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Issue 13, 2017
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Dynamic covalent diarylbibenzofuranone-modified nanocellulose: mechanochromic behaviour and application in self-healing polymer composites

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Abstract

The surface of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) was modified with a scissile but reversibly recombinable dynamic covalent mechanophore, and the activation of the mechanophore on the CNC surface in bulk was investigated. The recombination behaviour of the activated surface-modified mechanophore exhibited high sensitivity to mechanical stress because of the limited molecular mobility. The modified CNCs could be used to effectively reinforce a self-healable polymer containing similar dynamic covalent linkages through the formation of reversible covalent bonds between the CNC surfaces and the polymer matrix, while the nanocomposite retained the ability to heal. The results of the present study appear to be broadly useful for designing composite materials with fascinating functional properties such as damage self-reporting and self-healing.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic covalent diarylbibenzofuranone-modified nanocellulose: mechanochromic behaviour and application in self-healing polymer composites

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Submitted
14 Jan 2017
Accepted
10 Mar 2017
First published
13 Mar 2017

Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 2115-2122
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Dynamic covalent diarylbibenzofuranone-modified nanocellulose: mechanochromic behaviour and application in self-healing polymer composites

K. Imato, J. C. Natterodt, J. Sapkota, R. Goseki, C. Weder, A. Takahara and H. Otsuka, Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 2115
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00074J

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