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Growth and characterization of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 nanocrystalline layers on microstructured surfaces for liquid crystal alignment

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Abstract

Zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanocrystalline layers were grown on carboxylate-terminated sol–gel films patterned with surface-relief microstructures. The coverage of ZIF-8 nanocrystals was significantly affected by the surface morphology, like the size and interspace of microstructures. Its vertically aligning ability to a typical nematic liquid crystal (LC) E7 was verified and its applications as a hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) LC cell-based voltage-dependent light modulator and a switchable diffraction grating were demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Growth and characterization of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 nanocrystalline layers on microstructured surfaces for liquid crystal alignment

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Submitted
03 Dec 2015
Accepted
08 Jan 2016
First published
13 Jan 2016

RSC Adv., 2016,6, 7488-7494
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Growth and characterization of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 nanocrystalline layers on microstructured surfaces for liquid crystal alignment

L. Chen, B. Luo, W. Li, C. Yang, T. Ye, S. Li, X. Wang, Y. Cui, H. Li and G. Qian, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 7488
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA25794H

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