Stimuli-Responsive Shape Changing Commodity Polymer Composites and Bilayers

Rob C.P. Verpaalen, Tom Engels, Albert P.H.J. Schenning (Corresponding author), Michael G. Debije (Corresponding author)

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Commodity polymers are produced in large volumes, providing robust mechanical properties at relatively low costs. The products made from these commodity polymers typically offer only static functionalities. Over the past decade, however, in the scientific literature, stimuli-responsive additives and/or polymer coatings have been introduced to commodity polymers, yielding composites and bilayers that change shape in response to light, temperature, and/or humidity. These stimuli responsive commodity polymers allow the marketing and sales of these otherwise bulk products as "high-end" smart materials for applications spanning from soft actuators to adaptive textiles. This Spotlight on Applications presents an overview of recent intriguing works on how shape changing commodity polymer composite and bilayer actuators based on polyamide 6, poly(ethylene terephthalate), polyethylene, and polypropylene have been fabricated that respond to environmental stimuli and discusses their potential applications.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)38829-38844
Aantal pagina's16
TijdschriftACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Nummer van het tijdschrift35
StatusGepubliceerd - 2 sep. 2020


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