Dynamic Materials: The Chemistry of Self-Healing
Chemistry and Biochemistry
A reversible covalent reaction in which two oxygen-insensitive radicals combine to form a carbon–carbon bond provides the mechanism by which a polymer gel can self-heal at room temperature without the need for any external stimulus.
Urban, M. W.
(2012). Dynamic Materials: The Chemistry of Self-Healing. Nature Chemistry, 4, 80-82.
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