Exploring a naturally tailored small molecule for stretchable, self-healing, and adhesive supramolecular polymers

Zhang, 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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8192
Number of pages8
JournalScience Advances
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2018



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