Reversibly cross-linked polymer gels as healing agents for epoxy-amine thermosets

Amy M. Peterson, Robert E. Jensen, Giuseppe R. Palmese

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The Diels-Alder reaction was used to develop a reversibly cross-linking gel as a healing agent for traditional epoxy-amine thermosets. Direct application of the reversibly cross-linking network to a crack surface in an epoxy-amine thermoset resulted in the recovery of 37% of the initial epoxy-amine networks strength. Composites in which the reversibly cross-linking gel was incorporated as a secondary particulate phase recovered 21% of the initial composite strength after the first healing cycle, with healing possible up to five times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)992-995
Number of pages4
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 27 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)


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