Fenix NTM: Self-Healing Smart Material
Fenix NTM (Nano Tech Matt) is an intelligent material that creates hyper-durable surfaces that are soft to touch, anti-scratch, anti-smudge, and self-healing. Developed for interior design applications by Italian manufacturer Arpa Industriale, the material possesses several high-performance surface properties.
Created using nanotechnology, the thermo-laminate is composed of craft paper impregnated with thermosetting resins, allowing it to thermally heal any superficial micro scratches. A damp paper towel is simply placed over the damaged area and passed over with a hot iron to erase the mark. In addition, it is highly resistant to abrasion, rubbing and dry heat.
It can also withstand stress, acid-based solvents and household reagents, and is hydro-repellent and mould-proof. Enhanced anti-bacterial properties mean it is hygienic and easy to clean. With low light reflectivity, its surface is extremely matt and opaque – an appealing aesthetic feature for designers.
Nest tables and seating by Stockholm-based design studio Form Us With Love are among the latest products to use the material. Since its development, it has been used in a vast range of interior design applications, including bathrooms, kitchens, worktops, doors, walls, furniture and fittings, as well as splashbacks in hospitality and healthcare settings. Its versatility makes it a valid alternative to materials such as glass, with the added advantage of easy workability.
The aim of improving product longevity is fuelling innovation in everyday products. For more on boosting durability through smart material choices, see Adding Value: Long-Lasting Products. For more on self-healing materials, see Self-Healing Materials Innovations, Self-Healing Concrete and Self-Aware Living Material.