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Adv Mater. 2013 Mar 20;25(11):1541-6. doi: 10.1002/adma.201204180. Epub 2012 Dec 19.

Electronically programmable, reversible shape change in two- and three-dimensional hydrogel structures.

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.

Abstract

Combining compliant electrode arrays in open-mesh constructs with hydrogels yields a class of soft actuator, capable of complex, programmable changes in shape. The results include materials strategies, integration approaches, and mechanical/thermal analysis of heater meshes embedded in thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAM) hydrogels with forms ranging from 2D sheets to 3D hemispherical shells.

PMID:
23255239
DOI:
10.1002/adma.201204180
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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