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The stabilisation of the Nx phase in mixtures

Ramou, E.; Ahmed, Z.; Welch, C.; Karahaliou, P. K.; Mehl, G. H.


E. Ramou

Z. Ahmed

C. Welch

P. K. Karahaliou


The phase behaviour of mixtures between two symmetric dimers, CBC9CB and the ether-linked analogue CBOC9OCB was investigated by Polarizing Optical Microscopy (POM), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) studies. The dimeric constituents are fully miscible and the construction of a temperature-composition phase diagram reveals a surprising amplification of the stability of the Nx phase in compositions of up to 37 wt% of CBOC9OCB in CBC9CB. The origin for this enhancement of stability is discussed and an explanation based on chiral recognition is developed.


Ramou, E., Ahmed, Z., Welch, C., Karahaliou, P. K., & Mehl, G. H. (2016). The stabilisation of the Nx phase in mixtures. Soft matter, 12(3), 888-899.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 28, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Soft matter
Print ISSN 1744-683X
Electronic ISSN 1744-6848
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 888-899
Keywords Dimers
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Additional Information This is an open access article published in Soft matter, 2016.


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