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Strong, Self-Healable, and Recyclable Visible-Light-Responsive Hydrogel Actuators

Jiang, Zhen; Tan, Ming Li; Taheri, Mahdiar; Yan, Qiao; Tsuzuki, Takuya; Gardiner, Michael; Diggle, Broden; Connal, Luke


The most pressing challenges for light-driven hydrogel actuators include reliance on UV light, slow response, poor mechanical properties, and limited functionalities. Now, a supramolecular design strategy is used to address these issues. Key is the use of a benzylimine-functionalized anthracene group, which red-shifts the absorption into the visible region and also stabilizes the supramolecular network through π-π interactions. Acid-ether hydrogen bonds are incorporated for energy dissipation...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020-04-27
Type: Journal article
Source: Angewandte Chemie
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201916058
Access Rights: Open Access


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