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In the Future, Gadgets May Heal On Their Own

Posted on December 23, 2011
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Gadgets have become essential to mankind, but they are like glass: a little crack could damage the whole device, making it virtually useless. But that may about to change.

A team of engineers on University of Illinois has developed an electronic circuit system that heals itself really, really quick in case of a crack. The research, published in the journal Advanced Materials, features a system for self-healing polymer materials that can be rendered useful for conductive systems. The system disperses tiny microcapsules measuring 10 microns in diameter on top of a gold line that functions as a circuit.

In the event of a crack, the microcapsules break open and release liquid metal to fill in the gaps, thus restoring electrical flow. The self-healing circuit system, if made for commercial devices, can minimize the need for manual repair.

The research was led by aerospace engineering professor Scott White and materials science and engineering professor Nancy Sottos. They plan on refining the system and explore the possibility of using it to control conductivity on batteries.

Source: University of Illinois

 
 

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