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  1. Long-term evaluation of a liquid crystal polymer (LCP)-based retinal prosthesis

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    Jeong, Joonsoo; Bae, So Hyun; Seo, Jong-Mo; Chung, Hum; Kim, Sung June

    2016-04-01

    Objective. The aim of this study is to evaluate the long-term reliability of a recently presented liquid crystal polymer (LCP) -based retinal prosthesis in vitro as well as in vivo. Because an all-polymer implant introduces another intrinsic leak type due to gas permeation, for which the traditional helium leak test for metallic packages was not designed to quantify, a new method to investigate its durability is required. Approach. We designed and carried out a series of reliability tests specifically for all-polymer implants by quantitatively investigating moisture ingress through various pathways of the polymer surface, and the polymer-polymer and polymer-metal adhesions. Moisture permeation through the bulk material was estimated by analytic calculation, while water ingress through the adhesively sealed LCP-LCP and LCP-metal interfaces was investigated using the separate parts of an electrode array and a package in an accelerated aging condition. In vivo tests were done in rabbits to examine the long-term biocompatibility and implantation stability by fundus observation and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. Main results. The analytic calculation estimated good barrier properties of the LCP. Samples of the LCP-based electrode array failed after 114 days in 87 °C saline as a result of water penetration through the LCP-metal interface. An eye-conformable LCP package survived for 87 days in an accelerated condition at 87 °C. The in vivo results confirmed that no adverse effects were observed around the retina 2.5 years after the implantation of the device. Significance. These long-term evaluation results show the potential for the chronic use of LCP-based biomedical implants to provide an alternative to traditional metallic packages.

  2. LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS (LCP) USED AS A MACHINING FLUID CD

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    This interactive CD was produced to present the science, research activities, and beneficial environmental and machining advantages for utilizing Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCPs) as a machine fluid in the manufacturing industry.In 1995, the USEPA funded a project to cut flu...

  3. Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) based antenna for flexible system on package (SoP) applications

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    Marnat, Loic

    2012-06-01

    The design, fabrication and measurement of a bowtie antenna on a flexible Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) substrate is reported in this paper. The antenna is fed by a balun transition which helps improve the gain up to 5.1 dB. The antenna performance is analyzed for both planar and curved substrates. The comparison between simulation and measurements shows a good agreement. This structure can either be used to sense the bending of the substrate or use the bending to tilt the beam. © 2012 IEEE.

  4. A miniaturized, eye-conformable, and long-term reliable retinal prosthesis using monolithic fabrication of liquid crystal polymer (LCP).

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    Jeong, Joonsoo; Bae, So Hyun; Min, Kyou Sik; Seo, Jong-Mo; Chung, Hum; Kim, Sung June

    2015-03-01

    A novel retinal prosthetic device was developed using biocompatible liquid crystal polymer (LCP) to address the problems associated with conventional metal- and polymer-based devices: the hermetic metal package is bulky, heavy, and labor-intensive, whereas a thin, flexible, and MEMS-compatible polymer-based system is not durable enough for chronic implantation. Exploiting the advantageous properties of LCP such as a low moisture absorption rate, thermobonding, and thermoforming, we fabricate a small, light-weight, long-term reliable retinal prosthesis that can be conformally attached on the eye-surface. A LCP fabrication process using monolithic integration and conformal deformation was established enabling miniaturization and a batch manufacturing process as well as eliminating the need for feed-through technology. The functionality of the fabricated device was tested through wireless operation in saline solution. Its efficacy and implantation stability were verified through in vivo animal tests by measuring the cortical potential and monitoring implanted dummy devices for more than a year, respectively.

  5. Manufacturing, structure and properties of recycled polyethylene terephthalate /liquid crystal polymer/montmorillonite clay nanocomposites

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    Japins, Guntis; Berzina, Rita; Zicans, Janis; Merijs Meri, Remo; Ivanova, Tatjana; Kalkis, Valdis; Reinholds, Ingars

    2013-12-01

    Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)/liquid crystal polymer (LCP)/monthmorillonite clay (MMT) compositions were obtained by melt mixing. Their mechanical, structural, rheological and thermal properties were investigated.

  6. Mechanism Studies of LCP Synthesis

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    Anne Buyle Padias

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer known as Vectra is synthesized by acidolysis of 4-hydroxybenzoic acid with 6-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid. The apparently simple acidolysis mechanism for LCP polycondensation is in fact a complex blend of mechanisms. Kinetics of model reactions and of actual polycondensations followed second-order kinetics and their rate constants were comparable. In the latter stages, ketene loss leads to phenolic ends, while decarboxylation provides phenyl ester ends. Accordingly, the mechanism changes to phenolysis. A quinone methide intermediate may also intervene, as revealed by kinetics studies and MALDI-TOF spectroscopy. Tailor-made matrices and synthesis of alternating well-defined oligomers assisted our studies. Nucleophilic aromatic substitutions may play a role, and we speculate on possible chain polycondensation. Esterolysis may be a useful alternative to LCP synthesis. Complications caused by ketene loss can be averted by the use of methoxycarbonyloxy monomers.

  7. Carbon/Liquid Crystal Polymer Prepreg for Cryogenic and High-Temp Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — KaZaK Composites proposes to develop a pultrusion process to produce carbon fiber / liquid crystal polymer (LCP) prepreg, a first for this category of materials and...

  8. Integrated microsystems packaging approach with LCP

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    Jaynes, Paul; Shacklette, Lawrence W.

    2006-05-01

    Within the government communication market there is an increasing push to further miniaturize systems with the use of chip-scale packages, flip-chip bonding, and other advances over traditional packaging techniques. Harris' approach to miniaturization includes these traditional packaging advances, but goes beyond this level of miniaturization by combining the functional and structural elements of a system, thus creating a Multi-Functional Structural Circuit (MFSC). An emerging high-frequency, near hermetic, thermoplastic electronic substrate material, Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP), is the material that will enable the combination of the electronic circuit and the physical structure of the system. The first embodiment of this vision for Harris is the development of a battlefield acoustic sensor module. This paper will introduce LCP and its advantages for MFSC, present an example of the work that Harris has performed, and speak to LCP MFSCs' potential benefits to miniature communications modules and sensor platforms.

  9. LCP crystallization and X-ray diffraction analysis of VcmN, a MATE transporter from Vibrio cholerae

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    Kusakizako, Tsukasa [Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032 (Japan); Tanaka, Yoshiki [Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama-cho, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192 (Japan); Hipolito, Christopher J. [Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba 305-8575 (Japan); Kuroda, Teruo [Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8553 (Japan); Ishitani, Ryuichiro [Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032 (Japan); Suga, Hiroaki [Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Nureki, Osamu, E-mail: nureki@bs.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032 (Japan)

    2016-06-22

    A V. cholerae MATE transporter was crystallized using the lipidic cubic phase (LCP) method. X-ray diffraction data sets were collected from single crystals obtained in a sandwich plate and a sitting-drop plate to resolutions of 2.5 and 2.2 Å, respectively. Multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) transporters, one of the multidrug exporter families, efflux xenobiotics towards the extracellular side of the membrane. Since MATE transporters expressed in bacterial pathogens contribute to multidrug resistance, they are important therapeutic targets. Here, a MATE-transporter homologue from Vibrio cholerae, VcmN, was overexpressed in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized in lipidic cubic phase (LCP). X-ray diffraction data were collected to 2.5 Å resolution from a single crystal obtained in a sandwich plate. The crystal belonged to space group P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = 52.3, b = 93.7, c = 100.2 Å. As a result of further LCP crystallization trials, crystals of larger size were obtained using sitting-drop plates. X-ray diffraction data were collected to 2.2 Å resolution from a single crystal obtained in a sitting-drop plate. The crystal belonged to space group P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = 61.9, b = 91.8, c = 100.9 Å. The present work provides valuable insights into the atomic resolution structure determination of membrane transporters.

