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
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: Aerospace
The technique controls rather than combats ice formation.
Briefs: Motion Control
The “nanoswimmers” could be used to remediate contaminated soil, improve water filtration, or even deliver drugs to targeted areas of the body.
Briefs: Automotive
The low-density, graphene-based aerogel could make aircraft as quiet as a hairdryer.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The eco-friendly process removes heavy metals, dyes, and other pollutants.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The camera combines lasers, computers, and terahertz waves to see “unseen” details.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The film monitors how well aircraft and spacecraft withstand the mechanical stresses of flight.
Briefs: Materials
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: Electronics & Computers
Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This technology improves the detection of low-power far-infrared (FIR) signals.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Flexible carbon nanotube fibers woven into clothing gather accurate EKG and heart rate.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include space structures, emergency shelters, backpack solar collectors, and inspection of hazardous environments.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The 2D materials boost device performance for electronic devices, solar cells, batteries, and medical equipment.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Incorporating semiconductor components, microscopic robots are made to walk with standard electronic signals.
Briefs: Materials
Directly visualizing external stresses of plastics is useful in development of materials with improved mechanical properties.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This paves the way for innovative and more energy-efficient printed electronics.
Briefs: Materials
The material could be used to create housing in outer space.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles.
Briefs: Energy
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
Briefs: Materials
The new printing method coaxes particles and droplets into precise patterns using the power of sound.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Growing large-area graphene on optical substrates enables use in photonics devices.
Briefs: Materials
The process produces rapid, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly material.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fano Resonance Optical Coatings (FROCs) can both transmit and reflect the same color simultaneously.
Briefs: Materials
With this advance, so-called “flextronics” move closer to reality.
Briefs: Energy
A new anode for aqueous batteries uses seawater as an electrolyte.
Briefs: Transportation
The technology could be key to lighter, less expensive, and long-lasting batteries for future electric vehicles.
Briefs: Materials
High-voltage direct current cables can more efficiently transport electricity over long distances.

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