HARRICK PLASMA

Toward a new generation of electrically controllable hygromorphic soft actuators

An innovative processing strategy for fabricating soft structures that possess electric and humidity driven active/passive actuation capabilities along with touch and humidity sensing properties is reported. The intrinsically multifunctional material comprises an active thin layer of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) in a double-layered structure with a silicone elastomer and provides an opportunity toward developing a new class of smart structures for soft robotics.

Taccola, Silvia, Francesco Greco, Edoardo Sinibaldi, Alessio Mondini, Barbara Mazzolai, Virgilio Mattoli

Advanced Materials

27

1668-1675

2015

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