Self-Healing Polymers and Polymer Composites

Self-Healing Polymers and Polymer Composites

Author(s): Ming Qiu Zhang, Min Zhi Rong

Published Online: 16 JUN 2011 11:07AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470497128

Online ISBN: 9781118082720

DOI: 10.1002/9781118082720

About this Book

A state-of-art guide on the interdisciplinary aspects of design, chemistry, and physical properties of bio-inspired self-healing polymers

Inspired by the natural self-healing properties that exist in living organisms-for example, the regenerative ability of humans to heal from cuts and broken bones-interest in self-healing materials is gaining more and more attention. Addressing the broad advances being made in this emerging science, Self-Healing Polymers and Polymer Composites incorporates fundamentals, theory, design, fabrication, characterization, and application of self-healing polymers and polymer composites to describe how to prepare self-healing polymeric materials, how to increase the speed of crack repair below room temperature, and how to broaden the spectrum of healing agent species.

Some of the information readers will discover in this book include:

  • Focus on engineering aspects and theoretical backgrounds of smart materials

  • The systematic route for developing techniques and materials to advance the research and applications of self-healing polymers

  • Integration of existing techniques and introduction of novel synthetic approaches and target-oriented materials design and fabrication

  • Techniques for characterizing the healing process of polymers and applications of self-healing polymers and polymer composites

  • Practical aspects of self-healing technology in various industrial fields, such as electronics, automotive, construction, chemical production, and engineering

With this book, readers will have a comprehensive understanding of this emerging field, while new researchers will understand the framework necessary for innovating new self-healing solutions.

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