Non-Synthetic Method to Modify Properties of Liquid Crystals
Abstract: In this invention we report an alternative, much easier, and elegant approach. We modify the properties of existing liquid crystals by adding inorganic particles: particles of small enough size to share their intrinsic properties with the whole liquid crystal matrix much like a molecular additive. We can tune the properties of the liquid crystals and thereby enhance the performance of a wide variety of devices. These particle composites can be also combined with polymers to create polymer dispersions, like polymer network liquid crystals, PDLC, and Stressed Liquid Crystals.
Application(s) and Advantages: The new materials are of a high importance for display industry, creation of adjustable lenses, beam steering and other light controlling devices
Inventors: Dr. John West, et al
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