A self-healing material derived from corn could keep cars looking newer longer.
The coating, from a team at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials, relies on the unique arrangement of the corn starch molecule, cyclodextrin. This ring-shaped molecule will become flexible when heated, moving to fill gaps such as those created by scratches.
The team increased the speed of the self-healing process with the addition of selected ingredients and now hopes to commercialize the technology.
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