Humidity-responsive bilayer actuators based on a liquid-crystalline polymer network

M. Dai, O.T. Picot, J.M.N. Verjans, L.T. Haan, de, A.P.H.J. Schenning, Ton Peijs, C.W.M. Bastiaansen

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A humidity-responsive bilayer actuator has been developed that consists of an oriented polyamide-6 substrate and a liquid-crystalline polymer coating. The oriented substrate acts as an alignment layer for the liquid crystal. The liquid-crystalline polymer consists of a supramolecular network having hydrogen-bonded entities that, after activation with an alkaline solution, exhibit deformation in response to a change in humidity. The bending behavior of the bilayer actuator was analyzed, showing a large response to a change in the humidity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4945-4950
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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