Sonochemical Synthesis of Platinum Nanowires and Their Applications as Electro-Chemical Actuators

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We report the sonochemical synthesis of platinum nanowires on carbon nanotube templates and their application in electrochemical actuation. The fabrication of platinum nanowires was achieved by suspending well separated single wall carbon nanotubes in isopropyl alcohol and ultra-sonically agitating the solution in the presence of dihydrogen hexachloroplatinate. The platinum nanowires were further processed into micro and macro scale free standing sheets by vacuum filtration. An electrochemical cantilever actuator was constructed using the platinum nanowire sheet which actuated under electrical bias. Displacement of ∼3 mm was readily achieved when the electrical potential was swept at low voltages between −2 V and 2 Vat a scan rate of 200 mV/s. The actuator showed the metallic actuation characteristics instead of that from carbon nanotubes. These results show the applicability of metallic nanomaterials for actuation technologies.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2007

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