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Environmentally responsive optical microstructured hybrid actuator assemblies and applications thereof

United States Patent

January 5, 2016
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Microstructured hybrid actuator assemblies in which microactuators carrying designed surface properties to be revealed upon actuation are embedded in a layer of responsive materials. The microactuators in a microactuator array reversibly change their configuration in response to a change in the environment without requiring an external power source to switch their optical properties.
Aizenberg; Joanna (Boston, MA), Aizenberg; Michael (Boston, MA), Kim; Philseok (Arlington, MA)
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
13/ 990,385
November 29, 2011
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This work was supported by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Award No. FA9550-09-1-0669-DOD35CAP), and the U.S. Department of Energy (Award No. DE-SC0005247). The United States Government may have certain rights to the invention.