Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymers
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK
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We are investigating applications of mechanically electroactive polymers EAPs with the intent of applying them to design of new and improved medical devices. Our initial emphasis in this work is on blood pumps and robotic instruments for minimally invasive surgery. In blood pumps. EAPs have potential to permit design of more tightly integrated and biomimetic devices. In surgical instruments, the flexibility and high energy density of EAPs have potential for enabling replacement of limited dexterity mechanically activated instruments with electronically mediated instruments having multiple degree of freedom effectors. This paper provides an overview of our efforts to date with field-activated ferroelectrics and dielectric elastomers.
- Polymer Chemistry
- Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering