Light-driven Bending Crystals

2016-0203-01
researcher's name
小島 秀子
affiliation
ナノライフ創新研究機構
keyword

background

● Potential demand of small and lightweight actuator
● Potential demand of remote operating actuator by light
● Expectation for soft actuator 

summary

● Crystals for light-driven actuator 
● Photomechanical crystals replaced to shape-memory alloy
● Crystal machinery replaced to MEMS 

predominance

● Light-driven bending crystals
● Simple and clear bending mechanism: Crystals bend by reversible photoisomerization         
● Low price of materials and easy preparation of crystals

application/development

● Actuator of endoscope and catheter for medical treatment
● Actuator of robot
● Light-driven artificial muscle 

material

  • Photomechanical bending of crystal upon light irradiation
  • Control of bending motion by UV and visible light
  • Durability of reversible bending of crystal
  • Photomechanical lifting work of the crystal cantilever

collaborative researchers

ASAHI, Toru Professor

posted: 2016/02/03