Professor Yanlei Yu

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Professor Yanlei Yu – Fudan University, Shangai, China

Photodeformable Liquid Crystal Polymers and Bioinspired Soft Actuators

Photodeformable liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) can generate sophisticated 3D motions such as bending, twisting, oscillation and rotation, thus they have been processed into various bioinspired actuators, such as walking worm, winding ribbons and artery like tubes. Especially with the application of novel fabrication techniques like lithography, reactive ion etching and direct laser writing, diverse photodeformable LCP actuators on micrometer are prepared, which are promising for applications as stimuli-responsive surfaces, microrobots, and optofluidic microchips.