Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 26, 2005
Previous Article Next Article

Liquid crystal elastomers, networks and gels: advanced smart materials

Author affiliations

Abstract

The principal concepts, preparation methods, important features of liquid crystal elastomers, anisotropic networks and gels, as well as recent exciting progress in this field are reviewed. Discussions are focused on their potential applications as smart materials for converting electrical or optical energy into mechanical energy and vice versa – such applications include artificial muscles, light scattering electro-optical switches and display materials, electro- or photo-controllable micro- or nano-machinery, electrically switchable color-tunable reflectors (mirrors) and full-color reflective display, fine-tunable and low-threshold mirror-less lasing, etc. In addition, some innovative anisotropic networks consisting of ferroelectric liquid crystals, discotic mesogens and mesomorphic ladder-like polysiloxanes are also highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Liquid crystal elastomers, networks and gels: advanced smart materials

Back to tab navigation
Please wait while Download options loads

Publication details

The article was received on 08 Sep 2004, accepted on 18 Jan 2005 and first published on 24 Feb 2005


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B413835J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2005,15, 2529-2550
  •   Request permissions

    Liquid crystal elastomers, networks and gels: advanced smart materials

    P. Xie and R. Zhang, J. Mater. Chem., 2005, 15, 2529
    DOI: 10.1039/B413835J

Search articles by author