Adaptable polyionic elastomers with multiple sensations and entropy-driven actuations...
Zhouyue Lei, and Peiyi Wu*. Adaptable Polyionic Elastomers with Multiple Sensations and Entropy-Driven Actuations for Prosthetic Skins and Neuromuscular Systems. Mater. Horiz. 2019, 6, 538-545.
A novel type of adaptable polyionic elastomers with rational molecular designs is reported to address the dilemma encountered in soft electronic and ionic conductors. The conductivity is stable both during stretch and in air. The polyionic elastomers are highly transparent, 3D-printable, ultra-stretchable, self-healable, self-powered, capable of sensing strain, stress, touch, humidity, temperature, etc., and even mimicking organisms with entropy-driven actuations and feedbacks. This type of materials contributes to prosthetic skins and neuromuscular systems, and shows great potential for soft robotics and artificially intelligent applications.