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
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The algorithm identified a new compound potentially useful for photonic devices and biologically inspired computers.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The transistors enable power converters to perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The new material could help put more power in smaller microchips.
Briefs: Materials
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
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: Green Design & Manufacturing

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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nearly 100% of all-carbon-based transistors are reclaimed while retaining future functionality of the materials.
Briefs: Materials
Using gold nanomaterials, this disk can hold data securely for more than 600 years.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
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: Materials
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This affordable, scalable sensor could be a vital tool in the fight against air pollution and its associated health risks.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This could reduce the environmental impact of styrene manufacturing.
Briefs: Materials
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Electronics & Computers
The alloy could influence the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.

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