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The catalytic curtsey

A polymer hydrogel system combines chemical, thermal and mechanical responses in a reversible manner and thus exhibits homeostatic and self-regulatory behaviour similar to that of living systems.

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Figure 1: A schematic diagram outlining the design of the system and the cyclic chemo-mechano-chemical (C1→M→C2) events.

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Kumacheva, E. The catalytic curtsey. Nature Mater 11, 665–666 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat3381

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