This week in adhesives news, researchers at Stanford have developed a polymer that stretches to 100x its own size and can repair itself if punctured. The material can reportedly repair itself at temperatures ranging from room temperature to -4° F, even days after the damage is done.

In March, I wrote about another hybrid polymer that mimics muscle, and researchers believe this new polymer may also have applications in creating artificial muscle due to its self-healing properties and because the polymer expands and contracts when exposed to an electric field. Researchers reportedly believe the stretchiness and self-healing ability come from their improvements to the crosslinking chemical bonding process.

Read the full story here.

More news from around the web:

1)      3M Scientist Carl A. Dahlquist Dies at Age 102

2)      Bio-Based Resin Reinforced with Flax Fiber as Thermorheologically Complex Materials

3)      Researchers Develop New Semiconducting Polymer for Forthcoming Flexible Electronics

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