If you drop your mobile phone and the screen breaks, depending on the situation, you have to replace the screen, repair the device, or even replace it. There is now the solution.
Scientists at the University of California at Riverside have now come up with what might be another option for the previously presented problem: a screen with a material that splits, has the ability to regenerate itself.
The researchers conducted several tests on this new material, including its ability to repair itself in the case of deep scratches and even breaks. After breaking, the material could automatically produce a new layer in the damaged location, in just 24 hours. Chao Wang, is one of the chemists who conducts this research on self-regenerating material.
This material, which can stretch up to 50 times its original size, is made from a flexible polymer and an ionic salt, has a special bonding type called ion-dipole interchange, which is a force between charged ions and polar molecules. This means that when the material breaks, the ions and molecules attract each other to “heal” the material.
This is the first time that scientists have created a self-regenerating material, which can conduct electricity, making it especially useful for use on screens of mobile phones and batteries, Wang said.
Some LG mobile phones, such as G Flex, already include similar material on their back covers, which can restore scratches and scratches. But this material cannot conduct electricity, so manufacturers cannot use it on screens, hence the use only on the battery cover. Most mobile phone screens have an electrode grid below, and when you try to touch it, your finger (which is also a conductor) completes a circuit, telling the device what to do.
Wang predicts that this new self-regenerating material will be used in mobile phone screens and batteries until the year 2020.
The team will present their research at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to the study of chemistry.