Shape Deformable Hydrogels
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Xin Peng is a researcher at Beijing Normal University in the College of Chemistry. Her main areas of research are microstructures, materials processing, polymerization, and SEM analysis.

                       

Shape Deformable Hydrogels

Imagine what functions can be performed with a soft, flexible but tough transformer that can change its shape upon external stimuli? Hydrogels are three-dimensionally cross-linked polymeric networks that can absorb a large amount of water while maintaining their solid-like shapes. They are typically soft and wet materials. Some smart hydrogels can change their geometric shapes to external stimuli, such as temperature, pH value, solvents, etc. Shape deformable hydrogels have wide potential applications in manufacturing soft machines, soft robotics, and artificial...

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