Stretchable Self-Healing Polymeric Networks with Recyclability and Dual Responsiveness

Dai, Xingyi, Du, Yuzhang, Wang, Yansong, Liu, Yucong, Xu, Nianxi, Li, Yifan, Shan, Dongzhi, Xu, Bin and Kong, Jie (2020) Stretchable Self-Healing Polymeric Networks with Recyclability and Dual Responsiveness. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2 (3). pp. 1065-1072. ISSN 2637-6105

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Intelligent polymers with tough networks are of considerable significance for thedevelopment of highly proficient polymer science and technology. In this work, polymeric elastomers with integrated stretchable and self-healable characteristics were designed by cross-linking hyperbranched polymers with flexible segments. The hyperbranched polymer with multiple terminal groups provided various cross-linking points, so that mechanically robust networks could be achieved. Driven by the reversibility of imine and disulfide bonds employed, the elastomers exhibited good self-healing property and the healing efficiency reached up to 99% under ambient environments. Furthermore, the dynamic reversibility of the polymers was investigated at molecular level. The imine and disulfide bonds were incorporated into the networks to construct soluble and recyclable hyperbranched polymer with pH and redox responsiveness via A2+B3 approach and Schiff base polymerization. The polymers containing imine bonds could complete the polymerization–depolymerizationtransition and undergo reversible cycles for several times through changing pH. Moreover, in the presence of disulfide bonds, the polymers were provided with redox cleavage property triggered by dithiothreitol. This study may provide new opportunities for the design and application of intelligent polymers with tough networks through regulating topological structures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: reversible covalent bond, stretchable, recyclable, self-healing, hyperbranched polymers
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
H300 Mechanical Engineering
J400 Polymers and Textiles
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2020 10:36
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 14:51

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