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Reactive oligo(dimethylsiloxane) mesogens and their nanostructured thin films

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Oligo(dimethylsiloxane)-based reactive mesogens were prepared and shown to form room-temperature smectic phases which were ‘frozen-in’ by photopolymerization. Homeotropically aligned, nanostructured thin films were obtained by spincoating, and micropatterning was demonstrated. These hybrid reactive mesogens are suitable for the preparation of aligned nanostructured polymer thin films with potential applications ranging from stimuli responsive coatings to nanoporous membranes.

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The article was received on 04 Apr 2017, accepted on 08 May 2017 and first published on 09 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00673J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
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    Reactive oligo(dimethylsiloxane) mesogens and their nanostructured thin films

    K. Nickmans, Ph. Leclère, J. Lub, D. J. Broer and A. P. H. J. Schenning, Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00673J

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