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Development of an all-polymer, axial force electrochemical actuator


Lewis, TW and Kane-Maguire, LAP and Hutchison, AS and Spinks, GM and Wallace, GG, Development of an all-polymer, axial force electrochemical actuator, Synthetic Metals, 102, (1-3) pp. 1317-1318. ISSN 0379-6779 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0379-6779(98)01022-4


In this work we describe the design and development of an all-polymer electromechanical actuator with dissimilar conducting polymer anode and cathode in contact with a solid ion source sink of a water based polyacrylamide hydrogel. This allows contraction of one film during oxidation and the other during reduction, and the expansion of both when the polarity is reversed. This gives a stable, free-standing device able to generate forces along its length in air under the application of a potential difference of about 1.5 V between the films.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:polypyrrole and derivatives, actuator devices
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Macromolecular and materials chemistry
Research Field:Inorganic materials (incl. nanomaterials)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Lewis, TW (Associate Professor Trevor Lewis)
ID Code:130675
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:45
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2019-02-07
Last Modified:2019-02-20

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