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Linear and crosslinked silicon based liquid crystalline materials
Author(s): Tomasz Ganicz
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Paper Abstract

In this paper the effect of steric hindrance, crosslinking and the use of multipode mesogenic moieties is presented as a part of studies directed on the architectural modification of silicon containing SLCP's. Trist(trimethylsilyl)methyl(trisyl) groups have been attached to liquid crystalline comb-like polysiloxanes by hydrosilylation reaction in order to increase their thermal stability. It was found that attaching trisyl group to 10% of monomeric units led to a decrease in mass loss at 330°C by a factor of 2. The thermo-optical studies of linear and crosslinked LC polycarbosilanes exhibiting SmC* phase proved that crosslinking stabilizes the generated mesophases, especially during isotropisation process. The new synthetic route for polysiloxanes with pendant "triple-fork" mesogenes has been developed. It was found that such the structures are able to generate stable mesophases even if their molecular mass is relatively low.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5565, XV Conference on Liquid Crystals, (1 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.581208
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Tomasz Ganicz, Ctr. of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5565:
XV Conference on Liquid Crystals
Jozef Zmija, Editor(s)

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