Spatiotemporally Controlled Plasticity and Elasticity in 3D Multi-Shape Memory Structures Enabled by Elemental Sulfur-Derived Polysulfide Networks with Intrinsic NIR Responsiveness

Ji Mok Lee, Yong Seok Choi, Guk Yun Noh, Woohwa Lee, Youngjae Yoo, Dong Gyun Kim, Ho Gyu Yoon, Yong Seok Kim

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Abstract

Thermadapt shape memory polymers (SMPs), utilizing a variety of dynamic covalent bond exchange mechanisms, have been extensively studied in recent years but it is still challenging to address several constraints in terms of limited accuracy and complexity for constructing 3D shape memory structures. Here, an effective and facile preparation of thermadapt SMPs based on elemental sulfur-derived poly(phenylene polysulfide) networks (PSNs) is presented. These SMPs possess intrinsic near-infrared (NIR)-induced photothermal conversion properties for spatiotemporal control of their plasticity and elasticity. The NIR-controllable plasticity and elasticity of the PSNs enable versatile shape manipulation of 3D multi-shape memory structures, including building block assembly, reconfiguration, shape fixing/recovery, and repair.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000013
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Volume41
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 1

Keywords

  • near-infrared
  • photothermal conversion
  • polysulfide networks
  • reconfiguration
  • shape memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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