Advanced Functional Materials
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Editor-in-Chief: Joern Ritterbusch, Deputy Editors: Mary Farrell, Yan Li
Online ISSN: 1616-3028
Associated Title(s): Advanced Electronic Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Advanced Optical Materials, Advanced Science, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Small
Shape-Memory Materials: Shape-Memory Microfluidics (Adv. Funct. Mater. 38/2013)
Vascularization in complex organisms plays an important role in reducing the characteristic diffusion length scale of tissue structures with large dimensions. This work by C. J. Bettinger and co-workers defines biomimetic strategies for vascularization of synthetic shape-memory materials. On page 4832, embedded microvascular networks accelerate phase transitions and increase recovery rates in stimuli-responsive polymers by reducing the characteristic diffusion length scale of the bulk material.