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.
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 —
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.