Carbon Nanotubes as Reinforcement of Cellulose Liquid Crystalline Responsive Networks

Coro Echeverria, Luis E. Aguirre, Esther G. Merino, Pedro L. Almeida, Maria Helena Figueiredo Godinho

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The incorporation of small amount of highly anisotropic nanoparticles into liquid crystalline hydroxypropylcellulose (LC-HPC) matrix improves its response when is exposed to humidity gradients due to an anisotropic increment of order in the structure. Dispersed nanoparticles give rise to faster order/disorder transitions when exposed to moisture as it is qualitatively observed and quantified by stress time measurements. The presence of carbon nanotubes derives in a improvement of the mechanical properties of LC-HPC thin films.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21005-21009
JournalAcs Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2015


  • actuator
  • carbon nanotubes
  • cellulose derivative
  • humidity-responsive
  • polymer liquid crystal
  • soft motor

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