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Web Date: October 5, 2015

Nanoparticles Find And Repair Cracks In Electronics

Nanomaterials: Self-propelling particles that patch circuit wiring offer a simple way to fix broken electronics
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: Janus nanoparticles, self-propelling, self-healing, electronics, crack repair, hydrophobic, nanomotors

Microscopic cracks in wires printed on circuit boards can shorten the life of the electronic gadgets that have become indispensable nowadays. But those invisible cracks are hard to find and fix. A simple new repair system based on self-propelling nanoparticles offers hope for circuit healing (Nano Lett. 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b03140). The engineered nanoparticles—made of gold and platinum and suspended in a hydrogen peroxide solution—autonomously detect surface cracks . . .

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