I learned how to change a tire nearly 30 years ago. At the risk of jinxing myself, I’ve never had to put my skill to the test and I’m sure I’d be as rusty as my lug nuts if I had to fix a flat today. Fortunately, there’s a new rubber on the horizon that doesn’t need vulcanization to recover its elasticity. That means this new rubber when pierced or torn can reform crucial bonds with patience and possibly heat.
Check out this short video from the American Chemical Society.
Traci Purdum is Chemical Processing’s Senior Digital Editor. She can be found knocking on wood to prevent a flat tire. You can email her at email@example.com.
Editor's Note: Ten days after I wrote this blog I got a flat tire. I am putting it out to the universe that I'd be very open to winning big in the lottery.