Self-Healing Molecular Crystals

Patrick Commins, Hideyuki Hara, Panče Naumov

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One of the most inevitable limitations of any material that is exposed to mechanical impact is that they are inexorably prone to mechanical damage, such as cracking, denting, gouging, or wearing. To confront this challenge, the field of polymers has developed materials that are capable of autonomous self-healing and recover their macroscopic integrity similar to biological organisms. However, the study of this phenomenon has mostly remained within the soft materials community and has not been explored by solid-state organic chemists. The first evidence of self-healing in a molecular crystal is now presented using crystals of dipyrazolethiuram disulfide. The crystals were mildly compressed and the degree of healing was found to be 6.7 %. These findings show that the self-healing properties can be extended beyond mesophasic materials and applied towards the realm of ordered solid-state compounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13028-13032
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 10 2016


  • computed tomography
  • crystal engineering
  • disulfides
  • self-healing
  • smart materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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