The asphalt holes are a long-standing problem, which takes on tragicomic outlines when it does not become a danger to the safety of motorists, riders and cyclists, and above all that involves a whole series of problems and responsibilities on several levels: from the bad governance of the cities, to simple carelessness through poor maintenance and often poor, and expensive materials.


The problem of deterioration of the road surface is not only Italian: in Mexico, for example, the phenomenon reaches dimensions rather than serious. Because of the rain, which in some areas of the country and in some periods of the year it falls copious, the asphalt yields causing holes and real chasms. Which can become dangerous and make the roads unusable by isolating villages and villages.

This is why a young engineering student, Israel Antonio Briseño Carmona, has dedicated himself to the study and research of a material that could minimise the impact of rain and corrosion factors, and that, indeed, exploited them.

The starting hypothesis is precisely to exploit water as an element that allows the regeneration of asphalt, its self-repair, as if it healed. It is not the first self-repairing material to be invented, but it is certainly the first whose components, in contact with water, fill the cracks that are produced.

The material of which this particular asphalt is made is called Paflec, and in contact with water it creates a silicon silicate paste, elastic and resistant components excellent for repairing cracks, cracks and holes. Not only: the Paflec (Pavimento de Goma Autorregenerativo) is made with the mixture of recycled tires, which allows you to cut costs and always have available, given the amount of tires for cars and motorcycles that are disposed of every year.

Furthermore, building roads and highways in this material will certainly reduce labor costs and make connections with cities safer and more convenient.


A brilliant idea, which was worth to Israel, brilliant student of Coahuila Autonomous University, the applause of the academic community and an official recognition by his university, which was not only formal: the external paving of the buildings, in fact, was made with Paflec. 

But this is not the only recognition to reach Carmona, awarded with the James Dyson Award that awards every year the 20 best international engineering projects that propose useful solutions to the community, with a careful look at the environment and the eco-environment. project compatibility.

This is why the invention of the young Mexican student was the perfect project to receive the thirty thousand pounds prize: green, economic, sustainable, which brings concrete benefits to the life of all and everyone.

At the Dyson award, now in its fifteenth edition, along with the winning project, equally interesting inventions were presented, such as cutlery made with potatoes, the device that detects melanomas, or bio-plastic made with fish waste .