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Materials 2014, 7(3), 2044-2061; doi:10.3390/ma7032044

Emerging Applications of Liquid Crystals Based on Nanotechnology

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Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PJ, UK
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Jeonju Center, Korea Basic Science Institute, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do 561-180, Korea
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Centre of Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FA, UK
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Nanoscience Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FF, UK
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Received: 27 January 2014 / Revised: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 28 February 2014 / Published: 11 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liquid Crystals)
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Diverse functionalities of liquid crystals (LCs) offer enormous opportunities for their potential use in advanced mobile and smart displays, as well as novel non-display applications. Here, we present snapshots of the research carried out on emerging applications of LCs ranging from electronics to holography and self-powered systems. In addition, we will show our recent results focused on the development of new LC applications, such as programmable transistors, a transparent and active-type two-dimensional optical array and self-powered display systems based on LCs, and will briefly discuss their novel concepts and basic operating principles. Our research will give insights not only into comprehensively understanding technical and scientific applications of LCs, but also developing new discoveries of other LC-based devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: liquid crystal; transistor; holography; display; energy harvesting liquid crystal; transistor; holography; display; energy harvesting
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Sohn, J.I.; Hong, W.-K.; Choi, S.S.; Coles, H.J.; Welland, M.E.; Cha, S.N.; Kim, J.M. Emerging Applications of Liquid Crystals Based on Nanotechnology. Materials 2014, 7, 2044-2061.

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