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Title: An on-demand plant-based actuator created using conformable electrodes
Authors: Li, Wenlong
Matsuhisa, Naoji
Liu, Zhiyuan
Wang, Ming
Luo, Yifei
Cai, Pingqiang
Chen, Geng
Zhang, Feilong
Li, Chengcheng
Liu, Zhihua
Lv, Zhisheng
Zhang ,Wei
Chen, Xiaodong
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Li, W., Matsuhisa, N., Liu, Z., Wang, M., Luo, Y., Cai, P., Chen, G., Zhang, F., Li, C., Liu, Z., Lv, Z., Zhang , W. & Chen, X. (2021). An on-demand plant-based actuator created using conformable electrodes. Nature Electronics, 4(2), 134-142.
Project: NRF-NRFI2017-07 
Journal: Nature Electronics 
Abstract: Owing to their adaptive interfacial properties, soft actuators can be used to perform more delicate tasks than their rigid counterparts. However, traditional polymeric soft actuators rely on energy conversion for actuation, resulting in high power input or slow responses. Here we report an electrical plant-based actuator that uses a conformable electrical interface as an electrical modulating unit and a Venus flytrap as an actuating unit. Using frequency-dependent action-potential modulation, accurate on-demand actuation is possible, with response times that can be tuned to 1.3 s and a power input of only 10 W. The actuator can be wirelessly controlled using a smartphone. It can also be installed on a range of platforms (including a finger and a robotic hand) and can be used to grasp thin wires and capture moving objects.
ISSN: 2520-1131
DOI: 10.1038/s41928-020-00530-4
Schools: School of Materials Science and Engineering 
Interdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS) 
Research Centres: Innovative Centre for Flexible Devices 
NTU Institute for Health Technologies 
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). All rights reserved. This paper was published by Springer Nature Limited in Nature Electronics and is made available with permission of The Author(s).
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