Liquid-crystalline elastomer micropillar array for haptic actuation

Núria Torras, Kirill E. Zinoviev, Jaume Esteve, Antoni Sánchez-Ferrer

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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. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5183-5190
    JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
    Volume1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2013

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