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The Future of Materials: Self-healing Polymers and Glass

5 May 2021

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In light of complex challenges such as climate change and sustainable development, the lifetime extension of materials and products is vital for reducing the rate at which natural resources are utilised within production systems. This is especially relevant to products and structures within the construction industry due to their high value and extended lifespan. One solution for this is self-healing materials, a technology that can deliver durability and longevity through their inherent ability to repair themselves, increasing both structural and aesthetic resilience.

Within this webinar, you will hear from the ESPRC funded consortium Manufacturing Immortality, a multidisciplinary research collaboration between seven UK universities: the University of Bristol, University of Exeter, Heriot-Watt University, Lancaster University, The University of Manchester, Northumbria University Newcastle and Sheffield Hallam University.

Over the lifetime of this 3-year project, these universities have worked together to develop new compositions of self-healing materials, as well as examine the feasibility and environmental implications of manufacturing and designing with this technology.

In this interactive webinar, they will not only showcase the various bio-inspired and bio-integrated self-healing polymers and glasses they have developed but also discuss the opportunities that these might offer to the construction industry through a facilitated round table discussion. This will be concluded with a Q&A session from the audience, so please do come along ready to contribute and explore the topic of self-healing materials for the built environment.

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Published: April 21st, 2021
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