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Self-sustaining vibration and mechanical resonance effects in stimuli responsive liquid crystal polymer coatings and membranes (Vibrate)

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Organization address
address: GROENE LOPER 3
postcode: 5612 AE

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 2˙429˙322 €
 EC max contribution 2˙429˙322 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2020-09-30


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 Project objective

The amplification of collective molecular effects to macroscopic deformation is one of the most intriguing challenges in materials science. Individual molecules can be reversibly activated by various means such as light, chemicals and external electrical or magnetic fields. They may respond by changing their orientation, their molecular conformation or by breaking /forming chemical bonds. Bringing these molecules in a matrix of an ordered molecular system, such as a liquid crystal polymer network, introduces molecular cooperativity and directionality. Dimensional changes of the individual molecules add up to large effects such as the formation of deformed surfaces in a coating and the formation of free volume (molecular voids) in membranes. The objective of the present proposal is to bring the molecular action, in conjunction with the macroscopic deformation, out of its equilibrium aiming a self-sustaining oscillation of the macroscopic response to a continuous trigger. An example that will be investigated is a surface that continuously changes it topography when addressed by its trigger. Another example is a membrane that will oscillate its (localized) free volume thus providing an active transport mechanism for species through the membrane. Alternatively we will investigate the response to an oscillating trigger with a frequency matching the molecular action to find sweet spots for mechanical resonance thus enhancing the macroscopic effect. The research is challenging. Only, with a comprehensive and combined effort, we can expect the required progress needed to close the gap between materials science, optics, electronics and mechanics and to deliver routes to new applications. But when achieved it will undoubtfully lead to new applications in coating and film technology with an outlook to soft robotics, self-pumping membranes, mechanical communication at man-machine interfaces and energy harvesting.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Greta Babakhanova, Taras Turiv, Yubing Guo, Matthew Hendrikx, Qi-Huo Wei, Albert P. H. J. Schenning, Dirk J. Broer, Oleg D. Lavrentovich
Liquid crystal elastomer coatings with programmed response of surface profile
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-02895-9
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-07-04
2018 Wei Feng, Dirk J. Broer, Danqing Liu
Oscillating Chiral-Nematic Fingerprints Wipe Away Dust
published pages: 1704970, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201704970
Advanced Materials 30/11 2019-07-04
2017 Danqing Liu, Nicholas B. Tito, Dirk J. Broer
Protruding organic surfaces triggered by in-plane electric fields
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01448-w
Nature Communications 8/1 2019-07-04
2016 Anne Helene Gelebart, Matthew Mc Bride, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning, Christopher N. Bowman, Dirk J. Broer
Photoresponsive Fiber Array: Toward Mimicking the Collective Motion of Cilia for Transport Applications
published pages: 5322-5327, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201601221
Advanced Functional Materials 26/29 2019-07-04
2017 G. Vantomme, A.H. Gelebart, D.J. Broer, E.W. Meijer
A four-blade light-driven plastic mill based on hydrazone liquid-crystal networks
published pages: 4963-4967, ISSN: 0040-4020, DOI: 10.1016/j.tet.2017.06.041
Tetrahedron 73/33 2019-07-04
2016 Kamlesh Kumar, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning, Dirk J. Broer, Danqing Liu
Regulating the modulus of a chiral liquid crystal polymer network by light
published pages: 3196-3201, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00114A
Soft Matter 12/13 2019-07-04
2017 María López-Valdeolivas, Danqing Liu, Dick Jan Broer, Carlos Sánchez-Somolinos
4D Printed Actuators with Soft-Robotic Functions
published pages: 1700710, ISSN: 1022-1336, DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700710
Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2019-07-04
2017 Anne Helene Gelebart, Ghislaine Vantomme, E. W. Meijer, Dirk J. Broer
Mastering the Photothermal Effect in Liquid Crystal Networks: A General Approach for Self-Sustained Mechanical Oscillators
published pages: 1606712, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201606712
Advanced Materials 29/18 2019-07-04
2018 Anne Helene Gelebart, Danqing Liu, Dirk J. Mulder, Kevin H. J. Leunissen, Jop van Gerven, Albert P. H. J. Schenning, Dirk J. Broer
Photoresponsive Sponge-Like Coating for On-Demand Liquid Release
published pages: 1705942, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201705942
Advanced Functional Materials 28/10 2019-07-04
2017 Anne Helene Gelebart, Dirk J. Mulder, Ghislaine Vantomme, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning, Dirk J. Broer
A Rewritable, Reprogrammable, Dual Light-Responsive Polymer Actuator
published pages: 13436-13439, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201706793
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56/43 2019-07-04
2017 Ghislaine Vantomme, Anne Helene Gelebart, Dirk J. Broer, E. W. Meijer
Preparation of Liquid Crystal Networks for Macroscopic Oscillatory Motion Induced by Light
published pages: , ISSN: 1940-087X, DOI: 10.3791/56266
Journal of Visualized Experiments 127 2019-07-04
2017 M. Hendrikx, A. P. H. J. Schenning, D. J. Broer
Patterned oscillating topographical changes in photoresponsive polymer coatings
published pages: 4321-4327, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00699C
Soft Matter 13/24 2019-07-04
2017 Matthew Hendrikx, Albertus Schenning, Michael Debije, Dirk Broer
Light-Triggered Formation of Surface Topographies in Azo Polymers
published pages: 231, ISSN: 2073-4352, DOI: 10.3390/cryst7080231
Crystals 7/8 2019-07-04
2018 Matthew Hendrikx, Burcu Sırma, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning, Danqing Liu, Dirk J. Broer
Compliance-Mediated Topographic Oscillation of Polarized Light Triggered Liquid Crystal Coating
published pages: 1800810, ISSN: 2196-7350, DOI: 10.1002/admi.201800810
Advanced Materials Interfaces 5/20 2019-04-30
2018 Matthew Hendrikx, Jeroen ter Schiphorst, Ellen P. A. van Heeswijk, Gülistan Koçer, Christopher Knie, David Bléger, Stefan Hecht, Pascal Jonkheijm, Dirk J. Broer, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning
Re- and Preconfigurable Multistable Visible Light Responsive Surface Topographies
published pages: 1803274, ISSN: 1613-6810, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201803274
Small 24 October 2018,Small 2018, 180 2019-04-30
2018 Ghislaine Vantomme, Anne Helene Gelebart, Dirk Jan Broer, E. W. Meijer
Self-sustained actuation from heat dissipation in liquid crystal polymer networks
published pages: 1331-1336, ISSN: 0887-624X, DOI: 10.1002/pola.29032
Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 56/13 2019-04-30
2018 Yuanyuan Zhan, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning, Dirk J. Broer, Guofu Zhou, Danqing Liu
Light-Driven Electrohydrodynamic Instabilities in Liquid Crystals
published pages: 1707436, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201707436
Advanced Functional Materials 28/21 2019-04-30

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