A team of chemists at the University of California at Riverside have developed a self-healing material that could consign that problem to history.
Inspired by X-Men’s Wolverine’s ability to self-heal, the miracle material is transparent, conductive and highly stretchable.
Researchers claim it could have a range of applications, from giving robots the ability to self-repair to extending the lifetime of lithium ion batteries.
“Creating a material with all these properties has been a puzzle for years,” said Chao Wang, an assistant professor of chemistry and co-author of the research. “We did that and now are just beginning to explore the applications.”
Three years ago, LG released the LG Flex, a curved smartphone with a back that could recover from scratches in just a few minutes. Making this latest research not being the first smartphone material that promises to self-heal
But the surface LG Flex wasn’t conductive, preventing it from being used for the phone’s touch screen.
“Within three years, more self-healing products will go to market and change our everyday life. It will make our cellphones achieve much better performance than what they can achieve right now.” Wang told Business Insider
The material developed by UC Irvine will take a little longer to repair than the LG Flex – 24 hours at room temperature – but that’s a small price to pay for an immaculate phone.