We report about a novel class of electroactive nanocomposites designed to perform spring-like actuation at low applied voltages. These systems are based on the impregnation of plain paper with a highly conductive ionogel, interpenetrating nanostructured conducting electrodes are printed on the paper/ionogel substrate by supersonic cluster beam deposition. Due to the structure and mechanical properties of the paper substrates, helix-shaped actuators can be obtained by coiling strips of the nanocomposites, thus enabling the production of electroactive components exhibiting motion up to two millimeters with a polarization of 5 V. Our approach constitutes a promising solution for the development of adaptive soft robotic architectures and smart flexible systems with bio-inspired motility.

Spring-like electroactive actuators based on paper/ionogel/metal nanocomposites / T. Santaniello, L. Migliorini, F. Borghi, Y. Yan, S. Rondinini, C. Lenardi, P. Milani. - In: SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES. - ISSN 0964-1726. - 27:6(2018), pp. 065004.1-065004.10. [10.1088/1361-665X/aabc32]

Spring-like electroactive actuators based on paper/ionogel/metal nanocomposites

T. Santaniello;L. Migliorini;F. Borghi;Y. Yan;S. Rondinini;C. Lenardi;P. Milani
2018

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We report about a novel class of electroactive nanocomposites designed to perform spring-like actuation at low applied voltages. These systems are based on the impregnation of plain paper with a highly conductive ionogel, interpenetrating nanostructured conducting electrodes are printed on the paper/ionogel substrate by supersonic cluster beam deposition. Due to the structure and mechanical properties of the paper substrates, helix-shaped actuators can be obtained by coiling strips of the nanocomposites, thus enabling the production of electroactive components exhibiting motion up to two millimeters with a polarization of 5 V. Our approach constitutes a promising solution for the development of adaptive soft robotic architectures and smart flexible systems with bio-inspired motility.
smart materials; nanocomposites; electroactive polymers; bio-inspired devices
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