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.

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The reliability of critical components, systems, and devices takes top priority in today’s healthcare environment. With the continued development of highly sophisticated...

Briefs: Materials
Liquid-Repelling Substance Works on All Surfaces
The new coating can eliminate complex disinfectant procedures for protective face shields.
Tech Talks: Aerospace
Ultra-Thin, Lightweight, Waterproof Coatings for Unmanned Vehicles

Used extensively in the aerospace industry, ultra-thin and lightweight Parylene conformal coatings provide dependable protection in extreme environmental conditions for components used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) while adding little dimension and mass. Parylenes...

This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat to give a real-time snapshot of what’s happening inside the body.
This rapid screening system tests fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.
An adhesive can be deactivated by applying a small voltage.
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
The new method produces strips of rubbery material that can pick up and release objects.
This method can be used to protect stored building materials and to remediate in-service wood and wood products.
Products: Materials
New on the Market: June 2020
Industrial PCs, power modules, processor blades, and more.
Bacterial pathogens can live on surfaces for days. What if frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, could instantly kill them off?
Question of the Week: Materials
How Would You Use Gecko-Inspired Adhesion?

A team at Georgia Tech has discovered a Velcro-like way of mass-producing gecko-inspired adhesives. Principal investigator Prof. Michael Varenberg believes his team’s technology can someday be used on pick-and-place industrial machines, wall-scaling cleaners, and even small repair robots that travel...

A team at Georgia Tech has discovered a Velcro-like way of mass-producing gecko-inspired adhesives.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
White Papers: Materials
Developing Surface Treatment Processes for Bonding Dissimilar Materials

A recent concept in automotive lightweighting is the joining of dissimilar materials. The purpose is to tailor the materials in a structure to ensure that each part of...

The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
Surface treatments have limitations that demand attention early in the design process.
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
Biodegradable batteries, solid-state ultracapacitors, and infrared camouflage.
An engineered surface treatment can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes.
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
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: Electronics & Computers
Facility Focus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Polymer Coating Cools Down Buildings
This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.

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