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Roland Fuhrer, Evagelos Kimon Athanassiou, Norman Albert Luechinger and Wendelin Jan Stark Crosslinking Metal Nanoparticles into the Polymer Backbone of Hydrogels Enables Preparation of Soft, Magnetic Field-Driven Actuators with Muscle-Like Flexibility Small 5

Version of Record online: 29 JAN 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.200801091

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Hydrogels with up to 60 wt% cobalt metal nanoparticles were prepared from covalently crosslinking the polymer chains with functionalized nanomagnets. The exceptional strength and flexibility of the materials suggest application in flexible machinery and artificial implants (see image).

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