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Smart Biomimetic Micro/Nanostructures Based on Liquid Crystal Elastomers and Networks

Abstract

A plethora of living organisms are equipped with smart functionalities which are usually rooted in their surface micro/nanostructures or underlying muscle tissues. Inspired by nature, extensive research efforts have been devoted to the development of novel biomimetic functional micro/nanostructured systems. Despite of all accomplishments, the emulation of biological adaptiveness and stimuli responsive actuation have been a longstanding challenge. The use of liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) and networks (LCNs) for the fabrication of smart biomimetic micro/nanostructures has recently drawn extensive scientific attention and has become a growing field of research with promising prospects for emerging technologies. In this paper, we review the recent progress in this field and portray current challenges, as well as the outlook of this field of research.

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The article was received on 23 Jul 2017, accepted on 12 Oct 2017 and first published on 13 Oct 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01466J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Smart Biomimetic Micro/Nanostructures Based on Liquid Crystal Elastomers and Networks

    H. Shahsavan, L. Yu, A. Jakli and B. Zhao, Soft Matter, 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01466J

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