Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 282, Issue 5, pp 514–517 | Cite as

Cryo-TEM imaging of block copolymer micelles containing solubilized liquid crystal

  • I. W. HamleyEmail author
  • V. Castelletto
  • J. Fundin
  • Z. Yang
  • M. Crothers
  • D. Attwood
  • Y. Talmon
Short Communication

The ability to pattern liquid crystal nanodroplets at the nanoscale is not required for conventional display applications (which do not require a resolution beyond that of visible light) but may find applications in phased array optics. Phased array optics is a method for reconstructing a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional surface [1]. Optics allows this to be done if the phase and amplitude of the light waves from the virtual image are controlled. An array of switchable light sources 200 nm apart is sufficient to reconstruct any desired light wave pattern [1]. It has been proposed that liquid crystals can be used as switchable birefringent phase shifters. However, as yet the means to arrange the liquid crystal in nanometre-scale arrays has been lacking. Patterning of liquid crystals in micelles or microemulsions is a promising way to achieve this.

Here, we show that close-packed arrays can be fabricated using block copolymer micelles containing solubilized liquid crystal....


Liquid Crystal Block Copolymer Styrene Oxide Cyanobiphenyl Block Copolymer Micelle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. W. Hamley
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. Castelletto
    • 1
  • J. Fundin
    • 1
  • Z. Yang
    • 1
  • M. Crothers
    • 2
  • D. Attwood
    • 2
  • Y. Talmon
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept of ChemistryUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.School of PharmacyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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