Electrostatic actuation in ionic polymer-metal composites

Alain Boldini, Kevin Jose, Youngsu Cha, Maurizio Porfiri

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Materials engineering has greatly contributed to improving the performance of soft active materials, but these improvements have seldom met the compelling needs of science and engineering applications. Here, we demonstrate, for the first time, a new approach to the design of soft active materials, which embraces the complexity of multiphysics phenomena across electrostatics and electrochemistry. Through principled experiments and physically-based models we investigate the integration of electrostatic actuation in ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors and 3D Systems III
EditorsJaehwan Kim
ISBN (Electronic)9781510625938
StatePublished - 2019
EventNano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors and 3D Systems III 2019 - Denver, United States
Duration: Mar 4 2019Mar 6 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceNano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors and 3D Systems III 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • contactless actuation
  • enhanced actuation range
  • pull-in instability
  • reduced-order modeling
  • soft actuators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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