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A novel ionic polymer-metal composites incorporating ZnO thin film
Author(s): Sang-Mun Kim; Rashi Tiwari; Kwang J. Kim
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Paper Abstract

This paper aims to introduce newly developed Ionic Polymer-metal Composites (opto-IPMCs) targeting optical applications. The thin optical film of ZnO was deposited on IPMC by an electroless deposition method. This ZnO/Pt IPMC demonstrates photoluminescence (PL) quenching phenomenon, which is reduction in PL intensity (PLI) with an increase in applied electric fields. The crystal structure, morphology and atomic compositions of the resulting ZnO incorporated IPMCs were proved by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and the energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, respectively. We observed that ZnO incorporated IPMCs show stable and large displacement under a square current pulse. Also, the electro-optical responses of the manufactured opto-IPMCs were characterized by the PL spectra. The working range of the newly developed electro-optical system was measured to be within the 375-475 nm wavelength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7287, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009, 72870W (6 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.815668
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Sang-Mun Kim, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Rashi Tiwari, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Kwang J. Kim, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7287:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009
Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Thomas Wallmersperger, Editor(s)

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