Materials & Coatings

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

This high-strength material could be used to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanomaterial Gives Robots Chameleon Skin
Features include unusual color changes and high touch sensitivity.
Briefs: Materials
Liquid-Repelling Substance Works on All Surfaces
The new coating can eliminate complex disinfectant procedures for protective face shields.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Breathable Electronics for Wearable Technologies
The material was designed specifically for biomedical or wearable technologies, since sweat and volatile organic compounds evaporate away from the skin.
Bioactive inks printed on wearable textiles can map conditions over the entire surface of the body.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Occulter for CubeSat Coronagraph
The instrument has uses in photography where the goal is to image a dim object near a bright one.
This eye-on-a-chip can help treatment of dry eye disease.
Briefs: Materials
Biomaterial Shields Against Harmful Radiation
A new form of melanin can protect human tissue from X-rays during medical treatment or spaceflight.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Thermally Conductive, Stretchable Rubber Material
This material could be used for artificial muscles that power bio-inspired robots.
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
Real-time terahertz imaging with a single-pixel detector.
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
4D Printing of Morphing Structures
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Spreadable Way to Stabilize Solid-State Batteries
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Briefs: Automotive
Semi-Liquid Metal Anode
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Tough, Solid Electrolyte Battery Component
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
The technique could easily be translated into existing medical device manufacturing processes for use in orthopedic implants.
Briefs: Materials
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
This highly porous sponge absorbs more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused up to several dozen times.
A new roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.
The hydrogel could be made into a contact lens that effectively treats corneal melting.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Bacteria-Based Hydrogel Beads Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater
Beads that contain bacteria and a slow-release food supply to sustain them can clean up contaminated groundwater for months on end, maintenance-free.
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.

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