  10. Controlled thermal expansion printed wiring boards based on liquid crystal polymer dielectrics

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    Knoll, Thomas E.; Blizard, Kent; Jayaraj, K.; Rubin, Leslie S.

    1994-01-01

    Dielectric materials based on innovative Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP's) have been used to fabricate surface mount printed wiring boards (PWB's) with a coefficient of thermal expansion matched to leadless ceramic chip carriers. Proprietary and patented polymer processing technology has resulted in self reinforcing material with balanced in-plane mechanical properties. In addition, LCP's possess excellent electrical properties, including a low dielectric constant (less than 2.9) and very low moisture absorption (less than 0.02%). LCP-based multilayer boards processed with conventional drilling and plating processes show improved performance over other materials because they eliminate the surface flatness problems of glass or aramid reinforcements. Laser drilling of blind vias in the LCP dielectric provides a very high density for use in direct chip attach and area array packages. The material is ideally suited for MCM-L and PCMCIA applications fabricated with very thin dielectric layers of the liquid crystal polymer.

  11. High Q, Miniaturized LCP-Based Passive Components

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    Shamim, Atif

    2014-10-16

    Various methods and systems are provided for high Q, miniaturized LCP-based passive components. In one embodiment, among others, a spiral inductor includes a center connection and a plurality of inductors formed on a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) layer, the plurality of inductors concentrically spiraling out from the center connection. In another embodiment, a vertically intertwined inductor includes first and second inductors including a first section disposed on a side of the LCP layer forming a fraction of a turn and a second section disposed on another side of the LCP layer. At least a portion of the first section of the first inductor is substantially aligned with at least a portion of the second section of the second inductor and at least a portion of the first section of the second inductor is substantially aligned with at least a portion of the second section of the first inductor.

  12. Polymer semiconductor crystals

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    Jung Ah Lim

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available One of the long-standing challenges in the field of polymer semiconductors is to figure out how long interpenetrating and entangled polymer chains self-assemble into single crystals from the solution phase or melt. The ability to produce these crystalline solids has fascinated scientists from a broad range of backgrounds including physicists, chemists, and engineers. Scientists are still on the hunt for determining the mechanism of crystallization in these information-rich materials. Understanding the theory and concept of crystallization of polymer semiconductors will undoubtedly transform this area from an art to an area that will host a bandwagon of scientists and engineers. In this article we describe the basic concept of crystallization and highlight some of the advances in polymer crystallization from crystals to nanocrystalline fibers.

  13. Neutron scattering as a probe of liquid crystal polymer-reinforced composite materials

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    Hjelm, R.P.; Douglas, E.P.; Benicewicz, B.C.; Langlois, D.A.

    1995-12-31

    This is the final report of a three-year Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This research project sought to obtain nanoscale and molecular level information on the mechanism of reinforcement in liquid crystal polymer (LCP)-reinforced composites, to realize molecular-reinforced LCP composites, and to test the validity of the concept of molecular reinforcement. Small-angle neutron scattering was used to study the structures in the ternary phase diagram of LCP with liquid crystal thermosets and solvent on length scales ranging from 1-100 nm. The goal of the scattering measurements is to understand the phase morphology and degree of segregation of the reinforcing and matrix components. This information helps elucidate the physics of self assembly in these systems. This work provides an experimental basis for a microengineering approach to composites of vastly improved properties.

  14. Simulating polymer liquid crystals

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    Bladon, P.; Frenkel, D.

    1996-01-01

    A model suitable for simulating lyotropic polymer liquid crystals (PLCs) is described. By varying the persistence length between infinity and 25, the effect of increasing flexibility on the nematic - smectic transition of a PLC with a length-to-width ratio L/D = 6 is investigated. It is found that

  15. Micromachining of liquid crystal polymer film with frequency converted diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser

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    Li, Mingwei; Hix, Ken; Dosser, Larry R.; Hartke, Kevin; Blackshire, Jim

    2003-07-01

    Liquid crystal polymer (LCP) is a new and innovative material being used as an alternative to polyimide in the flexible circuit industry. LCP has many intrinsic benefits over polyimide including lower moisture absorption and improved dimensional stability. However, LCP is very resistant to chemical milling or etching. As a result, other methods for processing the material are being investigated including laser micromachining. In this paper, three frequency converted diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) Nd:YVO4 lasers at 355 nm were used to micromachine a LCP film and a copper/LCP laminate. Of them, two are Q-switched lasers operating in the nanosecond regime and the other a mode-locked laser in the picosecond regime. The Q-switched lasers can be operated at pulse repetition rates of 1 to 300 kHz while the mode-locked system is operated at 80 MHz. The micromachining experiments consisted of cutting the 50 μm thick LCP film, cutting the 18 μm thick copper on the film, and drilling micro-vias through both the copper coating and the film substrate. The laser/material interactions and processing speeds were studied and compared. The results show that, compared to polyimide film of the same thickness, LCP film can be more efficiently processed by laser micromachining. In addition, each laser has a unique advantage in processing LCP based flexible circuit materials. The Q-switched lasers are more capable of processing the copper coating while the mode-locked laser can cut LCP film faster with the smallest kerf width.

  16. Three-dimensional RF SoP technologies: LTCC versus LCP

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    Arabi, Eyad A.

    2014-12-18

    The system on package (SoP) is an emerging platform, introduced to provide enhanced functionality, and immense miniaturization through vertically integrated passive components in a multilayer process. This way the package is not a mere holder or cover but is a functional part of the system. The leading multilayer packaging technologies for SoP designs: low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) and liquid crystal polymer (LCP) are compared in this work for the first time. Passive components and filters have been implemented in both technologies to show the advantages of the three-dimensional nature of these technologies. The comparison results show that parallel plate capacitors implemented in the ultra-thin LCP provides the highest capacitance density. For spiral inductors, conversely, LTCC inductors have the highest inductances while LCP inductors offer the highest self-resonant frequencies and the highest quality factors (Q). In a circuit level, simulated and measured results of a bandpass filter at 1.5 GHz show that both LCP and LTCC can provide similar performances with an incredible size reduction for the case of ultra-thin LCP. Also, the thin LCP filter exhibits a large degree of mechanical flexibility which makes this technology suitable for future flexible modules.

  17. Frustrated polymer crystal structures

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    Lotz, B.; Strasbourg, 67083

    1997-03-01

    Several crystal structures or polymorphs of chiral or achiral polymers and biopolymers with three fold conformation of the helix have been found to conform to a common and -with one exception(Puterman, M. et al, J. Pol. Sci., Pol. Phys. Ed., 15, 805 (1977))- hitherto unsuspected packing scheme. The trigonal unit-cell contains three isochiral helices; the azimuthal setting of one helix differs significantly from that of the other two, leading to a so-called frustrated packing scheme, in which the environment of conformationally identical helices differs. Two variants of the frustrated scheme are analyzed. Similarities with frustrated two dimensional magnetic systems are underlined. Various examples of frustration in polymer crystallography are illustrated via the elucidation or reinterpretation of crystal phases or polymorphs of polyolefins, polyesters, cellulose derivatives and polypeptides. Structural manifestations (including AFM evidence) and morphological consequences of frustration are presented, which help diagnose the existence of this original packing of polymers.(Work done with L. Cartier, D. Dorset, S. Kopp, T. Okihara, M. Schumacher, W. Stocker.)

  18. Correlation measurements of light transmittance in polymer dispersed liquid crystals

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    Maksimyak, P. P.; Nehrych, A. L.

