Wenjie Zhan

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Programmable photoactuation enabled by graphene: Graphene sheets aligned in liquid crystalline elastomers are capable of absorbing near-infrared light. They thereafter act as nanoheaters and provide thermally conductive pathways to trigger the nematic-to-isotropic transition of elastomers, leading to macroscopic mechanical deformation of nanocomposites.(More)
Actuated materials undergo shape and dimension changes in response to external stimuli and thus convert various forms of input energies into mechanical work. On page 6376, Y. Yang, Z. Lin, and co-workers report novel near-infrared responsive composites consisting of uniformly aligned graphene in a liquid-crystalline elastomer matrix. Large deformation(More)
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