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Function-driven design of stimuli-responsive polymer composites: recent progress and challenges

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Abstract

Stimuli-responsive polymer composites have been extensively investigated due to their diverse structures and functional properties in response to various environmental stimuli. The past few years have witnessed a rapid expansion of design and fabrication of such composites at both the material and system levels, which opens tremendous opportunities not only for fundamental understanding of their structure–property relationships but also for exploring their applications in emerging areas such as electronics, biomedical devices, soft robotics and electromechanical engineering. A systematic understanding of the progress in the constituent materials, properties and applications of these composites is needed to guide future development. Here, we review the most recent progress (post the year 2012) in the material and structure designs of stimuli-responsive polymer composites to understand the state-of-the-art development, with a focus on photo-, electrical- and thermo-responsive composites. The advantages and disadvantages (or limitations) of different types of polymer composites are evaluated according to response-related parameters such as response time and sensitivity to stimuli. In the end, this review is concluded with challenges and perspectives for future design of better polymer composites.

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The article was received on 17 Jun 2018, accepted on 25 Jul 2018 and first published on 25 Jul 2018


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC02980F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018,6, 11817-11834
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    Function-driven design of stimuli-responsive polymer composites: recent progress and challenges

    Y. Shi and Z. Chen, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 11817
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TC02980F

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