Self-healing Materials

Our activities on self-healing Materials are directed at improving the functional characteristics of rubbers. Because of continuous mechanical stress, rubber materials are exposed to permanent wear. Insofar, it is obvious to improve their life time by utilizing principles of self-healing. Our concept comprises utilization of non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding and ionic interactions, which lead to cure of nano and micro cracks in case of damage. Here, it is important to achieve the correct balance between covalent and non-covalent interactions in the rubber material. The investigations are carried out in close cooperation with the department Elastomers in our institute.

      • Concepts for self-healing


  • Investigations on self-healing

      Cut-Healing Behavior

    Dr. Frank Böhme  Tel.: +49 351 4658 298

    M.Sc. Marcus Suckow, M.Sc. Sebastian Stein, M.Sc. Manta Roy, Dr. Amit Das (Department: Elastomers)

    Prof. Dr. Kay Saalwaechter, Institute of Physics - NMR Group, Faculty of Natural Sciences II, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
    Dr. Wim Pyckhout-Hintzen, Institute of Complex Systems (ICS), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

    Actual Project:
    “Self-healing elastomers based on bromobutyl rubber with reversible interacting groups”, Follow-up application for SPP1568 "Design and Generic Principles of Self-healing Materials"

    Recent Publications:
    Banerjee, S., Voit, B., Heinrich, G., Böhme, F. Tetrahedron Lett. 53 (2012) 2236

    Recent Graduation Thesis:
    A. Sallat: „Herstellung und Untersuchung von Mischungen aus Bromobutylkautschuk und polyionischen Flüssigkeiten – Möglichkeit zur Entwicklung neuer Elastomere mit selbstheilenden Eigenschaften?“, Master Thesis, Technische Universität Dresden (2014)

    M. Suckow: „Neue ionische Polymere über polymeranaloge Umsetzung von MSA-Copolymeren und nachfolgender Alkylierung“, Master Thesis, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus – Senftenberg (2012)