Materials & Manufacturing

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.

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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
Briefs: Wearables
Completely Flat Fisheye Lens
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
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: Imaging
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
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.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: March 2021
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
The functioning human heart pump provides a model to track and trace what happens at the cell and molecular levels in the pump structure.
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
The coatings can be deposited on substrates such as glass, polymers, metals, and aerogels.
The technology could lead to a platform for quantum computation or new types of energy-efficient data storage applications.
A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time, and space.

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