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Stimuli responsive self-healing polymers: gels, elastomers and membranes

Amaral, AJR; Pasparakis, G; (2017) Stimuli responsive self-healing polymers: gels, elastomers and membranes. Polymer Chemistry , 8 pp. 6464-6484. 10.1039/c7py01386h. Green open access

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Abstract

In recent years, the development of responsive polymers has expanded significantly owing to the constant development of new chemistries and controlled polymerization methods, which allow for the synthesis of complex and well-defined polymer architectures with predictable structure-to-function behaviour. These polymers exhibit multifarious changes of their properties by the application of physicochemical stimuli, be these reversible sol–gel transformations, hydrophilic–hydrophobic transitions, shape and volume changes, or assembly–disassembly ordering. The coupling of these responsive properties with suitable chemistries has generated novel polymeric materials with on-demand healing properties that can be precisely modulated and fine-tuned. In this review article, we discuss the interplay of key chemical reactions, which (usually) take place on crosslink points or on structural elements of polymeric materials with responsive modalities that drive the healing/remending mechanisms in a highly controllable manner. We examine representative emerging examples of bulk healable polymers in the form of polymer solids (elastomers, rigid polymers and hydrogels) and membranes that are designed for various uses in biomaterials science, bioelectronics, sensors, actuators and coating technologies, and analyse their potential for real-world applications.

Type: Article
Title: Stimuli responsive self-healing polymers: gels, elastomers and membranes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1039/c7py01386h
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1039/c7py01386h
Language: English
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Keywords: Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Polymer Science, HOST-GUEST INTERACTIONS, METALLO-SUPRAMOLECULAR GELS, SHAPE-MEMORY PROPERTIES, DIELS-ALDER CHEMISTRY, CROSS-LINKED POLYMERS, RADICAL POLYMERIZATION, MOLECULAR RECOGNITION, ROOM-TEMPERATURE, DYNAMIC POLYMERS, VISIBLE-LIGHT
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy > Pharmaceutics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038298
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