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Siloxane-Based Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Elastomers and Self-Assembled Mono- and Multilayers.
COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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A convenient new method for synthesis of self-assembled monolayers on float glass substrates has been developed. This method allows the synthesis of SAMs composed of ferroelectric liquid crystal mesogens. Using the ferroelectric liquid crystal SAMs or simple alkane SAMs, a unique type of liqiud crystal alignment is demonstrated where the surface, which is smooth to a few angstroms by atomic force microscopy, provides a uniform tilt in the direction of rubbing when rubbed SAMs are used as substrates for the liquid crystal sample.
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