Is Your Phone Broken? All Your Gadgets Can Self-Repair Soon

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Short Bytes: Researchers and scientists at the University of California have found a way to repair electronics at nanometer scale using platinum powered by hydrogen peroxide. These nano-particles are conductive metals and are able to bridge the gap at a scratch and also allow the electricity to flow through them.

According to a study presented at American Chemical Society 251st National Meeting and Exposition, it has been found that with the help of nanomotors an electronic machine could be able to fix themselves.

Scientists have drawn the inspiration from the human body’s immune system. They have now built self-propelled nanomotors that can look our for and repair tiny scratches to electronic systems. When scaled up and accelerated, this could one day lead to flexible batteries, electrodes, solar cells and other gadgets that heal themselves.

Researcher Jinxing Li from the University of California says —

Electronic circuits are very sophisticated these days, but a crack, even an extremely small one, can interrupt the flow of current and eventually lead to the failure of a device. Traditional electronics can be fixed with soldering, but repairing advanced electronics on a nanoscale requires innovation.

Here is how a self-healing gadget might work?

  • Nanoparticles are built out of gold and platinum are powered by hydrogen peroxide.
  • The platinum goads the fuel to break down into water and oxygen, its two elemental constituents.
  • This propels the particles.
  • When they approached the scratch, they got lodged in it and bridged the gap between the two sides.
  • Because the particles are made of conductive metals, they allowed current to flow again

The days are not so far when self-healing properties could be applied to the robots and we can see the rise of destroyed robots like shown in the movies.

Also Read: New Nanotechnology Based Eye Drops To Control Blindness

Amar Shekhar

Amar Shekhar

A passionate adventure traveller over Trekkerpedia.com and Author of the book 'The Girl from the Woods'.

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