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Published: May 21, 2018

Self-healing electronic materials for a smart and sustainable future (ACS App. Mater. Interfaces, Apr 2018)

Self-healing electronic materials for a smart and sustainable future

Tan YJ, Wu J, Li H, and Tee BCK.

Abstract
The survivability of living organisms relies critically on their ability to self-heal from damage in unpredictable situations and environmental variability. Such abilities are most important in external facing organs such as the mammalian skin. However, the properties of bulk elemental materials are typically unable to perform self-repair. Consequently, most conventional smart electronic devices today are not designed to repair themselves when damaged. Thus, inspired by the remarkable capability of self-healing in natural systems, smart self-healing materials are being intensively researched to mimic natural systems to have the ability to partially or completely self-repair damages inflicted on them. This exciting area of research could potentially power a sustainable and smart future.

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