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Synthesis of UV-Responsive Self-Healing Microcapsules and Their Potential Application in Aerospace Coatings.

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Summary of "Synthesis of UV-Responsive Self-Healing Microcapsules and Their Potential Application in Aerospace Coatings."

Advanced polymer composite coatings in spacecraft are threatened by harsh space environment factors, such as strong UV radiation, atomic oxygen, thermal cycles, space debris, etc. Their service life can be drastically shortened by the unavoidable formation of cracks caused by these factors (especially strong and abundant UV radiation) during long-term flight. Herein, a UV-responsive microcapsule-based coating is developed for in-orbit damage repairing. UV-responsive microcapsules, of which the inner polymeric shell can be degraded rapidly by the outer pure TiO shell under UV radiation, are produced by UV-initiated polymerization of Pickering emulsions and subsequently embedded into silicon resin matrices. When damaged, some microcapsules will be ruptured under the stimulus of external force, afterwards the unbroken ones around the scratched areas will be degraded by UV radiation, as a result, encapsulated healing agents can be released and finally repair cracks. In this system, UV-responsive microcapsules can release more agents more effectively due to the dual release mode, compared with traditional crack-repairing system. Moreover, the damage of UV radiation in space can be transferred into the favorable ones, which makes it have a potential application in aerospace coatings.

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Name: ACS applied materials & interfaces
ISSN: 1944-8252
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