Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) presented a material capable of self-regeneration. He independently tightens the cracks appearing on it.
The basis of the ability to restore new material is the process of photosynthesis. With it, plants turn light into carbon dioxide and oxygen. The researchers connected the chloroplasts responsible for photosynthesis in plants into a thin biological film of aminopropyl-methacrylamide, glucose, glucooxidase, which can restore the damaged structure and harden over time.
While the development has a number of drawbacks – the cracks in the material are overgrown slowly, and the film has a low strength. Researchers promise to solve these problems in the near future, for example, by adding carbon to the composition. Job description published in the online library Wiley.
Where is the money?
If the engineers succeed in solvig abovementioned problems, the material will hit the market and revolutionize the industry: usual people will not have to change a broken smartphone screen or a damaged car part. For them it will save a lot of money, cause, for example, since 2007 iPhone owners spent about $14 billion dollars to repair them.
Also, due to the rapid pace of urbanization, the invention can be very useful in the manufacture of glass. The global flat glass market was valued at USD 101.73 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach a value of USD 149.81 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 6.25%, over the forecast period (2018—2023).