Newly Developed Rubber Compound May Bring End to Tire Punctures
The new compound, which was developed at the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution (ESPCI) in Paris, can be torn, punctured, ripped or cut and then mend itself automatically. This breakthrough is possible through the use of hydrogen bonding between similar compounds.
Traditional rubber uses covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonding to provide a great deal of elasticity. By removing the covalent and ionic bonds, the team was able to make a material that relies only on hydrogen bonding to hold itself together. These bonds can be recreated with a little pressure at room temperature and restore themselves to the original strength.
The material is still being developed, but could mean a massive improvement in today's products, as well as some new inventions we have yet to see.More Inspiration
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