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Title: Conducting polymer actuator driven catheter: overview and applications
Author: Shoa, Tina; Munce, Nigel R.; Yang, Victor; Madden, John D.
Issue Date: 2009
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-06-01
Publisher Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Citation: Shoa, Tina; Munce, Nigel R.; Yang, Victor; Madden, John D. Conducting polymer actuator driven catheter: overview and applications. Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009, edited by Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Thomas Wallmersperger, Proceedings of SPIE Volume 7287, 72871J, 2009. http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.816039
Abstract: In this paper conducting polymer based active catheters are presented. Design considerations along with the promise and challenges associated with conducting polymer driven devices are discussed. A conducting polymer driven intravascular catheter is described briefly and its design challenges such as structural rigidity and angle of bending are studied. Then a detailed description of a polypyrrole based active catheter that is ultimately intended for in-vivo imaging applications will be presented. The active catheter contains an optical fibre and is designed to scan the fibre in two dimensions at a speed of 30 Hz to provide real time imaging. The preliminary design was realized by fabricating polypyrrole actuators on a commercially available catheter and patterning the polymer using laser machining technique. The initial device was tested at lower speeds and an image was taken using optical coherence tomography (OCT). The primary challenge to achieving an effective polypyrrole driven catheter for real time imaging is to demonstrate high speed actuation with reasonable liftetime. According to our model, electrochemical characteristics of the conducting polymer such as electronic conductivity, ionic conductivity and electrochemical strain need to be improved to achieve the desired catheter scanning speed. Copyright 2009 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
Affiliation: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dept of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/35014
Peer Review Status: Reviewed
Scholarly Level: Faculty

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