MIT develops self healing construction material

A breakthrough in the supply chain could mean that houses and buildings, like plants, could absorb carbon dioxide to repair themselves. Researchers behind the new material call the discovery "a completely new concept in materials science."

A group of chemical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new material which could help reduce carbon accumulation in the atmosphere, writes MIT News.

The new material functions similarly to the way in which plants absorb CO2 and use it to form organic substances. When the new materials are exposed to sunlight, they absorb carbon and use it to strengthen themselves. The researchers explain that the material is not currently strong enough to be used as a structural building material, but that in the short term it could be used as a filler or coating on other building materials.

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