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Biomimetic Hydrogel-Based Actuating Systems

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Ionov, Leonid:
Biomimetic Hydrogel-Based Actuating Systems.
In: Advanced Functional Materials. Vol. 23 (2013) Issue 36 . - pp. 4555-4570.
ISSN 1616-3028

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Active motion is intrinsic to all kinds of living organisms from unicellular ones to humans and inspires development of synthetic actively moving materials. Hydrogels, which are three dimensional polymer networks imbibed with aqueous solutions, mimic the swelling/shrinking behavior of plant cells and produce macroscopic actuation upon swelling and shrinking. This Feature Article covers basic principles of design as well as recent advances in the development of hydrogel based actuating systems. It is discussed how simply swelling can be used to generate very complex multistep motion, which can be used to develop new optical devices, sensors, biomaterials, smart surface, etc.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: polymers; hydrogels; switchable; stimuli-responsive; actuators
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Professor Biofabrication > Professor Biofabrication - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Leonid Ionov
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Professor Biofabrication
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 540 Chemistry
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 13:06
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2022 09:54