Jump to main content
Jump to site search
Access to RSC content Close the message box

Continue to access RSC content when you are not at your institution. Follow our step-by-step guide.

Issue 12, 2020
Previous Article Next Article

Printing on liquid elastomers

Author affiliations


In recent years the research community has paid significant attention to geometrically engineered materials. These materials derive their unique properties from their structure rather than their chemistry alone. Despite their success in the laboratory, the assembly of such soft functional materials remains an outstanding challenge. Here, we propose a robust fluid-mediated route for the rapid fabrication of soft elastomers architected with liquid inclusions. Our approach consists of depositing water drops at the surface of an immiscible liquid elastomer bath. As the elastomer cures, the drops are encapsulated in the polymer and impart shape and function to the newly formed elastic matrix. Using the framework of fluid mechanics, we show how this type of composite material can be tailored.

Graphical abstract: Printing on liquid elastomers

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Article information

13 Dec 2019
03 Mar 2020
First published
11 Mar 2020

Soft Matter, 2020,16, 3137-3142
Article type

Printing on liquid elastomers

L. Cai, J. Marthelot, C. Falcón, P. M. Reis and P.-T. Brun, Soft Matter, 2020, 16, 3137
DOI: 10.1039/C9SM02452B

Social activity

Search articles by author