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Nanoparticles Effects in Liquid Crystals (NELC)- AFRL/RX ST Dr. Bunning

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Alma Mater Studiorum Universita Di Bologna Sede Bologna Italy

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In this project, we focus on the understanding of the effects on order, dynamics and molecular organization of a host nematic caused by the introduction of nanoparticles through a modellingcomputer simulation approach. We have modelled the nanoparticles and the oleic acid covering as berry-like clusters of spherical Lennard-Jones sites united atoms, each of which can be endowed with specific features like size, charges, dispersion interactions, while the mesogen with a rodlike Gay-Berne ellipsoid. The results of our Monte Carlo simulations assess the influence of nanoparticles ferroelectricity and surfactant coating on the changes in order of the host nematic.

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2015,15 Aug 2017



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