TechConnect Innovation Program

Mussel-Inspired Self-Healing Hydrogels

University of Chicago, IL, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Self-healing polymer gels that can create strong and durable interfacial adhesive bonds resistant to the detrimental effects of water. Current materials fail under stress, and develop cracks. As a result, demand is growing for self-healing polymer materials that solidify in situ to form durable adhesive bonds.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Higher reliability and durability under physical stress than current adhesives. Self-healing polymer material that is easily delivered and forms strong and durable interfacial adhesive bonds that are resistant to the detrimental effects of water. This is valuable for a variety of applications, both consumer and industrial.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 637

Website: tech.uchicago.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners