Polymer-Based Systems for Advanced Optical Applications


  • Cees Bastiaansen
  • Walter Caseri
  • Cyril Darribère
  • Simon Dellsperger
  • Wilbert Heffels
  • Andrea Montali
  • Christian Sarwa
  • Paul Smith
  • Christoph Weder




Displays, in many different variations and for a multitude of uses, continue to be an evermore attractive area for industrial activity and academic development. Here, we address the development of polymer-based systems for application in advanced optical devices. More specifically, we report the fabrication and characterization of photoluminescent polarizers based on uniaxially oriented, conjugated polymers and their application in a new family of photoluminescent liquid-crystal displays with substantially increased brightness, contrast, and efficiency. In another development, we show that efficient 'color polarizers' can be produced on the basis of oriented polymer-inorganic nano-composites. It is anticipated that these polarizers enable the fabrication of another new family of LCDs in which multiple colors can be displayed on the same pixel.




How to Cite

C. Bastiaansen, W. Caseri, C. Darribère, S. Dellsperger, W. Heffels, A. Montali, C. Sarwa, P. Smith, C. Weder, Chimia 1998, 52, 591, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.1998.591.