Professor of Tokyo University Takuzo Aida created a self-healing glass
Professor of Tokyo University Takuzo Aida, together with his team, developed a new kind of glass, the feature of which was the opportunity to recover independently after damage. This glass can put an end to broken smartphone screens. And although such an idea is not new, the researchers assure: they managed to achieve much better results than their predecessors.
It is interesting that initially Japanese scientists planned to create a new sticky substance. They used polythiourea, similar in properties to rubber. But at some stage of development the material hardened, becoming smooth to the touch, and after deformation returned to its original state. Then the researchers set out to make glass out of it. In the course of experiments it was found out that when the material is split in half, two parts can be joined together, applying an effort, and after 10 seconds a whole glass is obtained.
Researchers will continue to study new material, so commercial use is still out of the question.