Liquid crystals: New smart material in use

Liquid crystal shells have a number of interesting applications and they are being heralded as a new smart material. Applications being discussed include autonomous driving to anti-counterfeiting technology.

The new research into the ‘smart material’ comes from the University of Luxembourg. Here the liquid crystal shells are being discussed as an enabling material, and trials are already underway for a new type of sensor.

Liquid crystals are not new technology (they are found in flat screen television sets, for example); what is new is what is being discovered in terms of how the crystals can be controlled and manipulated. The crystals possess special mechanical and optical properties at the microscopic level.

They can also be put into different patterns, to create codes that can be scanned, read and interpreted by machines.

 

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