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Simple casting based fabrication of PEDOT:PSS-PVDF-ionic liquid soft actuators
Author(s): Aiva Simaite; Bertrand Tondu; Fabrice Mathieu; Philippe Souéres; Christian Bergaud
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Paper Abstract

Despite a growing interest in conducting polymer based actuators, a robust fabrication technique is still needed. We suggest a fabrication method that allows fast production of conducting polymer actuators from commercially available polyvinylidene flouride membranes (PVDF) and a PEDOT/PSS solution. In order to improve adhesion of those materials, Ar plasma induced grafting is used to create hydrophilic surfaces of up to 40 μm. Hydrophilic PVDF-graft-polyethylene glycol allows diffusion of PEDOT/PSS in the pores of the membranes, while hydrophobic middle layers prevent short circuits. In this way, soft actuators can be fabricated by consequent drop casting and drying of conducting polymer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9430, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015, 94301E (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083936
Show Author Affiliations
Aiva Simaite, Lab. d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes, CNRS (France)
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (France)
Bertrand Tondu, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (France)
Fabrice Mathieu, Lab. d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (France)
Philippe Souéres, Lab. d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (France)
Christian Bergaud, Lab. d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9430:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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