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Title: A transparent, highly stretchable, autonomous self-healing poly(dimethyl siloxane) elastomer
Authors: Zhang, BL
Zhang, P
Zhang, HZ
Yan, C 
Zheng, ZJ 
Wu, B
Yu, Y
Keywords: Electronic sensors
Flexible and stretchable electronics
Functional poly(dimethyl siloxane) elastomers
Self-healing materials
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
Source: Macromolecular rapid communications, 2017, v. 38, no. 15, 1700110 How to cite?
Journal: Macromolecular rapid communications 
Abstract: An innovative self-healing polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer, namely, PDMS-TFB, is reported by incorporating the reversibly dynamic imine bond as the self-healing points into the PDMS networks. The PDMS-TFB elastomer features good optical transmittance (80%) in full visible light region, high stretchability (approximate to 700%), and excellent autonomous self-healing ability at room temperature. Surprisingly, the self-healing behavior can take place in water and even at a temperature as low as -20 degrees C in air, showing a promising outlook for broader applications. As a proof-of-concept, this study demonstrates the use of the PDMS-TFB elastomer for preparing anticorrosion coating and adhesive layer, and also the use of such an elastomer to be the platform for fabricating the flexible interconnector and chemical sensor. Remarkably, no significant difference is observed between the pristine and healed samples. Taking full advantage of these unique properties, it is anticipated that such a PDMS-TFB elastomer shows wide applications in the fields of materials science, electronics, biology, optics, etc.
ISSN: 1022-1336
EISSN: 1521-3927
DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700110
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