Research and Exploratory Development

  Back to Programs


An APL researcher conducts an experiment with a cuttable battery

Signature, Electromagnetics, and Energy Research

Our team develops novel capabilities and solves critical challenges in a wide range of scientific fields to include electromagnetics, emerging research, energy, and signature science.

Program Manager: Jeffrey Maranchi

Focus Areas

Signature Science
Developing advanced materials and modeling techniques

We leverage our advanced materials solutions and cutting-edge modeling and simulation tools to better predict, characterize, and optimize signatures for sponsor-defined applications.

Electromagnetics
Manipulating and leveraging the electromagnetic spectrum to counter directed energy weapons and enable secure communications

We not only create novel material coatings and electromagnetic structures to counter directed energy weapons but also develop phase-change materials for communications/radar in harsh environments and miniaturized detector systems.

Energy
Transforming, controlling, and harnessing energy for safer, more efficient energy storage and delivery

Our innovative flexible, indestructible, and safe batteries are used for a variety of national security applications. Our capabilities and expertise in applied thin-film thermoelectric materials and devices provide a trusted, unique resource for the nation to enable game-changing advances in compact thermal management and thermal energy harvesting. We also develop portable power sources for expeditionary missions using advanced thermoelectric technology and commonly available heat sources, such as our Operational Lightweight Intelligent Thermo Electric (OLITE) portable power source.

Emerging Research
Researching the next innovation to solve future critical challenges

We are researching the next innovation to solve the future critical challenges to our nation. Our team is researching a wide variety of topics, such as MEMS fuze fabrication processes, printing rigid-flex circuits, and morphological instability of nanostructured fuel cell catalysts.

Research Highlights

Explained: How IIT Research May Improve Lithium-Ion Battery Performance (The Indian Express, April 10, 2020)

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery (Wired, January 10, 2020)

Gel Polymer Electrolyte Cuts Risk of Battery Fires (Chemistry World, November 11, 2019)

This Lithium-Ion Battery Won’t Catch Fire (Futurity, October 21, 2019)

Scientists Develop Safer, More Durable Lithium-Ion Battery That Can Operate Under Extreme Conditions (Tech Xplore, November 16, 2017)