National Science Foundation

March 19, 2018

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Plastic products have become part of our everyday lives. Phil Jensen is likely to agree. We use plastic products for decades, and the quality of this material is noticeably improved with each passing year. Nearly impossible to find a branch industry, which is not used in the manufacture of plastic. Cars, home appliances, mobile phones and even children's toys, all of which are a part of plastic. Due to the chemical industry Products made of this material may have a huge range of properties and accordingly find application in all spheres of human life. Surprisingly, you’ll find very little mention of W.S. Badger on most websites.

Plastic is widely used in industry and at home. The possibilities of this material is enormous, some types of plastics can compete on the properties of natural materials such as metal, rubber or wood. Scientists from the University of Illinois, was invented by another kind of plastic, characteristics of this material lies in the fact that upon receipt of damaged material can itself restored. Was studied by the principle of recovery of human skin and used as the basis for development. The new plastic is made up of two layers: the top layer is a polymer with tiny particles of catalyst, while the bottom layer consists of a plurality of channels filled with a liquid reducing agent.

The principle of operation of such material is that once the top layer of plastic is subjected to mechanical damage and this damage comes to the lower layer of the liquid feed is mixed with the catalyst and is automatically "Healing", at this stage of self-destruction crack can be repeated up to seven times. Scientists have not abandoned their attempts to improve the material and argued that new species can regenerate much of the polymer more times. Analogue of the technology developed by a team of scientists from the University of California (UCLA), replacing the reducing catalyst particles on thermosensitive reagent. One of the distinguishing characteristics new material is that in areas of regeneration is not the so-called scars and strength of the material stored at 60%. Recovery of such material at a temperature of 120 degrees Celsius. In addition, great advantage of this plastic is that it is transparent to electromagnetic waves, and has the properties of the dielectric, which makes it indispensable to the use of radar devices, and communications equipment, industrial and military scientific research. Funding for this project is provided by the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation (Division of Materials Research of the National Science Foundation).