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'T-1000' self-healing polymer developed


Posted on Monday, 16 September, 2013 | Comment icon 6 comments

The material can be split in two and then healed. Image Credit: YouTube / ChemistryWorldUK
Scientists have developed the world's first self-healing material that can work at room temperature.
The concept of a material that heals on its own when damaged or broken has been a science fiction staple for years, but now scientists at the Centre for Electrochemical Technologies in Spain have succeeded in producing a real-life self-healing polymer.

Nicknamed "The Terminator Polymer", the material is extremely resilient to damage and is even capable of mending itself after being severed in to two pieces. The healing process can occur at room temperature and will happen on its own without the need for special treatments, chemicals or other intervention.

"The introduction of a room temperature exchangeable covalent bond in classic thermoset elastomers provides unique autonomous self-healing abilities without comprising the pristine material properties," said Richard Hoogenboom from Belgium's Ghent University. "Close resemblance of this novel self-healing thermoset elastomer with current commercial materials makes it highly interesting for extending the lifetime of such materials."


Source: RSC.org | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by highdesert50 on 16 September, 2013, 12:41
This is just the sort of stuff that could put auto body shops out of business, make self-healing spacecraft that don't crash in Roswell, and otherwise decimate our throw-away manufacturing processes. Can we afford such innovation?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Parsec on 16 September, 2013, 23:54
Hey, such a material already exists, it's called silly putty! Jokes apart, nice finding! I wonder why they didn't allow us to see how they cut it in two. Why did they edit the video cutting that part out? It would have taken few seconds, so it's not a matter of time. Who knows?
Comment icon #3 Posted by boydbartley on 17 September, 2013, 14:41
They did show it being cut.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Shiriki-chan on 17 September, 2013, 17:32
At that point, they switched the razor blade out for their pocket sized light saber. We aren't supposed to know about that!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Emeraldgemheart on 17 September, 2013, 17:37
Plastic that heals itsself... Sounds very Terminatorish to me
Comment icon #6 Posted by Child of Bast on 17 September, 2013, 18:12
Did anyone notice the first comment on that article?


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