    2015-11-01

    The methods of correlation optics are for the first time applied to study structure of liquid crystal (LC) - polymer (P) composites at various concentrations of LC and P. Their phase correlation function (PCF) was obtained considering LC-P composite as a random phase screen. The amplitude of PCF contains information about number of LC domains and structure of LC director inside of them, while a half-width of this function is connected with a size of these domains. We studied unpowered and powered composite layers with a thickness of 5 μm. As liquid crystal and polymer were used nematic LC E7 from Merck and photopolymer composition NOA65 from Norland. Concentration of polymer φP was varied in a range 10-55 vol. %. In good agreement with previous studies by SEM technique we detected monotone decrease of LC domains with concentration of polymer. With application of electric field, amplitude of PCF behaves differently for the samples with different polymer content. For the samples with φP>35 vol. % (samples having morphology of polymer dispersed LC), this dependence is monotonic. In turn, if φPLC morphology), the amplitude of PCF non-monotonically depends on the applied voltage going through a maximum. The latter fact is explained by transformation of orientational defects of LC phase with the applied voltage.

  19. Interference forming of transmission by polymer dispersed liquid crystals

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    Maksimyak, P. P.; Nehrych, A. L.

    2013-12-01

    The methods of correlation optics are for the first time applied to study structure of liquid crystal (LC) - polymer (P) composites at various concentrations of LC and P. Their phase correlation function (PCF) was obtained considering LC-P composite as a random phase screen. The amplitude of PCF contains information about number of LC domains and structure of LC director inside of them, while a half-width of this function is connected with a size of these domains. We studied unpowered and powered composite layers with a thickness of 5 μm. As liquid crystal and polymer were used nematic LC E7 from Merck and photopolymer composition NOA65 from Norland. Concentration of polymer ϕP was varied in a range 10-55 vol. %. In good agreement with previous studies by SEM technique we detected monotone decrease of LC domains with concentration of polymer. With application of electric field, amplitude of PCF behaves differently for the samples with different polymer content. For the samples with ϕPLC), this dependence is monotonic. In turn, if ϕPLC morphology), the amplitude of PCF non-monotonically depends on the applied voltage going through a maximum. The latter fact is explained by transformation of orientational defects of LC phase with the applied voltage.

  20. Homogeneous crystal nucleation in polymers.

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    Schick, Christoph; Androsch, R; Schmelzer, Juern W P

    2017-07-14

    The pathway of crystal nucleation significantly influences the structure and properties of semi-crystalline polymers. Crystal nucleation is normally heterogeneous at low supercooling, and homogeneous at high supercooling, of the polymer melt. Homogeneous nucleation in bulk polymers has been, so far, hardly accessible experimentally, and was even doubted to occur at all. This topical review summarizes experimental findings on homogeneous crystal nucleation in polymers. Recently developed fast scanning calorimetry, with cooling and heating rates up to 106 K s-1, allows for detailed investigations of nucleation near and even below the glass transition temperature, including analysis of nuclei stability. As for other materials, the maximum homogeneous nucleation rate for polymers is located close to the glass transition temperature. In the experiments discussed here, it is shown that polymer nucleation is homogeneous at such temperatures. Homogeneous nucleation in polymers is discussed in the framework of classical nucleation theory. The majority of our observations are consistent with the theory. The discrepancies may guide further research, particularly experiments to progress theoretical development. Progress in the understanding of homogeneous nucleation is much needed, since most of the modelling approaches dealing with polymer crystallization exclusively consider homogeneous nucleation. This is also the basis for advancing theoretical approaches to the much more complex phenomena governing heterogeneous nucleation. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  1. Comparison of filters: Inkjet printed on PEN substrate versus a laser-etched on LCP substrate

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    Arabi, Eyad A.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, microstrip-based bandpass filters on polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) and liquid crystal polymers (LCP) are presented to investigate the performance of filters on ultra-thin substrates. PEN (with a thickness of 120 μm) has been characterized and used for a filter for the first time. In addition to being low cost and transparent, it demonstrates comparable RF performance to LCP. The conductor losses are compared by fabricating filters with inkjet printed lines as well as laser etched copper clad LCP sheets. With 5 layers of inkjet printing, and a curing temperature below 200°C, a final silver thickness of 2 μm and conductivity of 9.6 × 106 S/m are achieved. The designs are investigated at two frequencies, 24 GHz as well as 5 GHz to assess their performance at high and low frequencies respectively. The 24 GHz inkjet printed filter shows an insertion loss of 2 dB, while the 5 GHz design gives an insertion loss of 8 dB. We find that thin substrates have a strong effect on the insertion loss of filters especially as the frequency is reduced. The same design, realized on LCP (thickness of 100 μm) through laser etching, demonstrates a very similar performance, thus verifying this finding. © 2014 European Microwave Association.

  2. Neural signal recording using microelectrode arrays fabricated on liquid crystal polymer material

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    Lee, Choong Jae; Oh, Seung Jae; Song, Jong Keun; Kim, Sung June

    2004-01-05

    Microelectrode arrays have been developed for simultaneous multi-channel recordings from nervous systems, typically using silicon substrates. However, it has been known that it is difficult to meet the biocompatibility and durability requirements using silicon and other dielectric materials (SiO{sub 2}, Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}), due to environmental moisture and ions. Additional disadvantage of silicon being the rigid material makes it hard to apply these materials in chronic recording situations. Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) was recently introduced as a candidate material for electronic packaging purposes. The material acts as efficient barrier against ions and moisture, a desirable feature for a substrate material of microelectrode arrays. In this paper, we report on the neural recording performed using the LCP-based microelectrode arrays. The cell adhesion on the new material was compared very favorably with that using silicon, SiO{sub 2}, or polyimide material. The microelectrode arrays were patterned with Ti (500 Angst)/Au (3500 Angst) on the LCP film and were employed in both stimulation and recording from rat sciatic nerve. The electrical characteristic of the recorded signal was as good as those using other substrate materials, proving this material as an excellent candidate for next generation microelectrode arrays.

  3. Effects of hybrid composition of LCP and glass fibres on abrasive wear of reinforced LLDPE

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    S A R Hashmi; Ajay Naik; Navin Chand

    2006-02-01

    The hybrid of liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) fibres and glass fibres (GF) provide a combination of modulus and toughness to semi-crystalline linear-low-density-polyethylene (LLDPE). LCP and GF fibres reinforced composites were studied using two-body abrasion tester under different applied loads. Two sets of fibre reinforced LLDPE, 10 and 20 vol%, were investigated. The contents of LCP and glass fibres were varied as 25, 50, 75 and 100 vol% of overall volume of fibres in LLDPE. The effect of replacing glass fibre with LCP fibre on wear is reported. Wear loss increased with the applied loads and glass fibre contents in LLDPE. The replacements of glass fibres with LCP fibres improved abrasive wear resistance of composite. The composite containing 20 vol% of glass fibres in LLDPE showed the specific wear rate nearly double to that of LCP fibre reinforced LLDPE. Incorporation of LCP fibre improved wear resistance of glass fibre reinforced LLDPE. Worn surfaces were studied using SEM. Glass fibres were broken in small debris and removed easily whereas LCP fibres yielded to fibrillation during abrasive action. The overall wear rate was governed by the composition and test conditions.

