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Polymers in motion

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Polymers are ductile materials that are easy to process. Traditionally they are used as packaging and construction materials. The control over the molecular structure and the way they pack in three dimensional arrangements made them also suited as functional elements in (opto)electronics products. In order to maintain the ease of processing while controlling the morphology down to the level of tens of nanometers, we developed special processes based on self-organization and well-controlled diffusion during their formation. This has led to unique properties, such as selective reflection of circularly polarized light, or unique products, such as paintable displays. In addition to the diffusion processes on microscopic scale, the control over the adjusted morphology also enables us to create motion in the polymers over macroscopic dimensions. A property that leads to new applications such as thin-film actuators or artificial muscles.

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