Research and development in the
Materials & Optics Division ranges from the frontiers of basic
materials science to novel device technologies. Decades of aerospace
research have yielded a world-class capability in ultra-high
performance ceramic composite design, modeling, and fabrication. This
structural materials research is complemented by efforts in functional
materials, wherein molecular structure is tailored for specific
combinations of electronic, magnetic, optical, and thermal properties.
Recent programs extend into structural materials that can perform
self-decontaminating or anti-biofouling functions. Our capabilities are
also applied to the growing field of biomaterials and bioengineering,
including improved mechanical models for bone and prototype actuation
materials for stimulating cell growth.
This basic materials research is complemented by the creation of
innovative and useful devices. Teledyne Scientific Company has
developed novel prototypes for energy harvesting and numerous
application-specific sensors, actuators, and transducers. Research in
electrochemistry has enabled novel devices for sensing and mitigating
corrosion. Developments in thermal management for power electronics
have launched a successful start-up company. Finally, breakthrough
applications in photonics and optical materials include agile filters,
beam steering devices, and bio-inspired optical systems.