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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: Power
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This affordable, scalable sensor could be a vital tool in the fight against air pollution and its associated health risks.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This could reduce the environmental impact of styrene manufacturing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Briefs: Energy
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This invention achieves sustainable freshwater production in a variety of climates at minimal energy cost.
Briefs: Materials
Flea-sized, hollow blocks can be filled with materials that improve healing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Synthetic materials can mimic how living organisms expand and contract soft tissues, achieving complex 3D movements and functions.
Briefs: Energy
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: Energy
The alloy could influence the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Motion Control
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
A combination of polymers and oligomers, when combined with UV light, almost completely kills the coronavirus.
Briefs: Energy
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Inspired by camel fur, a two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
Briefs: Materials
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: Materials
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.

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