Photo responsive silver nanoparticles incorporated liquid crystalline elastomer nanocomposites based on surface plasmon resonance
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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.
KeywordsSilver 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 (www.letpub.com) for its linguistic assistance during the preparation of this manuscript.
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