Mussel-Inspired Self-Healing Hydrogels
University of Chicago, IL, United States
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.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 637
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date:
Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners