6 May 2005 Fabrication of polypyrrole nanowires
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An artificial muscle composed of electroactive nanowires or nanofibers would compare favorably to its biological counterpart in terms of generated force and speed, while devices based on discrete nanoactuators could perform functions similar to those of motor proteins in biological cells. A template synthesis method for producing polypyrrole nanowires is examined. Conductivity and electrochemical properties of resulting nanowires are evaluated, showing promise for future use as nanoactuators. Template synthesis is then extended to allow fabrication of polypyrrole nanowires directly on a planar substrate such as semiconductor wafer, enabling potential integration with semiconductor or microfluidic devices.
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Yevgeny Berdichevsky, Yevgeny Berdichevsky, Yu-Hwa Lo, Yu-Hwa Lo, } "Fabrication of polypyrrole nanowires", Proc. SPIE 5759, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (6 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.599897; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.599897

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