WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
The spontaneous alignment of molecules in liquid crystalline solutions is characteristic of other materials that contain rodlike particles. We are developing a model to predict the evolution of microstructure in these systems. Its starting point is Florys thermodynamic analysis of liquid crystalline phase separation. Our preferred method dispenses with the traditional lattice model in favor of a Monte Carlo simulation to calculate entropy. Some advantages and consequences of our approach are explored in this paper.
This article is from 'Multifunctional Materials Held in Boston, Massachusetts on November 29-December 1 1989. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. Volume 175,' AD-A253 089, p371-378.