We prepared the loosely cross-linked LCE following the previously reported work with little modification (45). Liquid crystal mesogen RM257 (10.957 g, 18.6 mmol) was added into toluene, and the mixture was heated at 85°C. The photoinitiator HHMP (0.077 g, 0.3 mmol) was added into the mixture. Then, we added 3.076 g (16.9 mmol) of spacer EDDET, 0.244 g (0.5 mmol) of cross-linker PETMP, and 0.038 g (0.4 mmol) of catalyst DPA into the solution. After stirring and degassing, we poured the mixture into the rectangular mold (1 mm thickness) and put it at room temperature for 24 hours. Then, we placed the loosely cross-linked LCE film into an 85°C oven for solvent evaporation. After that, we obtained the loosely cross-linked LCE film.

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