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Keywords:

  • microgels;
  • multiresponsive materials;
  • photonic materials;
  • polymers;
  • stimuli responsive polymers

Abstract

Novel multiresponsive microgels based on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) were synthesized to contain triphenylmethane leucohydroxide, and used to construct etalons. The optical properties of the resultant etalons were investigated, and their response to ultraviolet and visible irradiation, solution pH changes, and the presence of a mimic of the nerve agent Tabun characterized. We clearly show that the optical properties of the device depended dramatically on these stimuli. This investigation illustrates the versatility of the microgel-based etalon structure, and showcases the clear utility of such devices for remote actuation, color tunable optics, sensing, and potential remotely triggered drug delivery applications.