Laser-Induced Remote Healing of Stretchable Diselenide-Containing Conductive Composites

Peng Zhao, Jiahao Xia, Jianbing Liu, Yizheng Tan, Shaobo Ji and Huaping Xu

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces2021, 13, 50422.

Remotely controlled on-demand functional healing is vital to components that are difficult to access and repair in distance such as satellites and unmanned cruising aircrafts. Compared with other stimuli, a blue laser is a better choice to input energy to the damaged area in distance because of its high energy density and low dissipation through the air. Herein, diselenide-containing polyurethane (PUSe) is first employed to fabricate visible light-responsive stretchable conductive composites with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Then, laser-induced remote healing was realized based on the characteristics of long-distance propagation of lasers and the dynamic properties of diselenide bonds. Moreover, the PUSe/MWCNT composite film can be used to transfer an electrical signal in the circuit containing a signal generator. This laser-induced remote healing of conductivity paves the way for developing healing conductors which are difficult to access and repair.