Shape memory polymer research

Patrick T. Mather, Xiaofan Luo, Ingrid A. Rousseau

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The past several years have witnessed significant advances in the field of shape memory polymers (SMPs) with the elucidation of new compositions for property tuning, the discovery of new mechanisms for shape flxing and recovery, and the initiation of phenomenological modeling. We critically review research findings on new shape memory polymers along these lines, emphasizing exciting progress in the areas of composites, novel recovery triggering, and new application developments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-471
Number of pages27
JournalAnnual Review of Materials Research
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Networks
  • Shape memory polymers
  • Smart materials
  • Thermomechanical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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