Georgi V Stoychev

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We investigated the folding of rectangular stimuli-responsive hydrogel-based polymer bilayers with different aspect ratios and relative thicknesses placed on a substrate. It was found that long-side rolling dominates at high aspect ratios (ratio of length to width) when the width is comparable to the circumference of the formed tubes, which corresponds to a(More)
Flexible thermoresponsive polymeric microjets are formed by the self-folding of polymeric layers containing a thin Pt film used as catalyst for self-propulsion in solutions containing hydrogen peroxide. The flexible microjets can reversibly fold and unfold in an accurate manner by applying changes in temperature to the solution in which they are immersed.(More)
The enzymogel nanoparticle made of a magnetic core and polymer brush shell demonstrates a novel type of remote controlled phase-boundary biocatalysis that involves remotely directed binding to and engulfing insoluble substrates, high mobility, and stability of the catalytic centers. The mobile enzymes reside in the polymer brush scaffold and shuttle between(More)
We report for the first time on the design of an advanced hairy hybrid Janus-type catalyst, which is comprised of an inorganic silica core covered with two distinct polymeric shells (hydrophilic and hydrophobic) on its opposite sides, while the catalytic species (in our case silver or gold nanoparticles) are immobilized directly into the hydrophilic(More)
Actuators are devices capable of moving or controlling objects and systems by applying mechanical force on them. Among all kinds of actuators with different shapes, fibrous ones deserve particular attention. In spite of their apparent simplicity, actuating fibers allow for very complex actuation behavior. This review discusses different approaches for the(More)
A novel approach is developed for the large-scale synthesis of Janus particles with platelet geometry and dense polymer shells by employing simultaneous "grafting from" of hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymers using surface-induced ATRP in emulsion. The method is based on the fabrication of an emulsion consisting of a water solution of a hydrophilic monomer(More)
We report an approach for the design of materials with self-repairable ultrahydrophobic properties. The materials are based on highly fluorinated crystalline fusible wax with incorporated colloidal particles. Due to the highly pronounced tendency of the wax to crystallize, the formation of blends with rough fractal surfaces was observed. In order to prove(More)
Quantum dots (QDs) and especially quantum dot arrays have been attracting tremendous attention due to their potential applications in various high-tech devices, including QD lasers, solar cells, single photon emitters, QD memories, etc. Here, a dendrimer-based approach for the controlled synthesis of ultra-thin amorphous cadmium hydroxide nanofibers was(More)
There exist many methods for processing of materials: extrusion, injection molding, fibers spinning, 3D printing, to name a few. In most cases, materials with a static, fixed shape are produced. However, numerous advanced applications require customized elements with reconfigurable shape. The few available techniques capable of overcoming this problem are(More)