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Tuning ‘de Vries-like’ properties in binary mixtures of liquid crystals with different molecular lengths

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Abstract

Smectic liquid crystals with ‘de Vries-like’ properties are characterized by a maximum layer contraction of ≤1% upon transition from the orthogonal SmA phase to the tilted SmC phase. We show that binary mixtures of ‘de Vries-like’ and conventional SmC mesogens with a molecular length ratio of 1.34 undergo a SmA–SmC phase transition with a maximum layer contraction ranging from 1.0 to 1.9% depending on the mixture composition.

Graphical abstract: Tuning ‘de Vries-like’ properties in binary mixtures of liquid crystals with different molecular lengths

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Submitted
10 Jul 2013
Accepted
01 Aug 2013
First published
01 Aug 2013

Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 8202-8204
Article type
Communication

Tuning ‘de Vries-like’ properties in binary mixtures of liquid crystals with different molecular lengths

Q. Song, A. Bogner, F. Giesselmann and R. P. Lemieux, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 8202
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45207G

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