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Hot pen and laser writable photonic polymer films

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Liquid Crystal Technologies XI
ISBN (Electronic)9781510600041
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEmerging Liquid Crystal Technologies XI - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 16 Feb 201617 Feb 2016


ConferenceEmerging Liquid Crystal Technologies XI
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


An orange-reflecting photonic polymer film has been fabricated based on a hydrogen-bonded cholesteric liquid crystalline (CLC) polymer consisting of non-reactive (R)-(+)-3-methyladipic acid as the chiral dopant. This polymer film can be patterned easily by evaporating the chiral dopant at specific locations with a hot pen or a laser beam. Removal of chiral dopant leads to a decrease in the helical pitch at the heat treated areas leading to a change in color from orange to green revealing a high contrast pattern. The photonic patterns are irreversible and stable at ambient conditions. This makes such a CLC polymer film interesting as writable photonic paper.


  • Cholesteric liquid crystals, laser writing, patterned surface, photonic paper, thermal writing