Light-induced shape-memory polymers

@article{Lendlein2005LightinducedSP,
  title={Light-induced shape-memory polymers},
  author={Andreas Lendlein and Hongyan Jiang and Oliver J{\"u}nger and Robert Langer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={434},
  pages={879-882}
}
Materials are said to show a shape-memory effect if they can be deformed and fixed into a temporary shape, and recover their original, permanent shape only on exposure to an external stimulus. Shape-memory polymers have received increasing attention because of their scientific and technological significance. In principle, a thermally induced shape-memory effect can be activated by an increase in temperature (also obtained by heating on exposure to an electrical current or light illumination… CONTINUE READING
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