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Issue 11, 2013
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A self-healing supramolecular polymer gel with stimuli-responsiveness constructed by crown ether based molecular recognition

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Abstract

A cross-linked supramolecular polymer network gel was prepared by orthogonal self-assembly of two homoditopic monomers and a metallic cross-linker. The gel is transparent and free-standing, which not only shows an interesting gel–sol transition in response to quadruple-stimuli, but also exhibits self-healing properties, as can be seen by the naked eye and as evidenced by rheological characterization. These unique features are all due to the dynamically reversible host–guest complexation and good mechanical properties of the cross-linked polymer network. Therefore, these fascinating properties make this supramolecular gel an unprecedentedly intelligent material.

Graphical abstract: A self-healing supramolecular polymer gel with stimuli-responsiveness constructed by crown ether based molecular recognition

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The article was received on 28 Feb 2013, accepted on 11 Mar 2013 and first published on 12 Mar 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00283G
Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 3312-3322

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    A self-healing supramolecular polymer gel with stimuli-responsiveness constructed by crown ether based molecular recognition

    X. Yan, D. Xu, J. Chen, M. Zhang, B. Hu, Y. Yu and F. Huang, Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 3312
    DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00283G

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