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Smart materials, also called intelligent or responsive materials,[1][page needed] are designed materials that have one or more properties that can be significantly changed in a controlled fashion by external stimuli, such as stress, moisture, electric or magnetic fields, light, temperature, pH, or chemical compounds.[2][3] Smart materials are the basis of many applications, including sensors and actuators, or artificial muscles, particularly as electroactive polymers (EAPs).[4][page needed][5][page needed][6][page needed][7][page needed][8][page needed][9][page needed]


There are a number of types of smart material, of which are already common. Some examples are as following:

  • Piezoelectric materials are materials that produce a voltage when stress is applied. Since this effect also applies in a reverse manner, a voltage across the sample will produce stress within sample. Suitably designed structures made from these materials can, therefore, be made that bend, expand or contract when a voltage is applied.
  • Shape-memory alloys and shape-memory polymers are materials in which large deformation can be induced and recovered through temperature changes or stress changes (pseudoelasticity). The shape memory effect results due to respectively martensitic phase change and induced elasticity at higher temperatures.
  • Photovoltaic materials or optoelectronics convert light to electrical current.
  • Electroactive polymers (EAPs) change their volume by voltage or electric fields.
  • Magnetostrictive materials exhibit a change in shape under the influence of magnetic field and also exhibit a change in their magnetization under the influence of mechanical stress.
  • Magnetic shape memory alloys are materials that change their shape in response to a significant change in the magnetic field.
  • Smart inorganic polymers showing tunable and responsive properties.
  • pH-sensitive polymers are materials that change in volume when the pH of the surrounding medium changes.[10]
  • Temperature-responsive polymers are materials which undergo changes upon temperature.
  • Halochromic materials are commonly used materials that change their color as a result of changing acidity. One suggested application is for paints that can change color to indicate corrosion in the metal underneath them.
  • Chromogenic systems change color in response to electrical, optical or thermal changes. These include electrochromic materials, which change their colour or opacity on the application of a voltage (e.g., liquid crystal displays), thermochromic materials change in colour depending on their temperature, and photochromic materials, which change colour in response to light—for example, light-sensitive sunglasses that darken when exposed to bright sunlight.
  • Ferrofluids are magnetic fluids (affected by magnets and magnetic fields).
  • Photomechanical materials change shape under exposure to light.
  • Polycaprolactone (polymorph) can be molded by immersion in hot water.
  • Self-healing materials have the intrinsic ability to repair damage due to normal usage, thus expanding the material's lifetime.
  • Dielectric elastomers (DEs) are smart material systems which produce large strains (up to 500%) under the influence of an external electric field.
  • Magnetocaloric materials are compounds that undergo a reversible change in temperature upon exposure to a changing magnetic field.
  • Smart self-healing coatings heal without human intervention.[11][12]
  • Thermoelectric materials are used to build devices that convert temperature differences into electricity and vice versa.
  • Chemoresponsive materials change size or volume under the influence of external chemical or biological compound.[13]

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  1. ^ Bengisu, Murat; Ferrara, Marinella (2018). Materials that move : smart materials, intelligent design. Springer International Publishing. ISBN 9783319768885.
  2. ^ Brizzi, Silvia; Cavozzi, Cristian; Storti, Fabrizio (2023-09-29). "Smart materials for experimental tectonics: Viscous behavior of magnetorheological silicones". Tectonophysics: 230038. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2023.230038. ISSN 0040-1951.
  3. ^ Bahl, Shashi; Nagar, Himanshu; Singh, Inderpreet; Sehgal, Shankar (2020-01-01). "Smart materials types, properties and applications: A review". Materials Today: Proceedings. International Conference on Aspects of Materials Science and Engineering. 28: 1302–1306. doi:10.1016/j.matpr.2020.04.505. ISSN 2214-7853.
  4. ^ Shahinpoor, Mohsen; Schneider, Hans-Jorg, eds. (2007). Intelligent materials. RSC Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85404-335-4.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Mel, ed. (2002). Encyclopedia of smart materials. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 9780471177807.
  6. ^ Nakanishi, Takashi (2011). Supramolecular soft matter : applications in materials and organic electronics. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780470559741.
  7. ^ Gaudenzi, Paolo (2009). Smart structures : physical behaviour, mathematical modelling and applications. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-05982-1.
  8. ^ Janocha, Hartmut (2007). Adaptronics and smart structures : basics, materials, design, and applications (2nd, revised ed.). Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-71967-0.
  9. ^ Schwartz, Mel (2009). Smart materials. CRC Press. ISBN 9781420043723.
  10. ^ Bordbar-Khiabani A, Gasik M. "Smart hydrogels for advanced drug delivery systems". International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 23 (7): 3665. doi:10.3390/ijms23073665.
  11. ^ Tatiya, Pyus D.; Hedaoo, Rahul K; Mahulikar, Pramod P.; Gite, Vikas V. (16 January 2013). "Novel Polyurea Microcapsules Using Dendritic Functional Monomer: Synthesis, Characterization, and Its Use in Self-healing and Anticorrosive Polyurethane Coatings". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 52 (4): 1562–1570. doi:10.1021/ie301813a.
  12. ^ Chaudhari, Ashok B.; Tatiya, Pyus D.; Hedaoo, Rahul K.; Kulkarni, Ravindra D.; Gite, Vikas V. (16 July 2013). "Polyurethane Prepared from Neem Oil Polyesteramides for Self-Healing Anticorrosive Coatings". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 52 (30): 10189–10197. doi:10.1021/ie401237s.
  13. ^ Chemoresponsive Materials /Stimulation by Chemical and Biological Signals, Schneider, H.-J.; Ed:, (2015)The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge https://dx.doi.org/10.1039/97817828822420

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