Scientists are working on a new material capable of conducting electricity and apparently with the incredible abilities of self-repair against cuts and scratches.
According to the Business Insider website, the new material was created by chemists at the University of California Riverside and is composed of “elastic polymer and ionic salt.”
“The material, which can stretch up to 50 times its original size, is made of stretchable polymer and ionic salt. It has a special type of bond called ion-dipole interaction, which is a force between charged ions and polar molecules, “says the publication.
This means that when the material breaks or has a scratch, the ions and molecules attract one another to heal the material.
The researchers have speculated that “self-healing” material will be used on smartphone and battery screens by 2020.