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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Briefs: Materials
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a conductive polymer coating — called HOS-PFM — that could enable longer lasting, more powerful lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles.
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Quiz: Materials
Materials science has led to breakthroughs in medicine, renewable energy, and nanotechnology, with the potential for other revolutionary applications. How much do you know about materials science? Find out with this quiz.
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Briefs: Materials
Scientists at the Columbia University, University of Connecticut, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory were able to fabricate a pure form of glass and coat specialized pieces of DNA with it to create a material that was not only stronger than steel, but incredibly lightweight.
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5 Ws: Materials
Researchers at Tufts University have created microprocessor-scale transistors that can detect and respond to biological states and the environment.
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Videos of the Month: Power
See the videos of the month, including one on using kirigami to produce a stronger adhesive, one on taking electric vehicle technology to the next level, one on the SPARK Electric Racing Team, and one on the Electric Vehicle Club at Purdue University.
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NASA Spinoff: Materials
A coating material developed by NASA for protecting spaceplanes’ heat shields is now being used in high-tech fibers and fabrics.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers have developed a viable dust, water, and ice mitigation optical coating for space flight, aeronautical, and ground applications. The innovation of the LOTUS coating prevents contamination on sensitive surfaces.
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Special Reports: Materials
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EV Battery Innovation - November 2023

Read about the latest advances in EV battery testing, fast-charging, materials technology, and much more in this new report brought to you by Battery & Electrification Technology and Automotive...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers say that by building a structure out of DNA and then coating it with glass, they have created a very strong material with very low density.
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Briefs: Materials
Scientists at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering have developed a readily scalable method to optimize prelithiation, a process that helps mitigate lithium loss and improves battery life cycles by coating silicon anodes with stabilized lithium metal particles.
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Articles: Materials
See the products of tomorrow, including microscale robots, LOTUS coating, and a wearable e-tattoo.
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Briefs: Materials
An international team of scientists is developing an inkable nanomaterial that they say could one day become a spray-on electronic component for ultra-thin, lightweight, and bendable displays and devices.
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Briefs: Materials
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a conductive polymer coating – called HOS-PFM – that could enable longer lasting, more powerful lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The cellulose nanofiber coating counters bending damage and retains electrode function under water.
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Special Reports: Materials
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Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2023

Breakthroughs in plastics, composites, metals, and other materials technologies are enabling exciting new applications in industries ranging from aerospace to automotive to medical. Read more in this...

Briefs: Materials
A new thermal control coating material, developed for use as a coating or rigid tiles, reflects essentially all solar radiation in the space environment.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement

Trends in wearable technology follow those of the broader biomedical and electronics industries — devices are getting smaller, smarter, and easier to use. Specifically, wearables...

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Special Reports: Defense
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Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2023

NASA is applying sensor technologies to create a state-of-the-art dexterous humanoid robot, to monitor the structural health of inflatable habitats designed for Mars, and to test the first...

Quiz: Power
Did you know that electric vehicles have been around for over a century? Test your knowledge about the history of EVs in this quiz.
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Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - March 2023

The first 3D-printed nano-alloy...plasma treatment increases plastic part value 10x...light-powered catalysts aid drug manufacturing...how to build better "soft" robots. Those are just a few...

Videos of the Month: Materials
Videos of the month for March 2023.
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Quiz: Energy
Many companies and universities are partnering to develop EV battery-recycling technologies. But can EV batteries be recycled?
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5 Ws: Aerospace
A team of researchers at University of Houston have developed a deicing spray in which detachment can be accurately controlled and accelerated.
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Briefs: Materials
Researchers at NASA Langley are developing polymer coatings that reduce impact ice adhesion strength.
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Blog: Materials
A counterintuitive way to protect atomically thin electronics: adding vibrations to reduce vibration issues.
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Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A novel approach is moving away from conventional structural health monitoring testing methods for inflatable space habitats in favor of using sensors embedded in the flexible structural restraint webbing layers.
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Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
A research team has demonstrated a promising method to easily manufacture self-folding origami honeycomb structures.
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INSIDER: Materials

An interdisciplinary team from Hokkaido University’s Engineering and Agriculture departments and the Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (WPI-ICReDD) has...

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