Emerging applications of stimuli-responsive polymer materials.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Responsive polymer materials can adapt to surrounding environments, regulate transport of ions and molecules, change wettability and adhesion of different species on external stimuli, or convert chemical and biochemical signals into optical, electrical, thermal and mechanical signals, and vice versa. These materials are playing an increasingly important part in a diverse range of applications, such as drug delivery, diagnostics, tissue engineering and 'smart' optical systems, as well as biosensors, microelectromechanical systems, coatings and textiles. We review recent advances and challenges in the developments towards applications of stimuli-responsive polymeric materials that are self-assembled from nanostructured building blocks. We also provide a critical outline of emerging developments.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stuart, MAC; Huck, WTS; Genzer, J; Müller, M; Ober, C; Stamm, M; Sukhorukov, GB; Szleifer, I; Tsukruk, VV; Urban, M; Winnik, F; Zauscher, S; Luzinov, I; Minko, S

Published Date

  • February 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 113

PubMed ID

  • 20094081

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-4660

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1476-1122

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nmat2614


  • eng