Force activation is triggered in a stretched polymer wire with color changes produced as a consequence of the molecules undergoing structural and conformational changes. A markedly increased efficiency of force activation is achieved by decreasing the diameter of the wires. The hybrid mechanosensitive polymer wire can function as micro- and nanoscale force sensor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1729-1733
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 25 2013


  • force activation
  • force sensors
  • hybrid materials
  • nanowires
  • polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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