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Materials 2018, 11(5), 745;

Fast Response and Spontaneous Alignment in Liquid Crystals Doped with 12-Hydroxystearic Acid Gelators

Department of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Formosa University, Yunlin 632, Taiwan
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Received: 4 April 2018 / Revised: 25 April 2018 / Accepted: 2 May 2018 / Published: 7 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Functional Nanomaterials and Their Applications)
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The spontaneous vertical alignment of liquid crystals (LCs) in gelator (12-hydroxystearic acid)-doped LC cells was studied. Gelator-induced alignment can be used in both positive and negative LC cells. The electro-optical characteristics of the gelator-doped negative LC cell were similar to those of an LC cell that contained a vertically aligned (VA) host. The rise time of the gelator-doped LC cell was two orders of magnitude shorter than that of the VA host LC cell. The experimental results indicate that the gelator-induced vertical alignment of LC molecules occurred not only on the surface of the indium tin oxide (ITO) but also on the homogeneous alignment layer. Various LC alignments (planar, hybrid, multistable hybrid, and vertical alignments) were achieved by modulating the doped gelator concentrations. The multistable characteristic of LCs doped with the gelator is also presented. The alignment by doping with a gelator reduces the manufacturing costs and provides a means of fabricating fast-responding, flexible LC displays using a low-temperature process. View Full-Text
Keywords: liquid crystal; alignment; gelator; fast reponse; multistable property liquid crystal; alignment; gelator; fast reponse; multistable property

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Lin, H.-C.; Wang, C.-H.; Wang, J.-K.; Tsai, S.-F. Fast Response and Spontaneous Alignment in Liquid Crystals Doped with 12-Hydroxystearic Acid Gelators. Materials 2018, 11, 745.

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