Self-healable fiber-reinforced vitrimer composites: overview and future prospects

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  • Harsh Sharma
  • Sravendra Rana
  • Poonam Singh
  • Mikihiro Hayashi
  • Wolfgang H. Binder
  • Elisabeth Rossegger
  • Ajay Kumar

External Organisational units

  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)
  • Nagoya Institute of Technology
  • Martin-Luther University Halle
  • Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH


To achieve sustainable development goals, approaches towards the preparation of recyclable and healable polymeric materials is highly attractive. Self-healing polymers and thermosets based on bond-exchangeable dynamic covalent bonds, so called “vitrimers” could be a great effort in this direction. In order to match the industrial importance, enhancement of mechanical strength without sacrificing the bond exchange capability is a challenging issue, however, such concerns can be overcome through the developments of fiber-reinforced vitrimer composites. This article covers the outstanding features of fiber-reinforced vitrimer composites, including their reprocessing, recycling and self-healing properties, together with practical applications and future perspectives of this unique class of materials.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32569-32582
Number of pages14
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2022