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Nanostructured Materials for Soft Robotics – Sensors and Actuators

  • Raphael Addinall
  • Thomas Ackermann
  • Ivica Kolaric
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The advances in nanotechnology during the past two decades have led to several breakthroughs in material sciences. Ongoing and future tasks are related to the transfer of the unique properties of nanostructured materials to the macroscopic behaviour of composite structures and the system integration of novel materials for improved mechanical, electronic and optical devices. Nanostructured carbons, especially carbon nanotubes, are promising candidates as novel material for future applications in several fields. One of the big aims is the utilisation of the unique intrinsic mechanical and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes for sensing and actuation devices. The combination of excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical deformation makes carbon nanotubes ideal for applications in sensors and actuators and opens new possibilities in construction design of next generation robotic systems, which can be built with soft, bendable and stretchable materials. This chapter gives a brief overview on the properties of carbon nanotubes and their potential for actuators and sensors in soft robotics.


Carbon Nanotubes Silver Nanowire Touch Sensor Electroactive Polymer Soft Robot 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raphael Addinall
    • 1
  • Thomas Ackermann
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ivica Kolaric
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPAStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Graduate School of Excellence advanced Manufacturing Engineering (GSaME)University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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