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This technology charges lithium batteries faster and reduces the risk of device explosions.
Briefs: Materials
Flexible, Thin-Film Battery

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...

Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Compact Infrared Spectrometer
This device fits on a computer chip but can analyze infrared light in the same way as a conventional spectrometer.
This tool provides faster and more detailed composite damage simulation results.
A newly developed architected metamaterial has the ability to change shape in a tunable fashion.
Briefs: Software
Additive Manufacturing Automated Process Planning Software
The software automatically maps designs from CAD software to additive manufacturing to help cut unnecessary steps.
The material could help protect both civilian and military personnel in earthquakes.
This quantum language is the first of its kind that is as elegant, simple, and safe as classical computer languages.
Briefs: Software
High-Fidelity Sonic Boom Propagation Tool
The sBOOMTraj software tool predicts and mitigates ground noise generated during supersonic flight.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Printable Chemical Nanosensor
This integrated nanosensor is printed on a daughter board using 3D printing techniques.

Rectennas convert electromagnetic fields at optical frequencies directly to electrical current. Optical rectennas operate by coupling light’s electromagnetic field to an...

Briefs: Software
Space Weather Database
The DONKI application provides daily interpretations of space weather observations, analysis, and models.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Kodiak 3D LiDAR
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
A new machine learning algorithm could make smartphones charge faster and increase the time between charges for electric vehicles.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Sensitive Optical Receivers for Space
This concept could help break through the present-day data-return bottleneck in deep space missions.
Compared to a LED, the omnidirectional laser light is much brighter and better defined.
The material could enable cheaper and more environmentally friendly displays and large-area lighting.
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
The chip could provide low-voltage power for small devices or sensors.
The chip combines two functions — logic operations and data storage — into a single architecture, paving the way to more efficient devices.
This device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, and other portable electronics.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Supercool Mini-Thermometer
Applications include monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.
This supercapacitor promises storage, high power, and fast charging.
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
The technology is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today’s lithium-ion batteries.

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