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Self-Healing Structural Materials

Nima Rahbar, WPI - MIT

Structural materials play a fundamental role in the advancement of human societies by providing reliable infrastructure. Meanwhile, deterioration and damage can significantly limit the long-term performance of structural materials such as concrete that the is most used material in the world. Additionally, the production and transport of these materials contribute significantly to global carbon emission with concrete being the second most industrial pollutant. Hence, this symposium will focus on recent advancements in developing self-healing structural materials, which requires multidisciplinary collaboration among different scientific fields such as chemistry and biology with physics and mechanics. These include advancements in creating and analyzing self-healing hard and soft materials. Inspiration from nature and biology will be particularly focused on the development of future self-healing materials.