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Molecular engineering of polymer actuators for biomedical and industrial use
Author(s): Mark Banister; Rebecca Eichorst; Amy Gurr; Georgette Schweitzer; Yordan Geronov; Pavalli Rao; Dominic McGrath
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Paper Abstract

Five key materials engineering components and how each component impacted the working performance of a polymer actuator material are investigated. In our research we investigated the change of actuation performance that occurred with each change we made to the material. We investigated polymer crosslink density, polymer chain length, polymer gelation, type and density of reactive units, as well as the addition of binders to the polymer matrix. All five play a significant role and need to be addressed at the molecular level to optimize a polymer gel for use as a practical actuator material for biomedical and industrial use.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2012
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 8340, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2012, 83400D (3 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.917495
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Banister, Medipacs Inc. (United States)
Rebecca Eichorst, Medipacs Inc. (United States)
Amy Gurr, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Georgette Schweitzer, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Yordan Geronov, Medipacs Inc. (United States)
Pavalli Rao, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Dominic McGrath, Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8340:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2012
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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