Self-healing multiphase polymers via dynamic metal-ligand interactions

Davoud Mozhdehi, Sergio Ayala, Olivia R. Cromwell, Zhibin Guan

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A new self-healing multiphase polymer is developed in which a pervasive network of dynamic metal-ligand (zinc-imidazole) interactions are programmed in the soft matrix of a hard/soft two-phase brush copolymer system. The mechanical and dynamic properties of the materials can be tuned by varying a number of molecular parameters (e.g., backbone/brush degree of polymerization and brush density) as well as the ligand/metal ratio. Following mechanical damage, these thermoplastic elastomers show excellent self-healing ability under ambient conditions without any intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16128-16131
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number46
StatePublished - Nov 19 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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