Soft materials are very susceptible to surface instabilities, which can lead to wrinkiling, folding and creasing. These deformations and morphological instabilities are usually in response to environmental stimuli, and this stimulus-responsiveness makes them promising candidates for applications as intelligent materials. This hot review documents recent progress into the investigtation of surface wrinkling of soft materials, such as gels and biological tissues.
Mechanics of morphological instabilities and surface wrinkling in soft materials: a review
Bo Li , Yan-Ping Cao, Xi-Qiao Feng and Huajian Gao
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 5728-5745, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM00011C