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Front. Chem. | doi: 10.3389/fchem.2019.00803

The application of stimuli-sensitive actuators based on graphene materials

 Jinagli Xue1, Zhaoshun Gao1* and Liye Xiao1
  • 1Institute of Electrical Engineering (CAS), China

Graphene-based materials that can spontaneously response to external stimulations have triggered rapidly increasing research interest for developing smart devices due to their excellent electrical, mechanical and thermal properties. The specific behaviors as bending, curling and swing are benefit for designing and fabricating the smart actuation system. In this minireview, we overview and summarize some of the recent advancements of stimuli-responsive actuators based on graphene materials. The external stimulus usually is as electrical, electrochemical, humid, photonic and thermal. The advancement and industrialization of graphene preparation technology would push forward the rapid progress of graphene-based actuators and broaden their application including smart sensors, robots, artificial muscles, intelligent switch and so on.

Keywords: Graphene, actuators, stimulation, electrical, electrochemical, Humidity, Light, thermal

Received: 05 Sep 2019; Accepted: 07 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Xue, Gao and Xiao. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Zhaoshun Gao, Institute of Electrical Engineering (CAS), Haidian, China, gaozs@mail.iee.ac.cn