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Stimuli-responsive polymer gels

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Stimuli-responsive polymer gels have received considerable attention due to their singular mechanical properties, which make them materials of choice for niche applications. Polymer gels comprising either physical or chemical cross-links can undergo controlled and reversible shape changes in response to an applied field. The stimulus or external field applied may include thermal, electrical, magnetic, pH, UV/visible light, ionic or metallic interactions or combinations thereof. The shape change can manifest itself in two-dimensional actuation, bending motion, or three-dimensional actuation, volume change. This reversible contraction and expansion of polymer gels as well as their mechanical properties are similar to that of biological muscles. This review will describe and critique some of the recent advances in the field of stimuli-responsive polymer gels including the design of new classes of polymeric gels, controlled actuation in response to external stimuli, and ability to tailor material properties for different applications.

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The article was received on 18 Sep 2007, accepted on 17 Dec 2007 and first published on 18 Mar 2008

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B714376A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2008,4, 1151-1157

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    Stimuli-responsive polymer gels

    S. Ahn, R. M. Kasi, S. Kim, N. Sharma and Y. Zhou, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 1151
    DOI: 10.1039/B714376A

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