Keyword: Coating/​Surface Modification

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Quiz: Materials
Materials science has led to breakthroughs in medicine, renewable energy, and nanotechnology, with the potential for other revolutionary applications. How much do you know about materials science? Find out with this quiz.
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Briefs: Materials
Scientists at the Columbia University, University of Connecticut, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory were able to fabricate a pure form of glass and coat specialized pieces of DNA with it to create a material that was not only stronger than steel, but incredibly lightweight.
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Articles: Materials
See the products of tomorrow, including the University of Maryland's "cooling glass"; the Reconfigurable Robotics Lab's sensor that can perceive combinations of bending, stretching, compression, and temperature changes using color; Tufts' tiny biological robots; and more.
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INSIDER: Motion Control

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have invented a coating that could dramatically reduce friction in common load-bearing systems with moving...

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Briefs: Materials
The cellulose nanofiber coating counters bending damage and retains electrode function under water.
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Briefs: Materials
A new thermal control coating material, developed for use as a coating or rigid tiles, reflects essentially all solar radiation in the space environment.
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Blog: Electronics & Computers
By avoiding hazardous chemicals, the work points down a path industry could follow to reduce its environmental footprint.
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Videos of the Month: Materials
Videos of the month for March 2023.
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Briefs: Design
Following nature's example, Lufthansa Technik and BASF have jointly developed the functional surface film AeroSHARK for commercial aircraft.
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INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Researchers in Drexel University’s College of Engineering have developed a thin film device, fabricated by spray coating, that can block electromagnetic radiation with the...

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Blog: Test & Measurement
A counterintuitive way to protect atomically thin electronics: adding vibrations to reduce vibration issues.
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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

At 200 times stronger than steel, graphene has been hailed as a super material of the future since its discovery in 2004. The ultrathin carbon material is an incredibly strong...

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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Until recently, it was widely believed among physicists that it was impossible to compress light below the so-called diffraction limit, except when using metal nanoparticles,...

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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

An interdisciplinary team from Hokkaido University’s Engineering and Agriculture departments and the Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (WPI-ICReDD) has...

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Facility Focus: Research Lab
The Florida Institute of Technology is a private research university in Melbourne, FL. The university was founded in 1958 as Brevard Engineering College to support NASA in providing advanced education for professionals working in the space program.
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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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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 3D printing industry has grown quickly over the last decade with average compound annual growth rates of around 27 percent leading to a market size of $17.7 billion in 2022.
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Briefs: Materials
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: Medical
The coating is customizable to individuals and requires less than 10 minutes to prepare and use.
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INSIDER: Motion Control

Scientists have developed a new technique for fabricating metamaterials from sheets of paper, using a computer to guide the movement of conductive ink pens and mechanical...

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Articles: Imaging
From space propulsion to underwater monitoring and antibacterial coatings, three new innovations aim to address real-world problems.
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Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2022

Breakthroughs in plastics, composites, metals, and other materials technologies are enabling exciting new applications in industries ranging from aerospace to automotive to medical. Read more in this...

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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Application Briefs: Materials

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

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Blog: Packaging & Sterilization
Tiny manufactured nanopillars slice and dice bacteria, cicada-style.
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Q&A: Energy
An inexpensive, clear coating has reduced snow and ice accumulation on solar panels, enabling them to generate up to 85% more energy in early testing.
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Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fiber laser machinery, polishing pitch, beam collimators, and more.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The flexible, self-healing coating protects buildings, bridges, and anything above or below the water made of steel.
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