World’s First Self-Healing Polymer
Scientists claim to have created the world's first self-healing polymer, which has the ability to spontaneously and independently repair itself without any intervention.
It has been reported by the scientists in Spain that security and lifetime of plastic parts in everyday products such as electrical components, cars and even houses could be improved significantly by the use of new material.
The polymer acts similar to Velcro-like sealant or adhesive. It displays an impressive 97% healing efficiency in just two hours. The researchers revealed that they cut the material into two separate pieces with a razor blade and allowed it to self-heal. The material then became unbreakable when stretched manually.
The material has been dubbed as a "Terminator polymer" by the researchers from the CIDETEC Centre for Electrochemical Technologies in San Sebastian, Spain. It has been named after the shape-shifting, molten T-1000 terminator robot from the Terminator 2 film.
The findings of the study have been published in new Royal Society of Chemistry journal Materials Horizons.
It has been showed in a video that how after being cut in two pieces with a razor blade, the permanently cross-linked polyureaurethane elastomeric network repaired itself completely.
The authors said, "The fact that polyureaurethanes with similar chemical composition and mechanical properties are already used in a wide range of commercial products makes this system very attractive for a fast and easy implementation in real industrial applications".
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