A novel fabrication of ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMC) actuator with silver nano-powders

Chen-Kuei Chung, P. K. Fung, Y. Z. Hong, Ming-Shaung Ju, Chou-Ching Lin, T. C. Wu

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Abstract

This article reports a novel approach of applying silver nano-powders to the fabrication of ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMC) actuator with good adhesion between the metal electrodes and polymer membrane without surface roughening pretreatment at low cost, high repeatability and short processing time. Micro-fabrication technologies are used for this IPMC actuator fabrication including the dissolving and casting of silver nano-particles (35 nm) in Nafion® diluted solution, followed embossing, nontoxic electroless plating of silver, and microelectroforming of nickel. This IPMC actuator exhibits large deformation of bending curvature angle of more than 90° at lower driving voltage of 3 V. The frequency response of displacement with applied AC voltage of 2 V at 1 Hz results in a regular periodic deformations of the IPMC actuator. The elasticity modulus of the IPMC actuator can be reduced using an Ag-Nafion electrode for larger deformation than a pure Ag metal electrode. The electronic active polymer, IPMC, could be potentially used as the actuator of the active guide-wire, effective biomimetic sensor and artificial muscles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-375
Number of pages9
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Volume117
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Oct 12

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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In: Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, Vol. 117, No. 2, 12.10.2006, p. 367-375.

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