Phone screens could be self-healing: 8 NUS scientists create electronic skins that mimic the functions of human, animal skin

Eight scientists from NUS create electronic skins that mimic the functions of human, animal skin

A research team from the National University of Singapore has created a skin-like material that is transparent and water-resistant, and can repair itself in air and even under water. Using this material to make phone screens has a big plus: cracks on
A research team from the National University of Singapore has created a skin-like material that is transparent and water-resistant, and can repair itself in air and even under water. Using this material to make phone screens has a big plus: cracks on the screen would disappear within a week. The team members include (from left) Mr Li SiDr Lee Wang Wei, Dr Tan Yu Jun, Assistant Professor Benjamin Tee and Mr Guo Hongchen., PHOTO: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

Repairing smartphone touch screens may one day be a thing of the past. The reason: Future smartphones may have screens that "heal" themselves.

A local research team has created a skin-like material that is transparent and water-resistant, and can repair itself in air and even under water.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2019, with the headline 'Phone screens could be self-healing'. Subscribe