(213b) Room Temperature Healing of a Thermosetting Polymer Using the Diels-Alder Reaction
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 8:50am to 9:10am
Self-healing materials are particularly desirable for load-bearing applications because they offer the potential for increased safety and material lifetimes. A furan-functionalized polymer network was designed that can heal via covalent bonding across the crack surface with the use of a healing agent consisting of a bismaleimide in solution. Average healing efﬁciencies of approximately 70% were observed. It has been previously shown that solvent amount and maleimide concentration play key roles in determining healing efficiency. A comprehensive evaluation of variables effecting healing efficiency has been performed, focusing on the roles of swelling, surface conditions, healing agent structure, and relative concentrations of functional groups. This information will allow us to optimize healing efficiency of the system as well as to understand the relationship between diffusion and reaction that controls bond formation and physical interlocking across polymer sufaces.