Dr. Tan and Coworkers Issued US Patent on Integrated Actuator and Sensor Structure

Dr. Tan, Prof. Ning Xi (ECE), Dr. Zheng Chen (former SML member), Prof. Yantao Shen (University of Nevada, Reno) were issued a US patent (#7,982,375) entitled "Integrated Actuator and Sensor Structure" on July 19, 2011. The invention deals with pairing a piezoelectric sensing element with an electroactive polymer (EAP) actuator to realize simultaneous actuation and sensing, which is expected to enable feedback control of EAP actuators in bio/micro devices and systems. More details about the invention.