Peristaltic gel pump driven by chemical energy

Shingo Maeda, Yusuke Hara, Takashi Mikanohara, Shuji Hashimoto

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    Abstract

    Stimuli-responsive polymer gels have been applied to soft actuators. Especially, electroactive polymers are said to be promising materials as advanced soft actuators. Its mechanical motion is controlled by the external stimuli such as a change in solvent composition, pH, temperature and electric field etc. On the other hand, living organisms exhibit an autonomous motion driven by the chemical energy. In this study, we report a novel gel pump that can move spontaneously without external driving stimuli. The gel pump converts the chemical energy of the oscillatory reaction into the mechanical energy inside the gel. Although the gel is completely composed of synthetic polymer, it shows autonomous motion as if it is alive.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2011
    Pages1415-1420
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2011 - Phuket
    Duration: 2011 Dec 72011 Dec 11

    Other

    Other2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2011
    CityPhuket
    Period11/12/711/12/11

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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    Maeda, S., Hara, Y., Mikanohara, T., & Hashimoto, S. (2011). Peristaltic gel pump driven by chemical energy. In 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2011 (pp. 1415-1420). [6181488] https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2011.6181488