Materials & Coatings

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Briefs: Energy

Wearable electronic components incorporated directly into fabrics have been developed that could be used for flexible circuits, healthcare monitoring, energy conversion, and other applications....

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Briefs: Materials

Many technical processes only use part of the energy consumed. The remaining fraction leaves the system in the form of waste heat. Frequently, this heat is released into the...

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Briefs: Materials
3D nanometer-scale metamaterial structures hold promise for advanced optical isolators.
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Briefs: Motion Control
These materials can detect when they are damaged, take the necessary steps to temporarily heal themselves, and then resume work.
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Briefs: Energy
A hybrid method enables 3D printing of self-powered wearable devices.
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Briefs: Motion Control
A new study challenges the conventional approach to designing soft robotics and metamaterials by utilizing the power of computer algorithms.
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Briefs: Materials
Surgeons can use the heart model as a tool for planning and practice.
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Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Metamaterials that manipulate microwave energy can be fabricated using low-cost inkjet printing.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Making one kilometer of a two-lane road would use up about three million masks.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This method prints 3D structures made of metal and plastic, paving the way for 3D electronics.
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Briefs: Energy
The material improves connectivity while maintaining recyclability and low cost.
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Briefs: Materials
The battery is smaller than a traditional lithium-ion battery due to the elimination of dendrites.
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Briefs: Materials
A reversible polymer changes color when it senses a material is about to fail.
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Briefs: Energy
The material enables lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes for thousands of cycles.
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Briefs: Materials
The device ultimately should be able to provide accurate signals from a person who is walking, running, or climbing stairs.
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Briefs: Energy
The flexible, washable microgrid uses the human body to sustainably power small electronics.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
By electrically stimulating nerves, this therapy can reduce epileptic seizures and soothe chronic pain without the use of conventional drugs like opioids.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The Slinky-like sensor survives washing machines, cars, and hammers.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Potential applications for a graphene atomic-level sensor include detecting COVID, ALS, and cancer.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include detection of chemical and biological agents as well as dangerous gases from vehicle emissions.
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Briefs: Materials
The device combines with body power to treat tendon disease and damage, and sports injuries.
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Briefs: AR/AI
The advance could accelerate engineers’ design process by eliminating the need to solve complex equations.
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Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs

Researchers have created an electronic microsystem that can intelligently respond to information inputs without any external energy input, much like a...

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Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Applications include power and energy, communications, and sensors.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material could potentially provide a platform for error-free quantum computing.
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Briefs: Materials
Invisibly small nanotubes aligned as fibers and sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun or other sources into energy.
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Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This process could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.
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Briefs: Materials
The coatings eradicated human influenza and coronavirus in five minutes.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The long-lasting, environmentally benign fire-retarding treatment, if used on high-risk areas, could dramatically cut the number of fires that occur each year.
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