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Bio-inspired high-performance artificial muscles using 3D-networked carbon nanostructures (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Jaehwan Kim; Il-Kwon Oh

Paper Abstract

Bio-inspired polymeric artificial muscles have been regarded as perfect candidates for future soft electronic devices such as human-friendly wearable electronics, and soft haptic-feedback systems. However, for more practical applications of polymeric artificial muscles, the drawbacks of the artificial muscles including response time, power generation, durability, and cost-effectiveness remain to be resolved. Here, we report a bio-inspired high-performance artificial muscles based on three-dimensional networked carbon nanostructures, which provide an electrically conductive network in the electrodes. The three-dimensional networked carbon nanostructures exhibit high specific capacitance in both aqueous and non-aqueous electrolyte, large specific surface area, and high electrical conductivity. Moreover, the bio-inspired artificial muscles were successfully demonstrated with high strain and long-term durability under low input voltages, owing to the outstanding features of three-dimensional networked carbon nanostructures. Therefore, the bio-inspired artificial muscles with 3D-networked carbon nanostructures can play key roles for next-generation soft and wearable electronics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2018
Proc. SPIE 10594, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XX, 105941I (27 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2296577
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Jaehwan Kim, KAIST (Korea, Republic of)
Il-Kwon Oh, KAIST (Korea, Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10594:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XX
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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