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

Cunjiang Yu, Zheng Duan, Peixi Yuan, Yuhang Li, Yewang Su, Xun Zhang, Yuping Pan, Lenore L. Dai, Ralph G. Nuzzo, Yonggang Huang, Hanqing Jiang*, John A. Rogers

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1541-1546
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume25
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 20 2013

Keywords

  • hydrogels
  • non-uniform deformation
  • programmable shape
  • stretchable electrode meshes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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