New plastic skin self-heals after cutting

11/15/2012

A nickel-loaded plastic skin developed by Stanford researchers may have applications in prosthetic devices or electronic components, according to chemical engineering Professor Zhenan Bao.

She says that the new compound is the first material that can both sense subtle pressure and heal itself when torn or cut. Results of the research were published this month in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

"A flexible and electrically conducting material that can sense mechanical forces and yet be able to self-heal repeatably can be of use in emerging fields such as soft robotics and biomimetic prostheses, but combining all these properties together remains a challenging task," the research team reports in the article....
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