We propose a smart window using polymer-networked liquid crystals doped with push-pull azobenzene. Azobenzene is used to provide phase transition from the nematic to isotropic state through the trans-cis isomerization of azobenzene. When exposed to sunlight, the device switches from the opaque nematic phase to the transparent isotropic phase. Switching from the transparent to opaque state can be obtained through rapid cis-trans isomerization of push-pull azobenzene without sunlight exposure. The proposed device can reduce the transmittance of the incident sunlight during daytime, whereas it can scatter the incident light during the night for privacy.
Seung-Won Oh, Jong-Min Baek, Sang-Hyeok Kim, and Tae-Hoon Yoon, "Smart windows using polymer-networked liquid crystals doped with push-pull azobenzene," Proc. SPIE 10125, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies XII, 1012515 (Presented at SPIE OPTO: February 02, 2017; Published: 15 February 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2253680.
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