Electrical/​Electronics

Access our comprehensive library of electrical and electronics technical briefs from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories.

Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Quantum-Limit-Approaching Chemical Sensing Chip
Study shows improvements to chemical sensing chip that aims to quickly and accurately identify drugs and other trace chemicals.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Prototype Fuel Gauge for Orbit
The technology could continuously monitor fluid flow in pipes on the International Space Station and prevent satellites from colliding.
This method is an important step towards smaller, more advanced, environmentally friendly electronics.
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
This built-in security measure would prevent hackers from getting enough information about the circuit to reverse-engineer it.
The stretchable electronics are more stable as they change shape, which could lead to next-generation sensors for healthcare applications.
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Adding polymers and fireproofing to a battery’s current collectors makes it lighter, safer, and about 20% more efficient.
The method could be key to designing more efficient batteries for specific uses such as electric cars and airplanes.
This technology charges lithium batteries faster and reduces the risk of device explosions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
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.
A newly developed architected metamaterial has the ability to change shape in a tunable fashion.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
A new machine learning algorithm could make smartphones charge faster and increase the time between charges for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Compact Infrared Spectrometer
This device fits on a computer chip but can analyze infrared light in the same way as a conventional spectrometer.
This quantum language is the first of its kind that is as elegant, simple, and safe as classical computer languages.
This integrated nanosensor is printed on a daughter board using 3D printing techniques.
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Supercapacitor Based on Manganese Oxide
This supercapacitor promises storage, high power, and fast charging.
The technology is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today’s lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Photonic Wireless System Powers Medical Implants
The system can recharge the internal battery of devices without invasive surgery or risky penetrative procedures.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Pill-Sized Heating Device for Diagnostic Testing
Combined with smartphone technology, the device becomes a portable system that can track, monitor, and diagnose infections.
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.

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