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The induction of the Ntb phase in mixtures (2018)
Journal Article
Ramou, E., Welch, C., Hussey, J., Ahmed, Z., Karahaliou, P. K., & Mehl, G. H. (2018). The induction of the Ntb phase in mixtures. Liquid crystals, 45(13-15), 1929-1935. doi:10.1080/02678292.2018.1524523

We report the induction of the Ntb phase over a wide temperature and concentration range in a binary system. This was achieved by addition of a flexible dopant without LC properties to a flexible dimer exhibiting only a nematic LC phase. The Ntb phas... Read More

Supramolecular organization of liquid-crystal dimers-bis-cyanobiphenyl alkanes on HOPG by scanning tunneling microscopy (2018)
Journal Article
Krzyzewska, K., Jaroch, T., Maranda-Niedbała, A., Pociecha, D., Górecka, E., Ahmed, Z., …Nowakowski, R. (2018). Supramolecular organization of liquid-crystal dimers-bis-cyanobiphenyl alkanes on HOPG by scanning tunneling microscopy. Nanoscale, 10(34), 16201-16210. doi:10.1039/c8nr02069h

2D supramolecular organization of a series of six cyanobiphenyl bimesogens deposited on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) is studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The adsorbates are 1,ω-bis(4-cyanobiphenyl-4’-yl)alkanes (CBnCB) with... Read More

The stabilisation of the Nx phase in mixtures (2016)
Journal Article
Ahmed, Z., Mehl, G. H., Welch, C., Karahaliou, P. K., & Ramou, E. (2016). The stabilisation of the Nx phase in mixtures. Soft matter, 12(3), (888-899). doi:10.1039/c5sm01961c. ISSN 1744-683X

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 dime... Read More

The design and investigation of the self-assembly of dimers with two nematic phases (2015)
Journal Article
H. Mehl, G. H., Ahmed, Z., Welch, C., & Mehl, G. H. (2015). The design and investigation of the self-assembly of dimers with two nematic phases. RSC advances, 5(113), 93513-93521. doi:10.1039/c5ra18118f

A series of non-symmetric dimers were synthesised containing either cyanobiphenyl or difluoroterphenyl moieties on one side and a range of long, short, bent, polar or apolar mesogens on the other side of the molecules. The dielectric anisotropy of th... Read More