Regenerative Polymeric Coatings Enabled by Pressure Responsive Surface Valves

Ryan C.R. Gergely, Nancy R. Sottos, Scott R. White

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Protective coatings safeguard the underlying substrate material from environmental attack and are critical for operating in harsh conditions. Self-healing materials have been developed for the autonomous repair of damage in coatings. This work demonstrates a regenerative coating system that is a simplified synthetic analog of skin. A protective UV curable coating reforms with properties identical to the native coating after complete removal. An integrated surface valve prevents premature curing of healing agent contained within a vascular substrate prior to damage-triggered release, facilitating recovery from repeat damage. The protective coating reforms when exposed to simulated sunlight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1700308
JournalAdvanced Engineering Materials
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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