Researchers based in the UK are busy working on a new kind of material that is capable of repairing itself. They believe that the new material would be able to integrate into things ranging from nail varnish to smartphone displays in half a decade. Interestingly, this material was initially proposed for airplane wings. Now it is capable of benefitting a number of different industries. For instance, it can move within the minutest of cracks and harden itself inside.
Constituting a mix of various chemicals that are based on carbon, this fresh material manufactures a sheet of many millions of hollow microscopic spheres. A liquid forms and moves into a new gap once the crack breaks the millions of microspheres. What follows is a chemical reaction that accounts for the hardening of this particular liquid which leads to the liquid sticking to the edges of cracks that exist on the surface.
This new technology has been the result of efforts by a team of researchers at University of Bristol which was led by Mr. Duncan Wass. The researchers have reported to have even achieved a hundred percent recovery on multiple occasions. They originally took their cue from the human body. The human body is not immune to unlimited damage but it does go into the process of healing upon any damage inflicted. The team claims that it simply put that self-healing phenomenon in a synthetic material.
News is that L’Oreal is ready to put this idea to test and develop some sort of nail varnish that possesses self-healing properties. Imagine the unlimited prospects as a result of the success of something that can heal itself; self-healing wind turbines, self-healing car windshields, self-healing car paint and so much more.
For now, the team is determined to work on smartphone displays that will not crack upon impact. In addition, there is focus on smartphones that can charge to a hundred percent within a minute by utilizing energy from the air. Remember the time when we could actually exist without mobile phones? We could soon be living in times when we would wonder how primitive these tiny devices were.