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Monday, 18 March 2019

Self-healing – the latest fad?

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal

Self-healing materials are no brand new invention, they’ve been in the media for quite some time. Nevertheless, my curiosity was aroused when I found a number of news on self-healing materials on our websites recently. Coincidence or not?

According to a new research report, "recent advances and ongoing improvements will help rapid and low-cost development of smart materials, and the next wave of innovation will be in self-healing coatings and parts”. When it comes to smart coatings, the current focus is set on self-healing, the report claims. Follow this links to learn more about it:

http://www.luxresearchinc.com/news-and-events/press-releases/read/self-healing-coatings-and-parts-are-next-frontier-smart

Not only coatings, but also construction chemicals are an interesting field for self-healing applications. So I learned that "a new self-healing concrete aims to reduce the requirement for maintenance of structures over the long term by slowing down the effects of deterioration due to ageing or damage”: http://www.european-coatings.com/Raw-materials-technologies/Applications/Self-healing-concrete-slows-down-effects-of-deterioration

Generally speaking, self-healing concrete has been given a lot of attention, as researchers seem to anticipate great improvements regarding durability and sustainable infrastructures.  

I became curious, and I wanted to know whether this assessment corresponds with the delegates’ survey conducted at the end of the European Coatings Conference "Functional Coatings” in May 2014. And yes, it does: when asked which coating relevant topics were highly interesting for them and their projects, self-healing came right after easy-to-clean coatings.

Now I would like to hear from you, too: are self-healing materials the latest fad?

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