Scientists tout self-healing polymer-based nanomaterials

07/25/2013 | Chemical & Engineering News

Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology & Design have developed a method that allows nanostructures in synthetic materials to recover from damage using a shape-memory polymer. The team used a fluoropolymer-copolymer and molded a nanopattern onto the material, finding it could self-repair damage up to 25 times if heated. One potential application for the technology is in dry adhesives.

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