Carbon nanotube actuators possess the requirements to be used in soft robotic applications as they are lightweight, simple to assemble and can operate at low voltage. However, there is still a need to further enhance their performances - in particular strain and blocking force - in order to render their implementation in devices more viable. In this study, we report the electrochemical and electromechanical properties of carbon nanotube-polymer actuators containing metal chalcogenides (BN, WS2 and MoS2). We demonstrate that the incorporation of such particles in the carbon-based electrodes results in a remarkable increase of the actuators' performances. Indeed, by tuning the amount of metal chalcogenides, we improve both the strain and blocking force responses of the actuators by 60%.
|Titolo:||Significant strain and force improvements of single-walled carbon nanotube actuator: A metal chalcogenides approach|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|
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