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Johannes M. Haberl, Antoni Sánchez-Ferrer, Adriana M. Mihut, Hervé Dietsch, Ann M. Hirt and Raffaele Mezzenga Liquid-Crystalline Elastomer-Nanoparticle Hybrids with Reversible Switch of Magnetic Memory Advanced Materials 25

Version of Record online: 29 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201204406

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A stimuli-responsive material is synthesized that combines the actuation potential of liquid-crystalline elastomers with the anisotropic magnetic properties of ellipsoidal iron oxide nanoparticles. The resulting nanocomposite exhibits unique shape-memory features with magnetic information, which can be reversibly stored and erased via parameters typical of soft materials, such as high deformations, low stresses, and liquid-crystalline smectic-isotropic transition temperatures.

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