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Synthesis and characterisation of potentially electrostrictive polymers

Gimeno, Miquel (2002) Synthesis and characterisation of potentially electrostrictive polymers. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.



The work described in this thesis was concerned with the synthesis of electrostrictive polymers. Electrostrictive elastomers, the so-called artificial muscles, are a recent area of interest due to their potential for application in robots, smart materials and many high-technology devices. The goal of the project was with the synthesis and characterisation of novel low T(_g) polymers bearing highly polar groups in order to produce an electrostrictive effect. The approach to such novel materials was undertaken via two different routes; firstly, the free-radical ring-opening polymerisation of partially fluorinated and alkyl substituted vinyleyclopropane monomers, and secondly, the ring-opening metathesis polymerisation and copolymerisation of partially fluorinated bicyeclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene monomers. The outcome of the work has been the development of a synthetic route to stable polar polymers with T(_g)S below room temperature.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Date:2002
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:26 Jun 2012 15:25

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