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Fluidic Platforms Incorporating Photo-Responsive Soft-Polymers Based on Spiropyran: From Green Synthesis to Precision Flow Control


Komala Pandurangan, Ruairi Barrett, Dermot Diamond, Margaret McCaul

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Refereed Original Article
Society is set to be transformed by the impact of breakthroughs emerging from fundamental materials science and engineering. We are on the cusp of a profound change in our ability to create devices with performance characteristics far beyond that of existing technologies that will affect all aspects of our lives—from personal health, to agriculture and food production, to protecting the status of our environment, to energy generation/storage and efficient use, to everyday products. At the heart of this change is the ability to fabricate 3D structures at scales from nano to macro, coupled with the impact of stimuli-responsive materials that provide the fourth-dimension effect, ie, timebased changes in 3D order due to the influence of localized stimuli. The incorporation of stimuliresponsive behavior into 3D materials will open multiple opportunities to develop next generation technologies across these broad application domains, particularly when the response can be managed through feedback loops. We are particularly interested in the application of these ideas in microfluidic platforms, as this could open the way to significant advances in an array to technologies allied with 3D tissue and organ engineering, new approaches to in-situ molecular sensing (biosensors, chemical sensors) for personal health and environmental monitoring, and new concepts in drug delivery.
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Front. Mater. 7: 615021
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Dublin City University (DCU)
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