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: Aerospace
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This work could help severely injured people, such as soldiers, regain the ability to control their movements.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
Briefs: Wearables
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Materials
Printers can be identified by their unique hot end, aiding intellectual property and security.
Briefs: Aerospace
High-yield synthesis of carbon nanotubes is enabled via free electron laser ablation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These antennas dramatically increase the amount of information that can be simultaneously transmitted by a coherent light source.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The flexible antenna was designed for active aeronautical satellite communications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
Briefs: Propulsion
This method is a faster way to manufacture combustion chambers and nozzles for aerospace propulsion as well as heat exchangers in oil and gas applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The wearable antenna bends, stretches, and compresses without compromising function.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Briefs: Energy
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Energy
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Motion Control
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Motion Control
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Briefs: Materials
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.
Briefs: Energy
The tough circuits could withstand the grueling demands of energy production, space exploration, and more.
Briefs: Transportation
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.

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