Scientists Have Developed Glass That Heals Itself When You Press It Together

End of the smashed phone screen? Self-healing glass discovered by accident

The discovery actually happened by accident. They acknowledge that hard healable materials had been created before, but "in most cases, heating to high temperatures, on the order of 120°C or more, to reorganize their cross-linked networks, is necessary for the fractured portions to fix".

Glass made from a new semitransparent polymer developed by Japanese researchers can easily be repaired by compressing the fractured portions for several hours at normal temperature.

End of the smashed phone screen?

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The groundbreaking new material could lead to virtually unbreakable phone screens.

The Guardian reports that the polymer was accidentally discovered by University of Tokyo graduate student Yu Yanagisawa, who was planning on making the substance into a glue. When pressed with slight pressure by hand at 21 degrees Celsius, the cut polymers formed a strong sheet.

"High mechanical robustness and healing ability tend to be mutually exclusive", the researchers wrote on their paper. This might turn out to be a huge discovery, as it could forever change the way we fix broken displays, especially for expensive devices like the iPhone X and some of the newest Android flagships out there.

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In an interview with NHK, Yanagisawa said that he repeated his experiments multiple times to confirm his findings. "In most cases, heating to high temperatures, on the order of 120 degrees Celsius or more, to reorganize their cross-linked networks is necessary for the fractured portions to fix". This makes it unique from the other materials that require high heat to heal up from a break or crack.

This is not the first time that researchers proposed polymer as a healable material for devices like smartphones.

"I hope the repairable glass becomes a new environment-friendly material that avoids the need to be thrown away if broken", he said.

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Further experimentation found that the healed material regained its original strength after a couple of hours.

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