Fabrication of a Miniature Paper-Based Electroosmotic Actuator
AbstractA voltage-controlled hydraulic actuator is presented that employs electroosmotic fluid flow (EOF) in paper microchannels within an elastomeric structure. The microfluidic device was fabricated using a new benchtop lamination process. Flexible embedded electrodes were formed from a conductive carbon-silicone composite. The pores in the layer of paper placed between the electrodes served as the microchannels for EOF, and the pumping fluid was propylene carbonate. A sealed fluid-filled chamber was formed by film-casting silicone to lay an actuating membrane over the pumping liquid. Hydraulic force generated by EOF caused the membrane to bulge by hundreds of micrometers within fractions of a second. Potential applications of these actuators include soft robots and biomedical devices. View Full-Text
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Sritharan, D.; Smela, E. Fabrication of a Miniature Paper-Based Electroosmotic Actuator. Polymers 2016, 8, 400.
Sritharan D, Smela E. Fabrication of a Miniature Paper-Based Electroosmotic Actuator. Polymers. 2016; 8(11):400.Chicago/Turabian Style
Sritharan, Deepa; Smela, Elisabeth. 2016. "Fabrication of a Miniature Paper-Based Electroosmotic Actuator." Polymers 8, no. 11: 400.
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