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Photoactuators on the base of polymeric elastomers and multiwall carbon nanotubes
Author(s): Kl. Czaníková; I. Krupa; M. Ilcíková; J. Mosnáček; P. Kasák; M. Mičušík; D. Chorvát; M. Omastová
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Paper Abstract

Photomechanical actuation is preferred to electromechanical transduction because of some advantages including wireless connection, a producing low noise, fast response etc. However, only few materials actually exhibit photoactuation. Recently, nanotube-enriched elastomeric polymers have shown photo-actuating properties; the best results were reported for liquid crystals elastomers. In the present paper we discuss photo-actuating behavior of new photoactuating materials based on the commercial elastomer such as ethylene-vinylacetate copolymer (EVA) filled with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) modified with novel, specific surfactant consisting of pyrenenyl and cholesteryl groups. Orientation of MWCNT within the matrix was created by shear forces employing a special punch and die system. Photo-actuation was characterized using AFM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8107, Nano-Opto-Mechanical Systems (NOMS), 810707 (31 August 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894530
Show Author Affiliations
Kl. Czaníková, Polymer Institute (Slovakia)
I. Krupa, Polymer Institute (Slovakia)
M. Ilcíková, Polymer Institute (Slovakia)
J. Mosnáček, Polymer Institute (Slovakia)
P. Kasák, Polymer Institute (Slovakia)
M. Mičušík, Polymer Institute (Slovakia)
D. Chorvát, International Laser Ctr. (Slovakia)
M. Omastová, Polymer Institute (Slovakia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8107:
Nano-Opto-Mechanical Systems (NOMS)
Jaume Esteve; Eugene M. Terentjev; Eva M. Campo, Editor(s)

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