Conjugated Polymer Actuators: Prospects and Limitations

Steen Skaarup (Invited author)

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Actuators constructed with a conjugated polymer as the active part have been predicted to have a number of highly desirable properties: Large mechanical strength, high power density, i.e. high actuation speeds possible, sufficient maximum strain values, high reversibility and safe, low voltages (1-5 V), . Taking status after about 15 years of research efforts, most of these predictions have come true, the main exception being the much lower speeds actually realized in actuators.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectroactive Polymers: Materials and Devices
EditorsS.A. Hashmi, Amita Chandra, Amreesh Chandra
Place of PublicationNew Delhi
PublisherAllied Publishers
Publication date2007
ISBN (Print)81-8424-246-8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2nd International Conference on Electroactive Polymers: Materials and Devices - Goa, India
Duration: 19 Feb 200724 Feb 2007
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Conference on Electroactive Polymers


  • Electroactive Polymers
  • Artificial Muscles
  • Polymer Actuators

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Skaarup, S. (2007). Conjugated Polymer Actuators: Prospects and Limitations. In S. A. Hashmi, A. Chandra, & A. Chandra (Eds.), Electroactive Polymers: Materials and Devices (Vol. II, pp. 51-61). Allied Publishers.