Recent advances in shape-memory polymers: Structure, mechanism, functionality, modeling and applications

Jinlian Hu, Yong Zhu, Huahua Huang, Jing Lu

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Research on shape-memory polymers (SMPs) has been actively conducted for more than three decades. Recently, interest in this area has intensified. Even though there have been a number of related review papers published in the past 3 years, a generalized view on the important aspects of SMPs that would give a holistic picture of this promising area of research is still lacking. This paper will provide a comprehensive review that integrates the achievements in studying SMPs and their derivatives, such as composites and compound structures, as well as their current applications. Concepts, principles/modelings, structures and related synthesis methods, applications and future trends will be examined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1720-1763
Number of pages44
JournalProgress in Polymer Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • Modeling
  • Shape-memory polymer
  • Smart materials
  • Stimuli-sensitive
  • Switch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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