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CHAPTER 2

Encapsulation-Based Self-Healing Polymers and Composites

One of the most established areas in the field of healable polymeric materials is encapsulation-based healing agents. This chapter provides a comprehensive review of the range of chemical approaches to generating encapsulated healing agents; these systems are embedded into a host matrix, often in combination with catalysts or additional reagents. When the host matrix is subjected to damage, the embedded capsules are fractured, leading to release of the healing agents via capillary action; when in contact with the other reagents, this leads to polymerization in the damaged zones, thus regaining the physical integrity of the host matrix. This chapter describes the synthesis, characterization and applications of encapsulation-based healing agents.

Publication details

Print publication date
22 Mar 2013
Copyright year
2013
Print ISBN
978-1-84973-626-8
PDF eISBN
978-1-84973-747-0

From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series