- Stuart, Martien A. Cohen and Huck, Wilhelm T. S. and Genzer, Jan and Mueller, Marcus and Ober, Christopher and Stamm, Manfred and Sukhorukov, Gleb B. and Szleifer, Igal and Tsukruk, Vladimir V. and Urban, Marek and Winnik, Francoise and Zauscher, Stefan and Luzinov, Igor and Minko, Sergiy, Emerging applications of stimuli-responsive polymer materials,
NATURE MATERIALS, vol. 9 no. 2
pp. 101-113 [doi] .
(last updated on 2011/08/19)
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.