  4. Polymer-directed crystallization of atorvastatin.

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    Choi, Hyemin; Lee, Hyeseung; Lee, Min Kyung; Lee, Jonghwi

    2012-08-01

    Living organisms secrete minerals composed of peptides and proteins, resulting in "mesocrystals" of three-dimensional-assembled composite structures. Recently, this biomimetic polymer-directed crystallization technique has been widely applied to inorganic materials, although it has seldom been used with drugs. In this study, the technique was applied to the drowning-out crystallization of atorvastatin using various polymers. Nucleation and growth at optimized conditions successfully produced composite crystals with significant polymer contents and unusual characteristics. Atorvastatin composite crystals containing polyethylene glycol, polyacrylic acid, polyethylene imine, and chitosan showed a markedly decreased melting point and heat of fusion, improved stability, and sustained-release patterns. The use of hydroxypropyl cellulose yielded a unique combination of enhanced in vitro release and improved drug stability under a forced degradation condition. The formation hypothesis of unique mesocrystal structures was strongly supported by an X-ray diffraction pattern and substantial melting point reduction. This polymer-directed crystallization technique offers a novel and effective way, different from the solid dispersion approach, to engineer the release, stability, and processability of drug crystals.

  5. Twinning of Polymer Crystals Suppressed by Entropy

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    Nikos Ch. Karayiannis

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available We propose an entropic argument as partial explanation of the observed scarcity of twinned structures in crystalline samples of synthetic organic polymeric materials. Polymeric molecules possess a much larger number of conformational degrees of freedom than low molecular weight substances. The preferred conformations of polymer chains in the bulk of a single crystal are often incompatible with the conformations imposed by the symmetry of a growth twin, both at the composition surfaces and in the twin axis. We calculate the differences in conformational entropy between chains in single crystals and chains in twinned crystals, and find that the reduction in chain conformational entropy in the twin is sufficient to make the single crystal the stable thermodynamic phase. The formation of cyclic twins in molecular dynamics simulations of chains of hard spheres must thus be attributed to kinetic factors. In more realistic polymers this entropic contribution to the free energy can be canceled or dominated by nonbonded and torsional energetics.

  6. All-polymer photonic crystal slab sensor

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    Hermannsson, Pétur Gordon; Sørensen, Kristian Tølbøl; Vannahme, Christoph;

    2015-01-01

    An all-polymer photonic crystal slab sensor is presented, and shown to exhibit narrow resonant reflection with a FWHM of less than 1 nm and a sensitivity of 31 nm/RIU when sensing media with refractive indices around that of water. This results in a detection limit of 4.5x10-6 RIU when measured...

  7. Photosensitive Polymers for Liquid Crystal Alignment

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    Mahilny, U. V.; Stankevich, A. I.; Trofimova, A. V.; Muravsky, A. A.; Murauski, A. A.

    The peculiarities of alignment of liquid crystal (LC) materials by the layers of photocrosslinkable polymers with side benzaldehyde groups are considered. The investigation of mechanism of photostimulated alignment by rubbed benzaldehyde layer is performed. The methods of creation of multidomain aligning layers on the basis of photostimulated rubbing alignment are described.

  8. Investigation of Polymer Liquid Crystals

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    Han, Kwang S.

    1996-01-01

    The positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) using a low energy flux generator may provide a reasonably accurate technique for measuring molecular weights of linear polymers and characterization of thin polyimide films in terms of their dielectric constants and hydrophobity etc. Among the tested samples are glassy poly arylene Ether Ketone films, epoxy and other polyimide films. One of the proposed techniques relates the free volume cell size (V(sub f)) with sample molecular weight (M) in a manner remarkably similar to that obtained by Mark Houwink (M-H) between the inherent viscosity (eta) and molecular wieght of polymer solution. The PALS has also demonstrated that free-volume cell size in thermoset is a versatile, useful parameter that relates directly to the polymer segmental molecular weight, the cross-link density, and the coefficient of thermal expansion. Thus, a determination of free volume cell size provides a viable basis for complete microstructural characterization of thermoset polyimides and also gives direct information about the cross-link density and coefficient of expansion of the test samples. Seven areas of the research conducted are reported here.

  9. What makes polymer crystallization depend on time

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    Piccarolo, Stefano

    2015-12-01

    Here we report a series of objections to the mechanism of polymer crystallization by secondary nucleation plausible for very mild cooling conditions, i.e. when solidification time is long enough or when the molecular weight, M, is not too large, conditions not preventing segregation at the growth front to take place. With a manichean approach, if otherwise time is controlling, e.g. in polymer processing, or M is large, segregation is precluded and accumulation of topological defects takes place in the amorphous phase preventing sequential growth of crystalline domains. A non crystalline phase forms very much departed from equilibrium, constrained by the crystalline domains and frozen to an extent dependent on the morphology developed. Consequences are discussed, themselves a proof that segregation simplifies topology when crystallization conditions are mild. A situation responsible for the often reported memory effects as well as for mechanical and rheological properties. Results collected from our own experimental evidence by the originally developed Continuous Cooling Transformation are discussed within this framework and related to the broad, albeit often overlooked, literature on subjects intimately connected to crystallization and therefore spanning different fields of polymer science. We focus our attention on two recent results opening the way to this new perspective on polymer crystallization: the onset of the nodular morphology in iPP also in the presence of the stable a-monoclinic phase and the extended crystallization behaviour of polyester blends once local mobility is enhanced. Observing that demixing at the growth front controls crystallization under processing conditions we speculate that the high cooling rate solidification experiment is but a peculiar transient rheological measurement. Implications of this view are far reaching as the crucial role of the melt before solidification is evident.

  10. Fabrication of a LCP-based conductivity cell and resistive temperature device via PCB MEMS technology

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    Broadbent, Heather A.; Ivanov, Stanislav Z.; Fries, David P.

    2007-04-01

    Printed circuit board microelectromechanical systems are a set of fabrication techniques that use traditional inexpensive printed circuit board processes to construct microsensors. These techniques keep gaining popularity and are utilized herein. The design, fabrication and construction of a miniature, low-cost conductivity cell and resistive temperature device transducers are presented. The transducers utilize a liquid crystal polymer (LCP), a thin-film material, which exhibits moisture resistant properties that makes it suitable for aquatic applications. Novel processing techniques that are reported here include the use of a direct-write photolithography tool eliminating the use of photomasks and chemical catalytic metallization of LCP material. The rapid fabrication of these devices and the repeatability of the fabrication are demonstrated by comparing the calibration of multiple devices. The sensors' sensitivities are found to be 1082.40 ± 144.18 mS cm-1 per siemens and 5.910 ± 0.765 °C per ohm for the conductivity and temperature transducers, respectively.

  11. Nucleation and Crystallization in nucleated Polymers

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    Schick, Christoph; Zhuravlev, Evgeny; Wurm, Andreas

    2012-02-01

    Crystallization is commonly considered as nucleation followed by a growth process. Here we apply the recently developed technique, differential fast scanning calorimetry (DFSC), for a unique, new look at the crystal growth of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) and PCL carbon nanotube composites from 185 K, below the glass transition temperature, to 330 K, close to the equilibrium melting temperature. The DFSC allows temperature control of the sample and determination of its heat capacity during temperature treatments by employing cooling and heating rates from 50 to 50,000 K/s. First, the crystal nucleation and overall crystallization half times were determined simultaneously in the range of temperatures where crystallization of PCL occurs. After attempting to analyze the experiments with the classical nucleation and growth model a new methodology is described, which addresses the specific problems of crystallization of flexible linear macromolecules. The structures seem to range from having practically unmeasurable latent heats of ordering (nuclei) to being clearly-recognizable, ordered species with rather sharp disordering endotherms at temperatures from the glass transition to equilibrium melting (increasingly perfect and larger crystals). The mechanisms and kinetics of growth (if any) involve a detailed understanding of the interaction with the surrounding rigid amorphous fraction (RAF) in dependence of crystal size and perfection. E. Zhuravlev, J.W.P. Schmelzer, B. Wunderlich and C. Schick, Kinetics of nucleation and crystallization in poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), Polymer 52 (2011) 1983-1997.

