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Photolocking of complex liquid crystal order as tool for micro- and nanostructuring

Dirk J.  Broer

Dirk J. Broer

Polymer Chemist and Professor

Philips Research Laboratories and Eindhoven University

Dirk J. Broer is polymer chemist (PhD-University of Groningen) and specialized in polymer structuring and self-organization. He joined Philips Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1973. Typical research topics were vapor phase polymerization, optical data storage, telecommunication fibers and liquid crystal networks. In 1990/1991 he worked at the DuPont Experimental Station in Delaware, USA on nonlinear optical materials and vapor phase deposition of π-conjugated polymers. From 1991 he developed at Philips Research optical films for LCD enhancement and in 2000 he started his work on new manufacturing technologies of LCDs for large area displays and electronic wallpaper. From 2003 to 2010 Dirk J. Broer was appointed as VC and senior research fellow at the Philips Research Laboratories specializing on biomedical devices and applications of polymeric materials.

From 1996 Dirk J. Broer is Professor at the Eindhoven University (40% part-time) covering research topics as liquid crystal orientation, polymer waveguides, solar energy, organic semiconductors, nanolithography, soft lithography and polymer actuators for biomedical microfluidic systems. From 2010 he is fulltime professor in Eindhoven specializing in Functional Organic Materials for clean technologies as energy harvesting and water treatment. Special emphasis is given to responsive polymers that deform under the action of heat, light, electrical- and magnetic fields or driven by contacts with agents and/or changes in ambient.

In total, he has around 200 publications in peer reviewed journals, 90 US patents and more than 25 patents pending.

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