Molecular alignment in submicron patterned polymer matrix using nanoimprint lithography

Jian Wang, Xiaoyun Sun, Lei Chen, Lei Zhuang, Stephen Y. Chou

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We report a promising approach to align molecules in a polymer film patterned by nanoimprint lithography. We found that molecules and chromophores are spontaneously aligned in the plane of the film during the nanopatterning process. Since the polymer - chromophore (called guest - host) system plays an important role in the field of nonlinear optics and organic optoelectronics, in this letter we present a technique to combine the high-resolution patterning capability of nanoimprint lithography with the ability to control molecule and chromophore orientation. It opens up a way to realize new molecular electronic and optoelectronic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-168
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 10 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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