Cephalopod-inspired design of electro-mechano-chemically responsive elastomers for on-demand fluorescent patterning.

@article{Wang2014CephalopodinspiredDO,
  title={Cephalopod-inspired design of electro-mechano-chemically responsive elastomers for on-demand fluorescent patterning.},
  author={Qiming Jane Wang and Gregory R. Gossweiler and Stephen L Craig and Xuanhe Zhao},
  journal={Nature communications},
  year={2014},
  volume={5},
  pages={
          4899
        }
}
Cephalopods can display dazzling patterns of colours by selectively contracting muscles to reversibly activate chromatophores--pigment-containing cells under their skins. Inspired by this novel colouring strategy found in nature, we design an electro-mechano-chemically responsive elastomer system that can exhibit a wide variety of fluorescent patterns under the control of electric fields. We covalently couple a stretchable elastomer with mechanochromic molecules, which emit strong fluorescent… CONTINUE READING

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