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Materials & Coatings

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

On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics
Optics and Coatings Technology

Precision optics are used in a wide variety of industrial, scientific, medical, and military applications, and their performance is often improved or enhanced by the application of thin film coatings. But how do you know what types of optics will work best for your application (e.g., spheric vs. aspheric,...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Torque Light-Powered Actuator
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Motion Control
Soft Robots Turn Rigid on Demand
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: April 2021
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-Temperature Ni-Based Superalloy Composition
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
A combination of polymers and oligomers, when combined with UV light, almost completely kills the coronavirus.
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
A medical patch can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces.
Inspired by camel fur, a two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.
Highly purified, low-outgassing silicones prevent material degradation in satellites and space vehicles.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: Cornell University College of Engineering
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
The inserts use a material that NASA has considered for spacecraft filters.
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
Briefs: Materials
Shape-Shifting Nanomaterial
This invention holds potential for a range of biomedical applications, from controlled-release drug delivery to tissue engineering.
This composite can be used in lithium metal batteries.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Low-Cost Strengthened Glass Substrates
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultrasonic Projector
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.
This nanoparticle-based adhesive is visible in common imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT).
Podcasts: Wearables
Here's an Idea: Wearables
In this episode of our Here's an Idea podcast, we speak to engineers who are building a variety of wearables. And some sensors blend in more than others.
Upcoming Webinars: Materials
Ultra-High Purity Silicone in Aerospace and Defense Product Design

The performance and stability of materials used on aircraft in extreme atmospheric temperatures have their challenges, especially when fuel exposure is inevitable. Finding the right material shouldn’t be one. In this 30-minute Webinar, an expert in fluorosilicones...

Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. The team designed and...

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new, low-cost, wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery. The device is stretchy enough that you can wear it like...

Scientists at University of California, Davis, have proposed a solution to dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries using microfluidics. The group proved that flowing ions...

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
Photonics West 2021 Preview
The virtual event offers a mix of live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking and special events.
See what kinds of applications require high-precision laser glass with demanding dimensional tolerances and high-power laser coatings.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Flexible and Highly Reliable Sensor
Real-time health monitoring and sensing abilities of robots require soft electronics, but a challenge of using such materials lies in their reliability.
Sensors need to be flexible, stretchable, biodegradable, safe, and stable for use in the body.

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