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Taming Liquid Crystal Elastomers

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Phase transitions in Liquid Crystal elastomers can trigger large spontaneous deformations. As this can be done locally and by various external stimuli, exploiting such controlled shape change can be a desirable function in designing micro as well as macroscopic devices. In this lecture I will try to convince you that to fully realize the potential of Liquid Crystal elastomers, we should strive to control the nematic director orientation. I will discuss how this can be achieved on different scales.

This talk is part of the Engineering - Mechanics and Materials Seminar Series series.

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