Regulating Tissue-Mimetic Mechanical Properties of Bottlebrush Elastomers by Magnetic Field

Abstract

We report on a new class of magnetoactive elastomers (MAEs) based on bottlebrush polymer networks filled with carbonyl iron microparticles. By synergistically combining solvent-free, yet supersoft polymer matrices, with magnetic microparticles, we enable the design of composites that not only mimic the mechanical behavior of various biological tissues but also permit contactless regulation of this behavior by external magnetic fields. While the bottlebrush architecture allows to finely tune the matrix elastic modulus and strain-stiffening, the magnetically aligned microparticles generate a 3-order increase in shear modulus accompanied by a switch from a viscoelastic to elastic regime as evidenced by a ca. 10-fold drop of the damping factor. The developed method for MAE preparation through solvent-free coinjection of bottlebrush melts and magnetic particles provides additional advantages such as injection molding of various shapes and uniform particle distribution within MAE composites. The synergistic combination of bottlebrush network architecture and magnetically responsive microparticles empowers new opportunities in the design of actuators and active vibration insulation systems.

Ctiation

Regulating Tissue-Mimetic Mechanical Properties of Bottlebrush Elastomers by Magnetic Field

Sergei A. Kostrov, Erfan Dashtimoghadam, Andrew N. Keith, Sergei S. Sheiko, and Elena Yu. Kramarenko

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2021 13 (32), 38783-38791

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c12860