November 25, 2020
By George I. Seffers
While human cyborgs may still be the stuff of science fiction, the science may be a little closer to reality following breakthroughs in materials used for neural links and other implants that offer a wide array of benefits, including potential medical advances. Credit: Ociacia/Shutterstock

A breakthrough in materials could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of electronic implants in the human brain or other parts of the body. The advance could offer an array of biotechnology benefits and allow humans to control unmanned vehicles and other technologies directly with their brains.

The development involves a polythiophene, or PEDOT, chemical structure. The newest materials, which David Martin describes as PEDOT Plus, dramatically enhances electronic implants in the body.

November 1, 2020
By Nicholas A. Strnad and Lt. Col. Elizabeth Agapios, USA
Army scientists explore materials at the nanolevel with the goal of finding stronger or more heat-resistant properties to support the Army of the future. Credit: U.S. Army photo by David McNallyArmy scientists explore materials at the nanolevel with the goal of finding stronger or more heat-resistant properties to support the Army of the future. Credit: U.S. Army photo by David McNally

Nanotechnology continues its march through the field of electronics, enabling faster and more energy-efficient computer processors, larger computer memory density and increased battery capacity. These ever-shrinking micro and nanodevices require advanced manufacturing methods to produce. Atomic-scale processing refers to a collection of these methods that may be used to deposit and remove material at the smallest scales, a single atomic layer at a time.

August 26, 2020

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, has been awarded a $7,953,698 cost-reimbursement contract for research in the area of developing capabilities to predict performance of aerospace materials in the manufacturing environment as well as when subjugated to extreme thermomechanical influences. Work will be performed in Storrs, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed by November 7, 2023. Fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-20-C-5206).

June 17, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
Afsaneh Rabiei examines a sample of composite metal foam. Her pioneering research has led to armor plating that weighs far less than steel and is capable of stopping armor-piercing .50-caliber bullets. Credit: North Carolina State University

A composite metal foam (CMF) material developed by researchers at North Carolina State University can stop ball and armor-piercing .50 caliber rounds as well as conventional steel armor, even though it weighs less than half as much, the university recently announced. The finding means that vehicle designers will be able to develop lighter military vehicles without sacrificing safety, or can improve protection without making vehicles heavier.

Previous research has resulted in CMF material capable of shredding bullets.

July 24, 2018

BANC 3 Inc.,* Princeton, New Jersey; Barbaricum LLC,* Washington, District of Columbia; Dynamis Inc.,* Fairfax, Virginia; Polaris Alpha Advanced Systems Inc., Fredericksburg, Virginia; Fibertek Inc.,* Herndon, Virginia; Intuitive Research and Technology Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama; MicroTechnologies LLC,* Vienna, Virginia; Middle Bay Solutions II LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama; Manufacturing Techniques Inc.,* Kilmarnock, Virginia; and Trideum Corp.,* Huntsville, Alabama, will compete for each order of the $192,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for rapid acquisition of materials for prototyping. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 13 received.