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Towards micrometer sized core-shell actuators from liquid crystalline elastomers by a continuous flow synthesis
Author(s): Eva-Kristina Fleischmann; Hsin-Ling Liang; Jan Lagerwall; Rudolf Zentel
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Paper Abstract

We present here the successful preparation of liquid crystalline core-shell elastomers via a microfluidic double-emulsion process. The customized set-up allows for a temperature-controlled fabrication of the core-shell particles from a thermoresponsive mesogenic monomer. The nematic liquid crystalline shell is filled with a non-mesogenic core of silicone oil. To verify the core-shell structure with optical microscopy, we prepared particles with a colored core using a red dye. We were also able to micro-manipulate the particles and penetrate them with a small glass capillary to extract the liquid core.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8279, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VII, 82790M (11 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.913777
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Eva-Kristina Fleischmann, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany)
Hsin-Ling Liang, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany)
Jan Lagerwall, Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Rudolf Zentel, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8279:
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VII
Liang-Chy Chien, Editor(s)

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