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Wen Zheng, Gursel Alici, Philip R. Clingan, Bridget J. Munro, Geoffrey M. Spinks, Julie R. Steele and Gordon G. Wallace Polypyrrole stretchable actuators Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 51

Article first published online: 28 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23177

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A simple way to prepare stretchable polypyrrole (PPy)-based actuator materials was developed so that it can be operated over a wide dynamic strain range and generate useable actuation displacements and pressures. The stretchable actuators were prepared as a laminated composite of PPy and a gold-coated roughened rubber sheet. By manipulating the corrugated surface of the rubber substrate, the stretchability of PPy was greatly improved.

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