This manuscript introduces a new generation of bioinspired materials that are able to repeatedly and autonomically heal crack damage through the incorporation of embedded microvascular networks. Delivery of healing agents to a damaged region via this microvascular network overcomes a significant limitation of previously reported, microencapsulated-based self-healing materials [White et al, 409, Nature, 794-797, 2001] i.e., the finite supply of healing agent contained within the capsules. The microvascular delivery mechanism provides a renewable source for the healing agents, which therefore enables repeated healing of fracture events and significantly extends the life of these materials. More...
Kathleen S. Toohey, Scott R. White, Jennifer A. Lewis, Jeffrey S. Moore and Nancy R. Sottos, ''Self-Healing Materials with Microvascular Networks'', Nature Materials.
Published on line June 10, 2007, DOI: 10.1038/nmat1934.
Lead Author, Kathleen S. Toohey received her PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May, 2007. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Microvascular Autonomic Composites Group at the Beckman Institute.