Materials & Coatings

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

Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
The new method produces strips of rubbery material that can pick up and release objects.
Briefs: Imaging
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display technologies.
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
The multitasking device could advance development of an electric circuit for faster, next-generation electronics like quantum computing technologies.
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Essential Oils Inhibit Mold on Wood
This method can be used to protect stored building materials and to remediate in-service wood and wood products.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Method Turns Trash Into Graphene
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
A novel plate-cell architecture reaches the theoretical limit of performance.
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
This technology supports CO2 emissions reduction in cement manufacturing.
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
System Provides Cooling with No Electricity
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: Wearables
Wearable Air Conditioning
This on-skin electronic device provides a personal air conditioner without electricity.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Organic Material for Printed Electronics
The material combines two polymers with different properties.
The material could enable applications such as antennas that change frequencies on the fly or gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Polymer Twists and Bends in the Presence of Light
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Method Enables Conductive Gels to Stick When Wet
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
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.
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.

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