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Self-healing thermoplastic elastomers Kathleen Feldman, Craig Hawker, Ed Kramer UCSB; Bert Meijer TU Eindhoven
 

Summary: Self-healing thermoplastic elastomers
Kathleen Feldman, Craig Hawker, Ed Kramer UCSB; Bert Meijer TU Eindhoven
Supported by NSF DMR 0520415: IRG-1
A new class of thermoplastic elastomers has been made consisting of soft, rubbery
polymers modified with very strong but reversibly associating `sitcky' groups. With only a
slight modification, viscous polymer liquids are transformed into elastic solids capable of
forming self-supporting films. The properties of such materials can be finely tuned through
the underlying chemical structure, and the reversibility of the `sticky' interaction gives them
strong adhesive and self-healing characteristics.
A new class of thermoplastic elastomers has been made consisting of soft, rubbery
polymers modified with very strong but reversibly associating `sitcky' groups. With only a
slight modification, viscous polymer liquids are transformed into elastic solids capable of
forming self-supporting films. The properties of such materials can be finely tuned through
the underlying chemical structure, and the reversibility of the `sticky' interaction gives them
strong adhesive and self-healing characteristics.
K.E. Feldman, M.J. Kade, T.F.A. de Greef, E.W. Meijer, E.J. Kramer, C.J. Hawker. Macromolecules, 2008, 41 (13), pp 46944700
K.E. Feldman, M.J. Kade, E.W. Meijer, C.J. Hawker, E.J. Kramer. (In preparation)

  

Source: Akhmedov, Azer - Department of Mathematics, University of California at Santa Barbara

 

Collections: Mathematics