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Synergistic action of thermoresponsive and hygroresponsive elements elicits rapid and directional response of a bilayer actuator

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Abstract

A bilayer actuator composed of thermoresponsive and thermo/hygroresponsive elements is developed, which undergoes fast, directional and autonomous curling with a speed of up to 0.7 m s−1 and recovers its shape by hydration. In situ tensile testing of the thermal response of individual layers provided insights into the mechanism of actuation of thermo/hygromorphic bilayers.

Graphical abstract: Synergistic action of thermoresponsive and hygroresponsive elements elicits rapid and directional response of a bilayer actuator

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Submitted
05 Feb 2016
Accepted
09 Mar 2016
First published
10 Mar 2016

Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 5920-5923
Article type
Communication

Synergistic action of thermoresponsive and hygroresponsive elements elicits rapid and directional response of a bilayer actuator

L. Zhang, I. Desta and P. Naumov, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 5920
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC01193D

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