The University of Manchester have developed a new class of bio-based self-healing epoxy systems

Developed at The University of Manchester, this healable biocatalytic system can facilitate the thermal triggered reversible ‘crosslinking and de-crosslinking’ of commercially available polymeric resins, offering industrially compelling unique features.



Compared to current systems, this state-of-the-art technology offers the following unique features:

• Bio-based, non-toxic, and inexpensive agents.
• Applicable to unmodified commercial resins (e.g. standard epoxides).
• Can fit into standard manufacturing processes.
• Tuneable healing temperatures and tailorable formulations.
• Lower healing temperature (≤100 °C) than classic vitrimers (≥150 °C).

This unique self-healing system has a myriad of applications, such as paints and coatings, adhesives, and composites.

For more information, please contact:

Shanshan Huo
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