New material could be used to produce self-healing phone screens that will repair cracks

These days, the tools used to protect smartphone screens from cracking upon impact include Corning's Gorilla Glass (now up to its 5th generation) and the second generation Shattershield system used by Motorola on the Moto Z Force. In the near future, phone screens could be made from a new material created by chemists at the University of California at Riverside and the University of Colorado.

While this material is transparent, conductive and stretchable, the most important thing is that it has self-healing properties. If the screen cracks, it will repair itself. In one example, the material was ripped in half and stitched itself back together in less than 24 hours. Rubber-like and soft, it reportedly is cheap and easy to make, and stretches to 50-times its original size. With its ability to conduct electricity, the material can be used to produce a scratch resistant, self-healing smartphone screen.

One of the researchers behind the project, Chao Wang, says that we could see this material used in the production of smartphones "very soon." But there are still plenty of kinks to work out, and the team must test the material in harsh conditions like high humidity. Other self-healing polymers have been unable to survive such a test.

Wang says that his interest in self-healing came after reading Wolverine comics all of his life. The comic book super hero has the ability to self-heal. Speaking of self-healing, you might recall that the LG G Flex and LG G Flex 2 both launched with a back cover that could self heal minor scratches. Self-healing a cracked display is another matter.

Those butterfingers who are always dropping their phone (you know know who you are) will be ecstatic once this material is ready for prime time. 

source: ScienceDaily, UniversityofCalifornia (Riverside) via NYPost



1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

fukc yeah

6. Unordinary unregistered

Don't get too excited. Find some archived article on PA from 2010 and you'll find the same ol' story.

10. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

If these stupid companies keep making glass shattering garbage, they better heal themselves.

2. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Great the sooner it comes the better

3. kerginaldo17 unregistered

I do not know why, but I do not believe it.

4. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Self-healing materials have always been a thing; the LG G Flex 2's back has some. It's just that now, the technology is being extended to phone screens as well.

5. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

original g flex had it too

8. Alter

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Yeah I was hoping that would be used on more phones. I’m not into metal bodies and I like the self healing technology.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

right.. blurry slideshow picture + hypnotic background music + inspired from "wolverine" + end message "discover more at" can't get more sketchy than that.... but G Flex already use self healing material for backplate cover, just matter of time till someone make optically clear version of it

7. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Gonna be a while, possibly 2019-2021 until this takes off... That's a wild guess, by the way...

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