Spanish scientists create self-healing ‘Terminator’ plastic
UPI 9/14/2013 12:05:30 AM
LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) —
Spanish scientists are reporting the world’s first self-healing polymer that spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention.
The new material, dubbed a “Terminator” polymer in tribute to the shape-shifting, molten T-100 terminator robot from the “Terminator 2” film could be used to improve the security and lifetime of plastic parts in everyday products such as electrical components, cars and even houses, the researchers wrote in the Materials Horizons journal of Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry.
It is the first self-healing polymer that can spontaneously achieve quantitative healing in the absence of a catalyst, they said, and after being cut in two and the pieces pressed together, a sample displayed an impressive 97 per cent healing efficiency in just two hours, being unbreakable when stretched manually.