Advanced Functional Materials

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18_15/2008Cover Picture: A Birefringent and Transparent Electrical Conductor (Adv. Funct. Mater. 15/2008)

Indium tin oxide (ITO) is well known as a transparent material that is also capable of conducting electrical signals. On page 2147, Ken Harris, Mike Brett, and colleagues report the engineering of two additional, more unconventional properties into ITO. By depositing from an oblique angle and continuously repositioning the substrate during deposition, a large and tunable birefringence is introduced into thin ITO films, and the coatings are also shown to be capable of aligning liquid crystals.

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