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Materials 2013, 6(9), 3742-3754; doi:10.3390/ma6093742

Nanoscale Design of Nano-Sized Particles in Shape-Memory Polymer Nanocomposites Driven by Electricity

1,* , 2, 3 and 1
1 Science and Technology on Advanced Composites in Special Environments Laboratory, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin 150080, China 2 School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 639798, Singapore 3 Department of Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando 32826, FL, USA
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Received: 21 May 2013 / Revised: 6 August 2013 / Accepted: 9 August 2013 / Published: 2 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Advanced Composites)
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In the last few years, we have witnessed significant progress in developing high performance shape memory polymer (SMP) nanocomposites, in particular, for shape recovery activated by indirect heating in the presence of electricity, magnetism, light, radio frequency, microwave and radiation, etc. In this paper, we critically review recent findings in Joule heating of SMP nanocomposites incorporated with nanosized conductive electromagnetic particles by means of nanoscale control via applying an electro- and/or magnetic field. A few different nanoscale design principles to form one-/two-/three- dimensional conductive networks are discussed.
Keywords: smart materials; nanoscale design; nanocomposites; shape-memory polymers smart materials; nanoscale design; nanocomposites; shape-memory polymers
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Lu, H.; Huang, W.M.; Liang, F.; Yu, K. Nanoscale Design of Nano-Sized Particles in Shape-Memory Polymer Nanocomposites Driven by Electricity. Materials 2013, 6, 3742-3754.

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