A completely random discovery.
A Japanese scientist recently discovered a new type of glass by accident. Glass is what can be repaired by simply pressing the broken parts together. Sounds simple, right? That will undoubtedly still take another few years before this innovation is imposed as a dictate in industry.
This scientist is called Yu Yanagisawa, a chemist and comes from a Tokyo university. He said he discovered the new material accidentally while studying adhesives capable of effectively acting on wet surfaces.
In a laboratory experiment, the 33-year-old Yanagisawa broke into half a tiny piece of glass in his own production. Then he pressed two pieces of glass apart one after the other for 30 seconds at room temperature before the "miracle" occurred. The result, of course, was that the glass was once again in one piece.
Also, a so-connected piece of reconstructed glass looked very resistant. Demonstration of this fascinating experiment can be seen here:
This organic glass, similar to acrylic glass, is made from a combination of polymers, polythene and thiourea or thiourea. Their hydrogen bonding is such that glass is self-generating capacity, so is only the Yanagisawe study.
Other scientists have shown some similar properties before with a rubber or gel, but this Japanese scientist has been the first to date that only one type of glass has come to these properties, so it has not had to be melted before.
Is the future of sf movies behind the corner? Is it end with broken screens? This important innovation could have doubled or even trimmed the durability of various glass objects, such as windshield glass or building material, by Yanagisawi. Let's hope it will be somehow.