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Self-Healing materials

At Croda, we provide intrinsic self-healing raw materials and technical expertise to create self-healing coatings, elastomers and adhesives. Find out more about what self-healing materials are, where they can be used, and how to partner with us to utilise self-healing materials in a range of applications.

What are self-healing materials?

Self-healing materials are, quite simply put, materials that can repair themselves. Since the early 2000’s, researchers have begun to use a number of innovative scientific techniques to create a range of materials that heal damage without any external input or activator.

This sounds like a very futuristic concept, but the first generation of these materials have been introduced to market. Self-Healing films for cars and mobile phone screens are already commercially available. These existing Self-Healing materials often have one shot at healing, require heat to repair, or only repair minor surface scratches. Self-healing concrete and self-healing asphalt for roads have also been developed!

What can Croda’s material do?

We developed functional building blocks for polyurethane systems that display intrinsic self-healing properties in the final product formulation. This self-healing technology balances high mechanical properties, such as hardness and strength, with a Self-Healing effect that can repair damage repeatedly.

Key benefits:

  • No external activation required to repair
  • Multiple repair cycles possible
  • Restoring mechanical strength and surface protection

Self-healing by Croda and how it works

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Watch as a piece of our elastomer is cut, held back together and self-heals!

Croda's self-healing demonstration video

Self-Healing materials are, quite simply put, materials that have the ability to heal themselves. Since the early 2000’s, researchers have begun to use a number of innovative scientific techniques to create a range of materials that heal damage without any external input or activator.

This sounds like a very futuristic concept, but the first generation of these materials have been introduced to market. Self-Healing films for cars and mobile phone screens are already commercially available. These Self-Healing materials often have one shot at healing, require heat to repair, or only have the ability to repair minor surface scratches. Self-Healing concrete and Self-Healing asphalt for roads have also been developed!
Are you interested in discussing a smart partnership with us to develop self-healing solutions?