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15 April 2016 Fabrication and adhesion of conjugated polymer trilayer structures for soft, flexible micromanipulators
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We are developing soft, flexible micromanipulators such as micro- tweezers for the handling and manipulation of biological species including cells and surgical tools for minimal invasive surgery. Our aim is to produce tools with minimal dimensions of 100 μm to 1 mm in size, which is 1-2 orders of magnitude smaller than existing technology. However, the displacement of the current developed micromanipulator remains limited due to the low ionic conductivity of the materials. Here, we present developed methods for the fabrication of conjugated polymer trilayer structure which exhibit potential to high stretchability/flexibility as well as a good adhesion between the three different layers. The outcomes of this study contribute to the realisation of low-foot print devices articulated with electroactive polymer actuators for which the physical interface with the power source has been a significant challenge limiting their application. Here, we present a new flexible trilayer structure, which will allow the fabrication of metal-free soft microactuators.
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Alexandre Khaldi, Daniel Falk, Ali Maziz, and Edwin W. H. Jager "Fabrication and adhesion of conjugated polymer trilayer structures for soft, flexible micromanipulators", Proc. SPIE 9798, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016, 97980N (15 April 2016);

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