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Issue 34, 2013
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Liquid-crystalline elastomer micropillar array for haptic actuation

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Abstract

A new liquid-crystalline elastomer-based micropillar array with pushing properties is obtained by the two-step crosslinking process, where the micropillars are oriented by uniaxial compression before the final curing. This orientation process allows the formation of a two-dimensional prolate polydomain conformation of the polymer backbone and the mesogens, and opens huge opportunities for the use of liquid-crystalline elastomers in microsystems and haptic applications.

Graphical abstract: Liquid-crystalline elastomer micropillar array for haptic actuation

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Submitted
10 Jun 2013
Accepted
12 Jul 2013
First published
12 Jul 2013

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013,1, 5183-5190
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Liquid-crystalline elastomer micropillar array for haptic actuation

N. Torras, K. E. Zinoviev, J. Esteve and A. Sánchez-Ferrer, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, 1, 5183
DOI: 10.1039/C3TC31109K

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