Liquid crystal technology applied in responsive functional materials.
Within the SFD group, we aspire to engineer on a nano level for macro level response. This talk will illustrate the role of liquid crystal molecules and their corresponding metaphases in applications such as responsive optical sensors and soft robots. Various properties of liquid crystals on nanoscale like optical birefringence, thermotropic orientational order and anisotropic thermal expansion facilitate stimuli-responsive functional macroscopic behavior. In combination with conventional polymer properties such as shape memory behavior, the scope of applications can be extended even further. The key philosophies behind these multi-disciplinary developments will be discussed on a basic level and provide a lot of food for thought!