Liquid crystal alignment behaviours on poly(methyl methacrylate) having polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane groups

Hyo Kang, Hyunkee Hong, Dong Gyun Kim, Eun Ho Sohn, Jimin Shim, Daeseung Kang, Jong Chan Lee

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Abstract

A series of poly(methyl methacrylate) derivatives containing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) groups (MCP#) were synthesised via free radical polymerisation (FRP) using methacryl isobutyl POSS (MA-POSS) and methyl methacrylate as monomers to investigate liquid crystal (LC) alignment property of these polymer films. The LC cells made from the films of the polymers having 100 mol% of MA-POSS units (MCP100) showed vertical LC alignment having a pretilt angle of about 90°. The vertical LC alignment behaviour on the MCP100 film was ascribed to the very hydrophobic MCP100 surface having the surface energy value smaller than about 23 mJ/m2 generated by the nonpolar bulky POSS group. Good electro-optical characteristics, such as voltage holding ratio (VHR) and residual DC voltage (R-DC), were observed for the LC cells fabricated using MCP100 as a LC alignment layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-40
Number of pages9
JournalLiquid Crystals
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

Keywords

  • alignment
  • liquid crystal
  • polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane
  • vertical

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