|Professor Baik, Prof. Moon, and Prof. Kim's Joint Research Team (kyosu.net)|
The joint research team of Professor Baik Seung-hyun, Prof. Moon Hyung-pil, and Prof. Kim Moon-ki from Sungkyunkwan University’s (SKKU) School of Mechanical Engineering joined hands and succeeded in developing moldable nanocomposites that are able to retain their conductivity after 1,000 breaking and healing cycles. While the idea of healable conductive materials has been a constant source of interest and attention for the scientific community, finding a practical use for these materials has been difficult due to both their low levels of electrical conductivity and the irreversible damage caused by the continuous breaking and healing cycles. Thus, the success of this research heightens the expectations for the future of engineering. Scientists are looking forward to applying this discovery in biomechanical engineering by furthering the development of artificial skin, as well as utilizing the material in the process of restoring and repairing machines. The quality of moldability will serve to be exceptionally useful as the material may be employed in a wide variety of situations, especially when circumstances are urgent and dire. This research was supported by the Mid-Career Researcher Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications on May 7th.
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