Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, National Acad Sciences, 2020 (article)
Untethered dynamic shape programming and control of soft materials have significant applications in technologies such as soft robots, medical devices, organ-on-a-chip, and optical devices. Here, we present a solution to remotely actuate and move soft materials underwater in a fast, efficient, and controlled manner using photoresponsive liquid crystal gels (LCGs). LCG constructs with engineered molecular alignment show a low and sharp phase-transition temperature and experience considerable density reduction by light exposure, thereby allowing rapid and reversible shape changes. We demonstrate different modes of underwater locomotion, such as crawling, walking, jumping, and swimming, by localized and time-varying illumination of LCGs. The diverse locomotion modes of smart LCGs can provide a new toolbox for designing efficient light-fueled soft robots in fluid-immersed media.
Unser Ziel ist es, die Prinzipien von Wahrnehmen, Lernen und Handeln in autonomen Systemen zu verstehen, die mit komplexen Umgebungen interagieren. Das Verständnis wollen wir nutzen, um künstliche intelligente Systeme zu entwickeln.