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CHAPTER 4

Healable Supramolecular Polymeric Materials

This chapter details the design, synthesis and evaluation techniques required to produce healable supramolecular materials. Key developments in supramolecular polymer chemistry that laid down the design concepts necessary to produce responsive materials are summarized. Subsequently, select examples from the literature concerning the synthesis and analysis of healable materials containing hydrogen bonding, π−π stacking and metal–ligand interactions are evaluated. The last section describes the most recent efforts to produce healable gels for niche applications, including electrolytes and tissue engineering scaffolds. The chapter also describes the design criteria and production of nano-composite materials that exhibit dramatically increased strength compared to previous generations of supramolecular materials, whilst still retaining the key healing characteristics.

Print publication date: 22 Mar 2013
Copyright year: 2013
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-626-8
PDF eISBN: 978-1-84973-747-0
Citation:
From the book series:
RSC Polymer Chemistry Series