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Access the technical resources for a range of materials and coatings. Design engineers can browse news, technical briefs, and applications for plastics, composites, rubbers, elastomers, and metals.

Latest Briefs & News

Tech Talks: Materials

There are numerous applications for which flexible composite sheeting and extrusions are uniquely suited, which will be highlighted in this 20-minute Tech Talk, along with new...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Full-field optical strain is crucial for composites materials and structures. With the complexity of materials and designs, single-point sensors...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Highly toughened, expandable structural adhesives reliably join gaps while adding strength and rigidity to body-in-white structures,...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

With today’s new high-performance coatings, obtaining a high-quality finish is even more important. Modern high-performance, inline, car body surface inspection technology can bring users...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Major advances in medical devices have been made over the last few decades, keeping thousands of people alive and improving the quality of life for others. At the same...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A first-ever simulation of aluminum conductivity offers a recipe for an inexpensive substitute for copper.

INSIDER: Power

Princeton Engineering researchers have developed the first perovskite solar cell with a commercially viable lifetime, marking a major milestone for an emerging class of...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently announced that they have figured out how to engineer a biofilm that harvests the energy in evaporation...

5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Researchers at University of Cambridge have developed floating “artificial leaves” that generate clean fuels from sunlight and water and could eventually operate on a large scale at sea.
Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Aerospace & Military Robotics - September 2022

Autonomous robots explore the deep sea...AI-powered machines think for themselves in hazardous places...advanced bipedal robots combine walking with flying. These are just a few of the...

Articles: Energy

The element niobium (Nb), a transition metal, stands ready to improve the performance of one of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery’s confusing array of possible electrode chemistries — the LTO...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers formulated and synthesized the bio-inks, with the goal of creating create an ultra-soft, thin, and stretchable material for biosensors that is capable of seamlessly interfacing with the surface of organs.
Briefs: Energy
Energy Storage Materials Make Batteries More Efficient and Heat-Resistant
In redox flow batteries, the energy-storing components are dissolved in a solvent and can be stored at a decentralized location.
Briefs: Design
This invention is a method of removing or adsorbing a target substance or material.
Briefs: Energy
Researchers have developed an inexpensive and eco-friendly steam generator to desalinate and purify water using sunlight.
Briefs: Design
Lithium-ion batteries are currently the preferred technology for powering electric vehicles, but they’re too expensive for long-duration grid-scale energy storage systems.
Briefs: AR/AI
The system makes it possible to integrate data from prior experiments, and information based on personal observations by experienced workers, into the machine learning process.
Briefs: Energy
In batteries, electrolyte is the circulating “blood” that keeps the energy flowing. The electrolyte forms by dissolving salts in solvents, resulting in charged ions that flow between the positive and negative electrodes.
Briefs: Energy
Over the course of their research, the team discovered that these anthraquinones decompose slowly over time, regardless of how many times the battery has been used.
Briefs: Aerospace
An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Tests showed the metalens they made could focus its 197-nanometer output onto a spot measuring 1.7 microns in diameter, increasing the power density of the light output by 21 times.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Plasmonics is a technology that essentially traps the energy of light in groups of electrons oscillating together on a metal surface.
Issue Archive: Medical
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Blog: Materials
A treatment for floc sludge transforms it to an electrode material usable for high-performance capacitors.
Q&A: Physical Sciences
A new kind of optical concentrator can passively focus the sun onto a photovoltaic cell from any angle to reduce the amount of photovoltaic material needed for a given amount of power generation.
On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Precision optics are used in a variety of industrial, scientific, medical, astronomical, and military/defense applications. In addition to material selection and rigorous design...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A new material holds promise for the next generation of organic electronics.

INSIDER: Medical

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are creating patient-specific 3D-printed smart metamaterial implants that double as sensors to monitor spinal healing.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Professor Mohammad Reza Abidian of the Cullen College of Engineering — foresees the future production of micro-scale organic electronics via multiphoton 3D printers.

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