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Smart materials based on polymeric systems
Author(s): Andrew Crowson
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Paper Abstract

The science and technology of the 21st century will rely heavily on the development of new materials. Such materials are expected to be innovative with regards to structure, functionality, and design. One concept in achieving this goal is what has been termed 'smart materials.' A smart material is defined as a material which has been atomically or molecularly engineered in such a way that the microstructure itself is imbued with embedded sensors, actuators, and control mechanisms, giving it the capability of sensing and responding to external stimuli in a predetermined and controlled fashion. Programs in this area have involved technological advances in a number of scientific disciplines inclusive of materials science, chemistry, biotechnology, molecular electronics, nanotechnology, etc. These have encompassed research themes into the design of polymeric materials which are capable of altering their mechanical and electrical properties when exposed to specific molecular species, the synthesis of amphiphlic molecules with easily modified ferroelectric, photochromic and nonlinear properties, the design of stress sensitive molecules capable of monitoring damage and redistributing stresses in composites, and the merging of biological and chemical technologies to create assemblies with signal transduction properties. This presentation highlights some of these activities.

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Date Published: 9 February 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2716, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Materials Technologies and Biomimetics, (9 February 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.232124
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Andrew Crowson, U.S. Army Research Office (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2716:
Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Materials Technologies and Biomimetics
Andrew Crowson, Editor(s)

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