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Fabrication and adhesion of conjugated polymer trilayer structures for soft, flexible micromanipulators
Author(s): Alexandre Khaldi; Daniel Falk; Ali Maziz; Edwin W. H. Jager
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Paper Abstract

We are developing soft, flexible micromanipulators such as micro- tweezers for the handling and manipulation of biological species including cells and surgical tools for minimal invasive surgery. Our aim is to produce tools with minimal dimensions of 100 μm to 1 mm in size, which is 1-2 orders of magnitude smaller than existing technology. However, the displacement of the current developed micromanipulator remains limited due to the low ionic conductivity of the materials. Here, we present developed methods for the fabrication of conjugated polymer trilayer structure which exhibit potential to high stretchability/flexibility as well as a good adhesion between the three different layers. The outcomes of this study contribute to the realisation of low-foot print devices articulated with electroactive polymer actuators for which the physical interface with the power source has been a significant challenge limiting their application. Here, we present a new flexible trilayer structure, which will allow the fabrication of metal-free soft microactuators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9798, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016, 97980N (15 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218860
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Alexandre Khaldi, Linköping Univ. (Sweden)
Daniel Falk, Linköping Univ. (Sweden)
Ali Maziz, Linköping Univ. (Sweden)
Edwin W. H. Jager, Linköping Univ. (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9798:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016
Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Frédéric Vidal, Editor(s)

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