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

  title={Cephalopod-inspired design of electro-mechano-chemically responsive elastomers for on-demand fluorescent patterning.},
  author={Qiming Wang and Gregory R Gossweiler and Stephen L. Craig and Xuanhe Zhao},
  journal={Nature communications},
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… 

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