The lifespan of plastic objects might be extended thanks to Spanish researchers. Scientists believe they have been able to create the world’s first self-healing plastic. Many of the objects we use in our everyday lives are made of plastic. Garden chairs and tables, frames, bowls, cups, toys, all of these items can break easily. When they do we are forced to replace them. If we try to glue plastic back together, sooner or later it will break again. Imagine how many usual items could mend themselves if they will be made out of self-healing plastic and we will no longer be forced to throw plastic objects away when they break.
The material was nicknamed “Terminator” after T-1000. T-1oo0 was a robot in the movie with the same name that could repair itself. The material was developed by scientists from the Center for Electrochemical Technologies in San Sebastian. They stated that the new self-healing polymer could be used to prologue the life of plastic parts in many common products. Hopefully, soon enough, it will be implemented in many industrial applications. The new polymer will be used in commercial materials.
In order to test the material, the researchers cut it in half. After two hours the plastic had managed to repair itself almost completely. Moreover, when scientists stretched it manually, the polymer was unbreakable. The self-healing plastic was created using material found in many common polymers. At the moment the material is too soft. Researchers are trying to find a way to make it harder and easier to use in everyday products.
Self-healing plastic might be one of the most important discoveries of the century. Plastic is used in many common products such as home decorations, car parts and toys. This new polymer can be the answer to prolonging the life of these products. Do you believe this invention is the future of our everyday products?
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