Carbon nanotube dispersed liquid crystal: A nano electromechanical system

Basu, Rajratan; Iannacchione, Germano S.
November 2008
Applied Physics Letters;11/3/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 18, p183105
Academic Journal
Electric field induced director orientation of a nematic liquid crystal (LC)+carbon nanotube (CNT) system reveals insights on switching behavior for this anisotropic composite. Once the field goes off, the LC+CNT system relaxes back to the original orientation through a mechanical rotation, revealing the intrinsic dynamics. LC molecules and CNTs cooperatively form local pseudonematic domains in the isotropic phase due to strong LC-CNT interactions. These field-responsive anisotropic domains do not relax back to the original orientation on switching of the field off, which could find potential applications in memory devices.


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