Two significant advances are reported for solvent-based self-healing of epoxy materials. First, an autonomic system yielding complete recovery of fracture toughness after crack propagation was achieved by embedding microcapsules containing a mixture of epoxy monomer and solvent into an epoxy matrix. Healing with epoxy-solvent microcapsules is superior to capsules that contain solvent alone, and multiple healing events are reported for this system. Second, efficient healing is reported for new solvents, including aromatic esters, which are significantly less toxic than the previously employed solvent, chlorobenzene. Preliminary aging studies using either chlorobenzene or ethyl phenylacetate as the solvent demonstrate the stability of the epoxy-solvent system under ambient conditions for at least one month.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1898-1904
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 9 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Materials Science
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biomaterials


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