Vitrimers - A New Class of Self-Healing Polymers Pave Way for Innovation

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October 21, 2015 | Source: Frank Rovella, The Industrial Space

"Classified as supramolecular substances, Vitrimers are a derivative of thermoset plastics and exhibit self-repairing characteristics."

If you find yourself going straight for the technology section every time you get online or open a paper, then you’re not alone. There are a lot of us just waiting for the next big thing, seeking to be awed by some new technological development. The Industrial Space is fertile ground for this enterprise; just take a look at emerging materials technology.  

Unlike automation that has a level of predictability akin to a train that always runs on time; we can see it down range, hear the tracks rumble and watch it flash by.  However materials technology is more like a seismic event, we know it’s coming but no one is sure when or how big it’s going to be.

An example is a recent discovery by the French physicist Ludwik Leibler, who is this year’s winner of the European Inventor Award in the category research.  Leibler along with his team at the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie at ESPCI ParisTech, have developed a whole new class of plastics called Vitrimers.