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: Green Design & Manufacturing
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Materials
The flexible composites can be used as thermal insulation for environments of up to 1200 °C.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Briefs: Energy
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This form of thermal management can help enable untethered, high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
Briefs: Materials
With low-cost materials called perovskites, stable, continuous lasing is achieved at room temperature for over an hour.
Briefs: AR/AI
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: Materials
A metal-organic framework does not contain cost-intensive raw materials and can be produced in bulk.
Briefs: Materials
This method could benefit next-generation electronics.
Briefs: Aerospace
The new battery technology could improve electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and supercharge safe, long-range electric cars.
Briefs: Communications
These non-reciprocal devices on a compact chip pave the way for applications from two-way wireless to quantum computing.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
Briefs: Energy
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: Energy
The technique could enable the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and robots.
Briefs: Imaging
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include rapid prototyping, medical, aerospace, and automotive.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This approach could engineer quantum materials atom-by-atom for new electronic, magnetic, and sensing applications.
Briefs: AR/AI
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Perovskites could be the active ingredient that makes the next generation of low-cost, efficient, lightweight, and flexible solar cells.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
To make electronic components smaller, semiconductor 2D materials are combined with new types of insulator materials.
Briefs: Medical
A soft hydrogel, driven by an oscillatory chemical reaction, produces an autonomous integrated pump for microfluidic applications.
Briefs: Software
This high-strength material could be used to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Features include unusual color changes and high touch sensitivity.
Briefs: Materials
Liquid-Repelling Substance Works on All Surfaces
The new coating can eliminate complex disinfectant procedures for protective face shields.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The material was designed specifically for biomedical or wearable technologies, since sweat and volatile organic compounds evaporate away from the skin.
Briefs: Wearables
Bioactive inks printed on wearable textiles can map conditions over the entire surface of the body.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The instrument has uses in photography where the goal is to image a dim object near a bright one.

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