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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wool-Like Material Remembers and Changes Shape
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Detector Senses X-Rays Over a Broad Energy Range
New materials generate precise X-ray images with a lower amount of exposure.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Method Turns Fruit Peels into New Batteries
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Printable Light Sensors Can See Colors
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Janus Particles Improve Paints and Coatings
Other applications include cosmetics, 3D printing, and drug formulations.
The material can be used in power electronics and power converters for solar energy power systems.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electricity-Free Radiative Cooling System
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
The flexible composites can be used as thermal insulation for environments of up to 1200 °C.
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Sunlight Converts Emissions into Useful Materials
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
This form of thermal management can help enable untethered, high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
With low-cost materials called perovskites, stable, continuous lasing is achieved at room temperature for over an hour.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ambient Light Alters Refraction in 2D Material
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Hybrid Material is an Efficient Photodetector
A metal-organic framework does not contain cost-intensive raw materials and can be produced in bulk.
This method could benefit next-generation electronics.
The new battery technology could improve electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and supercharge safe, long-range electric cars.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
“One-Way” Electronic Devices
These non-reciprocal devices on a compact chip pave the way for applications from two-way wireless to quantum computing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Method Turns Nearly any Object into a Data Storage Unit
This technology makes it possible to save extensive data in objects such as shirt buttons, water bottles, or the lenses of glasses and then retrieve it years later.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Material 3D Printing
The technique could enable the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and robots.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Applications include rapid prototyping, medical, aerospace, and automotive.
This approach could engineer quantum materials atom-by-atom for new electronic, magnetic, and sensing applications.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Wavy Surfaces for Better Light Control
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Perovskites could be the active ingredient that makes the next generation of low-cost, efficient, lightweight, and flexible solar cells.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Machine Vision for Industrial Inspection

Upcoming Webinars: Electronics & Computers

Protecting Power Electronics from EM and RF Interference

Upcoming Webinars: Electronics & Computers

Vehicle Electrification

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The Evolution of SOSA

Upcoming Webinars: Software

Next-Gen Vehicle Architectures and the Role of HPCs

Tech Talks: Medical

Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

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