In the X-Men comic books, Wolverine's mutant power is an accelerated healing process, allowing him to regenerate damaged tissues within seconds. Now, a new material could see Wolverine's self-healing talents replicated in real-life. Researchers have developed a new self-healing substance that regenerates itself opening up the possibility of creating robots that repair themselves. Previously, another author of the study, Christoph Keplinger, had produced a material that was stretchable, transparent, and an ionic conductor, but it lacked the ability to self-heal. The key difficulty was finding bonds that were stable and reversible under electrochemical conditions.
Along with an entire generation of comic book fans, Chao Wang grew up following the exploits of Wolverine, a.k.a Now an assistant professor of chemistry at University of Califormia, Riverside, Wang recently paid tribute to his childhood hero, in a chemical engineering sort of way. Wang and a group of collaborators have developed a transparent and stretchable material that could give future robots the ability to heal rapidly, similar to Wolverine's handy superpower. According to the research team, the space-age material could power artificial muscles that mend themselves after injury or normal wear-and-tear. Researchers say that the artificial skin represents the first time scientists have created an ionic conductor that's stretchable, transparent and able to heal itself.
A stretchy, self-healing material could help make the next generation of durable electronics and robots. The material is stretchable and transparent, conducts ions to generate current and could one day help your broken smartphone to repair itself. And the researchers' inspiration for the futuristic technology comes from an unlikely source - X-Men's invincible superhero Wolverine. A new material not only heals itself, but it also stretches up to 50 times its usual size (pictured). These properties could fix your phone's battery if it cracks or prevent it from breaking in the first place Study lead author Professor Chao Wang says that the key to self-repair is in the chemical bonding.
Chemists at the University of California at Riverside have developed a cell phone screen that can heal itself, according to Business Insider. While similar self-healing materials have been developed in the past, they haven't been able to transmit the electricity required to operate a smartphone screen. The LG G Flex, and several other phones have material on their back covers that can self-heal. Choa Wang, a lead chemist on the project, believes the material will be available on cell phones by 2020. Researchers tested the materials ability to repair itself by tearing it in half.
When you pull a muscle, it may hurt like heck for a while, but the human body can heal. The same is not true of the electrically-responsive polymers used to make artificial muscles for haptic systems and experimental robots. When they get cut or punctured, it's game over. A new polymer that's super stretchy and self-healing can act as a more resilient artificial muscle material. Created by a team led by Stanford University materials scientist Zhenan Bao, the polymer has an unusual combination of properties.