Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

Editor(s): Federico Carpi, Elisabeth Smela

Published Online: 20 APR 2009

Print ISBN: 9780470773055

Online ISBN: 9780470744697

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744697

About this Book

Giving fundamental information on one of the most promising families of smart materials, electroactive polymers (EAP) this exciting new titles focuses on the several biomedical applications made possible by these types of materials and their related actuation technologies. Each chapter provides a description of the specific EAP material and device configuration used, material processing, device assembling and testing, along with a description of the biomedical application.

Edited by well-respected academics in the field of electroactive polymers with contributions from renowned international experts, this is an excellent resource for industrial and academic research scientists, engineers, technicians and graduate students working with polymer actuators or in the fields of polymer science.


Table of contents

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  1. Section I: Polymer Gels

    1. Chapter 2

      Bio-Responsive Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications (pages 43–59)

      Tom McDonald, Alison Patrick, Richard Williams, Brian G. Cousins and Rein V. Ulijn

    2. Chapter 3

      Stimuli-Responsive and ‘Active’ Polymers in Drug Delivery (pages 61–88)

      Aram Omer Saeed, Jóhannes Páll Magnússon, Beverley Twaites and Cameron Alexander

  2. Section II: Ionic Polymer–Metal Composites (IPMC)

    1. Chapter 9

      IPMC Assisted Infusion Micropumps (pages 175–191)

      Il-Seok Park, Sonia Vohnout, Mark Banister, Sangki Lee, Sang-Mun Kim and Kwang J. Kim

  3. Section III: Conjugated Polymers

    1. Chapter 10

      Conjugated Polymer Actuators: Fundamentals (pages 193–227)

      Geoffrey M. Spinks, Gursel Alici, Scott McGovern, Binbin Xi and Gordon G. Wallace

    2. Chapter 11

      Steerable Catheters (pages 229–248)

      Tina Shoa, John D. Madden, Nigel R. Munce and Victor X. D. Yang

  4. Section IV: Piezoelectric and Electrostrictive Polymers

  5. Section V: Dielectric Elastomers

    1. Chapter 21

      Biomedical Applications of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (pages 395–410)

      John S. Bashkin, Roy Kornbluh, Harsha Prahlad and Annjoe Wong-Foy

    2. Chapter 23

      A Braille Display System for the Visually Disabled Using a Polymer Based Soft Actuator (pages 427–442)

      Hyouk Ryeol Choi, Ig Mo Koo, Kwangmok Jung, Se-Gon Roh, Ja Choon Koo, Jae-Do Nam and Young Kwan Lee

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