Utilizing slide-ring cross-linkers in polysiloxane networks for softer dielectric elastomer actuators

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Slide-ring elastomers have mobile cross-links that can slide on their axial polymers in a manner similar to a pulley on a zip line. This supramolecular network structure imparts unique mechanical properties to the elastomers, such as high deformability and low hysteresis upon cyclic loading, that are often favorable for dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs). The utilization of this type of dynamic network for actuation has been limited by the low compatibility of slide-ring materials and common elastomer platforms used in DEAs. Here, a synthetic pathway is proposed to allow for incorporation of slide-ring cross-linkers into silicone networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXII
EditorsYoseph Bar-Cohen, Iain A. Anderson, Herbert R. Shea
Number of pages8
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2020
Article number1137518
ISBN (Electronic)9781510635272
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventSPIE Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation - Online
Duration: 27 Apr 20208 May 2020


ConferenceSPIE Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation
SeriesProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


  • Silicone
  • Slide-ring elastomer
  • DEA
  • Polyrotaxane

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