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Shape-Memory Materials: Shape-Memory Microfluidics (Adv. Funct. Mater. 38/2013)

Authors

  • Aditya Balasubramanian,

    1. Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 5000 Forbes Avenue, WEH 3325, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890, USA
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  • Robert Morhard,

    1. Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 5000 Forbes Avenue, WEH 3325, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890, USA
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  • Christopher J Bettinger

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 5000 Forbes Avenue, WEH 3325, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890, USA
    2. McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine, 450 Technology Drive, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA
    • Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 5000 Forbes Avenue, WEH 3325, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890, USA.
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Abstract

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Vascularization in complex organisms plays an important role in reducing the characteristic diffusion length scale of tissue structures with large dimensions. This work by C. J. Bettinger and co-workers defines biomimetic strategies for vascularization of synthetic shape-memory materials. On page 4832, embedded microvascular networks accelerate phase transitions and increase recovery rates in stimuli-responsive polymers by reducing the characteristic diffusion length scale of the bulk material.

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