End of the smashed phone screen? Self-healing glass discovered by accident

The breakthrough could lead to an end to smashed screens- as the glass would simply be able to heal itself

The new low weight polymer, described in the journal Science, comes from a group of researchers led by Professor Takuzo Aida at the University of Tokyo. Yes, you read that right.

"High mechanical robustness and healing ability tend to be mutually exclusive", the researchers wrote on their paper. University of Tokyo graduate student Yu Yanagisawa was planning on making the substance into a glue, but discovered the polymer's odd qualities after noticing the edges would bond again after being cut.

Yanagisawa sees such materials as essential for reducing the waste associated with traditional smartphone repairs. This might turn out to be a huge discovery, as it could forever change the way we fix broken displays, especially for expensive devices like the iPhone X and some of the newest Android flagships out there. Pressing the edges manually for 30 seconds at a room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius formed a strong sheet that bridged the gap.

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Yanagisawa said repeated the test several times, not fully believing what he had stumbled upon. Instead of trying to make self-healing glass, he was exploring ways the material could be used as a glue. He said: "I hope the repairable glass becomes a new environment-friendly material that avoids the need to be thrown away if broken".

As far-fetched as it may seem, scientists have been toying around with the idea of self-repairing smartphone screens for a few years now, but only a few devices, such as the curved LG G Flex 2, have taken these substances seriously. While it might affect the cost of mobile phones should smartphone manufacturers use healable materials in the future, it could still save consumers hundreds of dollars in costly glass repairs. After leaving the cracked joint for a longer period, say a couple of hours, it is claimed that the healed material will have regained its original strength.

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