
Briefs: Energy
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include anti-fouling and anti-contamination, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic drag reduction, and adhesive joining of composite parts.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
By reclaiming polymers in plastics, the process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The organic composite material is soft, stretchable, and has good thermoelectric properties for many wearable applications.
Briefs: Energy
These organic solar cells can be useful where constant, low power generation is sufficient.
Briefs: Wearables
A flexible device worn on the wrist harvests heat energy from the human body to monitor health.

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