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Self Healing Polymers and Vitrimers

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Biological organisms have built-in repair mechanisms to heal themselves, but polymers are catching up. Over the last couple of decades, there have been remarkable advances in the controllable synthesis of self-healing polymers and the development of ‘living-like’ programmable polymeric materials.

Join Marek Urban of the Clemson University and Christopher Bowman of the University of Colorado Boulder, during this free interactive 1.5 hour webinar, as they discuss the promising approach of autonomous self-healing polymers and covalent adaptable networks, which may provide revolutionary applications in energy, transportation, medicine, recycling, and homeland security. This ACS Webinar is moderated by Brent Sumerlin of the University of Florida and co-produced by the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry.

What You Will Learn

  • The current state-of-the-art and future of self-healing polymers
  • Physical and chemical processes involved in self-healing of polymers and how to design polymers with these properties
  • How dynamic covalent chemistry (DCC) can be used to induce healing, actuation, phase changes and other desirable attributes
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Christopher Bowman
University of Colorado Boulder

Marek Urban
Clemson University

Brent Sumerlin
University of Florida