Self-sealing and puncture resistant breathable membranes for water-evaporation applications

Martin Rother, Jonas Barmettler, Andreas Reichmuth, Jose V. Araujo, Christian Rytka, Olfa Glaied, Uwe Pieles, Nico Bruns

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Breathable and waterproof membranes that self-seal damaged areas are prepared by modifying a poly(ether ester) membrane with an amphiphilic polymer co-network. The latter swells in water and the gel closes punctures. Damaged composite membranes remain water tight up to pressures of at least 1.6 bar. This material is useful for applications where water-vapor permeability, self-sealing properties, and waterproofness are desired, as demonstrated for a medical cooling device.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6620-6624
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number42
Early online date29 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • amphiphilic polymer co-networks
  • bio-inspired materials
  • breathable and waterproof membranes
  • medical skin cooling garment
  • self-healing materials

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