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Keywords:

  • actuators;
  • ionic liquids;
  • materials science;
  • nanotechnology;
  • nanotubes
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Liquid films: Ionic liquids containing dispersed single-walled carbon nanotubes (bucky gels), allow the first layer-by-layer casting fabrication of a fully plastic actuator. This actuator adopts a simple three-layered configuration of soft electrodes and electrolyte layers (see picture) and can operate in air at low voltages.