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Researchers at the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Physics collaborated with researchers from the Polish Academy of Science and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University to demonstrate a rotary micromotor powered with light using liquid crystal elastomer technology. The 5-mm-diameter ring, driven and controlled by a laser beam, can rotate and perform tasks by rotating another element installed on the same axis.
Liquid crystal elastomers (LCE) are a group of materials that enable construction of small, moving, or mobile devices. Research on these materials focuses on design of LCE shape and its malleability with laser illumination.
“We are mainly interested in demonstrating that things are possible,” lead…READ MORE