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Safer cables based on advanced materials with a self-healing technique that can be directly powered off and restored easily at any time

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Abstract

Advanced materials are more convenient and safe for human use. In this case, a novel idea for the preparation of safer cables was proposed. A kind of self-healing conductive hydrogel (SHCH) was synthesized based on a dynamic Schiff base cross-linkage between the amine groups of chitosan and the benzaldehyde groups of aldehyde-modified PEG. Since there were many chemical cross-linking networks and conductive polypyrrole nanostructure in the hydrogel, it possessed bulk conductivity, mechanical and electrical self-healing properties. Because of the combination of the electrical conductivity and self-healing properties, the SHCH can be used as the conductor part of a cable. This cable can be directly powered off and restored easily at any time.

Graphical abstract: Safer cables based on advanced materials with a self-healing technique that can be directly powered off and restored easily at any time

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The article was received on 06 Dec 2017, accepted on 24 Feb 2018 and first published on 27 Feb 2018


Article type: Letter
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ04811D
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 4803-4806
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    Safer cables based on advanced materials with a self-healing technique that can be directly powered off and restored easily at any time

    T. Xu, M. Chu, Y. Wu, J. Liu, B. Chi, H. Xu, M. Wan and C. Mao, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 4803
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ04811D

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