Aquamaterial, a new water-based plastic
Researchers at Tokyo University have recently developed a new material consisting of 98% water which, in time, could replace certain polymers from the oil industry.
Aquamaterial is a very flexible transparent gel which returns to its initial state after being squashed. It consists mainly of water mixed with a pinch of clayey minerals (similar to those found in toothpaste) and sodium polyacrylate. Following the initial formula, it is possible to vary the hardness of this material, which overall is like silicone but with the magic ability of repairing itself when torn.
The first applications are seen in reparative surgery, but there could be many more outlets in different fields where plastics are used.
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