Developments and Challenges in Self-Healing Antifouling Materials

Zhanhua Wang*, Luc Scheres, Hesheng Xia, Han Zuilhof*

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Self-healing antifouling materials have gained rapidly increasing interest over the past decade and have been studied and used in a rapidly increasing range of applications. Recent developments and challenges in self-healing antifouling materials are summarized in four sections: first, the different mechanisms for both antifouling and self-healing are briefly discussed. Second, three main categories of self-healing antifouling materials based on surface replenishing and dynamic covalent and noncovalent interactions are discussed, with a focus on the preparation, characterization, and central characteristics of different self-healing antifouling materials. Third, different types of potential applications of self-healing antifouling materials are summarized, such as injectable hydrogels and oil/water separations. Finally, a summary of future development of the field is provided, and a number of critical limitations that are still outstanding are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1908098
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2020


  • antifouling materials
  • oil/water separation
  • self-healing materials
  • self-replenishing surface
  • zwitterionic materials


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