Special Issue "Hybrid Actuators Based on Low Dimensional Materials or Functional Polymers"

A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tao Deng
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School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, No. 3 Shangyuancun, Haidian District, Beijing 100044, China
Interests: photodetectors; 3D devices; micro/nano sensors and actuators; 2D materials; self-rolled-up technology
Prof. Dr. He Tian
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Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Interests: sensors; graphene; actuator; 2D materials; nano devices
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Dr. Weinan Xu
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Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron 250 South Forge Street, Akron, OH 44325-0301
Interests: responsive polymers; 2D materials; hybrid structures; nanofabrication
Prof. Dr. Mengwei Li
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School of Instrument and Electronics, North University of China No.3 Xueyuan Road, Jiancaoping District, Taiyuan 030051, Shanxi, China
Interests: MEMS sensors and actuators; RF MEMS devices; graphene sensors; microsystem technologies
Prof. Dr. ChangKyu Yoon
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Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul 04310, Korea
Interests: responsive hydrogels; intelligent systems; soft robotics; micro and nano systems; self-folding
Prof. Dr. Ming Liang Jin
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Medical College, Institute for Translation Medicine, Institute for Future, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071, Shandong, China
Interests: wearable sensors; sensing material synthesis; MEMS; lithography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the most important driving forces for the development of high-performance actuators is the discovery/use of new types of functional materials. This trend has become especially obvious in recent years, with the utilization of low-dimensional nanomaterials, such as 2D-layered materials, 1D nanotubes, 0D quantum dots, ultrathin nanomembranes, as well as stimuli-responsive polymers, as the major components to fabricate actuators with unique properties. To further improve the performance and combine the unique characters of different functional materials, there is an emerging trend to integrate inorganic low-dimensional materials and functional polymers for the fabrication of novel hybrid actuators.

This Special Issue will collect cutting-edge research in hybrid actuators based on inorganic low dimensional materials or functional polymers. The topics will span from fundamental hybrid materials synthesis and characterization to hybrid actuator device fabrication, as well as their applications in biosensors, energy conversion, soft robotics, and biomimicry etc.

Dr. Tao Deng
Dr. He Tian
Dr. Weinan Xu
Prof. Dr. Mengwei Li
Dr. ChangKyu Yoon
Prof. Dr. Ming Liang Jin
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • hybrid actuators
  • 2D/1D/0D materials
  • nanotubes
  • piezoelectric materials
  • responsive polymers
  • soft robotics

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Advances in Stimuli-Responsive Soft Robots with Integrated Hybrid Materials
Actuators 2020, 9(4), 115; https://doi.org/10.3390/act9040115 - 14 Nov 2020
Cited by 5 | Viewed by 1530
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Hybrid stimuli-responsive soft robots have been extensively developed by incorporating multi-functional materials, such as carbon-based nanoparticles, nanowires, low-dimensional materials, and liquid crystals. In addition to the general functions of conventional soft robots, hybrid stimuli-responsive soft robots have displayed significantly advanced multi-mechanical, electrical, or/and [...] Read more.
Hybrid stimuli-responsive soft robots have been extensively developed by incorporating multi-functional materials, such as carbon-based nanoparticles, nanowires, low-dimensional materials, and liquid crystals. In addition to the general functions of conventional soft robots, hybrid stimuli-responsive soft robots have displayed significantly advanced multi-mechanical, electrical, or/and optical properties accompanied with smart shape transformation in response to external stimuli, such as heat, light, and even biomaterials. This review surveys the current enhanced scientific methods to synthesize the integration of multi-functional materials within stimuli-responsive soft robots. Furthermore, this review focuses on the applications of hybrid stimuli-responsive soft robots in the forms of actuators and sensors that display multi-responsive and highly sensitive properties. Finally, it highlights the current challenges of stimuli-responsive soft robots and suggests perspectives on future directions for achieving intelligent hybrid stimuli-responsive soft robots applicable in real environments. Full article
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