Polymer, Vol.54, No.26, 6929-6935, 2013
Supramolecular polymer gel with multi stimuli responsive, self-healing and erasable properties generated by host-guest interactions
A supramolecular polymer gel formed between triptycene-based bis(crown ether) and copolymer containing dibenzylammonium (DBA) moieties by host-guest interactions was described. We demonstrated the formation of the supramolecular polymer networks between the bis(crown ether) and the copolymer by the H-1 NMR spectroscopy and solution viscometry, and we also obtained a colorless and transparent supramolecular polymer gel at high concentration. Moreover, the supramolecular polymer gel showed multi-stimuli reversible responsiveness, such as thermo-, acid/base-, and chemo- induced gel-sol transitions. Furthermore, the result of rheological measurements showed the gel has an intrinsic self-healing property, and the thixotropic process could be repeated at least three times. Interestingly, when doped with spiropyran molecules, the supramolecular polymer gel could also be employed as erasable materials. Thus, these results could be highly anticipated to benefit for further construction of smart materials with high healing efficiency, and ultimately be used in practical application. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.