Mechanical and self-recovery properties of supramolecular ionic liquid elastomers based on host–guest interactions and correlation with ionic liquid content†
Supramolecular materials have received considerable attention due to their higher fracture energy and self-recovery capability compared to conventional chemically cross-linked materials. Herein, we focus on the mechanical properties and self-recovery behaviours of supramolecular polymeric elastomers swollen with ionic liquid. We also gained insight into the correlation between ionic liquid content and mechanical properties. These supramolecular polymers with ionic liquid can be easily prepared from bulk copolymerization of the host–guest complex (peracetylated cyclodextrin and adamantane derivatives) and alkyl acrylates and subsequent immersion in ionic liquid such as 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide. The supramolecular polymeric elastomers showed a self-recovery ability, which the conventional chemically cross-linked elastomers with ionic liquid cannot achieve.