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Self-assembled Materials

Redox-induced actuation in macromolecular and self-assembled systems

Polymer Journal volume 48, pages 2537 (2016) | Download Citation

Abstract

Because of their dynamic nature, stimuli-responsive molecules that undergo conformational changes have attracted much research interest for applications in the field of actuators and sensors. In particular, redox-active molecules that undergo redox state switching have many advantages, including electrical control and drastic conformational change that involves electrostatic interactions. In this review, we focus on the conformational changes for macromolecularly and molecularly assembled systems and evaluated their potential for use as building blocks of redox-driven soft actuators. Moreover, the current review provides insights for the design and fabrication of actuating materials by considering changes in redox state.

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We thank Professor Satoshi Inoue (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Professor Akira Ohta (Shinshu University), and Professor Mutsumi Kimura (Shinshu University) for helpful discussions.

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