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Property modification of nafion via polymer blending with polyimide (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Taeseon Hwang; Jungsoo Nam; Dong-Chan Lee; Kwang Jin Kim

Paper Abstract

The blended ion exchange membrane between Nafion and Polyimide (PI) was used for fabrication of the ionic polymer–metal composite (IPMC) not only to redeem inherent drawbacks of Nafion such as high cost or environment-unfriendliness but also to enhance mechanical properties of Nafion. PI solution was blended in Nafion solution by a volume ratio and membranes were prepared through solution casting method. The prepared blended Nafion membranes can be fabricated IPMCs with electroless plating of platinum electrode onto its surface. The surface resistance of all prepared IPMCs is measured through 2-point probe. This study investigated the chemical structure and mechanical properties of prepared blended membranes. Moreover, we characterized the cross-section morphology and studied the electromechanical performances (displacement and blocking force) of prepared IPMC actuators. The prepared IPMC actuators with blended Nafion membranes were demonstrated comparable electromechanical performance by significantly reducing the content of Nafion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10163, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2017, 1016314 (10 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2261643
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Taeseon Hwang, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Jungsoo Nam, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Dong-Chan Lee, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Kwang Jin Kim, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10163:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2017
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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