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Self-healing glass could make cracked phone screens just a memory

20 December, 2017, 01:31 | Author: Janis Wilson
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As with numerous best discoveries, the polymer was discovered by accident, The Guardian reports. Such self-repair is much more common in soft, rubbery materials, so it was a surprise to see this property in a hard polymer glass.

End of the smashed phone screen?

Research team from Tokyo University has prepared this new theory that molds back fractured pieces of glass with capacity of built-in fix using semi-transparent polymer, foreign media sources shared.

A team of researchers of Japanese researchers say they've discovered the holy grail of mobile computing: a new type of glass that can heal itself from cracks.

The groundbreaking new material could lead to virtually unbreakable phone screens.

"High mechanical robustness and healing ability tend to be mutually exclusive", the researchers in a report published in Science magazine and ResearchGate. The researchers quickly discovered the finding could be used in displays and made a decision to work more on it to see how useful it could be in the real world.

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Graduate student Yu Yanagisawa invented the material by accident while attempting to make a glue.

The researchers said the glass is "highly robust mechanically yet can readily be repaired by compression at fractured surfaces". The material not only sticks together in 30 seconds but also regains its original strength in a very short period.

As far-fetched as it may seem, scientists have been toying around with the idea of self-repairing smartphone screens for a few years now, but only a few devices, such as the curved LG G Flex 2, have taken these substances seriously.

Late last week NHK reported that a research group at the University of Tokyo discovered an interesting new glass material that can be repaired with a little pressure applied, even at room temperature.

He said: 'I hope the repairable glass becomes a new environment-friendly material that avoids the need to be thrown away if broken'.

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