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: Communications
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
Briefs: Materials
Material for Wearable Biosensors
Electrospinning is used to make porous silicone that allows sweat to evaporate.
Briefs: Materials
This system treats light-responsive disorders or deficits such as eating disorders, sleep problems, hormone-sensitive cancers, and cardiovascular disorders.
Briefs: Materials
A new method of linking materials with unique mechanical properties could enable robots made of robots.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The stretchable sensor has applications in environmental monitoring and healthcare.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A smart fiber being tested on the International Space Station could be used to develop space dust telescopes and allow astronauts to feel through their pressurized suits.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.
Briefs: Lighting Technology
The material could enable cheaper and more environmentally friendly displays and large-area lighting.
Briefs: Materials
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
Briefs: Motion Control
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
Briefs: Energy
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, and other portable electronics.
Briefs: Transportation
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
The system uses off-the-shelf materials combined with ultraviolet lights to decontaminate N95 masks.
Briefs: Materials
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Method Tests Microscopic Aeronautical Materials
This process breaks the temperature barrier in small-scale materials testing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The robot’s extendable appendage can wind through tight spaces and then lift heavy loads.
Briefs: Lighting
Invisible displays on walls and windows would be bright when turned on but invisible when turned off.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
Briefs: Automotive
The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
Briefs: Imaging
Detector Senses X-Rays Over a Broad Energy Range
New materials generate precise X-ray images with a lower amount of exposure.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
Briefs: Materials
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Other applications include cosmetics, 3D printing, and drug formulations.

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