Materials & Coatings

Coatings & Adhesives

Browse the latest news and technical briefs that explore coatings and adhesives. Access the coatings and adhesive applications used in military, aerospace, medical devices, and automotive.

Latest Briefs & News

Question of the Week : Energy
Will Cooling Coatings Catch On?

This month’s Tech Briefs featured a potential alternative to the air conditioner: A painted-on polymer coating that can cool down a building.

Facility Focus : Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Thermally Conductive Polymer Films
These materials may replace metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, computers, cellphones, and refrigerators.
Drexel Professor Genevieve Dion is coating yarn with the highly conductive, two-dimensional material MXene.
These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
"View it as an infrared privacy shield," says Professor Mikhail Kats.
This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
Applying a surface-active agent makes metal easier to cut and shape into parts and pieces.
This electronic skin can track heart rate, respiration, muscle movement, and other health data.
This thin film can be used for ground-based and airborne applications in aircraft, balloons, and other flight missions.
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
Question of the Week : Materials
Can Gels Stop Wildfires?

A preventive treatment developed by Stanford researchers could greatly reduce the incidence and severity of wildfires. The cellulose-based, gel-like fluid protects against fires and stays on target vegetation through rain, wind, and other environmental exposure. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

Parylene coatings are being used in the medical industry and even space. Our expert explains why.
On-Demand Webinars : Materials
Enhance Product Design and Dependability with Advanced Coating Technologies

For decades, engineers have been tasked with designing new products that are not only smaller and lighter than previous generations, but they must also operate in increasingly challenging environments. These challenges are true in many industries, including...

Adhesives, flame-retardant compounds, vision measurement, and more...

Inspired by a sticky substance that spiders use to catch their prey, a double-sided tape was developed that can rapidly seal tissues together within five seconds. The tape works much...

The material used on a shuttle's rocket boosters has several terrestrial applications.

By mimicking the outer coating of pearls (nacre or mother of pearl), researchers created a lightweight plastic that is 14 times stronger and eight times lighter (less dense) than steel. It could...

Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: October 2019
See the new tech products being offered in October 2019.
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: October 2019
Permeable concrete, quick disconnects, and more
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Avoiding Electrical Damage with Conductive Lubrication
While most cars today run on 12-volt DC batteries, cars in the future will run on 48 volts. This increased voltage could affect ball bearing performance.

A synthetic optical lace developed by a Cornell Ph.D. student creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system. The flexible, porous lattice structure is manufactured from...

Semi-Liquid Metal Anode for Next-Generation Batteries

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a semi-liquid lithium metal-based anode. Lithium batteries made using this new...

Unlike water, liquid refrigerants and other fluids that have a low surface tension spread quickly into a sheet when they come into contact with a surface. For many industrial...

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

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Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Advantages of Smart Servo Steppers vs. Smart Brushless Servos

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robots: Are They as Safe as They Sound?