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: Energy
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Materials
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Imaging
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Briefs: Materials
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials.
Briefs: Energy
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Briefs: Energy
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Energy
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Materials
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Aerospace
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.
Briefs: Materials
The tough circuits could withstand the grueling demands of energy production, space exploration, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include anti-fouling and anti-contamination, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic drag reduction, and adhesive joining of composite parts.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The Battery Identity Global Passport could be accessible as a scannable QR code or a computer chip.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Material for shoe bottoms could help prevent falls in icy or slippery conditions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This invention enables improved carrier mobility for solar cells and other electronic devices.
Briefs: Materials
High-quality coated components can be integrated into complex systems in a sustainable way.
Briefs: Materials
By reclaiming polymers in plastics, the process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material sets the stage for new forms of electric power in the future.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The technology recovers pure and precious metals from alloys in cellphones and other electrical waste.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, batteries, and smart windows.
Briefs: Materials
The organic composite material is soft, stretchable, and has good thermoelectric properties for many wearable applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This new technique shields electronics from ionizing radiation in applications such as military and space exploration.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The microchips are about 100 times smaller than conventional microchips.

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