Switches are functional units that respond to an external stimulus reversibly by changing from one metastable state to another. This is being studied intensively on a molecular scale, but increasingly, these concepts can be transferred to solid materials that can be used for practical applications.
In this presentation, new results on increasing the effectiveness of a liquid crystalline elastomer will be reported. An application will be shown where this material was used to construct the first dry biomimetic switchable adhesive. The underlying mechanisms for the function of these materials will be discussed. A further part of the talk will present new results on self-reporting soft matierals based on molecular switches.
E. Kizilkan, C. F. Schaber, S. N. Gorb, J. Strueben, X. Jin, R. Adelung, A. Staubitz, R. Soc. Open Sci. 2016, 3, 150700.
E. Kizilkan, J. Strueben, A. Staubitz, S. N. Gorb, Science Robotics, accepted.