Individually controlled conducting polymer tri-layer microactuators



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Jager, E. W. H., Masurkar, N., Nworah, N. F., Gaihre, B., Alici, G. & Spinks, G. M. (2013). Individually controlled conducting polymer tri-layer microactuators. Transducers and Eurosensors XXVII: The 17th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (pp. 542-545). Spain: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.


We are currently developing a range of microdevices based on polypyrrole (PPy) tri-layer microactuators that function in air. Here, we present recently developed microfabrication and patterning methods using photolithography for both thick, membrane and thin film poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) based PPy tri-layer actuators. We fabricated monolithically integrated, articulated actuator devices, i.e. comprising individually controllable actuators. We also introduce an interface for such PPy actuators based on a flexible printed circuit board, comprising the electrical contacts, into which the actuator device was inserted. Compartive evaluations showed that the microfabricated tri-layer actuators functioned as good as the normally fabricated actuators. The new interface seemed to actually improve the actuator performance.

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