Dynamic, Reversible, and Self-healing Materials (#64)

New materials are continuously emerging that have the ability to reversibly adapt to their environment and possess a wide range of responses ranging from self-healing to sensing. A recent trend in the design of such adaptive materials uses reversible chemistry (non-covalent and/or covalent) to impart a responsiveness to the material that originates at the most fundamental (molecular) level. Materials that exploit this approach, structurally-dynamic polymers, can produce responses from a change in the materialís molecular architecture (i.e. the rearrangement or reorganization of the polymer components). This design approach requires careful selection of the dynamic bond used in the construction of the polymer to control the environmental responsiveness of the material. The field of dynamic polymers is rapidly growing as their material properties are able to continually adapt, usually with the addition of a stimulus, via postpolymerization component reshuffling opening the door to a wide range of new properties. In recognition of the growth of the interdisciplinary field of these dynamic materials, this symposium will focus on the preparation and properties of materials that exploit covalent and/or non-covalent bonds to achieve stimuli-responsive properties and draw attention to both their fundamental properties as well as their potential applications.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015