Keyword: Polymers

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The new material could help put more power in smaller microchips.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Color changes of gold nanoparticles under the skin reveal concentration changes of substances in the body.
Briefs: Automotive
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

Articles: Aerospace
Highly purified, low-outgassing silicones prevent material degradation in satellites and space vehicles.
Briefs: Energy
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
Briefs: Materials
A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time, and space.
Briefs: Materials

Researchers have demonstrated that they can attract, capture, and destroy perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of federally regulated substances nicknamed “the forever...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method obtains high-color-purity 3D objects using a new class of nanoparticles.
Briefs: Materials
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
Briefs: Energy

Computers or smartphones with folding screens, smart clothing, and wearable sensors all require an energy source, which is usually a lithium-ion battery. These are typically heavy and rigid, making them...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The method could be key to designing more efficient batteries for specific uses such as electric cars and airplanes.
Briefs: Materials
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technology welds adjacent 3D-printed layers more effectively, thereby increasing the reliability of the final part.
Q&A: Materials

Brian Salazar and his UC Berkeley team have developed a new way to reinforce concrete with a polymer lattice, an advance that could rival other polymer-based enhancements and improve...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic exoskeletons, a breath-test for cancer, and plastic-eating enzymes are Products of Tomorrow.
Briefs: Materials
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Aerospace
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Tests show magnetoelectric power is a viable option for clinical-grade implants.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
5 Ws: Materials
Would you take a walk in biodegradable flip-flops?
Briefs: Energy
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This material could be used for artificial muscles that power bio-inspired robots.
NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
In 2019, NASA engineers test-fired a 3D-printed rocket engine combustion chamber.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.

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