Synthesis and characterization of epoxy encapsulating silica microcapsules and amine functionalized silica nanoparticles for development of an innovative self-healing concrete
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Silica microcapsules encapsulating an epoxy compound (CAP) and silica nanoparticles functionalized by an amine group (NS) are synthesized to be used as self-healing system for smart cementitious composites. The innovative character of this system comes from the use of silica shell microcapsules to improve the durability and compatibility with the cement and from the use of functionalized nanosilica to obtain an amine functionalized cementitious matrix. Characterization of the particles indicates that they are amorphous and possess a proper morphology and size to be considered as additions to cement. The stability of the epoxy compound inside the microcapsules and the presence of amine groups bonded to silica nanoparticles are also confirmed. Moreover, NS shows a pozzolanic activity superior to that of the silica fume used as reference, while CAP is to a high degree stable upon reaction with lime. The results confirm that the synthesized particles are a suitable starting point to address ...