  12. Nanoimprinted polymer photonic crystal dye lasers

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Smith, Cameron; Buss, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Optically pumped polymer photonic crystal band-edge dye lasers are presented. The photonic crystal is a rectangular lattice providing laser feedback as well as an optical resonance for the pump light. The lasers are defined in a thin film of photodefinable Ormocore hybrid polymer, doped...... with the laser dye Pyrromethene 597. A compact frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser (352 nm, 5 ns pulses) is used to pump the lasers from above the chip. The laser devices are 450 nm thick slab waveguides with a rectangular lattice of 100 nm deep air holes imprinted into the surface. The 2-dimensional rectangular...... lattice is described by two orthogonal unit vectors of length a and b, defining the P and X directions. The frequency of the laser can be tuned via the lattice constant a (187 nm - 215 nm) while pump light is resonantly coupled into the laser from an angle () depending on the lattice constant b (355 nm...

  13. The genomes of the non-clearing-zone-forming and natural-rubber- degrading species Gordonia polyisoprenivorans and Gordonia westfalica harbor genes expressing Lcp activity in Streptomyces strains.

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    Bröker, Daniel; Dietz, David; Arenskötter, Matthias; Steinbüchel, Alexander

    2008-04-01

    The latex-clearing protein (Lcp(K30)) from the rubber-degrading bacterium Streptomyces sp. strain K30 is involved in the cleavage of poly(cis-1,4-isoprene), yielding isoprenoid aldehydes and ketones. Lcp homologues have so far been detected in all investigated clearing-zone-forming rubber-degrading bacteria. Internal degenerated oligonucleotides derived from lcp genes of Streptomyces sp. strain K30 (lcp(K30)), Streptomyces coelicolor strain A3(2), and Nocardia farcinica strains IFM10152 and E1 were applied in PCR to investigate whether lcp homologues occur also in the non-clearing-zone-forming rubber-utilizing bacteria Gordonia polyisoprenivorans strains VH2 and Y2K, Gordonia alkanivorans strain 44187, and Gordonia westfalica strain Kb1, which grow adhesively on rubber. The 1,230- and 1,224-bp lcp-homologous genes from G. polyisoprenivorans strain VH2 (lcp(VH2)) and G. westfalica strain Kb1 (lcp(Kb1)) were obtained after screening genomic libraries by degenerated PCR amplification, and their translational products exhibited 50 and 52% amino acid identity, respectively, to Lcp(K30). Recombinant lcp(VH2) and lcp(Kb1) harboring cells of the non-rubber-degrading Streptomyces lividans strain TK23 were able to form clearing zones and aldehydes on latex overlay-agar plates, thus indicating that lcp(VH2) and lcp(Kb1) encode functionally active proteins. Analysis by gel permeation chromatography demonstrated lower polymer concentrations and molecular weights of the remaining polyisoprenoid molecules after incubation with these recombinant S. lividans strains. Reverse transcription-PCR analysis demonstrated that lcp(VH2) was transcribed in cells of G. polyisoprenivorans strain VH2 cultivated in the presence of poly(cis-1,4-isoprene) but not in the presence of sodium acetate. Anti-Lcp(K30) immunoglobulin Gs, which were raised in this study, were rather specific for Lcp(K30) and did not cross-react with Lcp(VH2) and Lcp(Kb1). A lcp(VH2) disruption mutant was still able to grow

  14. Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal elastomers

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    Rešetič, Andraž; Milavec, Jerneja; Zupančič, Blaž; Domenici, Valentina; Zalar, Boštjan

    2016-10-01

    The need for mechanical manipulation during the curing of conventional liquid crystal elastomers diminishes their applicability in the field of shape-programmable soft materials and future applications in additive manufacturing. Here we report on polymer-dispersed liquid crystal elastomers, novel composite materials that eliminate this difficulty. Their thermal shape memory anisotropy is imprinted by curing in external magnetic field, providing for conventional moulding of macroscopically sized soft, thermomechanically active elastic objects of general shapes. The binary soft-soft composition of isotropic elastomer matrix, filled with freeze-fracture-fabricated, oriented liquid crystal elastomer microparticles as colloidal inclusions, allows for fine-tuning of thermal morphing behaviour. This is accomplished by adjusting the concentration, spatial distribution and orientation of microparticles or using blends of microparticles with different thermomechanical characteristics. We demonstrate that any Gaussian thermomechanical deformation mode (bend, cup, saddle, left and right twist) of a planar sample, as well as beat-like actuation, is attainable with bilayer microparticle configurations.

  15. Demise of the LCP: villain or scapegoat?

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    MacKintosh, David

    2015-08-01

    The winding down and withdrawal of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) following the Neuberger Report has been met with mixed reviews. It appears that responsibility for failures of clinical care has been laid at the feet of a care pathway rather than the practitioners who used it, a rather curious outcome given that the LCP was primarily a system of documentation, a tool with no intrinsic therapeutic properties. The Neuberger inquiry was the result of persistent and repeated reports of poor-quality end-of-life care associated with the use of the LCP. There were indeed problems with the LCP regarding the process of diagnosing dying and its approach to supportive care, particularly artificial nutrition and hydration. Some of the problems were the product of personal or professional ideology influencing goals of care rather than patient-centred considerations. These problems were not insurmountable, however, and were being addressed by the organisation responsible for the LCP. With the removal of the LCP, we are left with no bench mark for end-of-life care, only aspirational goals for individualised care plans. It seems unlikely that practitioners who could not provide appropriate care with the LCP will do so without it. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  16. A flexible liquid crystal polymer MEMS pressure sensor array for fish-like underwater sensing

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    Kottapalli, A. G. P.; Asadnia, M.; Miao, J. M.; Barbastathis, G.; Triantafyllou, M. S.

    2012-11-01

    In order to perform underwater surveillance, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) require flexible, light-weight, reliable and robust sensing systems that are capable of flow sensing and detecting underwater objects. Underwater animals like fish perform a similar task using an efficient and ubiquitous sensory system called a lateral-line constituting of an array of pressure-gradient sensors. We demonstrate here the development of arrays of polymer microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) pressure sensors which are flexible and can be readily mounted on curved surfaces of AUV bodies. An array of ten sensors with a footprint of 60 (L) mm × 25 (W) mm × 0.4 (H) mm is fabricated using liquid crystal polymer (LCP) as the sensing membrane material. The flow sensing and object detection capabilities of the array are illustrated with proof-of-concept experiments conducted in a water tunnel. The sensors demonstrate a pressure sensitivity of 14.3 μV Pa-1. A high resolution of 25 mm s-1 is achieved in water flow sensing. The sensors can passively sense underwater objects by transducing the pressure variations generated underwater by the movement of objects. The experimental results demonstrate the array’s ability to detect the velocity of underwater objects towed past by with high accuracy, and an average error of only 2.5%.

  17. Electrochromic blueshift in polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal cells.

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    Ramsey, R A; Sharma, S C

    2004-10-01

    Electrochromic blueshift in the absorption band of polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal cells is reported as a function of applied electric field. The changes in the peak absorption wavelength, absorption broadening, and their possible relationships with the nonlinear optical properties of polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal cells are discussed.

  18. Semiconducting polymer single crystals and devices (Conference Presentation)

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    Dong, Huanli

    2016-11-01

    Highly ordered organic semiconductors in solid state with optimal molecular packing are critical to their electrical performance. Single crystals with long-range molecular orders and nearly perfect molecular packing are the best candidates, which already have been verified to exhibit the highest performance whether based on inorganic or small organic materials. However, in comparison, preparing high quality polymer crystals remains a big challenge in polymer science because of the easy entanglements of the long and flexible polymer chains during self-assembly process, which also significantly limits the development of their crystalline polymeric electronic devices. Here we have carried out systematical investigations to prepare high quality semiconducting polymers and high performance semiconducting polymer crystal optoelectronic devices have been successfully fabricated. The semiconducting polymeric devices demonstrate significantly enhanced charge carreir transport compared to their thin films, and the highest carreir mobiltiy could be approcahing 30 cm2 V-1s-1, one of the highest mobiltiy values for polymer semiconductors.

