Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Engineering of Complex Order and the Macroscopic Deformation of Liquid Crystal Polymer Networks

Angewandte Chemie International Edition
  1. Laurens T. de Haan,
  2. Dr. Carlos Sánchez-Somolinos,
  3. Dr. Cees M. W. Bastiaansen,
  4. Dr. Albertus P. H. J. Schenning*,
  5. Prof. Dr. Dirk J. Broer*

Complex-structured freestanding polymer films with molecular order in three dimensions were prepared through photoalignment of polymerizable liquid crystals. The resulting films deform into cone and saddle shapes upon heating.

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