Self-healing polymer nanocomposite materials: A review

Vijay Kumar Thakur, Michael R. Kessler*

*Corresponding author for this work

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During the last few years, different kinds of autonomic and non-autonomic self-healing materials have been prepared using diverse techniques for a number of applications. The incorporation of suitable functionalities into these materials facilitates a healing mechanism that is triggered by damage/rupture as well as various chemistries. This article presents a detailed study of the self-healing properties of different kinds of polymer nanocomposites utilizing a number of healing mechanisms, including the addition of several healing agents. The article will also provide an overview of different chemistries employed in the preparation of self-healing polymer nanocomposites, along with their advantages and disadvantages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-383
Number of pages15
Early online date10 May 2015
Publication statusPrint publication - 26 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Nanocomposites
  • Polymer
  • Self healing


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