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Photothermally Driven Refreshable Microactuators Based on Graphene Oxide Doped Paraffin

Photothermally Driven Refreshable Microactuators Based on Graphene Oxide Doped Paraffin
Ming Su, Sichao Hou, Shouwu Guo, Miao Wang
Actuators based on phase change materials (paraffin) can simultaneously produce large stroke length and large force due to thermal expansion, but the low thermal conductivity of paraffin requires high power input and long actuation time. The graphene oxide (GO) doped paraffin dynamic actuator addresses the key challenges in the design of thermal phase change actuators: Thermal conductivity and light absorbing are increased, and the response time is reduced compared to the standard phase change actuator designed with metal heating resistors. The thermal properties of GO–paraffin composites with varied loading amount are characterized to confirm the optimal loading amount of 1.0%. A multicell phase change actuator was integrated into a digital micromirror controlled optical system. A series of photothermally driven refreshable patterns were generated and confirmed with infrared imaging.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b08728

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b08728

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