When plants or other organisms face damage, they respond with healing and repair mechanisms to avert complete system failure and death. Researchers within livMatS are working to translate these capabilities into inanimate matter.
This is possible through the incorporation of training and strengthening mechanisms in response to local strain, sophisticated shedding or self-sealing mechanisms, and a modular setup to compensate for the failure of individual system components.
A combination of these self-protection, self-repair and fault tolerance functionalities across various hierarchical levels will increase the longevity, robustness, and resilience of the newly developed materials systems. This will ensure their functionality until the end of their defined lifetime. A central task will be to identify and select the most efficient technical approaches from a panoply of options.