About this Research Topic
Silicone elastomers are among the best-performing dielectric elastomers (DE), exhibiting increased long-term stability, scalability, and biocompatibility. In comparison to other dielectric elastomer materials, silicone offers quick response times and low viscoelasticity. These advantages have generated an increasingly large interest in academia and industry for developing value-added applications in robotics, stretchable electronics, energy harvesting, civil engineering, environmental monitoring, and in the automotive industry. While traditional transducers are in general bulky, rigid, expensive, and are often unsuitable for specific applications due to their incompatibility with soft or complex-shaped objects, silicone elastomer transducers eliminate these drawbacks. They provide reliability, structural simplicity, low noise, as well as being light and inexpensive.
Within the Research Topic “Silicone Elastomer Applications in Soft Robotics and Electronics” we welcome novel research papers, reviews, and opinions focused on silicone elastomers transducers with applications in soft robotics and electronics. We intend to bring together the latest advances in the field of silicone-based dielectric elastomers. Gathering these will help the community to get new insights into the state of the art of the DE technology and might link people with similar research goals.
The areas of focus in the current Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Synthesis and preparation of silicone elastomers
• Thermoplastic silicone formulations for electronic applications
• Thermal, mechanical, electrical, optical, and electromechanical properties of silicones
• Silicone-based actuators, sensors, and soft electronics
• Soft robots and devices using silicone elastomers
• 3D printing technologies of silicones
• Manufacturing techniques for silicone elastomers
• Advances in driving electronic for silicone elastomers actuators
• Simulation approaches and design tools for silicone elastomers
Dr. Hau is Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Desaar GmbH, a start-up for commercialization of dielectric elastomer technology. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interest with the theme of this Research Topic.
Keywords: Silicone, Dielectric Elastomers, Soft Actuators, Energy Converters, Soft Electronics
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