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Special Issue, October 2007, pp. 51-59




Development of Materials and Sensors for the U.S. Army’s Active Coatings Technology Program



U.S. Army RDE Command, Bldg 60 Picatinny, NJ 07806-5000

Tel.: 973-724-6773, fax: 973-724-4525

E-mail: james.zunino@us.army.mil



Received: 17 September 2007   /Accepted: 19 September 2007   /Published: 8 October 2007


Abstract: The ability to custom build and integrate novel technologies into functionalized systems is the driving force towards the creation and advancement of active coatings systems. Active coating systems require the development and advancement of numerous technologies across various energy domains (e.g. electrical, mechanical, chemical, optical, biological, etc.). The U.S. Army is attempting to take these technologies and implement them into an active coatings system though the Active Coatings Technologies Program, thus creating the next generation of coating systems. These technologies give one the ability to work at the molecular level, atom by atom, to create large structures with fundamentally new molecular organization and yield advanced materials that will allow for longer service life and lower failure rates. Novel technologies such as nanotechnology, MEMS, meta-materials, flexible electronics, electrochromics, electroluminescence, etc. are key components in the development of active and reactive materials for the Army.


Keywords: Active Coatings Technologies, Smart Coatings, Army, Nanotechnology, Sensors, MEMS


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