  19. PVD Silicon Carbide as a Thin Film Packaging Technology for Antennas on LCP Substrates for Harsh Environments

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    Scardelletti, Maximilian C.; Stanton, John W.; Ponchak, George E.; Jordan, Jennifer L.; Zorman, Christian A.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an effort to develop a thin film packaging technology for microfabricated planar antennas on polymeric substrates based on silicon carbide (SiC) films deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD). The antennas are coplanar waveguide fed dual frequency folded slot antennas fabricated on liquid crystal polymer (LCP) substrates. The PVD SiC thin films were deposited directly onto the antennas by RF sputtering at room temperature at a chamber pressure of 30 mTorr and a power level of 300 W. The SiC film thickness is 450 nm. The return loss and radiation patterns were measured before and after the SiC-coated antennas were submerged into perchloric acid for 1 hour. No degradation in RF performance or physical integrity of the antenna was observed.

  20. A Review of Polymer-Stabilized Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals

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    Ingo Dierking

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The polymer stabilized state of ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC is reviewed; and the effect of a dispersed polymer network in an FLC outlined and discussed. All fundamental material aspects are demonstrated; such as director tilt angle; spontaneous polarization; response time and viscosity; as well as the dielectric modes. It was found that the data can largely be explained by assuming an elastic interaction between the polymer network strands and the liquid crystal molecules. The elastic interaction parameter was determined; and increases linearly with increasing polymer concentration.

  1. Unification of binary and LCP fission processes

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    Asghar, M.; Bouzid, B.; Medkour, G.; Djebara, M.

    1996-11-01

    This paper discusses the ambiguities of the parameters of the models used to calculate the yields of binary and light-charged-particle-accompanied (LCP) ternary fission processes. A model based on the adiabatic perturbation theory is set up. It removes these ambiguities and helps to treat the two processes in a unified way.

  2. Graphic Interface for LCP2 Optimization Program

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    Nicolae, Taropa Laurentiu; Gaunholt, Hans

    1998-01-01

    This report provides information about the software interface that is programmed for the Optimization Program LCP2. The first part is about the general description of the program followed by a guide for using the interface. The last chapters contain a discussion about problems or futute extension...

  3. Highly robust crystalsome via directed polymer crystallization at curved liquid/liquid interface

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    Wang, Wenda; Qi, Hao; Zhou, Tian; Mei, Shan; Han, Lin; Higuchi, Takeshi; Jinnai, Hiroshi; Li, Christopher Y

    2016-01-01

    ... is incommensurate with crystals having three-dimensional translational symmetry. Herein, we report using a miniemulsion crystallization method to grow nanosized, polymer single-crystal-like capsules...

  4. Polymer Alignment Behavior with Molecular Switching of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes the molecular alignment behavior of polymer networks with switching of a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) in a molecularly aligned FLC/polymer composite film. The polymer alignment in the composite film, which was slowly formed by photopolymerization-induced phase separation of a heated nematic-phase solution of FLC and monomers, was observed by polarization Raman spectral microscopy. Raman peak intensities originating from the polymers were changed with those from the FLC, when the applied voltage polarity was changed. The trace patterns of the Raman peak intensity with in-plane rotation of the composite film indicated that the formed flexible polymers can follow FLC molecular switching.

  5. Fluorinated azobenzenes for shape-persistent liquid crystal polymer networks

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    Iamsaard, S.; Anger, E.; Asshoff, S.J.; Depauw, A.M.A.; Fletcher, S.P.; Katsonis, N.H.

    2016-01-01

    Liquid crystal polymer networks respond with an anisotropic deformation to a range of external stimuli. When doped with molecular photoswitches, these materials undergo complex shape modifications under illumination. As the deformations are reversed when irradiation stops, applications where the act

  6. Enhancement of polymer dye lasers by multifunctional photonic crystal lattice

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Xiao, Sanshui; Mortensen, Asger

    2009-01-01

    The light output of dye doped hybrid polymer band-edge lasers is increased more than 100 times by using a rectangular lattice photonic crystal, which provides both feedback and couples more pump light into the laser.......The light output of dye doped hybrid polymer band-edge lasers is increased more than 100 times by using a rectangular lattice photonic crystal, which provides both feedback and couples more pump light into the laser....

  7. Hybrid polymer photonic crystal fiber with integrated chalcogenide glass nanofilms

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    Markos, Christos; Kubat, Irnis; Bang, Ole

    2014-01-01

    The combination of chalcogenide glasses with polymer photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) is a difficult and challenging task due to their different thermo-mechanical material properties. Here we report the first experimental realization of a hybrid polymer-chalcogenide PCF with integrated As2S3 glass ...

  8. Polymer Crystallization at Curved Liquid/Liquid Interface

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    Wang, Wenda

    Liquid/liquid interface, either flat or curved, is a unique template for studying self-assembly of a variety of nanomaterials such as nanoparticles and nanorods. The resultant monolayer films can be ordered or disordered depending on the regularity of the nanomaterials. Integration of nanoparticles into two-dimensional structure leads to intriguing collective properties of the nanoparticles. Crystallization can also be guided by liquid/liquid interface. Due to the particular shape of the interface, crystallization can happen in a different manner comparing to the normal solution crystallization. In this dissertation, liquid/liquid interface is employed to guide the crystallization of polymers, mainly focusing on using curved liquid/liquid interface. Due to the unique shape of the interface and feasibility to control the curvature, polymer crystallization can take place in different manner and lead to the formation of curved or vesicular crystals. Curved liquid/liquid interface is typically created through o/w emulsions. With the presence of surfactant, the emulsions are controlled to be stable at least for the polymer crystallization periods. The difference to normal solution crystallization is: the nuclei will diffuse to the curved interface due to the Pickering effect and guide the crystallization along the curved liquid/liquid interface. If the supercooling can be controlled to be very small, crystal growth in the bulk droplets can be avoided. The advantages of this strategy are: 1) the formation process of vesicular type crystals can be monitored by controlling the polymer supply; 2) curved crystals, bowl-like structures and enclosed capsules can be easily obtained comparing to the self-assembly method for vesicle formation; 3) the obtained vesicles will be made of polymer crystals, which will possess the extraordinary mechanical properties. Based on the nucleation type, this dissertation is divided into two parts. The first part is focused on the self

  9. A Physical Chemistry Experiment in Polymer Crystallization Kinetics

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    Singfield, Kathy L.; Chisholm, Roderick A.; King, Thomas L.

    2012-01-01

    A laboratory experiment currently used in an undergraduate physical chemistry lab to investigate the rates of crystallization of a polymer is described. Specifically, the radial growth rates of typical disc-shaped crystals, called spherulites, growing between microscope glass slides are measured and the data are treated according to polymer…

  10. A Physical Chemistry Experiment in Polymer Crystallization Kinetics

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    Singfield, Kathy L.; Chisholm, Roderick A.; King, Thomas L.

    2012-01-01

    A laboratory experiment currently used in an undergraduate physical chemistry lab to investigate the rates of crystallization of a polymer is described. Specifically, the radial growth rates of typical disc-shaped crystals, called spherulites, growing between microscope glass slides are measured and the data are treated according to polymer…

  11. Synthesis and structural characterization of a single-crystal to single-crystal transformable coordination polymer.

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    Tian, Yuyang; Allan, Phoebe K; Renouf, Catherine L; He, Xiang; McCormick, Laura J; Morris, Russell E

    2014-01-28

    A single-crystal to single-crystal transformable coordination polymer compound was hydrothermally synthesized. The structural rearrangement is induced by selecting a ligand that contains both strong and weaker coordinating groups. Both hydrated and dehydrated structures were determined by single crystal X-ray analysis.

