By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Physics Week -- A new study on Nanostructures is now available. According to news reporting originating from Beijing, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "Being one of the most fascinating multi-functional materials, photoresponsive liquid crystalline block copolymers (PLCBCs) have attracted much attention because of their light controllable properties of supramolecularly self-assembled structures. These originate from their unique features combining the advanced function of photoresponsive liquid crystalline polymers (PLCPs) with the inherent property of microphase separation of block copolymers (BCs)."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Peking University, "Benefiting from recent progresses in materials chemistry, diverse PLCBCs have been designed and synthesized by controlled polymerization using different synthetic routes and strategies. Generally, PLCBCs show different performance depending on their self-organization and molecular composition, with the PLCP blocks in the minority phase or in the majority phase. One of the most important properties of PLCBCs is supramolecular cooperative motion, resulted from the interactions between liquid crystalline elastic deformation and microphase separation, which enables them to self-assemble into regularly ordered nanostructures in bulk films with high reliability. These nanostructures contribute to improving the optical performance of polymer films by eliminating the scattering of visible light, in favor of their photonic applications. With the help of liquid crystal alignment techniques, both parallel and perpendicular patterning of nanostructures has been fabricated in macroscopic scale with excellent reproducibility and mass production, which provides nanotemplates and nanofabrication processes for preparing varieties of nanomaterials."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Recent findings about PLCBCs including their synthesis, diagram of microphase separation, structure-property relationship, precise control of nanostructure as well as their applications in photonics to nanotechnology are reviewed."
For more information on this research see: Photoresponsive liquid crystalline block copolymers: From photonics to nanotechnology. Progress in Polymer Science, 2014;39(4):781-815. Progress in Polymer Science can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Progress in Polymer Science - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/418)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting H.F. Yu, Peking University, Coll Engn, Dept. of Mat Sci & Engn, Beijing 100871, People's Republic of China.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Beijing, Physics, Photonics, Nanostructural, Nanostructures, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, People's Republic of China
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