Rapidly reprogrammable actuation of liquid crystal elastomers

Cheng Liu, Shaobo Ji and Huaping Xu

Matter2022, 3, 2397.

A rapid and reprogrammable alignment strategy for the reversible actuation of liquid crystal elastomers has been achieved through the phase-transition-induced shape memory effect. This breakthrough, recently reported in Advanced Materials by Xie and colleagues, illustrated the important role of shape-memory-induced stress regulation in developing and improving functional polymer materials.