Self-healing metallo-supramolecular amphiphilic polymer conetworks

Clément Mugemana, Patrick Grysan, Reiner Dieden, David Ruch, Nico Bruns, Philippe Dubois

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The current challenge in self-healing materials resides in the design of materials which exhibit improved mechanical properties and self-healing ability. The design of phase-separated nanostructures combining hard and soft phases represents an attractive approach to overcome this limitation. Amphiphilic polymer conetworks are nanostructured materials with robust mechanical properties, which can be tailored by tuning the polymer composition and chemical functionality. This article highlights the design of phase-separated nanostructured polymers from metallo-supramolecular amphiphilic polymer conetworks, and their application for self-healing surfaces. The synthesis of poly(N-(pyridin-4-yl)acrylamide)-l-polydimethylsiloxane polymer conetworks from the poly(pentafluorophenyl acrylate)-l-polydimethylsiloxane activated ester is presented. Loading of ZnCl2 salt into the phase-separated polymer conetwork strengthens the network by cross-linking the poly(N-(pyridin-4-yl)acrylamide) phases, while offering reversible interactions needed for self-healing ability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1900432
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Issue number4
Early online date13 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2020


  • activated esters
  • amphiphilic polymer conetworks (APCNs)
  • metallo-supramolecular polymers
  • self-healing
  • zinc(II) complexes


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