Otsuka, Hideyuki Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.
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Polymer materials are found in a variety of applications for everyday life and are most often used to reduce costs and improve material properties. These materials are versatile, lightweight, and can be molded at will. With advancements in polymer chemistry, the functionality of polymer materials has greatly increased, particularly from the viewpoint of mechanical, electronic, and optical properties. However, the goal of generating self-healing polymers, which possess the ability to heal autonomously in response to damage, has remained unachieved until recently. Self-healing polymers could contribute to the extension of polymer lifetime and reduction of waste, and bring us closer to realizing an environmentally sustainable society. In addition, self-healing polymers can be expected to contribute to the development of reliable restorative materials that may benefit fields such as space development and artificial organs.
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