Keyword: Coatings, colorants, and finishes

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Make sure the polished optic meets the requirement of a particular application.
Briefs: Materials
This rapid screening system tests fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
Briefs: Energy
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Application Briefs: Imaging
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
Briefs: Transportation
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Surface treatments have limitations that demand attention early in the design process.
Briefs: Materials
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement

Different line scan prism manufacturers might compare two possible curves in their advertising and argue that the steeper flanks should enable better color reproduction with greater selectivity.

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
Briefs: Energy
An engineered surface treatment can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes.
Briefs: Materials
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
Briefs: Materials
This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.
Q&A: Wearables
Drexel Professor Genevieve Dion is coating yarn with the highly conductive, two-dimensional material MXene.
Q&A: Semiconductors & ICs
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These barrier coatings protect high-performance components in extreme environments.
Briefs: Materials
This thin film can be used for ground-based and airborne applications in aircraft, balloons, and other flight missions.
Briefs: Defense
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Briefs: Materials
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
NASA Spinoff: Materials
The material used on a shuttle's rocket boosters has several terrestrial applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Smart Electronic Skin for Robots and Prosthetics

Humans use the sense of touch to accomplish almost every daily task such as picking up a cup of coffee or shaking someone’s hand. Without it, humans can even lose their sense of balance when walking. Similarly, robots need to have a sense of touch in order to interact better with humans but...

Briefs: Nanotechnology

By mimicking the outer coating of pearls (nacre or mother of pearl), researchers created a lightweight plastic that is 14 times stronger and eight times lighter (less dense) than steel. It could...

5 Ws: Energy
Who

Anyone using standard, coated paper in conventional printers.

Articles: Photonics/Optics
Semi-Liquid Metal Anode for Next-Generation Batteries

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a semi-liquid lithium metal-based anode. Lithium batteries made using this new...

Briefs: Materials

Unlike water, liquid refrigerants and other fluids that have a low surface tension spread quickly into a sheet when they come into contact with a surface. For many industrial...

Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Optical coatings are critical for enhancing the transmission, reflection, polarization, and phase of light incident upon and passing through optical components. There are many different technologies used to...

Application Briefs: FDA/Regulatory
Some of the most common applications for hazardous duty sensors are in the oil and gas industry.