Film-Forming Methods Using Self-Organizing Molecules
Biological research in plant growth or in animal musculature may offer solutions to this TechNeed that seeks a film-forming method based on molecular orientation or on self-organizing molecules. Living matter naturally organizes itself without intervention. Films such as cell walls are microscopically thin and flexible. Studies of biological alternatives to polymeric films have focused on proteins as natural biopolymers.
The films that can satisfy this TechNeed would be created by such self-organizing molecules and would express birefringence, optical rotation, polarization, or the scattering of light.
A high degree of molecular alignment is necessary in the eventual films—96% or greater, and the films produced by the method must be extremely thin and transparent.
Possible solutions may be found in the organic semiconductor or bio-chemistry fields.
Unique characteristics in chemical structure or in system of principles are expected.
Several samples have been evaluated and the degree of orientation has not been sufficient.
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