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Polymers 2018, 10(1), 65;

Gold Nanospheres Dispersed Light Responsive Epoxy Vitrimers

The Key Laboratory of Bioorganic Phosphorus Chemistry & Chemical Biology (Ministry of Education), Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Received: 24 November 2017 / Revised: 9 January 2018 / Accepted: 9 January 2018 / Published: 11 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Stimuli Responsive Polymers)
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Vitrimers represent a new class of smart materials. They are covalently crosslinked like thermosets, yet they can be reprocessed like thermoplastics. The underlying mechanism is the rapid exchange reactions which form new bonds while breaking the old ones. So far, heating is the most widely used stimulus to activate the exchange reaction. Compared to heating, light not only is much more convenient to achieve remote and regional control, but can also offer fast healing. Gold nanospheres are excellent photothermal agents, but they are difficult to disperse into vitrimers as they easily aggregate. In this paper, we use polydopamine to prepare gold nanospheres. The resultant polydopamine-coated gold nanospheres (GNS) can be well dispersed into epoxy vitrimers, endowing epoxy vitrimers with light responsivity. The composites can be reshaped permanently and temporarily with light at different intensity. Efficient surface patterning and healing are also demonstrated. View Full-Text
Keywords: gold nanospheres; vitrimers; light responsive gold nanospheres; vitrimers; light responsive

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Wang, Z.; Li, Z.; Wei, Y.; Ji, Y. Gold Nanospheres Dispersed Light Responsive Epoxy Vitrimers. Polymers 2018, 10, 65.

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