Introducing our new Resource Library

  What is it? It’s a library of resources to provide access to the tremendous amount of content that we have developed over the years. It includes product-specific literature, application-based technical resources, and media presentations of our unique technologies. Why should you care? It makes available to you all of the resources that we have developed It presents the content intuitively and effectively; categorized by…Read More

How to Make Better Sensors Using Living Cells

Christopher Tison, PhD, Research ScientistBlaine Butler, Research ScientistBiomedical Technologies Group Living Cells as Chemical and Biological Sensors The ability to monitor chemical or biological contamination of everything from the water we drink to the air we breathe is a critical concern for both civilian and military populations. Though there are dozens of options for rapid analysis of many toxins (toxic biological specimens) and toxicants (toxic…Read More

Exciting news about our shape sensing technology

My ChungPresident and Chief Executive Officer Today we announced that our long-time development partner, Intuitive Surgical, is purchasing our shape-sensing technology for medical application; which has been targeted at the robotic-assisted minimally-invasive surgical systems market. The agreement covers our shape-sensing and localization technology for medical applications only. Intuitive will license this technology back to us to continue to develop the technology under our existing agreements…Read More

How we use contract research for low risk, high value, product focused technology development

James Garrett, PhDVice President, Technology Development Division Moving new technologies from idea to market.  At a time when many large businesses are slashing research and development dollars and limiting work to only a few core technologies, Luna continues to maintain and grow a powerhouse R&D organization.   In our contract research division alone, Luna employs more than 60 scientists and engineers, over half of whom have…Read More

A commercialization success story

Jessica Green, PhDSenior Research ScientistAdvanced Materials Group We are excited to announce that on October 24, 2013 an exclusive licensing agreement was officially executed by UltraTech International for the commercialization and production of Luna’s fluid resistant textile treatment under the trade name Ultra-Ever Shield™. The successful transition of this technology to UltraTech is another example of commercialization using Luna’s unique business model.  We develop creative…Read More

Luna is providing critical service to Virginia’s craft beer industry

Brad Day, Associate ScientistBiomedical Technologies Microbiology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions beer.  Nevertheless, the beer brewing process has evolved over centuries from an almost accidental craft to a science balancing microbiology with chemistry, art and a touch of luck.  Modern brewing incorporates many aspects, and key among them is the science of fermentation, or zymurgy as it…Read More

Why embedded corrosion sensing is important

Jeff DemoElectrical Systems Team LeadIntelligent Systems Group With its extremely negative effects on critical military assets, corrosion continues to be one of the top maintenance cost drivers for the Department of Defense. Improved health management of military aircraft is needed to control the costs of corrosion, which is estimated to be above 30% of the total maintenance costs for Navy and Air Force aviation.[i]  It…Read More

Luna’s TrueClot™ Blood Simulant will enable more realistic trauma training

Michael J. Danilich, PhDDirector, Biomedical Technologies Combat medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen, and indeed all members of the armed forces, must be prepared to treat massive wounds to save lives on the battlefield.  Because of the potential for soldiers to instinctively hesitate or “freeze” in the face of severely bleeding and devastating wounds, the military strives to provide the most realistic training possible.  While the military…Read More

Rain repellant coatings

Bryan Koene, Ph.D.Director of Advanced Materials Group Imagine attempting to land a multimillion dollar aircraft on a landing strip barely wider than the wingspan of the plane.  Now try to do this while the landing strip is moving – not only forward at 35 knots, but pitching back and forth at ever changing angles.  This is part of the job description for our highly trained…Read More

Rust Busters: Corrosion Monitoring Systems and Anti-Corrosion Coatings

Mara SheddSenior Materials Research EngineerIntelligent Systems Group  With an estimated cost of $22.9 billion annually, corrosion of defense structures continues to be one of the top maintenance cost drivers for the Department of Defense.  This month, the Intelligent Systems and Materials groups at Luna will present corrosion control and monitoring strategies for naval applications at the Mega Rust Conference, being held June 24-26, in Newport…Read More