Development and Characterization of Single Wall Carbon Nanotube-Nafion Composite Actuators

B. J. Landi, R. P. Raffaelle, M. J. Heben, J. L. Alleman, W. VanDerveer, T. Gennett

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The development and characterization of thin film polymeric actuators has been performed for single wall carbon nanotube (SWNT)-Nafion composite systems. Previous work in our laboratory illustrated that incorporation of highly conductive SWNTs into an ionomeric matrix promoted an actuation response by enhancing the electro-osmotic effect at relatively low doping levels, ∼0.1% (w/w). Further investigation has shown the effects of frequency and applied voltage on the composite bimorph actuator systems. The results indicate a displacement response that is linearly dependent on voltage and inverse to frequency.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)359-362
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering: B
Issue number3 SPEC.ISS.
StatePublished - 2005

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-590-38410


  • Actuator
  • Nafion
  • SWNT


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