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Metal Rubber electrodes for active polymer devices
Author(s): Andrea B. Hill; Richard O. Claus; Jennifer H. Lalli; Jeffrey B. Mecham; Bradley A. Davis; Richard M. Goff; Sumitra Subrahmanayan
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the use of Metal Rubber, which is an electrically conductive, low modulus, and optically transparent free-standing nanocomposite, as an electrode for active polymer devices. With its controllable and tailorable properties [such as modulus (from ~ 1 MPa to 100 MPa), electrical conductivity, sensitivity to flex and strain, thickness, transmission, glass transition, and more], Metal Rubber exhibits massive improvements over traditional stiff electrodes that physically constrain the actuator device motion and thus limit productivity. Metal Rubber shows exceptional potential for use as flexible electrodes for many active polymer applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5759, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (6 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.597737
Show Author Affiliations
Andrea B. Hill, NanoSonic, Inc. (United States)
Richard O. Claus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
NanoSonic, Inc (United States)
Jennifer H. Lalli, NanoSonic, Inc. (United States)
Jeffrey B. Mecham, NanoSonic, Inc. (United States)
Bradley A. Davis, NanoSonic, Inc. (United States)
Richard M. Goff, NanoSonic, Inc. (United States)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Sumitra Subrahmanayan, NanoSonic, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5759:
Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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