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Keywords:

  • catalysts;
  • mechanochemistry;
  • polymers;
  • self-healing materials;
  • sensors
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Pressed for results: Mechanical forces can be used to generate reactive small molecules, such as mineral acids and hydrogen peroxide, from appropriately designed polymeric materials. These novel mechanically responsive scaffolds set the foundation for using mechanochemistry to access new classes of self-healing materials and to drive small-scale synthetic reactions.