A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata has discovered a material that can reassemble broken parts.
Cracking or cracking of the phone’s screen is an unfortunate event that we all have experienced at least once. Smartphone devices, accessories and replacement parts have become more and more expensive with rapid improvements in technology every year. In such a situation, if the screen of your phone is damaged, then it is very sad.
Dropping your phone on the floor and shattering the hard glass screen comes at a huge cost. Actually, the fear of breaking the phone screen has also become a cause of concern for many people, but now you do not have to worry about it. A new invention by a team of scientists from two Indian Institutes of Technology can make the worry and extra expense of replacing screens a thing of the past.
Matter will be made from self healing crystalline material
A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata recently published a new “Self-Healing Crystalline Material” in the journal Science. Which can reassemble broken parts to bring back the original appearance of the glass.
A statement from the research group said, “Wound healing in living tissue and bone has led to the development of many synthetic self-healing polymers, gels and other soft materials over the past decade. However, mimicking this type of repair in crystalline materials remains a challenge because they are rigid and contain dense and regularly arranged molecules that inhibit the diffusion of the material over the damaged area.”
Led by Professor C Malla Reddy, the study is based on the assumption that mechanical impacts do not result in irreparable damage. The team has prepared a solid material in a crystalline state with a polar arrangement. This means that any break in the material along the surface will induce the opposite electric potential on the broken surfaces.
This material is piezoelectric, which means that it can convert mechanical energy into electric energy and vice versa. Piezoelectricity is reportedly essential for self-healing in natural biomaterials.
Still, it is not clear how soon we will be able to see the technology on smartphones in the market.
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