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 functioning human heart pump provides a model to track and trace what happens at the cell and molecular levels in the pump structure.
Briefs: Materials
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
Briefs: Materials
The coatings can be deposited on substrates such as glass, polymers, metals, and aerogels.
Briefs: Energy
The technology could lead to a platform for quantum computation or new types of energy-efficient data storage applications.
Briefs: Materials
A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time, and space.
Briefs: Automotive
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
Briefs: Energy
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The stretchable electronics are more stable as they change shape, which could lead to next-generation sensors for healthcare applications.
Briefs: Imaging
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

Researchers have demonstrated that they can attract, capture, and destroy perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of federally regulated substances nicknamed “the forever...

Briefs: Energy
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The method could be key to designing more efficient batteries for specific uses such as electric cars and airplanes.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This technology charges lithium batteries faster and reduces the risk of device explosions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Computers or smartphones with folding screens, smart clothing, and wearable sensors all require an energy source, which is usually a lithium-ion battery. These are typically heavy and rigid, making them...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
By emulating the natural cellular architecture of wood, green products such as clothes, packaging, and furniture can be manufactured with unique properties.
Briefs: Software
This tool provides faster and more detailed composite damage simulation results.
Briefs: Materials
Wafer-Scale Membrane Release Process
This process fabricates thin dielectric membranes with high mechanical yields.
Briefs: Energy
A newly developed architected metamaterial has the ability to change shape in a tunable fashion.
Briefs: Materials
The material could help protect both civilian and military personnel in earthquakes.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This integrated nanosensor is printed on a daughter board using 3D printing techniques.
Briefs: Materials
The improved rectennas could operate low-power devices such as temperature sensors.
Briefs: Materials
The technology welds adjacent 3D-printed layers more effectively, thereby increasing the reliability of the final part.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
Briefs: Materials
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Briefs: Imaging
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.

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