Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
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May 03, 2011
TREND: Externally Induced Thermal Actuation of Polymer Nanocomposites
Ying Hu, Wei Chen*
Thermally active polymers have attracted great attention because of the convenience and effectiveness of the thermal stimulation among the stimuli-responsive polymers. The trend article presents a brief overview of recent progress on externally induced thermal actuation of polymer nanocomposites, with emphasis on the influence of embedded nanomaterials which serve as "nanoantennas" and "nanoheaters" for harvesting and converting the external stimulus into thermal stimulation.
Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.201100068