In step toward autonomous materials, researchers design patterns in self-propelling liquid crystals

In step toward autonomous materials, researchers design patterns in self-propelling liquid crystals

In step toward autonomous materials, researchers design patterns in self-propelling liquid crystals

aterials capable of performing complex functions in response to changes in the environment could form the basis for exciting new technologies. Think of a capsule implanted in your body that automatically releases antibodies in response to a virus, a surface that releases an antibacterial agent when exposed to dangerous bacteria, a material that adapts its shape when it needs to sustain a particular weight, or clothing that senses and captures toxic contaminants from the air.
In step toward autonomous materials, researchers design patterns in self-propelling liquid crystals