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A comparison study of ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) fabricated with Nafion and other ion exchange membranes
Author(s): Jiyeon Park; Viljar Palmre; Kwang Kim; Dongsuk Shin; Daniel H. Kim; Woosoon Yim; Chulsung Bae
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Paper Abstract

Ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) have been and still are one of the best candidates with great potential to be used as actuators and sensors particularly in bioengineering where the environmental conditions are in an aqueous medium. Each component of an IPMC is important. However, the ion exchange membrane should be more emphasized because it is where ions migrate when electrical stimulation is applied and eventually it produces deformation of the IPMC. So far, the most commonly used ion exchange membrane is Nafion and many studies have been conducted with it for IPMC applications. There are a number of other commercially available ion exchange membranes now, but only a few studies have been done on those membranes to be used in IPMC applications. In this study, four commercially available membranes, (1) Nafion N115 (DuPont), (2) CMI7000S (Membranes International Inc.), (3) F-14100 (fumatech), (4) GEFC-700 (Golden Energy Fuel Cell) were selected and fabricated in IPMCs and their potentials as actuators were examined by conducting various characterizations such as water uptake, ion exchange capacity, SEM, DSC, blocking force and bending displacement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8687, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2013, 868714 (9 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2007079
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Jiyeon Park, The Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Viljar Palmre, The Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Kwang Kim, The Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Dongsuk Shin, Rice Univ. (United States)
Daniel H. Kim, The Univ. of Texas, Houston (United States)
Woosoon Yim, The Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Chulsung Bae, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8687:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2013
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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