Electrically Controllable Biomimetic Actuators Made with Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube(MWNT) Loaded Ionomeric Nanocomposites

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Biomimetic actuators that can produce soft-actuation but large force generation capability are of interest. Nafion, an effective ionomeric material from DuPont, has been shown to produce large deformation under low electric fields (<10V/mm). This response is caused by a direct electro-osmotic effect due to the existence and mobility of cations and subsequent swelling and deswelling of the material. In this effort, multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWNT)/Nafion nanocomposites were prepared by a casting in order to investigate the effect of MWNT loading in the range of 0 to 7 wt% on electromechanical properties of the MWNT/Nafion nanocomposites. The measured elastic modulus and actuation force of the MWNT/Nafion nanocomposites are drastically different, showing larger elastic modulus and improved electromechanical coupling, from the one without MWNT, implying that the effective MWNT loading is crucial to develop high-performance biomimetic actuators.

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Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 284-286)

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Panjian Li, Kai Zhang and Clifford W. Colwell, Jr.

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733-736

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D. Y. Lee et al., "Electrically Controllable Biomimetic Actuators Made with Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube(MWNT) Loaded Ionomeric Nanocomposites ", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 284-286, pp. 733-736, 2005

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