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Force-induced cleavage of a labile bond for enhanced mechanochemical crosslinking

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Abstract

We introduce a simple, yet powerful approach towards force-induced healing polymers. While most synthetic polymers fail in response to stress and have no recovery mechanism, we demonstrate that polymers containing a thiocarbonylthio group exhibit amplified mechanochemical activity. In the presence of a crosslinker, the radicals generated from homolytic cleavage are exploited to trigger a ‘healing’ response within minutes.

Graphical abstract: Force-induced cleavage of a labile bond for enhanced mechanochemical crosslinking

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2017, accepted on 03 Oct 2017 and first published on 03 Oct 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01431G
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 6485-6489
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    Force-induced cleavage of a labile bond for enhanced mechanochemical crosslinking

    M. B. Gordon, S. Wang, G. A. Knappe, N. J. Wagner, T. H. Epps and C. J. Kloxin, Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 6485
    DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01431G

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