Stimuli-responsive polymers for sensing and actuation
The use of stimuli-responsive polymers in sensing technologies and for actuation has garnered tremendous interest over the past few decades. This is mainly due to the myriad responsivities that these polymers can possess, e.g., responsivity to temperature, pH, biomolecules, CO2, light, and electricity. As a result, these stimuli-responsive devices can be used to monitor human health and detect environmental analytes, for soft robotics and artificial muscles. In this review, we highlight state-of-the-art examples of the synthesis, and use of stimuli-responsive polymers in these fields that have been reported since 2016.
- This article is part of the themed collections: Winners of the 2019 Horizons Outstanding Paper awards, Horizons Community Board Collection: Biosensors and A selection of 2019 articles