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Multifunctional Macromolecules – Some Device Options

  • Michael R. Worboys (a1), Michael S. Griffith (a1) and Nicholas A. Davies (a1)


Multifunctional macromolecules can, in principal, combine a number of active material functions such as optical nonlinearity and photoconductivity in one material. Multifunctionality may offer new options for device fabrication and implementation. However, in practice the implementation of a device which uses a range of material properties such as piezoelectricity and photoconductivity in a single layer of active material is some distance away. This is in part due to the difficulty of optimising a material simultaneously for two separate properties. Therefore the approach we have taken is to identify device configurations which rely on multilayers, each separate layer providing one of the active device functions. Initial results on the fabrication and characterisation of two such proof of principle devices, a light modulated deformable mirror and a light modulated electro-optic layer, are described.



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[1] Electronic Properties of Polymers, edited by Mort, J. and Pfister, G. (J. Wiley and Sons Publishers New York, 1982), p. 224.
[2] Toda, M. and Osaka, S., Trans IECE of Japan, E61 (7), 507(1978).


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