Friday, January 21, 2011

Making light work of artificial muscles

Making light work of artificial muscles: A new form of self-assembling polymer film that bends and stretches when hit by light is pointing the way to a new family of functional materials. This flexing film is the first material to have been made by coaxing complex molecules to form large-scale, highly ordered three dimensional arrays -- a discovery that could change the way that many active material are made, from artificial muscles to solar cells.

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