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Synthesis and analysis of a healable, poly(propylene glycol)-based supramolecular network

Baker, B. C., German, I. M., Stevens, G. C., Colquhoun, H. M. and Hayes, W. (2019) Synthesis and analysis of a healable, poly(propylene glycol)-based supramolecular network. Progress in Organic Coatings, 127. pp. 260-265. ISSN 0300-9440

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2018.11.029


An investigation into healable supramolecular networks based upon branched poly(propylene) (PPG) oligomers that feature nitroarylurea chain ends is reported. A one-pot reaction utilising bis(toluene-1,4-diisocyanate)-terminated poly(propyleneglycol) (Mn ~ 2300), a nitroarylurea recognition motif, and tris(2-aminoethyl)amine was used to synthesise several branched PPG-based oligomers. The degree of oligomerization/branching was systematically varied by changing the stoichiometry of the starting materials in this one-pot reaction. The branched oligomers thus generated self-assemble into supramolecular networks, aided by association of the nitroarylurea end groups, and from this study a material that is capable of healing at ambient temperatures was realised. The healable supramolecular material formed from these studies exhibited effective autonomous healing (80% with respect to ultimate stress) up to 6 weeks after defect formation. Furthermore, elastic recovery was observed (80% with respect to yield stress) over a period of 24 hours after the samples were elongated beyond the region of uniform strain (50%).

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:80965

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