How to Design Both Mechanically Strong and Self-Healable Hydrogels?


Okay O.

SELF-HEALING AND SELF-RECOVERING HYDROGELS, cilt.285, ss.21-62, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Derleme
  • Cilt numarası: 285
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/12_2019_53
  • Dergi Adı: SELF-HEALING AND SELF-RECOVERING HYDROGELS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.21-62

Özet

Several strategies have been developed in the past decade for the fabrication of self-healing or self-recovery hydrogels. Because self-healing and mechanical strength are two antagonistic features, this chapter tries to answer the question "How to design both mechanically strong and self-healable hydrogels?". Here, I show that although autonomic self-healing could not be achieved in high-strength hydrogels, a significant reversible hard-to-soft or first-order transition in cross-link domains induced by an external trigger creates self-healing function in such hydrogels. I mainly focus on the physical hydrogels prepared via hydrogen-bonding and hydrophobic interactions. High-strength H-bonded hydrogels prepared via self-complementary dual or multiple H-binding interactions between hydrophilic polymer chains having hydrophobic moieties exhibit self-healing capability at elevated temperatures. Hydrophobic interactions between hydrophobically modified hydrophilic polymers lead to physical hydrogels containing hydrophobic associations and crystalline domains acting as weak and strong cross-links, respectively. Semicrystalline self-healing hydrogels exhibit the highest mechanical strength reported so far and a high self-healing efficiency induced by heating above the melting temperature of the alkyl crystals. Research in the field of self-healing hydrogels provided several important findings not only in the field of self-healing but also in other applications, such as injectable gels and smart inks for 3D or 4D printing.