Whenthe material melds together again, it has just as much strength as it had before, says Leibler, a polymer chemist at the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution (ESPCI) in Paris, France.See the material self-healing in the video top right.
The material could eventually make it a cinch to repair holes in shoes,snapped fan belts and punctured kitchen gloves. It might also make strange new products possible: for instance bags that can be ripped open and then resealed. "You don't need a zip when you can make a resealable hole in it," Leibler says.
Source: technology.newscientist.comAdded: 25 February 2008