Cross-Linked Liquid Crystalline Systems: From Rigid Polymer Networks to Elastomers

1st Edition

Dirk Broer, Gregory P Crawford, Slobodan Zumer

CRC Press
July 31, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 629 Pages
ISBN 9780367383107 - CAT# K450222

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Summary

Liquid crystal displays were discovered in the 1960s, and today we continue to enjoy the benefits of that fundamental discovery and its translation into a wide variety of products. Like liquid crystals, polymers are unusual materials, and have similarly enjoyed a great deal of research attention because of their vast applications and uses and complex fundamental properties. The combination of liquid crystal and polymer properties produces a broad array of new effects—spanning from densely crosslinked, rigid polymer networks to weakly crosslinked elastomers—that are not simply manifestations of either native liquid crystals or polymers alone.





Cross-Linked Liquid Crystalline Systems brings together liquid crystal and polymer systems and their variations. The field, much like traditional liquid crystals, is one of an interdisciplinary nature with a broad spectrum, from the very fundamental questions of nature to a myriad of practical uses. There seems to be no shortage of unusual properties and far-reaching applications in densely crossed-linked liquid crystal systems and liquid crystal elastomers. These systems provide a rich new avenue for both fundamental and applied research and continue to fascinate scientists and engineers. Specifically, this book covers:









  • Cross-linked networks created from reactive mesogen materials


  • Manipulation of liquid crystalline by external constraints


  • Advances in liquid crystal display screen technology


  • Physical and electromagnetic properties of elastomers and magnetic gels


  • Computer simulations and theory of liquid crystal polymeric networks and elastomers


  • Side-on nematic liquid-crystalline elastomers for artificial muscle applications






Liquid crystal display technology has driven much of the fundamental research in crosslinked liquid crystalline systems. The systems’ ability to enforce three-di

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