Gas-Pressure Molding-Based Fabrication of Smart Actuators from Nematic Liquid-Crystalline Elastomer

@inproceedings{Torras2014GasPressureMF,
  title={Gas-Pressure Molding-Based Fabrication of Smart Actuators from Nematic Liquid-Crystalline Elastomer},
  author={N{\'u}ria Torras and Jean E Marshall and Kirill A. Zinoviev and Carlos J. Camargo and Eugene M. Terentjev and Jaume Esteve},
  year={2014}
}
A nematic liquid-crystalline elastomer enriched with carbon nanotubes (LCE-CNT) is used to obtain an array of photosensitive actuators based on siloxane chemistry. By the combination of a molding technique together with the application of a controlled gas-pressure during the crosslinkingprocess,it is possible to obtain well-aligned arrays of monodomainregions within a polydomain in a single step, creating rounded-shaped features. Localized optical actuation is demonstrated producing measured… CONTINUE READING
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