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Off-the-shelf materials lead to self-healing polymers

Look out, super glue and paint thinner.
Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products.

U. of I. materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng, graduate student Hanze Ying and postdoctoral researcher Yanfeng Zhang published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

“The key advantage of using this material is that it’s catalyst-free and low-temperature, and

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