Renbo Wei, Yaning He, Xiaogong Wang and Patrick Keller Nematic Liquid Crystalline Elastomer Grating and Microwire Fabricated by Micro-Molding in Capillaries Macromolecular Rapid Communications 34
A new approach is developed to fabricate highly oriented mono-domain nano/microstructures of liquid crystalline elastomer through micro-molding in capillaries. By filling the channels with a nematic monomer mixture and photo-crosslinking, gratings with precisely controlled sizes are fabricated. Microwires are obtained by peeling off the structure from the substrate and reversible thermomechanical deformation is observed for the microwires.
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