Reattachment of crosslinked poly(ethylene oxide) via chain interpenetration and reentanglement induced by a simple wetting process

Hoik Lee, Jungju Ryu, Jeong Rae Kim, Myungwoong Kim, Ick Soo Kim, Daewon Sohn

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Abstract

We demonstrate the reattachment of two chemically-crosslinked poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) matrix samples prepared with the γ-ray irradiation method by a simple wetting process with a good solvent. The fractured polymer samples can be attached through chain diffusion, interpenetration into a crosslinked network, and intermixing/reentanglement. Reattached samples exhibit similar macro/microstructure and mechanical properties to those of pristine samples. This effective recovery process without any additional reactive chemicals or external stimuli highlights the importance of extending the use of simple, but fundamental, dynamic behaviors of polymer chains to obtain the desired properties as well as offering a unique and useful route toward effective healable materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-227
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer
Volume129
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017 Oct 27

Keywords

  • Chain diffusion
  • Chain interpenetration
  • Crosslinking
  • Reattachment
  • Reentanglement
  • γ-ray irradiation

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