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Keywords:

  • force activation;
  • hybrid materials;
  • nanowires;
  • force sensors;
  • polymers
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Force activation is triggered in a stretched polymer wire with color changes produced as the molecules undergo structural and conformational changes. Nongjian Tao, Jinghong Li, and co-workers show on page 1729 that the hybrid mechanosensitive polymer wire can function as a micro- and nanoscale force sensor.