Molecular engineering of polymer actuators for biomedical and industrial use

Mark Banister, Rebecca Eichorst, Amy Gurr, Georgette Schweitzer, Yordan Geronov, Pavalli Rao, Dominic McGrath

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationElectroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices, EAPAD 2012
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Print)9780819489975
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
EventSPIE Electroactive Polymers Actuators and Devices Conference, EAPAD 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 12 2012Mar 15 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8340
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherSPIE Electroactive Polymers Actuators and Devices Conference, EAPAD 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period3/12/123/15/12

Keywords

  • Electro-Active Polymers (EAP)
  • Engineering polymer actuators
  • epoxy polymer actuators
  • epoxy smart polymers
  • polymer actuators
  • polymer molecular engineering.
  • smart polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Banister, M., Eichorst, R., Gurr, A., Schweitzer, G., Geronov, Y., Rao, P., & McGrath, D. (2012). Molecular engineering of polymer actuators for biomedical and industrial use. In Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices, EAPAD 2012 [917495] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 8340). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.917495