Forget sewing machine; Researchers develop self healing fabric using special liquid

torn cloth

Researchers at Penn State University have found a way to save our money by finding a protein that will repair a torn cloth when applied to it and treated with warm water.

Not just this, scientist are working to prepare clothes with the protein that will repair itself when it will be washed. This revolutionary step is possible only because of the protein found in squid ring teeth (SRT).

Melik C. Demirel, professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State said, “Fashion designers use natural fibres made of proteins like wool or silk that are expensive and they are not self-healing. We were looking for a way to make fabrics self-healing using conventional textiles. So we came up with this coating technology.”

The researchers explained that the technique of using the liquid. According to them, the liquid has to be applied on the torn part, then the edges have to be pressed and then it can be washed. The cloth after washing will seem to be as the new cloth.

The research in the lab included decoding of protein and then replicate them in such form that has various applications. Basically, the liquid is prepared for the people who work with chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers. But the population excluding those people is also looking forward to this magic liquid. The tests are still going on to make sure that the liquid works just fine with detergents and other products.

Ali Miserez, a professor studying SRT-applications at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said “We envision SRT-based materials as artificial ligaments, scaffolds to grow bone and as sustainable materials for packaging, substituting for today’s products made with fossil fuels. There is no shortage of ideas, though we are just beginning to work on these proteins.”

The paper appeared in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

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