Sensing mechanical deformation via ionic polymer metal composites: A primer

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Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMCs) were discovered about twenty five years ago by Prof. Oguro and his team in Japan [1], and evidence about metalizing ionomer membranes dates even earlier [2]. Since their discovery, IPMCs have been the object of intensive research across the entire globe [3]-[5]. In its simplest form, an IPMC is constituted by a hydrated ionomeric membrane (that is, an electrically-charged polymer), which is neutralized by mobile counterions in a solution and plated by noble metal electrodes. IPMCs can be used as actuators and sensors, whereby a voltage applied across the electrodes will elicit mechanical deformation, and an imposed mechanical deformation will induce a measurable voltage across the electrodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8868271
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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