Electrically tunable wettability of liquid crystal/polymer composite films

Yi-Hsin Lin*, Hongwen Ren, Yung Hsun Wu, Shin Tson Wu, Yue Zhao, Jiyu Fang, Hung Chun Lin

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Abstract

An electrically tunable wettability in a liquid crystal/ polymer composite film is demonstrated, in which liquid crystal molecules are anchored among polymer grains. The tunable wettability of the composite films originates from the reorientation of the anchored liquid-crystal molecules, which is switched by an in-plane electric field with squared pulses of voltages. These liquid crystal/polymer composite films with electrically tunable wettability have potential applications in polarizer-free displays, ink-jet printing, microfluidic devices, and lab-on-a-chip.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17591-17598
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Volume16
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Oct 2008

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