Arkema's Piezotech electroactive polymers feature in research led by Pennstate University; polymers convert mechanical or thermal energy into electrical energy, and are printable and flexible

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March 28, 2022 (press release) –

 

Piezotech® electroactive polymers offer an infinite range of possibilities in organic electronics. To broaden the knowledge and development of these materials, Arkema collaborates with the world’s leading universities. Recent research led by Pennstate University (USA) was published in the prestigious American scientific journal SCIENCE showcasing these materials of the future.

Arkema designs, produces and markets an innovative range of electroactive fluorinated polymers with unique properties under the trade name Piezotech®.

These polymers convert mechanical or thermal energy into electrical energy and vice versa. Thin, lightweight, printable and flexible, they form the basis of many innovations for new generations of sensors, actuators, energy harvesting, and solid cooling systems. Applications for this new recyclable electronics range from flexible speakers to augmented reality with new haptic devices, to directional catheters, or the monitoring of battery and wind turbine operation. Arkema is a driving force within an ecosystem combining manufacturers, universities, colleges, research institutes, and trade associations around the world for the development of new products and new applications.

Arkema is a driving force within an ecosystem combining manufacturers, universities, colleges, research institutes, and trade associations around the world for the development of new products and new applications.

Recent research works led by Pennstate Professor Qiming Zhang and involving Arkema, North Carolina State University (USA), Case Western Reserve University (USA), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), highlights a breakthrough in the understanding and improvement of our electroactive polymers. Modifying their structure gives them unrivalled performance, well beyond the properties of electroactive ceramics.

This work has gained recognition from the international scientific community with the publication of this research in the prestigious journal SCIENCE.

This breakthrough in the improvement of performances of our electroactive polymers offers new perspectives for powerful actuators, operating at low electrical voltage, for the highly promising development of applications in growing markets such as consumer electronics, healthcare, and automotive.”

FABRICE DOMINGUES DOS SANTOS, PIEZOTECH® PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER AND CO-AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE.

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