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  • Researchers turn to liquid metals for agile electronics

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Self-healing electronics, antennas that can change shape and function with the flick of a switch and clothing woven with conductive threads able to electrically connect devices may seem like science fiction fodder. But, for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory, these concepts are much closer to
  • AFRL researcher honored with Presidential Early Career Award

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- An innovative materials research engineer in the Metals Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, was named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Barack Obama, January 9.Dr. Adam L. Pilchak is one of only
  • Embracing opportunity: additive technology for manufacturing

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It’s a materials scientist’s dream, but as some experts say, an engineer’s nightmare. For scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, can be a powerful tool for rapid innovation.Ultimately, it’s a
  • AgilePod ‘reconfiguring’ ISR mission

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The ability to adapt a mission at a moment’s notice is a key tenet of the Air Force drive for flexibility in air power. For warfighters in the intelligence community, a new, Lego-like pod prototype expects to make that flexibility even easier on the field. Air Force Research Laboratory’s AgilePod is a
  • AFRL leader named ASM International Fellow

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A senior research scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, was inducted as a 2016 ASM International Fellow at an awards ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 26. Dr. Roland Dutton, chief, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, was recognized as
  • AFRL researcher brings science, history to chucking pumpkins

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- What do ancient Greek artillery, materials engineering and pumpkin chucking have in common? How about a senior Air Force Research Laboratory materials engineer who is inspiring future scientists—and having fun in the process. David Mollenhauer is a Senior Materials Engineer in the AFRL Materials and
  • Flexing in the line of fire: lightweight, flexible body armor for the force of the future

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- In the line of fire, protective body armor plays a critical role in survival. Hard-plated, rigid and heavy—today’s National Institute of Justice Type IV body armor—the kind that protects warfighters against armor piercing bullets-- defends the wearer, but adds weight and bulk that a fast-moving operator
  • ‘Speed mentoring’ matches mentors, protégés

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Nervous laughter and quiet conversation ensued as participants entered a room set with cloth-covered tables, bowls of mints and punch. Light music played in the background, setting the scene for what looked to be another round of speed dating in the Dayton area.But on this particular afternoon, the 23
  • Flexible batteries: evolving energy for the ‘new’ reality

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- It’s a $7 million research industry today, expected to be worth $400 million dollars by 2025. For researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, the “energy” spent in this research area is worth much more. By using highly conductive, flexible carbon nanotube mats,
  • Air Force advances rocket technology, tests first full-scale component of Hydrocarbon Boost Program

    The United States is one step closer to eliminating its reliance on Russian technology to launch its military satellites. The Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator, a U.S. Air Force technology effort focused on development of Oxygen Rich Staged Combustion rocket engine technology, has recently completed its first full-scale component test at
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