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Last month we reported on ACerS member Henry Sodano‘s work at Arizona State University with self-healing polymers that mimic the natural healing mechanism found in bones. Based on shape memory polymers containing a closed-loop fiber optic network, the material successfully pairs healing with a method to prevent damage propagation.
Sodano spoke on CNN Newsroom about the development of the polymer and potential applications, like aircraft and structural materials, where we may find the science put to use.
I also had the opportunity to interview Sodano at the Electronic Materials and Applications conference in Orlando, Fla. last week. Be on the lookout soon for video highlights of that conversation.