Review of chemo‐responsive shape change/memory polymers

H.B. Lu (Science and Technology on Advanced Composites in Special Environments Laboratory, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin City, China)
W.M. Huang (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Y.T. Yao (Science and Technology on Advanced Composites in Special Environments Laboratory, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin City, China)

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Publication date: 28 June 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the underlying mechanism and physico‐chemical requirements of chemo‐responsive shape change/memory polymers and to explore the future trend of development and potential applications.

Design/methodology/approach

Working mechanism in chemo‐responsive shape change/memory polymers is firstly identified. And then the physico‐chemical requirements for the representative polymers are characterized.

Findings

The different working mechanisms, fundamentals, physico‐chemical requirements and theoretical origins have been discussed. Current research and development on the fabrication strategies of chemo‐responsive shape change/memory polymers have been summarised. The future trend and potential applications have been explored and estimated.

Research limitations/implications

This review examines physico‐chemical requirements and theoretical origins necessary to achieve chemo‐responsiveness, and then discusses recent developments and future trends.

Practical implications

Shape change/memory polymers can be used in the broad field of bio‐ and/or medicine.

Originality/value

Breakthroughs and rapid development of chemo‐responsive shape change/memory polymers will significantly improve the research and development of smart materials, structures and systems.

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Citation

Lu, H., Huang, W. and Yao, Y. (2013), "Review of chemo‐responsive shape change/memory polymers", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 42 No. 4, pp. 237-246. https://doi.org/10.1108/PRT-11-2012-0079

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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