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Electric Actuation of Nanostructured Thermoplastic Elastomer Gels with Ultralarge Electrostriction Coefficients

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  • Bori Kim,

    1. Nano Hybrids Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea
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  • Youn Duk Park,

    1. Nano Hybrids Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea
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  • Kyoungho Min,

    1. Nano Hybrids Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea
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  • Jin Hong Lee,

    1. Nano Hybrids Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea
    2. Nanomaterials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology, Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea
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  • Seung Sang Hwang,

    1. Nano Hybrids Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea
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  • Soon Man Hong,

    1. Nano Hybrids Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea
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  • Bong Hoon Kim,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 305–701, Republic of Korea
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  • Sang Ouk Kim,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 305–701, Republic of Korea
    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 305–701, Republic of Korea
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  • Chong Min Koo

    Corresponding author
    1. Nano Hybrids Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea
    2. Nanomaterials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology, Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea
    • Nano Hybrids Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cheongryang, Seoul P.O. Box 131, Republic of Korea.
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Abstract

Electrostriction facilitates the electric field-stimulated mechanical actuation of dielectric materials. This work demonstrates that introduction of dielectric mismatched nanodomains to a dielectric elastomer results in an unexpected ultralarge electrostriction coefficient, enabling a large electromechanical strain response at a low electric field. This strong electrostrictive effect is attributed to the development of an inhomogeneous electric field across the film thickness due to the high density of interfaces between dielectric mismatched periodic nanoscale domains. The periodic nanostructure of the nanostructured gel also makes it possible to measure the true electromechanical strain from the dimensional change monitored via in situ synchrotron small angle X-ray scattering. The work offers a promising pathway to design novel high performance dielectric elastomers as well as to understand the underlying operational mechanism of nanostructured multiphase electrostrictive systems.

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