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Superior performance of a vapor grown carbon fiber polymer actuator containing ruthenium oxide over a single-walled carbon nanotube

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Abstract

The electrochemical and electromechanical properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) actuators developed using a vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF)–ionic liquid (IL) gel electrode containing ruthenium oxide (RuO2), formed without using ultrasonication, were compared with only-VGCF and only-single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) based actuators. The double-layer capacitance of the VGCF electrode containing RuO2 was larger than that of the only-VGCF electrode. The VGCF polymer actuator containing RuO2 formed without using ultrasonication surpassed the performance of the only-VGCF and only-SWCNT actuators in terms of the strain. Both VGCFs and RuO2 were required to produce a large strain actuator that surpassed the performance of the only-SWCNT polymer actuator.

Graphical abstract: Superior performance of a vapor grown carbon fiber polymer actuator containing ruthenium oxide over a single-walled carbon nanotube

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The article was received on 14 Feb 2012, accepted on 30 May 2012 and first published on 30 May 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM30900A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 15104-15109
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    Superior performance of a vapor grown carbon fiber polymer actuator containing ruthenium oxide over a single-walled carbon nanotube

    N. Terasawa, K. Mukai and K. Asaka, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 15104
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM30900A

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