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Polymer-Stabilized Micropixelated Liquid Crystals with Tunable Optical Properties Fabricated by Double Templating

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Title: Polymer-Stabilized Micropixelated Liquid Crystals with Tunable Optical Properties Fabricated by Double Templating
Authors: Sasaki, Yuji Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Ueda, Motoshi Browse this author
Le, Khoa V. Browse this author
Amano, Reo Browse this author
Sakane, Shin Browse this author
Fujii, Shuji Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Araoka, Fumito Browse this author
Orihara, Hiroshi Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: liquid crystals
molecular imprinting
templated self-assembly
Issue Date: 4-Oct-2017
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Journal Title: Advanced Materials
Volume: 29
Issue: 37
Start Page: 1703054
Publisher DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703054
PMID: 28758707
Abstract: Self-organized nano-and microstructures of soft materials are attracting considerable attention because most of them are stimuli-responsive due to their soft nature. In this regard, topological defects in liquid crystals (LCs) are promising not only for self-assembling colloids and molecules but also for electro-optical applications such as optical vortex generation. However, there are currently few bottom-up methods for patterning a large number of defects periodically over a large area. It would be highly desirable to develop more effective techniques for high-throughput and low-cost fabrication. Here, a micropixelated LC structure consisting of a square array of topological defects is stabilized by photopolymerization. A polymer network is formed on the structure of a self-organized template of a nematic liquid crystal (NLC), and this in turn imprints other nonpolymerizable NLC molecules, which maintains their responses to electric field and temperature. Photocuring of specific local regions is used to create a designable template for the reproducible selforganization of defects. Moreover, a highly diluted polymer network (approximate to 0.1 wt% monomer) exhibits instant on-off switching of the patterns. Beyond the mere stabilization of patterns, these results demonstrate that the incorporation of self-organized NLC patterns offers some unique and unconventional applications for anisotropic polymer networks.
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Advanced Materials 29(37) October 4, 2017 1703054 , which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Type: article (author version)
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