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Highly flexible and transparent dielectric elastomer actuators using silver nanowire and carbon nanotube hybrid electrodes

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Abstract

We demonstrate a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) with a high areal strain value of 146% using hybrid electrodes of silver nanowires (AgNWs) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). The addition of a very small amount of SWCNTs (∼35 ng mm−2) to a highly resistive AgNW network resulted in a remarkable reduction of the electrode sheet resistance by three orders, increasing the breakdown field by 183% and maximum strain, while maintaining the reduction of optical transmittance within 11%. The DEA based on our transparent and stretchable hybrid electrodes can be easily fabricated by a simple vacuum filtration and transfer process of the electrode film on a pre-strained dielectric elastomer membrane. We expect that our approach will be useful in the future for fabricating stretchable and transparent electrodes in various soft electronic devices.

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The article was received on 05 Jul 2017, accepted on 17 Aug 2017 and first published on 17 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01329A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
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    Highly flexible and transparent dielectric elastomer actuators using silver nanowire and carbon nanotube hybrid electrodes

    Y. R. Lee, H. Kwon, D. H. Lee and B. Y. Lee, Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01329A

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