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Smart biomimetic micro/nanostructures based on liquid crystal elastomers and networks

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Abstract

A plethora of living organisms are equipped with smart functionalities that 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 all the accomplishments, the emulation of biological adaptation and stimuli responsive actuation has 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 study, we review the recent progress in this field and portray the 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, 2017,13, 8006-8022
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    Smart biomimetic micro/nanostructures based on liquid crystal elastomers and networks

    H. Shahsavan, L. Yu, A. Jákli and B. Zhao, Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 8006
    DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01466J

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