Title

Conducting polymer microactuators operating in air

RIS ID

31900

Publication Details

Alici, G., Devaud, V., Renaud, P. & Spinks, G. Maxwell. (2009). Conducting polymer microactuators operating in air. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 19 (2), 1-9.

Abstract

We report for the first time on microsized conducting polymer actuators, which operate in air and in liquids. These actuators are potentially useful for a wide range of applications from biotechnology to microrobots. Furthermore, the actuators are fabricated using an excimer laser ablation technique, which does not require clean-room facilities and can provide high throughput production. Preliminary characterization results presented show that the tip displacement of the microactuators is linearly proportional to the magnitude of the input voltage.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0960-1317/19/2/025017