Keyword: Coatings, colorants and finishes

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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Given its effectiveness pretreating metal surfaces, industrial laser systems are increasingly being used in manufacturing facilities. The systems can be integrated into automated inline processing lines, or technicians can use mobile handheld units.
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Briefs: Materials
Researchers in the Lyding Group at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have discovered an efficient, sustainable method for 3D-printing single-walled carbon nanotube films, a versatile, durable material that can transform how we explore space, engineer aircraft, and wear electronic technology.
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Briefs: Aerospace
Following nature's example, Lufthansa Technik and BASF have jointly developed the functional surface film AeroSHARK for commercial aircraft.
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5 Ws: Aerospace
A team of researchers at University of Houston have developed a deicing spray in which detachment can be accurately controlled and accelerated.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
To improve efficiency, it is necessary to characterize and reduce flow separation on curved surfaces.
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Briefs: Design
The technology was developed as an alternative to existing options for in-space aeroponic food production applications.
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Briefs: Materials
This new approach is useful for building radiation shields via the Z-grading method, the process of layering metal materials with different atomic numbers to provide radiation protection for protons, electrons, and x-rays.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIT researchers have developed a way of making even the most unlikely pairings of materials take on a desired level of wettability.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Plasmonics is a technology that essentially traps the energy of light in groups of electrons oscillating together on a metal surface.
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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.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Engineers have created a highly effective way to paint complex 3D-printed objects, such as lightweight frames for aircraft and biomedical stents, that could save manufacturers time and money and provide new...

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Briefs: Materials

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...

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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Aspheric lenses let optical system designers improve resolution, reduce the number of lens elements required, and increase system light throughput. Their complex, non-spherical surfaces correct for more...

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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Scientists have developed color-changing, flexible photonic crystals that could be used to develop sensors that warn when an earthquake might strike next. The wearable, robust, and low-cost...

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Briefs: Wearables

Engineers have created a flexible electronic sensing patch that can be sewn into clothing to analyze sweat for multiple markers. The patch could be used to diagnose and monitor...

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A reversible polymer changes color when it senses a material is about to fail.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method prints 3D structures made of metal and plastic, paving the way for 3D electronics.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Artificial skin reacts to pain just like real skin, paving the way to better prosthetics, robotics, and noninvasive alternatives to skin grafts.
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Articles: Materials
A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.
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Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A smart roof coating, a wearable RFID sensor tag, and a 3D-printed OLED display.
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Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
The coatings eradicated human influenza and coronavirus in five minutes.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The long-lasting, environmentally benign fire-retarding treatment, if used on high-risk areas, could dramatically cut the number of fires that occur each year.
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Briefs: Materials
The bandage captures and holds a pro-healing molecule at the site of a bone break to accelerate and improve the natural healing process.
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Briefs: Materials
Textiles and items of clothing can be converted into e-textiles without affecting their original properties.
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Briefs: Materials
Fano Resonance Optical Coatings can both transmit and reflect the same color simultaneously.
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Articles: Electronics & Computers
Flexible electrodes, NASA sensors, and anti-corrosion compounds.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Holographic lenses render visible and infrared starlight into either a focused image or a spectrum.
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Briefs: Materials
The flexible, self-healing coating protects buildings, bridges, and anything above or below the water made of steel.
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Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An "E-Skin" material can be printed without polymer binders.
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