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    Illinois researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. The restorative material is delivered through two, isolated fluid streams (dyed red and blue). The liquid immediately gels and later hardens, resulting in recovery of the entire damaged region. This image is halfway through the restoration process.

    Illinois researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. The restorative material is delivered through two, isolated fluid streams (dyed red and blue). The liquid immediately gels and later hardens, resulting in recovery of the entire damaged region. This image is halfway through the restoration process.

    Photo by Ryan Gergely

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      Illinois researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. The restorative material is delivered through two, isolated fluid streams (dyed red and blue). The liquid immediately gels and later hardens, resulting in recovery of the entire damaged region. This image is halfway through the restoration process.

      Photo by Ryan Gergely

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      The scientific team behind the work: from the left, chemistry professor Jeffrey S. Moore, graduate student Ryan Gergely, materials science and engineering professor Nancy Sottos, graduate student Brett Krull, aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White and graduate student Windy Santa Cruz.

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  • To reach Scott R. White, call 217-333-1077; email swhite@illinois.edu. The paper, “Restoration of Large Damage Volumes in Polymers,” is available online. Downloadable high-resolution images with cutlines are available.