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Issue 25, 2015
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Tailorable and programmable liquid-crystalline elastomers using a two-stage thiol–acrylate reaction

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Abstract

This study introduces an unexplored method to synthesize and program liquid-crystalline elastomers (LCEs) based on a two-stage thiol–acrylate Michael addition and photopolymerization (TAMAP) reaction. This methodology can be used to program permanently-aligned monodomain samples capable of “hands-free” shape switching as well as offer spatio-temporal control over liquid-crystalline behaviour. LCE networks were shown to have a cytocompatible response at both stages of the reaction.

Graphical abstract: Tailorable and programmable liquid-crystalline elastomers using a two-stage thiol–acrylate reaction

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Submitted
18 Jan 2015
Accepted
09 Feb 2015
First published
09 Feb 2015

RSC Adv., 2015,5, 18997-19001
Article type
Communication
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Tailorable and programmable liquid-crystalline elastomers using a two-stage thiol–acrylate reaction

C. M. Yakacki, M. Saed, D. P. Nair, T. Gong, S. M. Reed and C. N. Bowman, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 18997
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA01039J

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