Anhydride-Based Reconfigurable Shape Memory Elastomers

Melodie I. Lawton, Kelly R. Tillman, Halimatu S. Mohammed, Wenbin Kuang, Devon A. Shipp, Patrick T. Mather

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Soft shape memory polymers typically embody a permanently memorized geometry that cannot be altered, and therefore a new sample must be fabricated each time a new structure is required. We present a shape memory elastomeric composite featuring thermoplastic fibers as a fixing phase and a polyanhydride-based elastomer as the permanent, elastic phase. Interestingly, dynamic covalent exchange reactions at elevated temperatures (T > 50 °C) among the network chains of the elastomer allow near-complete reconfiguration of the permanent shape in the solid state. Together, these features combine to create a shape memory elastomer capable of arbitrary programming of both temporary and permanent shapes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 16 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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    Lawton, M. I., Tillman, K. R., Mohammed, H. S., Kuang, W., Shipp, D. A., & Mather, P. T. (2016). Anhydride-Based Reconfigurable Shape Memory Elastomers. ACS Macro Letters, 5(2), 203-207.