"Smart" patternable polymer-based materials that can be designed from various molecular building blocks show great potential, as they may be used in many fields, including nanotechnology, biochemistry, organic and physical chemistry, and materials science. The focus of this highlight will be on the basic design characteristics of practical Stimuli Responsive Materials (SRMs), the wide range of potential applications and the challenges to be accomplished in this rapidly expanding area. In particular, recent developments are described which are related to two of the many fundamental aspects of stimuli triggered responses: those that are photo-triggered and those that are solvent triggered. These selected state-of-the-art examples demonstrate the large scope and diversity in terms of activation mechanism, response time and property control.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Chemistry