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
Flea-sized, hollow blocks can be filled with materials that improve healing.
Briefs: Materials
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Briefs: Materials
Synthetic materials can mimic how living organisms expand and contract soft tissues, achieving complex 3D movements and functions.
Briefs: Materials
Bioinspired cellulose nanofibrils can be controlled by electricity.
Briefs: Energy
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Briefs: Materials
The alloy could influence the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
Briefs: Motion Control
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Materials
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Briefs: Materials
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
Briefs: Materials
A combination of polymers and oligomers, when combined with UV light, almost completely kills the coronavirus.
Briefs: Materials
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
Briefs: Materials
Inspired by camel fur, a two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.
Briefs: AR/AI
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This invention holds potential for a range of biomedical applications, from controlled-release drug delivery to tissue engineering.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This composite can be used in lithium metal batteries.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.
Briefs: Medical
This nanoparticle-based adhesive is visible in common imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT).
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Real-time health monitoring and sensing abilities of robots require soft electronics, but a challenge of using such materials lies in their reliability.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sensors need to be flexible, stretchable, biodegradable, safe, and stable for use in the body.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The functioning human heart pump provides a model to track and trace what happens at the cell and molecular levels in the pump structure.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
Briefs: Aerospace
The coatings can be deposited on substrates such as glass, polymers, metals, and aerogels.
Briefs: Materials
The technology could lead to a platform for quantum computation or new types of energy-efficient data storage applications.
Briefs: Materials
A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time, and space.
Briefs: Materials
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.

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