Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Transparent low-voltage-driven soft actuators with silver nanowires Joule heaters
Authors: Liu, Jian
Xu, Lulu
He, Chaobin
Lu, Xuehong
Wang, FuKe
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Liu, J., Xu, L., He, C., Lu, X. & Wang, F. (2021). Transparent low-voltage-driven soft actuators with silver nanowires Joule heaters. Polymer Chemistry, 12(36), 5251-5256.
Project: A1786a0034
Journal: Polymer Chemistry
Abstract: Transparent soft actuators have been receiving enormous attention due to their potential for application in camouflage robotics, accurate monitoring/controlling of soft robots, etc. Herein, we report an electrically powered soft actuator relying on reversible nematic-to-isotropic transitions of liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) induced by Joule heating with silver nanowires (AgNWs). Taking advantage of the high conductivity and transparency of the AgNWs electro-heater, the assembled soft actuator can attain high transmittance (60-70%) in the visible region. It exhibits a large bending deformation upon the application of a low voltage of 6 V within 20 s, and returns to its original state when withdrawing the voltage. In addition, the degree of bending can be controlled by the voltage applied and application time of the electric field. The LCE-based transparent soft actuators with low voltage switching are particularly promising for application in smart soft robots with optical components.
ISSN: 1759-9954
DOI: 10.1039/D1PY00837D
Schools: School of Materials Science and Engineering 
Rights: © 2021 The Royal Society of Chemistry. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: none
Fulltext Availability: No Fulltext
Appears in Collections:MSE Journal Articles

Citations 50

Updated on Jun 8, 2023

Web of ScienceTM
Citations 20

Updated on Jun 3, 2023

Page view(s)

Updated on Jun 8, 2023

Google ScholarTM




Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.