Polymeric actuators

We are interested in engineering of functional polymer thin films which are able to reversibly fold and form different 3D objects in response to change of environmental conditions. The primary goal is to use self-rolled tubes and self-folding capsules for encapsulation of cells, design of scaffolds for tissue engineering.


Ionov, L
Hydrogel-based actuators: possibilities and limitations more
Materials Today 2014, accepted.

Stroganov, V.; Zakharchenko, S.; Sperling, E.; Meyer, A.K.; Schmidt, O.G; Ionov, L
Biodegradable self-folding polymer films with controlled thermo-triggered folding more
Advanced Functional Materials 2014, 24(27), 4357–4363.

Zhang, Y.; Ionov, L.
Actuating Porous Polyimide Films more
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014, 6 (13), 10072–10077.

Magdanz, V.; Stoychey, G.; Ionov, L.; Sanchez, S.; Schmidt, O.
Stimuli-Responsive Microjets with Reconfigurable Shape more
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 126 (10), 2014, 271-2715.

Ionov, L. 
Polymer origami: programming the folding with shape more
e-Polymers 14(2), 2014, 109-114.

Synytska, A.; Ionov, L.
Stimuli-Responsive Janus particles more
Particle & Particle Systems Characterization 30, 2013, 922-930.

Ionov, L.
Biomimetic hydrogel-based actuating systems more
Advanced Functional Materials 23, 2013, 4555–4570.

Zakharchenko, S.; Puretskiy, N.; Stoychev, G.; Waurisch, C.; Hickey, S.G.; Eychmüller, A.; Sommer, J.U.; Ionov, L.
Stimuli-responsive hierarchically self-assembled 3D porous polymer-based structures with aligned pores  more
Journal of Materials Chemistry B (1) 2013, 1786-1793.

Ionov, L.; Zakharchenko, S.; Stoychev, G.
Soft Microorigami: Stimuli-responsive Self-folding Polymer Films  more
Advances in Science and Technology (77) 2013, 348-353.

Ionov, L.
3D Microfabrication using stimuli-responsive self-folding polymer films  more
Polymer Reviews (53) 2013, 92-107 .

Stoychev, G.; Turcaud, S.; Dunlop, J.; Ionov, L.
Hierarchical multi-step folding of polymer bilayers more
Advanced Functional Materials (23) 2013, 2295.

Ionov, L.
Bioinspired microorigami by self-folding polymer films more
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, accepted.

Stoychev, G.; Zakharchenko, S.; Turcaud, S.; Dunlop, J.; Ionov, L.
Shape programmed folding of stimuli-responsive polymer bilayers more
ACS Nano 6 (5) (2012), 3925–3934.

Ionov, L.;
Biomimetic 3D self-assembling biomicroconstructs by spontaneous deformation of thin polymer films more
Journal of Materials Chemistry (2012), 22, 19366–19375.

Luchnikov, V.; Ionov, L.; Stamm, M.
Self-rolled polymer tubes: novel tools for microfluidics, microbiology and drug-delivery systems more
Macromolecular Rapid Communications 32(24) (2011) 1943–1952.

Ionov, L.
Soft microorigami: self-folding polymer films more
Soft Matter 7 (2011) 6786–6791.  

Zakharchenko, S.; Sperling, E.; Ionov, L.
Fully biodegradable self-rolled polymer tubes: a candidate for tissue engineering scaffolds more
Biomacromolecules 12 (6) (2011)  2211–2215.

Stoychev, G.; Puretskiy, N.;  Ionov, L.
Self-folding all-polymer thermoresponsive microcapsules more
Soft Matter 7 (2011) 3277-3279

Zakharchenko, S.; Puretskiy, N.; Stoychev, G.; Stamm, M.; Ionov, L.
Temperature controlled encapsulation and release using partially biodegradable thermo-magneto-sensitive self-rolling tubes more
Soft Matter 6 (2010) 2633-2636