Evolution of supramolecular healable composites: a minireview

Vaiyapuri, Rajendran, Greenland, Barnaby W, Colquhoun, Howard M, Elliott, Joanne M and Hayes, Wayne (2013) Evolution of supramolecular healable composites: a minireview. Polymer International, 63. pp. 933-942. ISSN 0959-8103

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Abstract

Efforts to further extend the range of applications of polymer based materials have resulted in the recent production of healable polymers that can regain their strength after damage. Within this field of healable materials, supramolecular polymers have been subject to extensive investigation. By virtue of their reversible non-covalent interactions, cracks and fractures in such polymers can be readily and repeatedly healed in order to regain key physical properties. However, many supramolecular polymers are relatively weak and elastomeric in nature, which renders them unsuitable for high strength structural applications. To overcome these deficiencies, preliminary studies have shown that it is possible to reinforce supramolecular polymers with microscale and nanoscale fillers to afford composites that are not only stronger and stiffer compared with the polymers alone but also retain their healing abilities. In this minireview we discuss the evolution of these supramolecular composites and their advantages over more conventional, covalent polymeric materials.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Depositing User: Barnaby Greenland
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 08:23
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2018 08:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74962

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