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: Packaging & Sterilization
A novel method was developed to produce an alkaline hydrogel that could improve wound healing.
Briefs: Aerospace
Microspheres are used in wind tunnel experiments to monitor airflow, to stain biological samples, and in time-delayed drug release.
Briefs: Automotive
The carbon fiber serves as the electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The soft material demonstrates autonomous, heartbeat-like oscillating properties.
Briefs: Materials
This wearable device is placed on the skin to measure a variety of body responses, from electrical to biomechanical signals.
Briefs: Materials
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
Briefs: Materials
The new metal lattice material can be used to create models that regain shape after being crushed.
Briefs: Materials
The new material could provide efficient and reusable protection from shock, vibration, and explosion.
Briefs: Materials
The gel works even at freezing temperatures and contains natural antimicrobial compounds derived from durian husk.
Briefs: Aerospace
The coating repels insects on aircraft wing surfaces and motor vehicles and reduces surface imperfections on other low-friction or non-stick surfaces.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Potential applications include lightweight building materials and growing cells for biomedical purposes.
Briefs: Energy
New cell chemistry utilizes less costly and more abundant materials than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Materials
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
Briefs: AR/AI
The algorithm identified a new compound potentially useful for photonic devices and biologically inspired computers.
Briefs: Materials
The transistors enable power converters to perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The new material could help put more power in smaller microchips.
Briefs: Wearables
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A smartphone, combined with nanoscale porous silicon, enables inexpensive, simple, home diagnostics.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Artificial intelligence is used to decode X-ray images faster, which could aid innovations in medicine, materials, and energy.
Briefs: Energy

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

Briefs: Wearables
Nearly 100% of all-carbon-based transistors are reclaimed while retaining future functionality of the materials.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Using gold nanomaterials, this disk can hold data securely for more than 600 years.
Briefs: Materials
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.

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