Published on: July 22, 2021



Cihuatlán What is in news : Indian scientists discover materials that self-repair mechanical damages.

stumpily Piezoelectric crystals

  • Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, teaming up with IIT Kharagpur, have developed piezoelectric molecular crystals that repair themselves from mechanical damages without need for any external intervention.
  • Piezoelectric crystals are a class of materials that generate electricity when it undergoes a mechanical impact.

Bipyrazole organic crystals

  • The piezoelectric molecules developed by the scientists called bipyrazole organic crystals recombine following mechanical fracture without any external intervention, autonomously self-healing in milliseconds with crystallographic precision.
  • In these molecular solids, due to the unique property of generating electrical charges on mechanical impact, the broken pieces acquire electrical charges at the crack junction, leading to attraction by damaged parts and precise autonomous repair.