3 April 2013 Meso-decorated self-healing gels: network structure and properties
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Gels are a new material having three-dimensional network structures of macromolecules. They possess excellent properties as swellability, high permeability and biocompatibility, and have been applied in various fields of daily life, food, medicine, architecture, and chemistry. In this study, we tried to prepare new multi-functional and high-strength gels by using Meso-Decoration (Meso-Deco), one new method of structure design at intermediate mesoscale. High-performance rigid-rod aromatic polymorphic crystals, and the functional groups of thermoreversible Diels-Alder reaction were introduced into soft gels as crosslinkable pendent chains. The functionalization and strengthening of gels can be realized by meso-decorating the gels’ structure using high-performance polymorphic crystals and thermoreversible pendent chains. New gels with good mechanical properties, novel optical properties and thermal properties are expected to be developed.
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Jin Gong, Kensuke Sawamura, Susumu Igarashi, Hidemitsu Furukawa, "Meso-decorated self-healing gels: network structure and properties", Proc. SPIE 8689, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2013, 86890H (3 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2009340; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2009340
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