Thermo-Adaptive Block Copolymer Structural Color Electronics

Tae Hyun Park, Hongkyu Eoh, Youngdoo Jung, Geon Woo Lee, Chang Eun Lee, Han Sol Kang, Junseok Lee, Kwang Bum Kim, Du Yeol Ryu, Seunggun Yu, Cheolmin Park

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Flexible electronics that enable the visualization of thermal energy have significant potential for various applications, such as thermal diagnosis, sensing and imaging, and displays. Thermo-adaptive flexible electronic devices based on thin 1D block copolymer (BCP) photonic crystal (PC) films with self-assembled periodic nanostructures are presented. By employing a thermo-responsive polymer/non-volatile hygroscopic ionic liquid (IL) blend on a BCP film, full visible structural colors (SCs) are developed because of the temperature-dependent expansion and contraction of one BCP domain via IL injection and release, respectively, as a function of temperature. Reversible SC control of the bi-layered BCP/IL polymer blend film from room temperature to 80 °C facilitates the development of various thermo-adaptive SC flexible electronic devices including pixel arrays of reflective-mode displays and capacitive sensing display. A flexible diagnostic thermal patch is demonstrated with the bi-layered BCP/IL polymer blend enabling the visualization of local heat sources from the human body to microelectronic circuits.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Creative Materials Discovery Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (2018M3D1A1058536). This research was also supported by a grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean government (MEST) (No. 2020R1A2B5B0300269711) and KIST Institutional Program (project no. 2Z05900‐19‐P096).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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