material science

Building Breakthrough Materials

From ultralight nanotubes to conductive inks, we’re pioneering next generation materials for a smarter world.

TE Connectivity (TE) has a long history of materials science leadership, including our development of heat shrink tubing in 1957 with our Raychem product line. We recommit to this each year by reinvesting five percent of our revenue in research and development. In partnership with leading research institutions and our customers, our engineers are constantly searching for ways to make solutions that are lighter, greener, tougher, or more conductive. Examples include high-performance carbon nanotubes that reduce weight in aerospace applications, conductive inks that are making manufacturing processes cleaner, and miniaturized components that are enabling a new generation of wearable technology. Through our Advanced Development Labs, we’re exploring technologies several generations out, as we work to develop essential technologies for an increasingly connected world. We're not just designing for today; we’re designing for the next 20 years.

$625 million invested in R&D and Engineering in FY15

Advanced development labs located across the globe

  1. Solving Customer Challenges with Materials Science

Our work is changing how the world connects – down to the molecular level. Watch Jim Toth, Vice President of Technology, discuss advanced development at TE.

  • Innovating in Material Science with Carbon Nanotubes

  • Advanced Development for Smarter Wearables

  • Webinar Replay: Using Graphene to Improve Electrical Contacts

Peter Dutton bio

Peter Dutton

Director, Advanced Development Group, TE Connectivity

With a degree in electrical engineering, Peter Dutton has expertise in fiber optics, vibration testing, reliability testing, project management, product development, statistical techniques and quality function deployment (QFD). Peter has more than 30 years of experience within the military and commercial aerospace industries, including military ground vehicles and ships. View Peter Dutton’s full profile.

Ting Gao bio

Ting Gao

Senior Manager, Materials Engineering, TE Connectivity

Ting Gao is a Senior Manager of Materials Engineering for TE Connectivity's Advanced Technology Materials Group. She has been with TE for almost 11 years and holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California, USA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physics from Nanjing University, China. View Ting Gao’s full profile page.

Rod Martens

Rod Martens

Principal Engineer, Materials Science, TE Connectivity

Rod Martens is a Principal Engineer within TE Connectivity's Materials Science group. He has been with the company for five years and currently focuses on contact interface (Contact Physics), which is at the heart of every separable connector. Rod is a senior member of IEEE and will be chairing IEEE Conference on Electric Contacts 2017/2018. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  Click here to view Rod’s full profile

Echo chamber
TE Aerospace, Defense and Marine Advanced Development Former Intern , in the electromagnetic interference chamber measuring a cable’s shielding effectiveness.
Manny Garcia
TE Technician,working with conductive polymer composites on a extruder in our Composite Materials Lab.
conductive ink
Strip of gold conductive ink traces in our Gravure Printing Lab.
characterization lab
TE Technician in our materials characterization lab working on Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).
carbon nanotube yarn
A 26 gauge carbon nanotube yarn used as a center conductor for wire and cable applications.
carbon nanotube post-processing techniques
Advanced post-processing techniques are applied to enhance the properties of carbon nanotube fiber and tape.