Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 54, Issue 13, pp 9983–9994 | Cite as

Light- and pH-responsive self-healing hydrogel

  • Meng Yang
  • Linlin Wang
  • Yongbin Cheng
  • Ke Ma
  • Xinran Wei
  • Pengxiang JiaEmail author
  • Yongkuan Gong
  • Yang ZhangEmail author
  • Jingfa Yang
  • Jiang Zhao


A self-healing hydrogel was synthesized via the multi-component reaction of azobenzene-methacrylamide, β-CD and 3-methacrylamido phenylboronic acid. The orthogonal method was applied to analyze the influence of host–guest inclusion complexation, cross-linker and phenylboronic acid monomers content on mechanical properties and healing efficiency of the hydrogel. The results indicated that hydrogel showed autonomic self-healing behavior. The hydrogel demonstrated light-switchable self-healing ability and pH-sensitive swelling ratio. It was found that hydrogel showed high elongation, excellent resilience and low elastic hysteresis. The design of the combined host–guest interactions and boronate esters on the hydrogel showed advantage for improving the mechanical, self-healing and recovery properties simultaneously.



This work is partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant 21304075), Beijing Key Laboratory of Quality Evaluation Technology for Hygiene and Safety of Plastics (Beijing Technology and Business University) (Grant SS201707), Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Science, China Scholarship Council Fellowship (Grant 201706970002) and the “Top-rated Discipline” construction scheme of Shaanxi higher education.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Materials ScienceNorthwest UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Beijing Key Laboratory of Quality Evaluation Technology for Hygiene and Safety of PlasticsBeijing Technology and Business UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Science, Institute of ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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