Volume 95 Issue 1 | pp. 8-9 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 2, 2017

Ionic conducting stretchy, transparent polymer heals mechanical damage autonomously

Self-healing feature stems from forces between ionic liquid and polar polymer chains, which drive cross-coupling
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: materials, self-healing, polymer, ionic conductor, artificial muscle

By designing a polar polymer and treating it with an ionic liquid, researchers have prepared a transparent, highly stretchable ionic conductor with the ability to autonomously heal mechanical damage (Adv. Mater. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201605099). The material may lead to applications in electrically activated transparent actuators and artificial muscles and skin that can sense touch. Numerous research teams have demonstrated self-healing, stretchy materials and stretchable, transparent conductors. But combining all of those properties in a single . . .

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