Apr 29, 2011

Coming Soon: The Scratch-Proof Car
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Written by : Tom George| 0 | Automotive

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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