Healable supramolecular polymers

Hart, Lewis R, Harries, Josephine L, Greenland, Barnaby, Colquhoun, Howard M and Hayes, Wayne (2013) Healable supramolecular polymers. Polymer Chemistry, 4. pp. 4860-4870. ISSN 1759-9962

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This mini-review details the recent development of self-healing and mendable polymeric materials which take advantage of the reversible characteristics of non-covalent interactions during their physical recovery process. Supramolecular polymer systems which undergo spontaneous (autonomous) healing, as well as those which require external stimuli to initiate the healing process (healable/mendable), are introduced and discussed. Supramolecular polymers offer key advantages over alternative approaches, as these materials can typically withstand multiple healing cycles without substantial loss of performance, as a consequence of the highly directional and fully reversible non-covalent interactions present within the polymer matrix.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Depositing User: Barnaby Greenland
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 13:57
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 13:58
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75014

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