  12. Light scattering from macromolecular systems: Molecular crystals and polymers

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    Bernstein, E. R.

    1981-11-01

    The research objectives were to: (1) characterize phase transitions theoretically and experimentally in molecular crystal systems; (2) use the above understanding gained by light scattering studies and theoretical interpretation to apply to the more complex system of lyotropic liquid crystals; and (3) then apply knowledge gained on the model systems of increasing complexity to polymer liquid crystals and solid polymers as observed by laser light scattering techniques. Systems experimentally and theoretically discussed are: trioxane, triazine, benzil, and chloranil. Studies of lyotropic liquid crystals (sodium decyl sulfate, sodium sulfate, decanol, water) have progressed. The major findings are: a number of phase transitions occur between 20 and 60 C; these transitions evidence strong critical behavior and long correlation times for fluctuations; and liquid crystals can be studied by light scattering. Spectra of solid powders, ribbons, and liquid crystals of PBT and solid PBO were obtained.

  13. Continuous preparation of polymer coated drug crystals by solid hollow fiber membrane-based cooling crystallization.

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    Chen, Dengyue; Singh, Dhananjay; Sirkar, Kamalesh K; Pfeffer, Robert

    2016-02-29

    A facile way to continuously coat drug crystals with a polymer is needed in controlled drug release. Conventional polymer coating methods have disadvantages: high energy consumption, low productivity, batch processing. A novel method for continuous polymer coating of drug crystals based on solid hollow fiber cooling crystallization (SHFCC) is introduced here. The drug acting as the host particle and the polymer for coating are Griseofulvin (GF) and Eudragit RL100, respectively. The polymer's cloud point temperature in its acetone solution was determined by UV spectrophotometry. An acetone solution of the polymer containing the drug in solution as well as undissolved drug crystals in suspension were pumped through the tube side of the SHFCC device; a cold liquid was circulated in the shell side to rapidly cool down the feed solution-suspension in the hollow-fiber lumen. The polymer precipitated from the solution and coated the suspended crystals due to rapid temperature reduction and heterogeneous nucleation; crystals formed from the solution were also coated by the polymer. Characterizations by scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, laser diffraction spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and dissolution tests show that a uniformly coated, free-flowing drug/product can be obtained under appropriate operating conditions without losing the drug's pharmaceutical properties and controlled release characteristics.

  14. PERITROCHANTERIC FRACTURES - SURGICAL MANAGEMENT BY PF - LCP

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available : Background and objectives: - Due to increasing life span and sedentary habits of elderly people fractures around hip are common. Among these, peritrochanteric fractures are commonest and they need immediate and stable reconstruction to mobilize the affected patients. METHODS: We studied 20 cases of peritrochanteric fractures treated by PF-LCP at KR hospital, MMCRI from Sep 2013- May 2014. They included 14 male and 6 female patients of age group from 28 yrs. to 75 yrs. the cause of injury was trivial in 80%, RTA in 20% of cases. Follow up was done for 6-8 months and assessed using Boyd and Griffin’s classification and Harris hip score. RESULTS: Among the selected cases we evaluated both clinically and radiologically at the intervals of 6th, 12th, and 6 months we found that the final outcome was better than the cases treated with other type of implants and treated conservatively. The union rate was 40% (8/20 and 85% (17/20 at the 12th week and 6 months follow up respectively. We had 1 case of complication as cut-out of screws from proximal fragment. CONCLUSION: The peritrochanteric fractures when treated with PF-LCP resulted in stable reconstruction of fracture and maintenance of anatomical reduction and bio-mechanical axis. Because of its strong angular fixation by the top three screws PF-LCP is advantageous in all types of bone density.

  15. A CONSTRAINED OPTIMIZATION APPROACH FOR LCP

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    Ju-liang Zhang; Jian Chen; Xin-jian Zhuo

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, LCP is converted to an equivalent nonsmooth nonlinear equation system H(x, y) = 0 by using the famous NCP function-Fischer-Burmeister function. Note that some equations in H(x, y) = 0 are nonsmooth and nonlinear hence difficult to solve while the others are linear hence easy to solve. Then we further convert the nonlinear equation system H(x, y) = 0 to an optimization problem with linear equality constraints. After that we study the conditions under which the K T points of the optimization problem are the solutions of the original LCP and propose a method to solve the optimization problem.In this algorithm, the search direction is obtained by solving a strict convex programming at each iterative point. However, our algorithm is essentially different from traditional SQP method. The global convergence of the method is proved under mild conditions. In addition, we can prove that the algorithm is convergent superlinearly under the conditions:M is P0 matrix and the limit point is a strict complementarity solution of LCP. Preliminary numerical experiments are reported with this method.

  16. Molecular orientation of individual LCP particles in injection-moulded PPS/LCP blends

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    Kestenbach H.-J.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Polarized light microscopy was used to investigate the presence of preferred molecular orientation in the LCP phase of PPS/LCP blends after injection moulding. Normal birefringence effects appeared to be complicated by artifacts due to sample preparation and by the complex nature of polarized light transmission through a multicomponent sample. It was found, however, that, during low-temperature cutting of optically transparent thin sections on a standard microtome, individual LCP particles could be separated from the PPS matrix, and their birefringence analyzed separately. Preferred orientation was detected only in LCP fibrils which dominated in skin regions, but not in droplet-shaped particles which had formed in core regions. Quantitative measurements indicated that the molecular orientation of the fibrils increased linearly with their length-to-diameter aspect ratios which ranged from 15 to 50. Even for the highest aspect ratios, however, the degree of orientation was always less than that which could easily be introduced into pure LCP thin-film samples by manual shearing.

  17. Holographic Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals: Materials, Formation, and Applications

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available By combining polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC and holography, holographic PDLC (H-PDLC has emerged as a new composite material for switchable or tunable optical devices. Generally, H-PDLC structures are created in a liquid crystal cell filled with polymer-dispersed liquid crystal materials by recording the interference pattern generated by two or more coherent laser beams which is a fast and single-step fabrication. With a relatively ideal phase separation between liquid crystals and polymers, periodic refractive index profile is formed in the cell and thus light can be diffracted. Under a suitable electric field, the light diffraction behavior disappears due to the index matching between liquid crystals and polymers. H-PDLCs show a fast switching time due to the small size of the liquid crystal droplets. So far, H-PDLCs have been applied in many promising applications in photonics, such as flat panel displays, switchable gratings, switchable lasers, switchable microlenses, and switchable photonic crystals. In this paper, we review the current state-of-the-art of H-PDLCs including the materials used to date, the grating formation dynamics and simulations, the optimization of electro-optical properties, the photonic applications, and the issues existed in H-PDLCs.

  18. A nanoporous two-dimensional polymer by single-crystal-to-single-crystal photopolymerization.

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    Kissel, Patrick; Murray, Daniel J; Wulftange, William J; Catalano, Vincent J; King, Benjamin T

    2014-09-01

    In contrast to the wide number and variety of available synthetic routes to conventional linear polymers, the synthesis of two-dimensional polymers and unambiguous proof of their structure remains a challenge. Two-dimensional polymers-single-layered polymers that form a tiling network in exactly two dimensions-have potential for use in nanoporous membranes and other applications. Here, we report the preparation of a fluorinated hydrocarbon two-dimensional polymer that can be exfoliated into single sheets, and its characterization by high-resolution single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The procedure involves three steps: preorganization in a lamellar crystal of a rigid monomer bearing three photoreactive arms, photopolymerization of the crystalline monomers by [4 + 4] cycloaddition, and isolation of individual two-dimensional polymer sheets. This polymer is a molecularly thin (~1 nm) material that combines precisely defined monodisperse pores of ~9 Å with a high pore density of 3.3 × 10(13) pores cm(-2). Atomic-resolution single-crystal X-ray structures of the monomer, an intermediate dimer and the final crystalline two-dimensional polymer were obtained and prove the single-crystal-to-single-crystal nature and molecular precision of the two-dimensional photopolymerization.

