Materials & Coatings

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on materials and coatings, from engineering experts at NASA and government, university, and commercial laboratories.

The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
Briefs : Materials
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
The new body armor can safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat.
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Method for Electrospinning Customizable Nanofibers
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Briefs : Materials
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Copper Strengthens 3D-Printed Titanium
Titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could create high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
An engineered surface treatment can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electrically Non-Conductive Ladder Fall Protection
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Production Method for High-Performance Polymer
A new composite nanoparticle catalyst produces a polymer to make body armor and other high-performance fabrics.
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Briefs : Materials
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Transistors Both Process and Store Information
The functional transistors are integrated with ferroelectric RAM.
This process turns carbon dioxide into carbon nanotubes with small diameters.
The ultra-fast method analyzes a wider range of materials than current thermal-based detection systems.
Briefs : Materials
Silicon Carbide Fiber Tows
This rapid processing method produces stronger materials and heals lower-quality fibers.

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