Ultraviolet light screen using cholesteric liquid crystal capsules on the basis of selective reflection

Heemuk Oh, Hirotugu Kikuchi, Ji Hyun Lee, Su Ji Kim, Jun Bae Lee, Moon Sun Cho, Min Young Lee, Yasushi Okumura, Joo Hee Hong, Sung Kyu Hong

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Abstract

Sunscreen can protect human skin from sunlight by decreasing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, specifically UV-B and UV-A. In this study, a new type of UV screen system is proposed using cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) capable of selectively reflecting UV-A within the human skin temperature range of 32-36 °C. Polycaprolactone (PCL) capsules with CLC mixture which had a helical chiral pitch corresponding to the wavelength of UV light were made by a solvent evaporation method. The average diameter of the capsules was about 34 μm. Consequently, it was confirmed that the CLC mixture (COC : CN = 80 : 20) could reflect UV-A light over 350-380 nm within the human skin temperature range. Also, it was confirmed that the CLC/PCL microcapsules could block UV light over 290-400 nm by about 6%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25471-25476
Number of pages6
JournalRSC Advances
Volume11
Issue number41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 6 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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