February 16, 2010 16:15 - 17:15
Empa, Dübendorf, Theodor-Erismann-Auditorium, VE102
The upsurge of research activity in smart materials and structures stresses the interest in materials possessing both direct and inverse electromechanical transduction properties. Different classes of macromolecular materials appear to be interesting in relation to their electromechanical properties: piezoelectric polymers, polyelectrolyte gels, doped electron conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes and dielectric elastomers.
In the last decade there has been an impressive growth in research and development in the field of sensor technology. Some advances have also occurred, albeit less substantial, in the field of actuation. Although the largest part of the new physical sensors and actuators make use of inorganic materials and transduction elements, increasing attention is nowadays being paid to functional polymers. In this talk the sensing properties of redundant piezioresistive polymer arrays and the actuation properties of dielectric elastomers will be discussed with emphasis on selected applications.
The language of the presentation is English.
Free entrance, guests are welcome
Dr. Anne Satir
Tel: 044 823 4562