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Rod-shaped dopants for flexoelectric nematic mixtures

Aziz, Nayyar; Kelly, Stephen M.; Duffy, Warren; Goulding, Mark


Nayyar Aziz

Warren Duffy

Mark Goulding


We report the synthesis and liquid crystalline behaviour of two series of para-substituted terphenyls as dopants with a rigid rod-like shape, rather than a wedge-, pear- or banana-shape, for guest-host nematic mixtures with flexoelectric properties. One series of liquid crystalline dopants is of low-to-strongly negative dielectric anisotropy and the other is of low-to-strongly positive dielectric anisotropy. The usefulness of apolar and polar rod-like dopants as components of flexoelectric nematic mixtures of positive dielectric anisotropy for use in LCDs is investigated in general and the dependence of the flexoelectric properties of the doped nematic mixtures on the polarity of the dopants is studied in particular. The correlation between the concentration of the dopant and the magnitude of the flexoelastic ratio of several guest-host nematic mixtures is investigated.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 20, 2009
Print ISSN 0267-8292
Electronic ISSN 1366-5855
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 5
Article Number PII 913922141
Pages 503-520
APA6 Citation Aziz, N., Kelly, S. M., Duffy, W., & Goulding, M. (2009). Rod-shaped dopants for flexoelectric nematic mixtures. Liquid crystals, 36(5), 503-520.
Keywords Polyfluorinated dopants; Flexoelectric nematics; Terphenyls
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