Self-Healing Molecular Crystals

Patrick Commins, Hideyuki Hara, Pance Naumov

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    Abstract

    One of the most inevitable limitations of any material that is exposed to mechanical impact is that they are inexorably prone to mechanical damage, such as cracking, denting, gouging, or wearing. To confront this challenge, the field of polymers has developed materials that are capable of autonomous self-healing and recover their macroscopic integrity similar to biological organisms. However, the study of this phenomenon has mostly remained within the soft materials community and has not been explored by solid-state organic chemists. The first evidence of self-healing in a molecular crystal is now presented using crystals of dipyrazolethiuram disulfide. The crystals were mildly compressed and the degree of healing was found to be 6.7 %. These findings show that the self-healing properties can be extended beyond mesophasic materials and applied towards the realm of ordered solid-state compounds.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)13028-13032
    Number of pages5
    JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
    Volume55
    Issue number42
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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    Crystals
    Disulfides
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    Keywords

    • computed tomography
    • crystal engineering
    • disulfides
    • self-healing
    • smart materials

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Catalysis
    • Chemistry(all)

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    Self-Healing Molecular Crystals. / Commins, Patrick; Hara, Hideyuki; Naumov, Pance.

    In: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol. 55, No. 42, 01.01.2016, p. 13028-13032.

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    Commins, P, Hara, H & Naumov, P 2016, 'Self-Healing Molecular Crystals', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 55, no. 42, pp. 13028-13032. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201606003
    Commins, Patrick ; Hara, Hideyuki ; Naumov, Pance. / Self-Healing Molecular Crystals. In: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 2016 ; Vol. 55, No. 42. pp. 13028-13032.
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