Application of microphase separation for manufacture of flexible devices

Microphase separating systems have long been explored as a way to induce very fine patterns in a thin film.  This project seeks to exploit this effect by selective surface energy and additive inclusion in one block or phase.  There a number of options to explore, including the incorporation of nanoparticles into one phase, and the commensurate influence of this on microstructure, and the application of microphase separation for topographical or local surface energy control e.g. by exploiting differences in molecular mobility or solvent retention with the ultimate ambition to create adaptive surfaces.

Transmission optical micrograph of a thin film polymer-dispersed liquid crystal device

Transmission optical micrograph of a thin film polymer-dispersed liquid crystal device

 

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