Individually controlled conducting polymer tri-layer microactuators
2013 (English)In: Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (TRANSDUCERS & EUROSENSORS XXVII), 2013 Transducers & Eurosensors XXVII, IEEE , 2013, 542-545 p.Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE , 2013. 542-545 p.
Textile, Rubber and Polymeric Materials
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-99449DOI: 10.1109/Transducers.2013.6626823OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-99449DiVA: diva2:657159
The 17th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (TRANSDUCERS & EUROSENSORS XXVII), 2013 Transducers & Eurosensors XXVII, 16-20 June 2013, Barcelona, Spain