Compression induced stiffening and alignment of liquid crystal elastomers
AuthorVerduzco, Rafael; Agrawal, Aditya; Chipara, Alin Cristian
In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides methods of strengthening liquid crystal elastomers. In some embodiments, such methods include a step of placing the liquid crystal elastomer in an environment that applies dynamic stress to the liquid crystal elastomer. In further embodiments, the methods of the present disclosure also include a step of providing liquid crystal elastomers for placement in an environment that applies dynamic stress. In some embodiments, the liquid crystal elastomer is in a nematic phase before or during the application of dynamic stress. In some embodiments, the application of dynamic stress enhances the stiffness of the liquid crystal elastomer by more than about 10%. Further embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to liquid crystal elastomers that are made by the methods of the present disclosure.
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