Self-healing polymeric coatings

A. C.C. Esteves, S. J. García

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Coatings have become one of the most ubiquitous end applications for polymeric materials. Introducing self-repairing mechanisms into coatings is one way to ensure a high level of performance and an extended service life-time, with reduced energy and cost efforts with maintenance and repair. This chapter presents a revision of the self-healing approaches and mechanisms that have the potential to find applications in the broad and challenging smart coatings field. It discusses some of the systems/mechanisms, in light of main molecular interactions that can be used to introduce intrinsic healing mechanisms on polymeric coatings: (i) molecular chains inter-diffusion and segregation, (ii) reversible bonds, and (iii) noncovalent bonds. Many of the current functional polymeric coatings rely on their surface chemical groups for a special performance or functionalities, such as extreme water repellence, self-cleaning behavior (via superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic mechanisms), or anti-(bio)adhesion (i.e., low adherence of proteins and other biofoulants).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFunctional Polymer Coatings
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples, Methods, and Applications
EditorsL. Wu, J. Baghdachi
Place of PublicationHoboken
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781118883051
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-51070-4
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2015

Publication series

NameThe Wiley Series on Polymer Engineering and Technology


  • Functional polymeric coatings
  • Intrinsic healing mechanisms
  • Molecular chains inter-diffusion
  • Noncovalent bonds
  • Self-healing polymeric coating


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