Amphiphilic Graft Copolymer for Waterborne Shape Memory Coatings

Xinzhu Gu (Inventor), Patrick Mather (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


A waterborne shape memory polymer coating that gives textiles and fibers good shape memory performance. An amphiphilic, crosslinkable grafted polysaccharide polymer was synthesized and provided in a water dispersion that can be applied to a flexible fibrous material and then crosslinked to yield good shape memory properties. The polymer coating showed good binding to human hair, which could be styled into a permanent shape (e.g., straight) during the crosslinked step. Next, this permanent shape can be styled to a temporary shape (e.g. curly) by heating and styling, and cooling. Finally, the permanent style can be regained by activation with water, heat, or both.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Patent number10,336,911
StatePublished - Feb 4 2016


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