PhD in Chemistry
School of Chemistry
Gately, Reece D., Development of conducting carbon inks for direct writing of soft strain gauges, PhD in Chemistry thesis, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, 2016. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/4929
Soft robotics is a rapidly emerging field, and the demand for intelligent, compliant actuators is on the rise. To this end, a strain gauge that can be 3D printed on a soft substrate is required, to match this ever-evolving field. Conductive carbon materials, such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been previously presented as such a material. n this project, a vapour grown carbon nanofibre (VGCNF): gellan gum (GG) stable dispersion is projected through horn sonication, and is characterised through electrical, mechanical and rheological testing on a dry film, as well as a surface morphology.