Current Articles

2021, Volume 3,  Issue 2

Encryption/decryption and microtarget capturing by pH-driven Janus microstructures fabricated by the same femtosecond laser printing parameters
Zhaoxin Lao, Rui Sun, Dongdong Jin, Zhongguo Ren, Chen Xin, Yachao Zhang, Shaojun Jiang, Yiyuan Zhang, Li Zhang
2021, 3(2) doi: 10.1088/2631-7990/abe092

Several natural organism can change shape under external stimuli. These natural phenomena have inspired a vast amount of research on exploration and implementation of reconfigurable shape transformation. The Janus structure is a promising approach to achieve shape transformation based on its heterogeneous chemical or physical properties on opposite sides.However, the heterogeneity is generally realized by multi-step processing, different materials,and/or different processing parameters. Here, we present a simple and flexible method of producing pH-sensitive Janus microactuators from a single material, using the same laser printing parameters. These microactuators exhibit reversible structural deformations with large bending angles of ∼31◦ and fast response (∼0.2 s) by changing the pH value of the aqueous environment. Benefited from the high flexibility of the laser printing technique and the spatial arrangements, pillar heights, and bending directions of microactuators are readily controlled,enabling a variety of switchable ordered patterns and complex petal-like structures on flatsurfaces and inside microchannels. Finally, we explore the potential applications of this method in information encryption/decryption and microtarget capturing. 

Optimizing film thickness to delay strut fracture in high-entropy alloy composite microlattices
James Utama Surjadi, Xiaobin Feng, Wenzhao Zhou, Yang Lu
2021, 3(2) doi: 10.1088/2631-7990/abd8e8

Incorporating high-entropy alloys (HEAs) in composite microlattice structures yields superior mechanical performance and desirable functional properties compared to conventional metallic lattices. However, the modulus mismatch and relatively poor adhesion between the soft polymer core and stiff metallic film coating often results in film delamination and brittle strut fracture at relatively low strain levels (typically below 10%). In this work, we demonstrate that optimizing the HEA film thickness of a CoCrNiFe-coated microlattice completely suppresses delamination,significantly delays the onset of strut fracture (∼100% increase in compressive strain),and increases the specific strength by up to 50%. This work presents an efficient strategy to improve the properties of metal-composite mechanical metamaterials for structural applications.