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Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites
Evolution, Application and Future Directions

ISBN 9781032069456
Published May 6, 2022 by CRC Press
214 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book focuses on electro active polymer material known as Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC) having unique applicability as sensor and actuator which finds extensive use in various domain of engineering and science research. Apart from fundamentals of the IPMC concept, various applications are covered extensively across the chapters including space, underwater and nanoscale, including manufacturing processes. Dedicated chapters are included for robotics and biomedical applications and possible research gaps. Future research perspectives for IPMC are also discussed.


  • Covers principle of Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC), manufacturing processes, applications, and future possibilities in a systematic manner
  • Highlights IPMC practical applicability in biomedical engineering domain
  • Explores Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) based IPMC soft actuators
  • Discusses IPMC applications in underwater areas
  • Includes IPMC application in robotics focusing on special compliant mechanism

This book is aimed toward researchers, graduate students and professionals in materials and mechanical engineering, robotics, mechatronics, biomedical engineering, and physics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to IPMC, Its Application and Present Scenario

Chapter 2 Ionic Polymer・Metal Composite Actuators: Methods of Preparation

Chapter 3 A Study of Movement, Structural Stability, and Electrical Performance of a Harvesting System Based on Ionic Polymer・Metal Composites

Chapter 4 Application of Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC) as Soft Actuators in Robotics and Bio-Mimetics

Chapter 5 Inverse Kinematic Modeling of Bending Response of Ionic Polymer Metal Composite Actuators

Chapter 6 Selection of Elastomer for Compliant Robotic Gripper Harnessed with IPMC Actuator

Chapter 7 Study of Polar Region Atmospheric Electric Field Impact on Human Beings and the Potential Solution by IPMC

Chapter 8 Future Directions on IPMC Research

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Dr. Srijan Bhattacharya (M’16, SM’20), is working as Assistant Professor & Head in Dept. of Applied Electronics & Instrumentation Engg., (AEIE) in RCC Institute of Information Technology, Kolkata, India. He did B.E. in Electronics & Instrumentation Engg. from Gandhi Institute of Engineering & Technology (Presently GIET University), Orissa, India (2003) and M. Tech in Electrical Engineering (Specialization Mechatronics) from National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research, Kolkata, India (2008) and PhD from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, India (2017). He received Gold medal from West Bengal University of Technology, West Bengal [Presently Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT)]. He had published book title – "Advancements in Instrumentation and Control in Applied System Applications" as single editor with IGI Global, USA, and a conference proceedings with Book Series - Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, Springer.

He is Associate Guest Editor for Springer Journal of "The Institution of Engineers (India): Series B", He has published 30+ peer-reviewed journals/Book Chapter/conference papers and completed one Research project sponsored by - Institution of Engineers (India) - IE(I). He has been involved with academic administration as, Board of Studies Member - AEIE MAKAUT, West Bengal, GIET University, India, He is also coordinator of – Student Chapter RCCIIT - The Robotics Society (TRS) - India. He is also Life Member of The Institution of Engineers (India), The Robotics Society (TRS) – India, His research interest is in Mechatronics system design, Sensors design and application, smart material - Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC).