Synergistic action of thermoresponsive and hygroresponsive elements elicits rapid and directional response of a bilayer actuator

Lidong Zhang, Israel Desta, Panče Naumov

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A bilayer actuator composed of thermoresponsive and thermo/hygroresponsive elements is developed, which undergoes fast, directional and autonomous curling with a speed of up to 0.7 m s-1 and recovers its shape by hydration. In situ tensile testing of the thermal response of individual layers provided insights into the mechanism of actuation of thermo/hygromorphic bilayers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5920-5923
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number35
StatePublished - May 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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