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Web Date: May 14, 2014

Ionogels Could Conduct And Stretch In Soft Machines

Materials: An ionic liquid turns a polymer gel into an easily deformable conductor
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: soft machines, ionogel, transducers, conductive polymers, flexible electronics, hydrogel, voltage

Some engineers want to ditch hard metals and plastics and instead build machines with soft, shape-shifting materials to make wearable sensors or robots that can deform to squeeze through tight spaces. But to power these machines they need conducting materials that can bend and stretch along with moving parts. Hydrogels stretch and conduct electricity, but they eventually dry out and shrivel in air. Now researchers have created a . . .

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