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Reversible solvent-sensitive actuator with continuous bending/debending process from liquid crystal elastomer-colloidal material

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Abstract

A reversible solvent-sensitive actuator with a continuous bending/debending process is fabricated by over-infiltration of liquid crystal monomers into a colloidal template and subsequent photopolymerization. The fabricated actuator exhibits a maximum bending angle of 1080° in 1.58 s in dichloromethane, accompanied with successive debending in 0.32 s. The behavior of the actuator can be modulated by changing the solvent type, film thickness/length and molar ratio of A6OCB/C6M. This study will provide an important experimental and theoretical basis for the development of novel actuators.

Graphical abstract: Reversible solvent-sensitive actuator with continuous bending/debending process from liquid crystal elastomer-colloidal material

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The article was received on 06 May 2018, accepted on 12 Jun 2018 and first published on 15 Jun 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00927A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2018,14, 5547-5553
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    Reversible solvent-sensitive actuator with continuous bending/debending process from liquid crystal elastomer-colloidal material

    Y. Shang, J. Liu, M. Zhang, W. He, X. Cao, J. Wang, T. Ikeda and L. Jiang, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 5547
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00927A

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