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Team Overview

Located within the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, we perform cutting-edge research and provide technical expertise for legacy, developmental and future Air Force systems, exploring:

  • flexible and stretchable electronics
  • conformal and integrated devices
  • topology optimization of reconfigurable surfaces
  • responsive and adaptive materials
  • autonomous research
  • polymer synthesis and flow chemistry

The Flexible Materials and Processing Research Team is composed of scientists and engineers with over a 100 years combined research experience in diverse technical backgrounds in both Advanced Materials and Innovative Manufacturing.

  • Advanced Materials: nanocomposites, carbon materials, 2D material, polymer synthesis, liquid metals, and computational chemistry
  • Innovative Manufacturing: thin film and processing, additive manufacturing, autonomous experimentation, and optimization algorithms

We operate under the reality that next-generation warfighter needs will require synergistic operation between the Airman and their tools. Our expertise is focused on three specific application areas:

  • Compliant Electronics for Airman / Machine Interfacing
  • Conformal Sensors for Communication and Analysis
  • Adaptive Materials for Autonomous Systems

Learn more about the Flex team and our work. Read about the wide range of science, engineering and manufacturing competencies of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.

What We Do