Corn-Based Self-Healing Material

Corn-Based Self-Healing Material
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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