Photoswitchable Configuration of Nematic Liquid Crystal Droplets Embedded in a Honeycomb-Patterned Film

Koji Mukai, Mitsuo Hara, Hiroshi Yabu, Shusaku Nagano, Takahiro Seki

研究成果: Article査読

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Honeycomb-patterned polymer films prepared by the breath figure method exhibit unique shape features. These films have potential in various applications, but functional materials are rarely embedded into the arrayed cavity. Here, a photoswitchable function of a compartmented nematic liquid crystal (NLC) in a honeycomb array is proposed. Surface segregation and liquid crystal self-assembly processes cover curved honeycomb walls of polystyrene (PS) with a high-density polymer brush of an azobenzene side chain liquid crystalline polymer (SCLCP), producing honeycomb polymer films with isolated cavities. Spherical confinement of the cavities with the SCLC brush provides a bipolar nematic director (planar anchoring), whereas UV light irradiation induces a radial configuration (homeotropic anchoring) of NLC droplets. Photoisomerization of azobenzene UV and visible light irradiation repeatedly induces a photoswitchable change between the bipolar and radial modes.

本文言語English
ジャーナルAdvanced Materials Interfaces
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出版ステータスAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 材料力学
  • 機械工学

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