Factors influencing performance of electrochemical actuators based on inherently conducting polymers (ICPs)

Gordon G. Wallace, Jie Ding, Lui Lu, Geoffrey M. Spinks, Dezhi Zhou, S. Forsyth, M. Forsyth, D. MacFarlane

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The mechanisms underpinning the basis of electrochemical actuators utilizing inherently conducting polymers (ICPs) are briefly reviewed. Based on the fact that these actuators are simple electrochemical cells the parameters impacting on performance are discussed. Of particular interest here is the mode of electrical connection, the auxiliary electrode composition and the supporting electrolyte used. All are shown to have a dramatic effect on performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

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