Fibers on Surface of Thermo-responsive Gels
Tao Zhang, Victor V. Yashin, and Anna C. Balazs$^*$
Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261$^*$E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Using computational modeling, we pattern the outer layers of thin, thermo-responsive gels with elastic fibers and thereby design stable structures that could not be achieved with the fibers in the interior of the network.
To perform these studies, we simulate the fiber-decorated gels with the gel lattice spring model (gLSM) and determine how the temperature, arrangement and number of the fibers control the bending and curvature of the thin films.
ACB gratefully acknowledges financial support from the DOE.