Correlation between scratch healing and rheological behavior for terpyridine complex based metallopolymers†
Certain metallopolymers possess the ability to close scratches by a simple thermal treatment. The present study comprehensively explores the structure–property relationship of these materials by variation of the corresponding metal salts. The scratch-healing properties are studied in detail and correlated to the rheological behavior. Rheological measurements are utilized to determine the supramolecular bond life time (τb). A crossover of G′ and G′′ is found for the scratch healing metallopolymers, whereas this is absent in materials displaying no healing under the investigated conditions. Thus, this study provides a first step for the fundamental understanding of the dynamic behavior of metallopolymers and the impact on the self-healing properties. Furthermore, the effect of the chosen cation and anion on the self-healing behavior is illustrated and studied in detail.