Patterned Orientations of Liquid Crystals on Affinity Microcontact Printed Proteins


  • This research was supported by funding from the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces (NSF-DMR-0079983) at University of Wisconsin, the Biophotonics Partnership Initiative of NSF (ECS-0086902), and a Biotechnology Training Program Fellowship to MLT (NIH 5 T32GM08349).


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The patterning of the orientations of liquid crystals on surfaces decorated with proteins using microcontact and “affinity” microcontact printing is reported (see Figure). The direction of contact between the stamp and surface during printing of the proteins defines the orientation of the printed proteins determines the alignment of the liquid crystal.