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Healable supramolecular polymers

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This mini-review details the recent development of self-healing and mendable polymeric materials which take advantage of the reversible characteristics of non-covalent interactions during their physical recovery process. Supramolecular polymer systems which undergo spontaneous (autonomous) healing, as well as those which require external stimuli to initiate the healing process (healable/mendable), are introduced and discussed. Supramolecular polymers offer key advantages over alternative approaches, as these materials can typically withstand multiple healing cycles without substantial loss of performance, as a consequence of the highly directional and fully reversible non-covalent interactions present within the polymer matrix.

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The article was received on 18 Jan 2013, accepted on 05 Feb 2013 and first published on 06 Feb 2013

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00081H
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 4860-4870

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    Healable supramolecular polymers

    L. R. Hart, J. L. Harries, B. W. Greenland, H. M. Colquhoun and W. Hayes, Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 4860
    DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00081H

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