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Poly(3-methylthiophene)-based electrochemical actuators
Author(s): Binbin Xi; Van-Tan Truong; Philip Whitten; Jie Ding; Geoffrey M. Spinks; Gordon G. Wallace
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Paper Abstract

Polythiophene, one of the most extensively studied conducting polymers, was selected as an actuator material due to its chemical and electrochemical stability both in air and moisture. In this work, poly(3-methylthiophene) based actuators were constructed electrochemically with a tubular geometrical configuration. The actuation behaviour was investigated regarding to the actuation strain generated, the stress produced and work per cycle performed by poly(3-methylthiophene) actuators. The effect of potential sweep rate and different electrolytes (ionic liquid and organic solvent) on the actuation performance were also explored. Poly(3-methylthiophene) actuators show an increase in actuation strain with an increase in applied load.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5649, Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems II, (28 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.582291
Show Author Affiliations
Binbin Xi, Univ. of Wollongong (Australia)
Van-Tan Truong, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Philip Whitten, Univ. of Wollongong (Australia)
Jie Ding, Univ. of Wollongong (Australia)
Geoffrey M. Spinks, Univ. of Wollongong (Australia)
Gordon G. Wallace, Univ. of Wollongong (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5649:
Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems II
Said F. Al-Sarawi, Editor(s)

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