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New Self-Healing Material

A new stretchy material has been developed between Stanford University and the Korea Institute of Science & Technology. This material is conductive, meaning that it is able to stimulate the healing process without any further help from external methods.

The material itself will be used in within a wearable device, and the strength can be determined by how stretched the material is. The more under strain the material becomes, the better the boost in conductivity, and thus the stronger the help the wearer will receive. During tests of the material, the boost in conductivity was said to increased 60-fold under a strain of 3,500 percent.

Despite being constantly stretched, the material is meant to be incredibly strong and was developed to match the strength of human skin to make it much more comfortable to wear.

“Our material is able to function normally even after being subjected to extreme external forces that cause physical damages, and we believe that it will be actively utilised in the development and commercialisation of next-generation wearable electronic devices,” said KIST researcher Hyunseon Seo.

“Because the outcome of this study is essentially the foundational technology necessary for the development of materials that can be used in major areas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, such as medical engineering, electrical engineering, and robotics, we expect that it will be applicable to diverse fields,” said KIST senior researcher, Dr Donghee Son.

You can read more here: The Engineer

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Date

July 26, 2019

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Sally

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