Materials & Coatings

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

Briefs: Materials
Researchers from SEAS have found "hidden potential" in metasurfaces.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These elastomers have a wide range of uses for the building, automotive, and electronics industries.
Briefs: Energy
The device combines with body power to treat tendon disease and damage, and sports injuries.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The system creates accurate defect standards for in-situ inspection systems.
Briefs: Communications
The suit can be controlled with a double tap to the chest or via an app.
Briefs: Materials
The hydrogels can morph multiple times in a preprogrammed or on-demand manner in response to external trigger signals.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Diamonds’ atomic flaws are converted into atomic sensors that watch a quantum world of materials under extreme pressure.
Briefs: Materials
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: Materials
The flexible, self-healing coating protects buildings, bridges, and anything above or below the water made of steel.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An electrically driven soft valve paves the way for fully soft robots.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The fiber contains memory, temperature sensors, and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This robot can run, jump, carry heavy payloads, and turn on a dime.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
SensiCut, a smart material-sensing platform for laser cutters, can differentiate among 30 materials commonly found in makerspaces.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The device provides the first step toward ultrasensitive biosensors to detect diseases at the molecular level with near-perfect efficiency.
Briefs: Aerospace
The technique controls rather than combats ice formation.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The “nanoswimmers” could be used to remediate contaminated soil, improve water filtration, or even deliver drugs to targeted areas of the body.
Briefs: Aerospace
The low-density, graphene-based aerogel could make aircraft as quiet as a hairdryer.
Briefs: Materials
The eco-friendly process removes heavy metals, dyes, and other pollutants.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The camera combines lasers, computers, and terahertz waves to see “unseen” details.
Briefs: Aerospace
The film monitors how well aircraft and spacecraft withstand the mechanical stresses of flight.
Briefs: Energy
The approach could advance the potential of high-powered, solid-electrolyte lithium batteries.
Briefs: Energy
The windows reduce the need for air conditioning and simultaneously generate electricity.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This technology improves the detection of low-power far-infrared (FIR) signals.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Flexible carbon nanotube fibers woven into clothing gather accurate EKG and heart rate.
Briefs: Energy
Applications include space structures, emergency shelters, backpack solar collectors, and inspection of hazardous environments.
Briefs: Communications
The 2D materials boost device performance for electronic devices, solar cells, batteries, and medical equipment.
Briefs: Materials
Incorporating semiconductor components, microscopic robots are made to walk with standard electronic signals.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Directly visualizing external stresses of plastics is useful in development of materials with improved mechanical properties.

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