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Design of Autonomous Gel Actuators

Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, 3-4-1 Okubo Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8555, Japan
Nanosystem Research Institute, NRI, National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology, AIST, Central 5-2, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba 305-8565, Japan
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Current Address: Sony Advanced Materials Laboratories.
Polymers 2011, 3(1), 299-313;
Received: 15 November 2010 / Revised: 15 December 2010 / Accepted: 10 January 2011 / Published: 11 January 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biofunctional Polymers for Medical Applications)
In this paper, we introduce autonomous gel actuators driven by chemical energy. The polymer gels prepared here have cyclic chemical reaction networks. With a cyclic reaction, the polymer gels generate periodical motion. The periodic motion of the gel is produced by the chemical energy of the oscillatory Belouzov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction. We have succeeded in making synthetic polymer gel move autonomously like a living organism. This experimental fact represents the great possibility of the chemical robot. View Full-Text
Keywords: gel; gel actuator; chemical robot   gel; gel actuator; chemical robot  
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Maeda, S.; Hara, Y.; Nakamaru, S.; Hashimoto, S. Design of Autonomous Gel Actuators. Polymers 2011, 3, 299-313.

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Maeda S, Hara Y, Nakamaru S, Hashimoto S. Design of Autonomous Gel Actuators. Polymers. 2011; 3(1):299-313.

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Maeda, Shingo, Yusuke Hara, Satoshi Nakamaru, and Shuji Hashimoto. 2011. "Design of Autonomous Gel Actuators" Polymers 3, no. 1: 299-313.

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