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Low Voltage Driven Large Bending of Ionic Liquid Crystal Elastomers

E01 jakli low voltage driven large bending of ionic liquid crystal elastomers

Event: 196th Technical Meeting - Fall 2019
Location: Cleveland, OH
Date: October 08, 2019
Author: Antal Jakli
Paper Number: E01

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  • Motivated by the success of ionic electroactive polymers (iEAP) [1], we dispersed ionic liquids into liquid crystal elastomers (LCE) and studied their voltage induced bending properties by using PEDOT/PSS electrodes. We find the amplitude and switching time of bending depends on the alignment and size of LCE. The amplitude is largest, and switching is fastest (bending angle about 20o and switching time is 2 s under 2 V for 2 cm long, 2 mm wide and 150 ┬Ám width strip) for planar aligned cells, medium for hybrid alignment, and smallest for homeotropic aligned cells. The heating effect of the current is found to be negligible. The bending strain is comparable to the best iEAPs. Importantly hybrid iLCEs can be multi-responsive, as bending can also be induced thermally in hybrid LCE films or by light in azo containing LCEs [2]. Such multi-responsiveness offers interesting new applications compared to iEAPs

    Papers from 196th Technical Meeting - Fall 2019

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