Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 27–46 | Cite as

Review of recent achievements in self-healing conductive materials and their applications

  • Qiang Zhang
  • Libin LiuEmail author
  • Chenguang Pan
  • Dong Li


Self-healing materials have attracted increasing attention because of their wide range of applications. It can be expected to offer obvious advantages in conductive materials with self-healing properties, which are regarded as promising candidates for the fabrication of self-healing electronics, energy storage devices, sensors, anticorrosive coating and conductive adhesives. In this review, we focused on recent efforts to develop self-healing conductive composites including their preparation methods, properties and applications. The self-healing conductive materials were presented based on different conductive mediums, such as metal, carbon, conductive polymer, ionic liquids. In addition, their novel applications of the self-healing conductive materials in conductive coatings, energy storage devices and sensors are highlighted. Finally, the future challenges of conductive materials with self-healing properties are proposed.



We acknowledge the support by Program for Scientific Research Innovation Team in Colleges and Universities of Shandong Province, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21204044) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province for Excellent Young Scholars (ZR2015JL009).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals in Universities of ShandongQilu University of TechnologyJinanChina

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