Chemical Research in Chinese Universities

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 839–846 | Cite as

Photo responsive silver nanoparticles incorporated liquid crystalline elastomer nanocomposites based on surface plasmon resonance

  • Jindi Zhang
  • Jun Wang
  • Lina Zhao
  • Wenlong Yang
  • Meng Bi
  • Yuchang Wang
  • Hongyan Niu
  • Yuxin Li
  • Binsong Wang
  • Yachen Gao
  • Chensha Li
  • Xuezhen Huang


We reported a nano-Ag/liquid crystalline elastomer(LCE) nanocomposite by incorporating silver nanoparticles into a monodomain polysiloxane-based LCE matrix via a novel experimental protocol. The photo-thermo-mechanical actuation of the LCE matrix was realized via the surface plasmon resonance of silver nanoparticles while converting light into heat. The photoresponsive properties of nano-Ag/LCE nanocomposites were investigated with varying illumination intensities and silver nanoparticle doping concentrations(0.04% to 0.2%, mass fraction). The nano-Ag/LCE nanocomposites show sensitive deformation under irradiation due to their excellent photo-thermal conversion efficiency, and this photostimulated muscle-like actuation is fully reversible via the on-off behavior of light. Incorporating silver nanoparticles into the LCE matrix also improves the mechanical properties and enhances the load-actuation capability of the material.


Silver nanoparticle Liquid crystal elastomer Nanocomposite Photo-thermo-mechanical actuation Surface plasmon resonance 


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The authors thank XIE Mingchen and HUANG Shuai for their academic communications. We thank LetPub ( for its linguistic assistance during the preparation of this manuscript.

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Photo Responsive Silver Nanoparticles Incorporated Liquid Crystalline Elastomer Nanocomposites Based on Surface Plasmon Resonance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jindi Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jun Wang
    • 3
  • Lina Zhao
    • 4
  • Wenlong Yang
    • 5
  • Meng Bi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yuchang Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hongyan Niu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yuxin Li
    • 2
  • Binsong Wang
    • 1
  • Yachen Gao
    • 3
  • Chensha Li
    • 2
  • Xuezhen Huang
    • 6
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering Process and Technology for High-efficiency Conversion, School of Chemistry and Material SciencesHeilongjiang UniversityHarbinP. R. China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Functional Inorganic Material Chemistry, Ministry of EducationHeilongjiang UniversityHarbinP. R. China
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Electronics Engineering of College of Heilongjiang ProvinceHeilongjiang UniversityHarbinP. R. China
  4. 4.Department of Food and Environmental EngineeringEast University of HeilongjiangHarbinP. R. China
  5. 5.Department of Applied ScienceHarbin University of Science and TechnologyHarbinP. R. China
  6. 6.R & D Department of Silatronix Inc.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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