Researchers develop world’s first self-healing polymer

The researchers, from the CIDETEC Centre for Electrochemical Technologies in San Sebastian, Spain have created the world’s first self-healing polymer that spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention.

How does the self-healing polymer work?

The scientists developed the self-healing thermoset elastomers from common polymeric starting materials using a simple and inexpensive approach. A double decomposition reaction of aromatic disulphides, which naturally exchange at room temperature, causes the regeneration. The polymer behaves as a Velcro-like sealant or adhesive, displaying an impressive 97% healing efficiency in just 2 hours.

What could be the use of self-healing polymer?

The new material could be used to improve the security and lifetime of plastic parts in everyday products such as electrical components, cars and even houses.

Enter Your Email Address To Subscribe Current Affairs Daily Digest, Daily Quiz and other updates on Current Affairs:


Categories: Current Affairs 2013International Current Affairs 2017Science and Technology (S&T) Current Affairs 2017