One-pot Synthesis of Melt-Processable Supramolecular Soft Actuators

Sean J.D. Lugger, Dirk Jan Mulder (Corresponding author), Albert P.H.J. Schenning (Corresponding author)

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The application of reprocessable and reprogrammable soft actuators is limited by the synthetic strategies, 3D-shaping capabilities, and small deformations. In this work, melt-processable supramolecular soft actuators based on segmented copolymers containing thiourethane and liquid crystal segments have been prepared via sequential thiol addition reactions in a one-pot approach using commercially available building blocks. The actuators demonstrated immediate, reversible response and weightlifting capabilities with large deformations up to 32%. Through exploiting the supramolecular cross-links, the material could be recycled and reprogrammed into 3D actuators and welded into an actuator assembly with different deformation modes. Our work offers a one-pot synthesis and straightforward melt-processable approach to prepare supramolecular soft actuators with large deformations that can be reprocessed and reprogrammed into arbitrary 3D shapes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202115166
Number of pages9
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number6
Early online date26 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


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