Citation: Wang, H.; Liu, H. C.; Zhang, Y.; Xu, H.; Jin, B. Q.; Cao, Z. X.; Wu, H. T.; Huang, G. S.; Wu, J. R. A triple crosslinking design toward epoxy vitrimers and carbon fiber composites of high performance and multi-shape memory. Chinese J. Polym. Sci. doi: 10.1007/s10118-021-2538-7 shu

A Triple Crosslinking Design toward Epoxy Vitrimers and Carbon Fiber Composites of High Performance and Multi-shape Memory

  • Corresponding author: Jin-Rong Wu, E-mail:
  • Received Date: 2020-10-09
    Available Online: 2021-01-05


  • It remains a challenge to use a simple approach to fabricate a multi-shape memory material with high mechanical performances. Here, we report a triple crosslinking design to construct a multi-shape memory epoxy vitrimer (MSMEV), which exhibits high mechanical properties, multi-shape memory property and malleability. The triple crosslinking network is formed by reacting diglycidyl ether of bisphenol F (DGEBF) with 4-aminophenyl disulfide, γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) and poly(propylene glycol) bis(2-aminopropyl ether) (D2000). The triple crosslinking manifests triple functions: the disulfide bonds and the silyl ether linkages enable malleability of the epoxy network; the silyl ether linkages impart the network with high heterogeneity and broaden the glass transition region, leading to multi-shape memory property; a small amount of D2000 increases the modulus difference between the glassy and rubbery states, thereby improving the shape fixity ratio. Meanwhile, the high crosslinking density and rigid structure provide the MSMEV with high tensile strength and Young’s modulus. Moreover, integrating carbon fibers and MSMEV results in shape memory composites. The superior mechanical properties of the composites and the recyclability of carbon fiber derived from the dissolvability of MSMEV make the composites hold great promise as structural materials in varied applications.
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