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Effect of Ordering on Spinodal Decomposition of Liquid-Crystal/Polymer Mixtures

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Author(s)

A M. Lapena, S C. Glotzer, Stephen A. Langer, A J. Liu

Abstract

Partially phase-separated liquid-crystal/polymer dispersions display highly fibrillar domain morphologies that are dramatically different from the typical structure found in isotropic mixtures. To explain this, we explore the coupling between phase ordering kinetics and phase separation kinetics when such a mixture phase separates into a nematic phase rich in liquid crystal coexisting with an isotropic phase rich in polymer. We find that phase ordering can lead to fibrillar networks of the minority polymer-rich phase.
Citation
Physical Review Letters
Volume
60

Keywords

liquid-crystal/polymer mixtures, ordering, spinodal decomposition

Citation

Lapena, A. , Glotzer, S. , Langer, S. and Liu, A. (1999), Effect of Ordering on Spinodal Decomposition of Liquid-Crystal/Polymer Mixtures, Physical Review Letters, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=851514 (Accessed June 18, 2024)

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Created December 31, 1998, Updated October 12, 2021