Chinese Journal of Polymer Science

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 776–782 | Cite as

A Luminescent Dicyanodistyrylbenzene-based Liquid Crystal Polymer Network for Photochemically Patterned Photonic Composite Film

  • Zhe-Wei Zhang
  • Jun-Tao Li
  • Wan-Yuan Wei
  • Jie Wei
  • Jin-Bao Guo


A novel photonic composite film based on a luminescent dicyanodistyrylbenzene-based liquid crystal polymer network (LCN) was fabricated by using a silica colloidal crystal as a template. The upper part of inverse opal structure and the luminescence characteristics of dicyanodistyrylbenzene-based moiety endowed the resulting bilayer photonic film with structural color arising from coherent Bragg reflection and fluorescence properties, respectively. A fluorescence enhancement phenomenon was observed in the photonic film due to the overlap between the reflection band and emission band of the fluorescent LCN. More importantly, the photo-induced irreversible Z/E photoisomerization of dicyanodistyrylbenzene-based moiety in the photonic film led to both a reflection spectral shift and an observable fluorescence variation. On the basis of this effective phototuning process, microscopic patterning of photonic film was developed under both fluorescence mode and reflection mode. The work demonstrated here provides a new route to construct photo-responsive photonic film.


Luminescent liquid crystal Polymer networks Photonic composite Photopatterning 


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This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science foundation of China (Nos. 51773009, 51573012 and 51373013).

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A Luminescent Dicyanodistyrylbenzene-based Liquid Crystal Polymer Network for Photochemically Patterned Photonic Composite Film


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhe-Wei Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jun-Tao Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wan-Yuan Wei
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jie Wei
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jin-Bao Guo
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Carbon Fibers and Functional PolymersMinistry of EducationBeijingChina
  2. 2.Beijing Engineering Research Center for the Synthesis and Applications of Waterborne Polymers and College of Materials Science and EngineeringBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingChina

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