Exploring a naturally tailored small molecule for stretchable, self-healing, and adhesive supramolecular polymersZhang, Q., Shi, C-Y., Qu, D-H., Long, Y-T., Feringa, B. L. & Tian, H., Jul-2018, In : Science Advances. 4, 7, 8 p., 8192.
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Polymeric materials with integrated functionalities are required to match their ever-expanding practical applications, but there is always a trade-off between complex material performances and synthetic simplification. A simple and effective synthesis route is reported to transform a small molecule of biological origin, thioctic acid, into a high-performance supramolecular polymeric material, which combines processability, ultrahigh stretchability, rapid self-healing ability, and reusable adhesivity to surfaces. The proposed one-step preparation process of this material involves the mixing of three commercially available feedstocks at mild temperature without any external solvent and a subsequent cooling process that resulted in a dynamic, high-density, and dry supramolecular polymeric network cross-linked by three different types of dynamic chemical bonds, whose cooperative effects in the network enable high performance of this supramolecular polymeric material.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Jul-2018|
- DYNAMIC POLYMERS, CHEMISTRY, HYDROGELS, RUBBER, ACID