he video takes viewers on a tour of the lab of Nancy Sottos, Ph.D., who has published articles on the self-healing plastics in a number of ACS peer-reviewed scientific journals. She is an engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Inspired by human skin, the plastics repair themselves by "bleeding" healing agents when they are cut or scratched.
This development offers the promise of cell phones, laptops, cars and other products with self-repairing, longer-lasting surfaces. However, Sottos anticipates that it may be awhile before the self-healing technology is widely used in electronic goods. She expects it will first be used in more durable, self-healing paints and coatings.
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