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NASA Tech Needs
Carbon Nanotubes for Stray Light Suppression

Bright light from sources such as the Earth or bright stars is scattered on surfaces of scientific instruments and creates noise in scientific observations. All scientific instruments have baffles, stops, and other components that are used to reduce the amount of stray light that decreases signal to...

NASA Tech Needs
Cooling of a Self-Contained Portable HSDAS Unit

John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) provides rocket engine propulsion testing for NASA’s space programs. There are occasions when it would be useful to have a portable, mobile data acquisition system that could easily be set up as needed within our facilities’ hydrogen environment, and that...

Techs for License : Lighting
Staggered InGaN Quantum Wells for Improved Active Media for LEDs

The given technology involves a novel method in achieving high-efficiency group IIInitride light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes emitting in the visible regime (wavelengths between 420nm and 650nm) for use in solid-state lighting and medical applications.

Techs for License : Lighting
Novel OLED Architecture Simplifies Device Manufacturing

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a novel organic light-emitting diode (OLED) architecture that reduces the number of individual layers in the device without sacrificing performance. With fewer layers, there are fewer deposition steps, leading to a simpler...

NASA Tech Needs
NASA Planetary Balloon Technology Needs

Innovations in materials, structures, and systems concepts have enabled buoyant vehicles to play an expanding role in planning NASA’s future Solar System Exploration Program. Balloons and aerobots containing science instruments can cover large distances in short periods of time, and obtain science data...

NASA Tech Needs
Improving Reliability of Atmosphere Revitalization Technologies

Atmosphere revitalization (AR) systems control carbon dioxide, humidity, and trace chemical contaminant levels in a crewed spacecraft cabin atmosphere to provide a safe, habitable environment for people to live and work. Most spacecraft AR systems to date have used fixed beds of...

NASA Tech Needs
Treatment System to Enable Re-Use of Waste Water

An organization seeks a low-cost way to render dirty, contaminant-filled water clean enough to use for washing or sanitary purposes. The treatment system should reduce dirt particles, lower pH levels, and remove surfactants like linear alkylbenzene sulphonate (LAS). A large water treatment plant...

NASA Tech Needs
Oxygen Barrier Coating on Anodized Aluminum Substrate

A company is interested in licensing a film material that can be printed, sprayed, or transferred onto an anodized aluminum surface, such that the applied layer prevents oxygen from reaching and reacting with copper or other colored metals that are electro-deposited into the alumina pores....

Techs for License
Self-Healing Slide Ring Material Paint

A slide ring material (SRM) paint is able to heal a majority of surface scratches by itself. When disturbed by minor abrasions, the paint’s cross-linked molecules retain mobility, and the oleophilic polyrotaxane coating redistributes its tension to slide back into place along the polymer chains, erasing...

Techs for License
Electronic Device for Damping Impacts

Springs, polymers, and pneumatic or hydraulic devices react to impacts, but a recently developed damping technology calculates and controls the forces that should be applied. Within the device, two electromagnets with different polarities are put in contact, and the repulsion force is used against the forces...

NASA Tech Needs
Thermal and Mechanical Stability Challenges for the LISA Mission

LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) is one of the most challenging missions to be undertaken by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). This mission will provide, among other data products, direct proof of the existence of Gravitational Waves. The LISA instrument measures...

NASA Tech Needs
Sanitizing and Disinfection Methods Without UV, Chemicals, or Liquid

A company seeks a way to disinfect and sanitize hands and surfaces that does not depend on chemicals for bacteria kill, does not involve applying liquid, and does not use UV light. The method may be active or passive and must kill or remove microbes from a surface (hands or...

NASA Tech Needs
High-Barrier Flexible Food Packaging for Long-Duration Storage

A company seeks a flexible, non-foil, food-grade packaging that offers high oxygen and moisture barriers. The packaging must withstand high-temperature processing, high-pressure processing, or microwave processing. It should be lightweight, and able to protect food for up to five...

Techs for License
Volume-Changing Primary Glass Material

This technology produces a silica glass material with a promising negative refractive index. The material changes volume via irradiation under UV light, and results in a refractive index capability of 10-2. This makes it applicable to a wide range of fields, including holograms, optical memory,...

Techs for License
Innovative Aluminum Flat Solar Collector

The most important feature of this solar collector is the technical solution where the heat-absorbing surface is the same as the heat-transferring surface, which results in the highest heat performance and efficiency. There is no mediatory unit between the heat-transferring surface of the absorber and the...

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