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Stimuli-responsive polymers for sensing and actuation

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Abstract

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.

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Submitted
30 Mar 2019
Accepted
24 May 2019
First published
04 Jun 2019

Mater. Horiz., 2019,6, 1774-1793
Article type
Review Article

Stimuli-responsive polymers for sensing and actuation

L. Hu, Q. Zhang, X. Li and M. J. Serpe, Mater. Horiz., 2019, 6, 1774
DOI: 10.1039/C9MH00490D

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