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  • Self-healing electronics could work longer and reduce waste

    Self-healing electronics. Microcapsules full of liquid metal sit atop a gold circuit. When the circuit is broken, the microcapsules rupture, filling in the crack and restoring the circuit.

    Self-healing electronics. Microcapsules full of liquid metal sit atop a gold circuit. When the circuit is broken, the microcapsules rupture, filling in the crack and restoring the circuit.

    Graphic by Scott White

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  • Editor's note: To contact Scott White, call 217-333-1077; email swhite@illinois.edu.
    The paper, “Autonomic Restoration of Electrical Conductivity,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.