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Direct preparation of nematic liquid crystalline elastomer actuators by electron beam irradiation polymerization

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Abstract

Oriented side chain liquid crystal elastomer (LCE) films with thermo- and photo-mechanical properties were prepared via electron beam (EB) irradiation. A magnetic field was applied to the nematic monomers during the polymerization to obtain aligned LCEs. The effects of the crosslinker concentration in feed, delivered dose and direction of the magnetic field during the polymerization on the properties of the LCEs were studied, respectively.

Graphical abstract: Direct preparation of nematic liquid crystalline elastomer actuators by electron beam irradiation polymerization

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Submitted
01 Aug 2011
Accepted
15 Nov 2011
First published
25 Jan 2012

J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 4669-4674
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Direct preparation of nematic liquid crystalline elastomer actuators by electron beam irradiation polymerization

Q. Qian, J. Chen, M. Li, P. Keller and D. He, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 4669
DOI: 10.1039/C1JM13658E

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