A polymer gel with electrically driven motility

  title={A polymer gel with electrically driven motility},
  author={Yoshihito Osada and Hidenori Okuzaki and Hirofumi Hori},
A SYSTEM capable of converting chemical energy to mechanical energy could serve as an actuator or an 'artificial muscle' in several applications. Here we describe a chemomechanical system of this sort based on a synthetic polymer gel. The gel network is anionic, and positively charged surfactant molecules can therefore bind to its surface, inducing local shrinkage by decreasing the difference in osmotic pressure between the gel interior and the solution outside. By using an electric field to… CONTINUE READING

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