Few things can put you in a sour mood faster than a new scratch on a formerly-pristine car. But an international team of scientists are working on a “self-healing” material that could protect your ride from keys, branches, and jilted lovers.
How does it work? The polymer-based material is composed of small molecules with sticky ends that serve as a “molecular glue.” When exposed to intense UV light, the polymer assemblies become unglued and turn into a liquid that can fill any cuts or cracks. And when the light is removed, the structures re-assemble and—presto!—goodbye scratches, explains Professor Stuart Rowan PhD, a researcher at Case Western University who helped develop the material. (Check out a cool video of the polymer in action here.)
“What I think makes most sense for this material is to use it as a coating, like paint or varnish,” Rowan says.
From cars to eye glasses, cell phones, floors, and watches, the researchers envision a slew of commercial uses for their scratch-proof coating.
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- A scratched coating heals itself (eurekalert.org)
- A Scratched Coating Heals Itself (prnewswire.com)
- Material that if scratched, you can quickly and easily fix yourself, with light not heat (eurekalert.org)
- New Self-Healing Polymer Fixes Scratches on Cars and Furniture (geeksaresexy.net)
- Paint may repair scratches when exposed to UV rays (dispatch.com)
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