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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

A "self-aware," self-powering material can be used in heart stents, bridges, and even space.
White Papers: Tubing & Extrusion
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...

Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Polymer-Based Electrical Insulation for Circuits
The new material could help put more power in smaller microchips.
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Fully Recyclable Printed Electronics
Nearly 100% of all-carbon-based transistors are reclaimed while retaining future functionality of the 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: Electronics & Computers
Metal-Free Battery Degrades on Demand
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.

By adjusting a surface's wettability and texture, IIT Bombay researchers demonstrate how to best limit the spread of coronavirus.
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: Materials
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...

Learn about the benefits of SWIR imaging, from food inspection to surveillance.
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale.
Articles: Materials
Products of Tomorrow: May 2021
Conductive cellulose, composites testing, and a light-emitting tattoo.
Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Carbon-Based Air Quality Sensor
This affordable, scalable sensor could be a vital tool in the fight against air pollution and its associated health risks.
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
This could reduce the environmental impact of styrene manufacturing.
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
This invention achieves sustainable freshwater production in a variety of climates at minimal energy cost.
Flea-sized, hollow blocks can be filled with materials that improve healing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing of Gels and Soft Materials
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cord Tension Measurement Device
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rapid 3D Printing of Biomedical Parts
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.

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