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Home  >  Journal list  >  Polymer Journal  >  Vol.38  No.7 (2006)  >  pp.659-668

Polymer Journal
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A Comparative Study of Conductive Polypyrrole and Polyaniline Coatings on Electro-Active Papers

Jaehwan Kim1), S. D. Deshpande1)2), Sungryul Yun1) and Qubo Li1)
1) Creative Research Center for EAPap Actuator, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University
2) National Chemical Laboratory, Chemical Engineering Division

ABSTRACT:  A comparative study is performed on the conductive polymer-coated electro-active paper (EAPap) actuators by aiming at improving the overall performance of the actuators. Conductive Polymer coated Electro-active Paper [CP-EAPap] actuators are constructed using electro-deposition of polypyrrole and polyaniline on to cellulose paper. The actuation behavior is tested at different actuation frequency and humidity conditions on bilayer and trilayer types of CP-EAPap actuators. The effect of thickness variation, dopant ions and humidity conditions are compared for both conductive polymer-coated actuators. The trilayer actuators are superior than the bilayer counterparts, and polyaniline coated actuators gives better performance than polypyrrole based ones in terms of bending displacement and ruggedness to humidity. The possible actuation principle is also addressed along with X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope results.

Electro-Active Paper/ Electro-generation/ Polypyrrole/ Polyaniline/ Bending Actuator

Published online: July 14, 2006
© Copyright, 2006 by The Society of Polymer Science, Japan

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