The author thanks the NSF (grant no. CHE-0646670) for support and D. Needham for insightful conversations related to bioinspired material design as well as S. Rowan and C. Weder for images used in the table of contents graphic.
Cool as a Cucumber†
Article first published online: 29 SEP 2008
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 47, Issue 46, pages 8776–8777, November 3, 2008
How to Cite
Craig, Stephen L. (2008), Cool as a Cucumber. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47: 8776–8777. doi: 10.1002/anie.200802334
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 29 SEP 2008
- NSF. Grant Number: CHE-0646670
- hydrogen bonds;
- mechanical properties;
- stimulus-responsive nanocomposites
An inspired design: A new class of nanocomposites can reversibly switch its mechanical stiffness by up to three orders of magnitude in response to its environment. The architecture of the material is inspired by the dermis of the sea cucumber (see pictures), and the mechanically adaptable composites are potentially suitable for use in biomedical applications.