Need for materials with increased lifespan and durability has resulted in increasing research and developmental efforts related to self-healing materials. While these materials are limited to high-end and niche applications at present, mainstream adoption across industries including automotive building and construction, paints and coatings is expected by 2020.
The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials.
The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Self-healing materials, stimuli, durability, healing mechanism, responsive materials