Self-Healing Bio Plastic

Don’t you hate it when you drop your plastic device and it breaks? All you can do is glue it back together and move on, or purchase a new one. Wouldn’t it be useful if the plastic could fix itself? 

A lab in Pennsylvania have created a bioplastic containing a mix of proteins derived from squid sucker ring teeth, that can fuse back together when you add water. Once it’s healed, the bioplastic can return to its previous compression and malleable strength. 

This breakthrough could be used someday in fibre-optic cables under the ocean, as these won’t need to be replaced each time. The bioplastic could also be applied to wounds or other applications in surgical procedures. 

To see a quick video on the self-healing bio plastic,  click here.  

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