Zee Media Bureau/Salome Phelamei
Washington: Scientists in Spain claim to have created the world’s first self-healing polymer, a plastic that repairs itself spontaneously and independently without any outside intervention.
Researchers from the CIDETEC, Centre for Electrochemical Technologies in San Sebastian, Spain said that the polymer could be used to help improve the lifetime and security of everyday plastic items such as electrical components, cars and even houses thereby avoiding costly repairs in future.
The material has been nicknamed as ‘Terminator polymer’ after the shape-shifting T-1000 terminator robot in the film “Terminator 2.
The research has been published in new Royal Society of Chemistry journal Materials Horizons.
The findings showing that how the permanently cross-linked poly (urea-urethane) elastomeric network repaired itself completely after being cut in two with a razor blade have been revealed in a video.
“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,” said the authors.
Click below to watch the video.