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1H NMR study of molecular order and dynamics in CBC9CB Liquid Crystal (2019)
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Aluculesei, A., Cachitas, H., Carvalho, J., Vaca Chavez, F., Figueirinhas, J. L., Sebastião, P. J., …Mehl, G. H. (2019). 1H NMR study of molecular order and dynamics in CBC9CB Liquid Crystal. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP, doi:10.1039/c8cp06868b

Molecular order and dynamics of the CB-C9-CB liquid crystalline dimer exhibiting the nematic (N) and the twist bend nematic (Ntb) phases were investigated by proton NMR spectroscopy, using fields of 0.78T and 7.04T, and relaxometry. The first relaxom... Read More

Proton and Deuterium NMR study of the CBC9CB Dimer System (2019)
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Carvalho, J., Cruz, C., Figueirinhas, J. L., Tamba, M., Kohlmeier, A., & Mehl, G. H. (in press). Proton and Deuterium NMR study of the CBC9CB Dimer System. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b11526

Using proton and deuterium NMR spectroscopy , this work provides a description of the molecular order of the mesogenic grops in both the Ntb and the classical nematic phase (N), of the liquid crystal dimer CB-C9CB. The proton NMR data were collected... Read More

EPR study of the polydomain structure of the twist-bend nematic phase of CB9CB in the bulk (2018)
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Bacchiocchi, C., Tamba, M., Mehl, G. H., Arcioni, A., Miglioli, I., & Zannoni, C. (2018). EPR study of the polydomain structure of the twist-bend nematic phase of CB9CB in the bulk. Liquid crystals, 45(13-15), 2109-2120. doi:10.1080/02678292.2018.1501110

EPR spin probe spectra of the liquid crystal phases exhibited, in the bulk, by the 1″,9″-bis(4- cyanobiphenyl-4’-yl)nonane (CB9CB) bent-shape dimer showed that, on cooling from the isotropic phase, this material forms a uniaxial nematic phase with a... Read More

Characterization of large tilt-angle flexoelectro-optic switching in chiral nematic liquid crystal devices (2018)
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Wang, X., Fells, J. A. J., Welch, C., Tamba, M., Mehl, G. H., Morris, S. M., & Elston, S. J. (2018). Characterization of large tilt-angle flexoelectro-optic switching in chiral nematic liquid crystal devices. Liquid crystals, 1-7. doi:10.1080/02678292.2018.1502822

The “flexoelastic ratio”, which is the ratio of the effective flexoelectric coefficient to the elastic coefficients, is commonly used to characterize the electro-optic behavior of chiral nematic liquid crystal (LC) devices that exhibit flexoelectro-o... Read More

Fluctuation modes of a twist-bend nematic liquid crystal (2016)
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Parsouzi, Z., Shamid, S. M., Borshch, V., Challa, P. K., Baldwin, A. R., Tamba, M. G., …Sprunt, S. (2016). Fluctuation modes of a twist-bend nematic liquid crystal. Physical Review X, 6(2), 021041-1-021041-16. doi:10.1103/PhysRevX.6.021041

We report a dynamic light-scattering study of the fluctuation modes in a thermotropic liquid crystalline mixture of monomer and dimer compounds that exhibits the twist-bend nematic (NTB) phase. The results reveal a spectrum of overdamped fluctuations... Read More

Anomalous increase in nematic-isotropic transition temperature in dimer molecules induced by magnetic field (2016)
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(2016). Anomalous increase in nematic-isotropic transition temperature in dimer molecules induced by magnetic field. Physical review letters, 116(21-27 May), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.217801

We have determined the nematic-isotropic transition temperature as a function of applied magnetic field in three different thermotropic liquid crystalline dimers. These molecules are comprised of two rigid calamitic moieties joined end to end by flex... Read More

Second harmonic light scattering induced by defects in the twist-bend nematic phase of liquid crystal dimers (2016)
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Shamid, S. M., Pardaev, S. A., Tamba, M. G., Mehl, G. H., Gleeson, J. T., Allender, D. W., …Sprunt, S. (2016). Second harmonic light scattering induced by defects in the twist-bend nematic phase of liquid crystal dimers. Soft matter, 12(19), (4472-4482). doi:10.1039/c6sm00585c. ISSN 1744-683X

The nematic twist-bend (NTB) phase, exhibited by certain thermotropic liquid crystalline (LC) dimers, represents a new orientationally ordered mesophase -- the first distinct nematic variant discovered in many years. The NTB phase is distinguished by... Read More

NMR study of a bimesogenic liquid crystal with two nematic phases (2015)
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Burnell, E. E., Dong, R. Y., Kohlmeier, A., Tamba, M. G., Welch, C., & Mehl, G. H. (2015). NMR study of a bimesogenic liquid crystal with two nematic phases. Molecular crystals and liquid crystals, 610(1), 100-107. doi:10.1080/15421406.2015.1025211

Recent interest in bimesogenic liquid crystals showing two nematic phases has led us to investigate the nematic mean-field interactions in these nematic phases by using rigid solutes as probes. The nematic potential that is modelled by two independen... Read More

A fibre forming smectic twist-bent liquid crystalline phase (2015)
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Tamba, M. G., Salili, S. M., Zhang, C., Jákli, A., Mehl, G. H., Stannarius, R., …Zhang, C. (2015). A fibre forming smectic twist-bent liquid crystalline phase. RSC advances, 5(15), (11207-11211). doi:10.1039/c4ra14669g. ISSN 2046-2069

We demonstrate the nanostructure and filament formation of a novel liquid crystal phase of a dimeric mesogen below the twist–bend nematic phase. The new fibre-forming phase is distinguished by a short-correlated smectic order combined with an additio... Read More

Nematic twist-bend phase with nanoscale modulation of molecular orientation (2013)
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Mehl, G., Lavrentovich, O. D., Borshch, V., Mehl, G. H., Gao, M., Tamba, M. G., …Borshch, V. (2013). Nematic twist-bend phase with nanoscale modulation of molecular orientation. Nature communications, 4, doi:10.1038/ncomms3635

A state of matter in which molecules show a long-range orientational order and no positional order is called a nematic liquid crystal. The best known and most widely used (for example, in modern displays) is the uniaxial nematic, with the rod-like mo... Read More