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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.

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White Papers: Automotive
Viton™ Fluoroelastomers: A Material That Will Go the Distance

Growing demands for durability in electric vehicle (EV) engineering has made material selection for high-voltage power cables more critical than ever. We’ve done the research...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A "self-aware," self-powering material can be used in heart stents, bridges, and even space.
White Papers: Materials
Viton™ Fluoroelastomers: Selecting The Right Elastomer Makes All The Difference

As innovations in automotive design lead to hotter-running engines and increasingly challenging environments, under-the-hood material selection for...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Ultra-thin piezoresistive sensors can be used in both R&D and as embedded components to develop safer, longer-lasting lithium-ion battery technologies.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
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: Transportation
The transistors enable power converters to perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.
Application Briefs: Transportation
The SuperElastic Tire — a NASA Glenn innovation — can be used on both Earth and Mars.
Facility Focus: Photonics/Optics
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Materials
The new material could help put more power in smaller microchips.
Briefs: Imaging
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.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
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: Materials

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...

Articles: Imaging
Head-up displays, health-monitoring sensors from NASA, and a pollen sponge.
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.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Blog: Materials
A better aerogel features a kind of biological scaffold made from a surprising ingredient found in nature: seaweed.
Question of the Week: Materials
Will Metal-Free Batteries Catch On?

Our lead story today highlighted a metal-free battery that degrades on demand. While a cobalt-less battery has its sustainability benefits, more work will need to be done for the Texas A&M-developed technology to compete with the lithium-ion standard.

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A team from Texas A&M developed a battery that's metal-free and replaces cobalt with organic, recyclable materials.
Question of the Week: Materials
Will ‘Living Materials’ Catch On?

Our lead story today highlighted the possible applications for a "living material" made from microalgae and cellulose.

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
By adjusting a surface's wettability and texture, IIT Bombay researchers demonstrate how to best limit the spread of coronavirus.
Blog: Materials
An international team used 3D printers and a novel bioprinting technique to print algae into living, photosynthetic materials that are tough and resilient.
White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Customized Silicone Solutions for EV Battery Packs and Electronic Components

Achieve your design requirements with CHT’s silicone series of 1-part adhesives, potting compounds, encapsulants, and gels to seal and protect sensitive...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
Learn about the benefits of SWIR imaging, from food inspection to surveillance.

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