Self Healing Plastic Invented

Here’s another of those interesting non-LENR stories that I have come across that I found very interesting and thought I’d bring up here. According to an article on Chemistry World, scientists at the CIDETEC Center for Electrochemical Technologies in Spain have developed a plastic that when cut, can ‘reassemble’ at room temperature in about two hours.

In the article it states that the plastic “behaves as if it was alive, always healing itself and [its inventor] has dubbed it a “terminator” polymer – a tribute to the shape-shifting, molten T-1000 terminator robot from the Terminator 2 film. It acts as a velcro-like sealant or adhesive, displaying an impressive 97% healing efficiency in just two hours and does not break when stretched manually.”

As can be seen in an demonstration of this plastic in the video below, it looks very soft, but work is going forward to try and develop the same self healing properties in stronger plastics that can be used in cars, houses and electronic devices.

Just another of those interesting technological developments that could have far-reaching consequences. It is common for plastic consumer items to become useless when cracked or bent and have to be discarded — I’m also thinking about the plastic fender on my car which has some cracks in it right now! Use of plastics is ubiquitous in today’s world and if many different types of plastics can be developed that are able to reassemble it could revolutionize the industry.



  • m.fisher

    Fine. Wonderful. Now could we figure out a way to clean up the collection of plastic trash that is the size of Texas swirling around in the Atlantic ocean? Plastics in our oceans are killing quite a bit of wildlife out there. It’s absolutely pathetic and tragic.

    • Iggy Dalrymple

      There was a fellow named m. fisher who cleaned up a lot of doubloons and pieces of 8 from the ocean floor.

    • Omega Z

      Maybe a special designed LENR Craft can be built to economically clean this up. Both the Atlantic & Pacific. Likely a few others we’re not aware of. Then our Orbital Space.

      • fortyniner

        Jobs that might be performed by robotic ‘gleaners’ connected with base ships when a suitable power supply is available, but not before irreversible damage has been done to the marine environment in the former case.

        Scavenging the sea and places like landfill sites may become a widespread form of ‘mining’ for resources when the process becomes inexpensive enough through automation and cheap power.

  • Baka

    I wonder what would happen, if you place two separate objects (which were not connected before) “accidentally” next to each other 😉

    • Omega Z

      Baka

      I had a similar thought.

      Placing two ends together making a ring, Tho likely necessary to trim/shave a thin section from each end 1st.

      • Omega Z

        Just watched it again.

        The PU elastomer. Huh. So it stinks?

    • Wes

      That’s called “marriage.”

  • Chris I

    I betcha that surface has to be left very clean, in order for the re-polymerization to be good.

    • Jonas

      Most likely it won’t be too long before it can also self-clean anyway.

      Most interesting it gets when it will be able to grow itself too, to make structures from ‘out the bucket’.

      • Chris I

        Maybe von Neumann was right after all then?