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Polymers 2018, 10(6), 603; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10060603

Recent Progress of Imprinted Polymer Photonic Waveguide Devices and Applications

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School of Optoelectronic Engineering and Instrumentation Science, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
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Photonics Research Group, Department of Information Technology (INTEC), Ghent University-IMEC, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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College of Physics and Information Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350116, China
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School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
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School of Life Science and Biotechnology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
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Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
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Received: 8 April 2018 / Revised: 18 May 2018 / Accepted: 22 May 2018 / Published: 31 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecularly Imprinted Polymers)

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Polymers are promising materials for fabricating photonic integrated waveguide devices. Versatile functional devices can be manufactured using a simple process, with low cost and potential mass-manufacturing. This paper reviews the recent progress of polymer photonic integrated devices fabricated using the UV imprinting technique. The passive polymer waveguide devices for wavelength filtering, power splitting, and light collecting, and the active polymer waveguide devices based on the thermal-optic tuning effect, are introduced. Then, the electro-optic (EO) modulators, by virtue of the high EO coefficient of polymers, are described. Finally, the photonic biosensors, which are based on low-cost and biocompatible polymer platforms, are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer photonics; imprinting technique; passive photonic integrated waveguide devices; active photonic integrated waveguide devices; photonic biosensors polymer photonics; imprinting technique; passive photonic integrated waveguide devices; active photonic integrated waveguide devices; photonic biosensors
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Han, X.-Y.; Wu, Z.-L.; Yang, S.-C.; Shen, F.-F.; Liang, Y.-X.; Wang, L.-H.; Wang, J.-Y.; Ren, J.; Jia, L.-Y.; Zhang, H.; Bo, S.-H.; Morthier, G.; Zhao, M.-S. Recent Progress of Imprinted Polymer Photonic Waveguide Devices and Applications. Polymers 2018, 10, 603.

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