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A highly stretchable autonomous self-healing elastomer

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Chemistry, April 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#26 of 2,864)
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66 tweeters
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Title
A highly stretchable autonomous self-healing elastomer
Published in
Nature Chemistry, April 2016
DOI 10.1038/nchem.2492
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Authors

Cheng-Hui Li, Chao Wang, Christoph Keplinger, Jing-Lin Zuo, Lihua Jin, Yang Sun, Peng Zheng, Yi Cao, Franziska Lissel, Christian Linder, Xiao-Zeng You, Zhenan Bao

Abstract

It is a challenge to synthesize materials that possess the properties of biological muscles-strong, elastic and capable of self-healing. Herein we report a network of poly(dimethylsiloxane) polymer chains crosslinked by coordination complexes that combines high stretchability, high dielectric strength, autonomous self-healing and mechanical actuation. The healing process can take place at a temperature as low as -20 °C and is not significantly affected by surface ageing and moisture. The crosslinking complexes used consist of 2,6-pyridinedicarboxamide ligands that coordinate to Fe(III) centres through three different interactions: a strong pyridyl-iron one, and two weaker carboxamido-iron ones through both the nitrogen and oxygen atoms of the carboxamide groups. As a result, the iron-ligand bonds can readily break and re-form while the iron centres still remain attached to the ligands through the stronger interaction with the pyridyl ring, which enables reversible unfolding and refolding of the chains. We hypothesize that this behaviour supports the high stretchability and self-healing capability of the material.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 9 1%
Germany 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Israel 1 <1%
Unknown 759 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 229 30%
Student > Master 99 13%
Researcher 96 12%
Student > Bachelor 68 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 41 5%
Other 94 12%
Unknown 147 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Chemistry 212 27%
Materials Science 148 19%
Engineering 128 17%
Chemical Engineering 44 6%
Physics and Astronomy 12 2%
Other 42 5%
Unknown 188 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 294. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 April 2022.
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#85,474
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Outputs from Nature Chemistry
#26
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Outputs of similar age
#1,937
of 279,211 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature Chemistry
#3
of 61 outputs
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