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Issue 55, 2020
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Liquid crystal elastomer actuator with serpentine locomotion

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Abstract

A snake-mimic soft actuator composed of a bilayered liquid crystal elastomer ribbon and two serrated feet is reported in this work. Under repeated on/off near-infrared light irradiation, this actuator can move forward relying on a reversible shape morphing between S-curve structure and reverse S-curve structure, which is similar to the serpentine locomotion of snakes.

Graphical abstract: Liquid crystal elastomer actuator with serpentine locomotion

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Submitted
19 Apr 2020
Accepted
02 Jun 2020
First published
02 Jun 2020

Chem. Commun., 2020,56, 7597-7600
Article type
Communication

Liquid crystal elastomer actuator with serpentine locomotion

M. Wang, X. Hu, B. Zuo, S. Huang, X. Chen and H. Yang, Chem. Commun., 2020, 56, 7597
DOI: 10.1039/D0CC02823A

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