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
The new body armor can safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat.
Briefs: Materials
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.
Briefs: Materials
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
Briefs: AR/AI
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
Briefs: Materials
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
Briefs: Materials
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
Briefs: Materials
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
Briefs: Wearables
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
Briefs: Automotive
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
Briefs: Materials
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
Briefs: Materials
Titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could create high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Materials
An engineered surface treatment can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
Briefs: Materials
Production Method for High-Performance Polymer
A new composite nanoparticle catalyst produces a polymer to make body armor and other high-performance fabrics.
Briefs: Materials
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
Briefs: Aerospace
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
3D Printing Technique Produces “Living” 4D Materials
3D/4D printing is merged with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has potential for recycling and biomedicine.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The functional transistors are integrated with ferroelectric RAM.
Briefs: Materials
This process turns carbon dioxide into carbon nanotubes with small diameters.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The ultra-fast method analyzes a wider range of materials than current thermal-based detection systems.
Briefs: Materials
This rapid processing method produces stronger materials and heals lower-quality fibers.
Briefs: Materials
This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.
Briefs: Energy
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Hybrid organic-inorganic materials transfer ultra-small, high-aspect-ratio features into silicon for next-generation electronic devices.

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