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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David Hagan
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 934–943

Homeotropic orientation of nematic liquid crystals induced by dissolving polypropyleneimine dendrimer having peripheral mesogens

Osamu Haba, Daigo Hiratsuka, Takenori Shiraiwa, Nami Funakoshi, Hiroshi Awano, Tomonori Koda, Tatsuhiro Takahashi, Koichiro Yonetake, Musun Kwak, Yuichi Momoi, Nakwon Kim, Sangpyo Hong, Dongwoo Kang, and Youngseok Choi  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 4, Issue 5, pp. 934-943 (2014)

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A mixture of nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) with a small amount of a polypropyleneimine-based liquid crystalline dendrimer (D-6PC5 and D-6PPCN) exhibited spontaneous homeotropic alignment between the native glass substrates. This dendrimer-induced homeotropic alignment required two conditions; 1) the dendrimer completely dissolves in the NLC, and 2) a substrate surface is hydrophilic with the surface free energy above approximately 65 mN·m−1. The interdigitated-electrode cells without any surface treatment of the substrates were fabricated by filling with the LC dendrimer (D-6PC5)/nematic LC mixtures. They exhibited an electro-optical behavior when applying AC, vertical-alignment drive occurred in the cells. Based on these results, we speculated that the dendrimer adsorbs on the substrate surface and acts as a vertical alignment layer.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(240.6700) Optics at surfaces : Surfaces

ToC Category:
Liquid Crystals

Original Manuscript: February 5, 2014
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2014
Published: April 7, 2014

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