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June 14, 2011 /  Nivea

Creating Responsive Materials

Structural materials are often engineered for toughness—an ability to withstand sudden impact and avoid brittle failure. If these materials could sense their surroundings and if their properties could be “tuned” with an external stimulus, then it might be possible to engineer materials that can self-repair the damage they may incur. Some composite polymeric materials have been developed with such capabilities. However, for many applications, we are still years away from knowing how to create and tune the properties of other useful materials.

via Materials Science: Potential Solutions for Creating Responsive Materials

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