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Title: A review of stimuli-responsive polymers for smart textile applications
Authors: Hu, J 
Meng, H
Li, G
Ibekwe, SI
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
Source: Smart materials and structures, 2012, v. 21, no. 5, 53001 How to cite?
Journal: Smart materials and structures 
Abstract: Stimuli-responsive polymers (SRPs) are smart materials which can show noticeable changes in their properties with environmental stimulus variations. Novel functionalities can be delivered to textiles by integrating smart SRPs into them. SRPs inclusive of thermal-responsive polymers, moisture-responsive polymers, thermal-responsive hydrogels, pH-responsive hydrogels, and light-responsive polymers have been applied in textiles to improve or achieve textile smart functionalities. The functionalities include aesthetic appeal, comfort, textile soft display, smart controlled drug release, fantasy design with color changing, wound monitoring, smart wetting properties and protection against extreme variations in environmental conditions. In this review, the applications of SRPs in the textile and clothing sector are elucidated; the associated constraints in fabrication processes for textiles and their potential applications in the near future are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/17324
ISSN: 0964-1726
EISSN: 1361-665X
DOI: 10.1088/0964-1726/21/5/053001
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