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Graphene electromechanical actuation; origins, optimization and applications

GW Rogers, JZ Liu

MRS Advances | Published : 2012


ABSTRACTGraphene-based materials have emerged as exceptional candidates for the development of novel, high performance actuators. Developing such an actuation material requires an in depth knowledge of the physics of operation and, therefrom, how to best optimize its performance. We investigate the electromechanical actuation of pristine monolayer graphene to elucidate the origin of this material’s exceptional electromechanical actuation performance. It is shown that the electrostatic double-layer (EDL) effect is dominant compared to the quantum-mechanical (QM) effect upon charging and electrolyte immersion. Seeking to optimize the QM actuation performance, we preliminarily investigate graph..

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