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Intelligent Non-woven Textiles and Elastomeric Responsive materials by Advancing liquid Crystal Technology

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 Coordinator Country Luxembourg [LU]
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 Total cost 1˙929˙976 €
 EC max contribution 1˙929˙976 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2020-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG LU (ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE) coordinator 1˙929˙976.00


 Project objective

A grand challenge in today’s materials research is the realization of flexible materials that are also intelligent and functional. They will be the enablers of true breakthroughs in the hot trends of soft robotics and wearable technology. The standard approach to the latter is to decorate rubber sheets with electronic components, yielding two serious flaws: rubber is uncomfortable as it does not breath and solid state electronics will eventually fail as a garment is flexed and stretched when worn. While the softness of rubber is ideal it must be used in the form of textile fibers to provide breathability, and for long-term failure resistance we need intelligent components that are soft. A solution to this conundrum was recently presented by the PI with the concept of liquid crystal (LC) electrospinning. The extreme responsiveness of LCs is transferred to a non-woven textile by incorporating the LC in the fiber core, yielding a smart flexible mat with sensory function. Moreover, it consumes no power, providing a further advantage over electronics-based approaches. In a second research line he uses microfluidics to make LC rubber microshells, functioning as autonomous actuators which may serve as innovative components for soft robotics, and photonic crystal shells. This interdisciplinary project presents an ambitious agenda to advance these new concepts to the realization of soft, stretchable intelligent materials of revolutionary character. Five specific objectives are in focus: 1) develop understanding of the dynamic response of LCs in these unconventional configurations; 2) establish interaction dynamics during polymerisation of an LC precursor; 3) elucidate LC response to gas exposure; 4) establish correlation between actuation response and internal order of curved LCE rubbers; and 5) assess usefulness of LC-functionalized fibers and polymerized LC shells, tubes and Janus particles in wearable sensors, soft robotic actuators and high-security identification tags.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Reyes, Catherine
Confined in a Fiber: Realizing Flexible Gas Sensors by Electrospinning Liquid Crystals
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
1 2019-12-16
2019 V. S. R. Jampani, R. H. Volpe, K. Reguengo de Sousa, J. Ferreira Machado, C. M. Yakacki, J. P. F. Lagerwall
Liquid crystal elastomer shell actuators with negative order parameter
published pages: eaaw2476, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2476
Science Advances 5/4 2019-12-16
2018 JungHyun Noh, Venkata Subba Rao Jampani, Osamu Haba, Koichiro Yonetake, Hideo Takezoe, Jan P.F. Lagerwall
Sub-second dynamic phototuning of alignment in azodendrimer-doped nematic liquid crystal shells
published pages: 197-204, ISSN: 0167-7322, DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2018.02.004
Journal of Molecular Liquids 267 2019-12-16
2018 Venkata Subba Rao Jampani, Dirk J. Mulder, Kevin Reguengo De Sousa, Anne-Hélène Gélébart, Jan P. F. Lagerwall, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning
Micrometer-Scale Porous Buckling Shell Actuators Based on Liquid Crystal Networks
published pages: 1801209, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201801209
Advanced Functional Materials 28/31 2019-12-16
2018 Anshul Sharma and Jan P. F. Lagerwall
Electrospun Composite Liquid Crystal Elastomer Fibers
published pages: 393, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma11030393
Materials 11/3 2019-12-16
2018 Mathew Schwartz, Gabriele Lenzini, Yong Geng, Peter B. Rønne, Peter Y. A. Ryan, Jan P. F. Lagerwall
Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Shells as Enabling Material for Information-Rich Design and Architecture
published pages: 1707382, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201707382
Advanced Materials 30/30 2019-12-16
2019 Catherine G. Reyes, Jörg Baller, Takeaki Araki, Jan P. F. Lagerwall
Isotropic–isotropic phase separation and spinodal decomposition in liquid crystal–solvent mixtures
published pages: 6044-6054, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/c9sm00921c
Soft Matter 15/30 2019-12-16
2018 Anjali Sharma, Jan P. F. Lagerwall
Influence of head group and chain length of surfactants used for stabilising liquid crystal shells
published pages: 2319-2328, ISSN: 0267-8292, DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2018.1509391
Liquid Crystals 45/13-15 2019-12-16
2017 Yong Geng, Ju-Hyun Jang, Kyung-Gyu Noh, JungHyun Noh, Jan P. F. Lagerwall, Soo-Young Park
Through the Spherical Looking-Glass: Asymmetry Enables Multicolored Internal Reflection in Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Shells
published pages: 1700923, ISSN: 2195-1071, DOI: 10.1002/adom.201700923
Advanced Optical Materials 2019-06-07
2017 Martin Urbanski, Catherine G Reyes, JungHyun Noh, Anshul Sharma, Yong Geng, Venkata Subba Rao Jampani, Jan P F Lagerwall
Liquid crystals in micron-scale droplets, shells and fibers
published pages: 133003, ISSN: 0953-8984, DOI: 10.1088/1361-648X/aa5706
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 29/13 2019-06-07
2016 Yong Geng, JungHyun Noh, Jan P. F. Lagerwall
Transmission polarized optical microscopy of short-pitch cholesteric liquid crystal shells
published pages: 97690U, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1117/12.2216132
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies XI 2019-06-07
2018 Lawrence W. Honaker, Jan P. F. Lagerwall, V. S. R. Jampani
Microfluidic Tensiometry Technique for the Characterization of the Interfacial Tension between Immiscible Liquids
published pages: 2403-2409, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b03494
Langmuir 34/7 2019-06-07
2017 Yong Geng, JungHyun Noh, Irena Drevensek-Olenik, Romano Rupp, Jan Lagerwall
Elucidating the fine details of cholesteric liquid crystal shell reflection patterns
published pages: , ISSN: 0267-8292, DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2017.1363916
Liquid Crystals 2019-06-07
2015 YooMee Kye, Changsoon Kim, Jan Lagerwall
Multifunctional responsive fibers produced by dual liquid crystal core electrospinning
published pages: 8979-8985, ISSN: 2050-7534, DOI: 10.1039/C5TC01707F
J. Mater. Chem. C 3/34 2019-06-07
2016 Catherine G. Reyes, Anshul Sharma, Jan P. F. Lagerwall
Non-electronic gas sensors from electrospun mats of liquid crystal core fibres for detecting volatile organic compounds at room temperature
published pages: 1-16, ISSN: 0267-8292, DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2016.1212287
Liquid Crystals 2019-06-07
2016 Yong Geng, JungHyun Noh, Irena Drevensek-Olenik, Romano Rupp, Gabriele Lenzini, Jan P. F. Lagerwall
High-fidelity spherical cholesteric liquid crystal Bragg reflectors generating unclonable patterns for secure authentication
published pages: 26840, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep26840
Scientific Reports 6 2019-06-07
2016 JungHyun Noh, Benjamin Henx, Jan P. F. Lagerwall
Taming Liquid Crystal Self-Assembly: The Multifaceted Response of Nematic and Smectic Shells to Polymerization
published pages: , ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201603158
Advanced Materials 2019-06-07

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