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Light to work transduction and shape memory in glassy, photoresponsive macromolecular systems: Trends and opportunities

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  • Timothy J. White

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    1. Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, 3005 Hobson Way Ste. 1, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433
    • Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, 3005 Hobson Way Ste. 1, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433
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Abstract

Light can wirelessly direct functional responses in photoresponsive polymeric materials and composites. The intensity, phase, and polarization of light can be spatially modulated into complex patterns with holography (intensity or polarization) or masking (intensity or phase). Deriving from these foundational properties of light, photoresponsive macromolecular systems exhibit exceeding potential to yield rapid and highly engineered macroscopic as well as spatially selectable mechanically adaptive responses useful as soft actuators or topographical surfaces in aerospace, automotive, and biomedical applications. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys, 2012

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