# Fibers on Surface of Thermo-responsive Gels

## Collaborators

Tao Zhang, Victor V. Yashin, and Anna C. Balazs$^*$

Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
$^*$E-mail: balazs@pitt.edu

## Motivation

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.

## Approach

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.

## Acknowledgments

ACB gratefully acknowledges financial support from the DOE.