Smart materials with versatile chromic response to external stimuli developed by macromolecular engineering




     Subscribing to HORIZON 2020 "Innovation" area, SMARTCrom project aims at working on a multidisciplinary and very hot topic – smart materials by introducing the "smart" concept in the field of heterocyclic polymers. The basic project idea is the development of smart materials with chromic response to external stimuli, such as electrical potential, metal ions, or light radiation.


    The heterocyclic polymers will be mainly high performance polyimides that will be modified as to carry various receptors. The new macromolecular architectures will include an optimum combination of heteroaromatic, aromatic or cycloaliphatic units in the same structural unit of the polymer receptor, so as to provide the desired chromic response to a particular stimulus, or even to more stimuli.