Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers: High-Resolution 3D Direct Laser Writing for Liquid-Crystalline Elastomer Microstructures (Adv. Mater. 15/2014)

Authors

  • Hao Zeng,

    1. European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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  • Daniele Martella,

    1. LENS and Dipartimento di Chimica “Ugo Schiff”, University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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  • Piotr Wasylczyk,

    1. LENS and Institute of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
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  • Giacomo Cerretti,

    1. European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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  • Jean-Christophe Gomez Lavocat,

    1. European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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  • Chih-Hua Ho,

    1. European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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  • Camilla Parmeggiani,

    Corresponding author
    1. European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence and CNR-INO, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
    • European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence and CNR-INO, via Nello Carrara 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino Italy

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  • Diederik Sybolt Wiersma

    Corresponding author
    1. European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence and CNR-INO, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
    • European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence and CNR-INO, via Nello Carrara 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino Italy

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Abstract

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Liquid-crystalline elastomers (LCEs) are great candidates for smart artificial materials. On page 2319, D. S. Wiersma, C. Parmeggiani, and co-workers use direct laser writing to fabricate 3D LCE structures with sub-micrometer resolution and maintaining the designed molecular orientation. This technique opens up the road towards 3D microphotonics in elastomers, and lays the basis for creating 3D, micrometer-size robotic structures, which can be controlled by light.

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