Thursday, February 21, 2008

self-repairing rubber

A very nice paper appears in today's issue of Nature, using supramolecular chemistry to create a small-molecule rubber. As it relies on hydrogen bonding where ordinary rubber has covalent bonds, the material has a remarkable ability to repair itself after cuts and breaks, even if repeatedly cut at the same place.

Read my news story in Chemistry World here.

Now I wonder how long it takes until I can get bicycle tyres made from that material ...

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