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Effect of the liquid crystal solute on the rotator phase transitions of n-alkanes

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Abstract

Recent experimental studies have shown that the liquid crystal substance plays an important role in determining the structures and the phase transitions of the different rotator phases in binary mixtures of n-alkane and liquid crystals. The mixtures exhibit crystal and four different rotator phases RI, RII, RIII and RV, although the RIII phase is absent in pure alkane. We described these experimental observations within phenomenological theory. The influence of the liquid crystal solute on the rotator phase transitions and the transition temperatures was discussed by varying the coupling between the concentration variable and the order parameters. The theoretical predictions were found to be in good qualitative agreement with the experimental results.

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The article was received on 08 Nov 2014, accepted on 08 Jan 2015 and first published on 09 Jan 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA14116D
RSC Adv., 2015,5, 12168-12177

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    Effect of the liquid crystal solute on the rotator phase transitions of n-alkanes

    P. K. Mukherjee, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 12168
    DOI: 10.1039/C4RA14116D

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