Author: Ryan Williams-Physics Undergraduate Student
Advisors: Jakub Kolacz and Dr. Qi-Huo Wei
Liquid Crystal Institute
Kent State University
Stimuli-responsive particles can be used as building blocks for reconfigurable mechanical or electromagnetic metamaterials and as carriers for drug delivery. In this work, we develop processes to fabricate micro-sized liquid crystal polymeric particles. These particles have well controlled molecular orientational ordering, and may be actuated by light or temperature variation. We will present our progress in the fabrication and characterization of boomerang shaped liquid crystal polymer particles.