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HONG KONG – Researchers at the Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong have claimed a breakthrough in wearable electronics through the development of more robust, flexible electronic components that can be used in textiles and apparel.

Previously, self-healing polymeric materials based on physical crosslinking or external stimuli – such as heat and light – have been developed, but have suffered from low healing efficiency and low life-cycle. Now, scientists from Hong Kong have come up a new solution that allows energy storage and conversion components to self-heal and have up to 600 per cent stretchability; paving the way for a new generation of electronic garments and textiles.

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