Flexoelectricity in soft elastomers and the molecular mechanisms underpinning the design and emergence of giant flexoelectricity

  title={Flexoelectricity in soft elastomers and the molecular mechanisms underpinning the design and emergence of giant flexoelectricity},
  author={Matthew Grasinger and Kosar Mozaffari and Pradeep Sharma},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
Significance The molecular-scale phenomena that lead to the emergence of the flexoelectric effect in elastomers are not well understood. We present a molecular-to-continuum scale theory and show it to be valid for common types of elastomers. We unravel a mechanism for achieving giant flexoelectricity—which finds support in prior experimental results. The multiscale theory is then leveraged for material design and we propose specific modalities for 1) the emergence of piezoelectricity, 2) tuning… 

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