Self-healing of polymers


Self-healable polymers are able to regain their physical and mechanical properties after crack formation or other mechanical damages. One of the salient features of self-healable polymers is the initiation of the desired healing process in response to a stimulus or an external trigger.

The webinar will give an overview of selected healing mechanisms for polymeric materials including autonomic (e.g. capsules and vascular systems) and intrinsic (e.g. polymer networks with dynamic bonds) approaches.

Examples for the design and synthesis of thermally and photochemically mendable polymers will be given.


Sandra Schlögl received her PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Graz University of Technology in 2008. Currently, she heads the division “Chemistry of Functional Polymers” at the Polymer Competence Center Leoben and she is a lecturer at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben teaching courses at an MSc level in polymer photochemistry and in stimuli-responsive polymer materials.

Her research centers on elastomer chemistry, stimuli-responsive polymers, dynamic networks and photochemistry in polymers.

Sandra Schlögl stayed as visiting scientist at Politecnico di Torino in 2016 and finished her habilitation (post-doctoral lecturing qualification) in Macromolecular Chemistry in 2017. She has already published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals (Scopus H-index of 13) and has received several national and international awards for her research.