Novel polymer self heals with a drop of water - Future applications in medical implants, fiber optics, etc.

09/02/2015 - 05:54

A'ndrea Elyse Messer

A drop of water self-heals a multiphase polymer derived from the genetic code of squid ring teeth, which may someday extend the life of medical implants, fiber-optic cables and other hard to repair in place objects, according to an international team of researchers.

"What's unique about this plastic is the ability to stick itself back together with a drop of water," said Melik Demirel, professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State. "There are other materials that are self healing, but not with water."

Ref: Segmented molecular design of self-healing proteinaceous materials. Scientific Reports (2015) | DOI: 10.1038/srep13482