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Issue 17, 2010
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Thermo-moisture responsive polyurethane shape-memorypolymer and composites: a review

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Abstract

The polyurethane shape-memory polymer (SMP) developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Japan is not only thermo-responsive, but also moisture-responsive as recently found. The moisture-responsive ability atop the well-known thermo-responsive feature could open a new dimension for applications of this fantastic material. This paper presents a concise review of the thermo- and moisture-responsive properties and thermomechanical behaviors of this SMP and its composites, and potential applications utilizing these features, in particular in biomedical engineering.

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Submitted
03 Nov 2009
Accepted
27 Jan 2010
First published
01 Mar 2010

J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 3367-3381
Article type
Feature Article

Thermo-moisture responsive polyurethane shape-memory polymer and composites: a review

W. M. Huang, B. Yang, Y. Zhao and Z. Ding, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 3367
DOI: 10.1039/B922943D

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