"Artificial muscles" could be used in lightweight prostheses

02/4/2013 | PlasticsToday.com

Researchers are working on coupling graphene with acrylic elastomer in an arrangement that resembles muscle tissue because it contracts when an electric current is used. The idea is to create artificial muscles that could be used in a range of technologies including robotics and artificial limbs. "In particular, they promise to greatly improve the quality of life for millions of disabled people by providing affordable devices such as lightweight prostheses," said Xuanhe Zhao, assistant professor in Duke's Pratt School of Engineering.

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