  19. All-polymer photonic crystal slab sensor

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    Hermannsson, Pétur Gordon; Sørensen, Kristian Tølbøl; Vannahme, Christoph

    2015-01-01

    in conjunction with a spectrometer of 12 pm/pixel resolution. The device is a two-layer structure, composed of a low refractive index polymer with a periodically modulated surface height, covered with a smooth upper-surface high refractive index inorganic-organic hybrid polymer modified with ZrO2-based...

  20. IN-SITU AFM OF POLYMER CRYSTALLIZATION

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    J.K.Hobbs

    2003-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy images taken during the crystallization of polyethylene both from processed and quiescent melts are presented. Crystallization from processed melts provides further evidence of a region in front of a growing lamella that is influenced by the crystallization process, but extending only 40 nm into the melt. High-resolution images of the growing crystal tip, taken during crystallization, show no direct evidence of the existence of intermediate phases. The growing tip is shown to be slightly rounded. In-filling crystallization, occurring after the initial flush of growth,is imaged in polyethylene for the first time, and shown to continue to a temperature 8℃ below the initial crystallization temperature.

  1. IN—SITU AFM OF POLYMER CRYSTALLIZATION

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    J.K.Hobbs

    2003-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy images taken during the crystallization of polyethylene both from processed and quiescent melts are presented.Crystallization from processed melts provides further evidence of a region in front of a growing lamella that is influenced by the crystallization process,but extending only 40nm into the melt.High-resolution images of the growing crystal tip,taken during crystallization,show no direct evidence of the existence of intermediate phases.The growing tip is shown to be slightly rounded.In-filling crystallization,occurring after the initial flush of growth,is imaged in polyethylene for the first time,and shown to continue to a temperature 8℃ below the initial crystallization temperature.

  2. Thin aligned organic polymer films for liquid crystal devices

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    Foster, K E

    1997-01-01

    This project was designed to investigate the possibility of producing alignment layers for liquid crystal devices by cross-linking thin films containing anisotropic polymer bound chromophores via irradiation with polarised ultraviolet light. Photocross-linkable polymers find use in microelectronics, liquid crystal displays, printing and UV curable lacquers and inks; so there is an increasing incentive for the development of new varieties of photopolymers in general. The synthesis and characterisation of two new photopolymers that are suitable as potential alignment layers for liquid crystal devices are reported in this thesis. The first polymer contains the anthracene chromophore attached via a spacer unit to a methacrylate backbone and the second used a similarly attached aryl azide group. Copolymers of the new monomers with methyl methacrylate were investigated to establish reactivity ratios in order to understand composition drift during polymerisation.

  3. Microfluidic Crystal Engineering of π-Conjugated Polymers.

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    Wang, Gang; Persson, Nils; Chu, Ping-Hsun; Kleinhenz, Nabil; Fu, Boyi; Chang, Mincheol; Deb, Nabankur; Mao, Yimin; Wang, Hongzhi; Grover, Martha A; Reichmanis, Elsa

    2015-08-25

    Very few studies have reported oriented crystallization of conjugated polymers directly in solution. Here, solution crystallization of conjugated polymers in a microfluidic system is found to produce tightly π-stacked fibers with commensurate improved charge transport characteristics. For poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films, processing under flow caused exciton bandwidth to decrease from 140 to 25 meV, π-π stacking distance to decrease from 3.93 to 3.72 Å and hole mobility to increase from an average of 0.013 to 0.16 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), vs films spin-coated from pristine, untreated solutions. Variation of the flow rate affected thin-film structure and properties, with an intermediate flow rate of 0.25 m s(-1) yielding the optimal π-π stacking distance and mobility. The flow process included sequential cooling followed by low-dose ultraviolet irradiation that promoted growth of conjugated polymer fibers. Image analysis coupled with mechanistic interpretation supports the supposition that "tie chains" provide for charge transport pathways between nanoaggregated structures. The "microfluidic flow enhanced semiconducting polymer crystal engineering" was also successfully applied to a representative electron transport polymer and a nonhalogenated solvent. The process can be applied as a general strategy and is expected to facilitate the fabrication of high-performance electrically active polymer devices.

  4. Holographic Reversed-Mode Polymer-Stabilized Liquid Crystal Grating

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    MA Ji; SONG Jing; LIU Yong-Gang; RUAN Sheng-Ping; XUAN Li

    2005-01-01

    @@ We demonstrate the "reversed-mode" polymer-stabilized liquid crystal device. The incidence light goes through the film without the applied voltage and is diffracted with it. Because of relatively high liquid crystal percentage of 94%, the operating voltage of the device is less than 20 V. We explain this phenomenon using the molecularorientation model and the refractive index profile. The device can be used as display, optical switch, optical modulator and especially optical cross-connect deflector.

  5. Transverse wave propagation in photonic crystal based on holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal.

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    Fuh, Andy Ying-Guey; Li, Ming Shian; Wu, Shing Trong

    2011-07-04

    This study investigates the transversely propagating waves in a body-centered tetragonal photonic crystal based on a holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film. Rotating the film reveals three different transverse propagating waves. Degeneracy of optical Bloch waves from reciprocal lattice vectors explains their symmetrical distribution.

  6. Nonlinear optical studies of liquid crystals and polymers

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    Hong, Seok-Cheol

    Polymers are indispensable in our life. A life is a continuous event maintained by many complex processes in which biological polymers participate. It also gets help from a variety of natural and synthetic polymers with useful functions. Such functions depend on the chemical and conformational structures of polymers and often largely on the surface structures and properties of polymers. We used second order nonlinear optical techniques (sum frequency vibrational spectroscopy (SFVS) and second harmonic generation (SHG)) to obtain structural information on polymers. We also studied liquid crystal molecules deposited on polymer surfaces. The first part of the thesis is aimed at understanding liquid crystal (LC) alignment on rubbed polymer surfaces by determining the molecular orientations of LC adsorbates and surface polymer chains. The alignment of LCs by rubbed polymers is not only of fundamental interest but also of practical importance because it is a technique enabling production of commercial liquid crystal displays. We observed that rubbing induces alignment of surface polymer chains along the rubbing direction, and there is a strong correlation between the molecular orientations of LC adsorbates and the surface chains of rubbed polymers such as polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyimide (6FDA-6CBO). The latter revealed a relatively large but negative pretilt angle, which is highly unusual. On a rubbed polystyrene (PS) surface, we found that the phenyl side groups of PS are oriented perpendicularly to the rubbing direction at the surface, rendering an LC alignment also perpendicular to the rubbing direction. The second part of the thesis is our discovery of rubbing-induced polar ordering on nylon 11 surfaces. Nylon 11 is known to be ferroelectric. We found that mechanical rubbing can induce strong ferroelectric polarization on an initially amorphous film of nylon 11. The surface chains of rubbed nylon 11 are aligned along the rubbing direction while the induced

  7. Holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal Bragg grating integrated inside a solid core photonic crystal fiber

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    Zito, Gianluigi

    2013-01-01

    A polymer/liquid crystal-based fiber Bragg grating (PLC-FBG) is fabricated with visible two-beam holography by photo-induced modulation of a pre-polymer/LC solution infiltrated into the hollow channels of a solid core photonic crystal fiber (PCF). The fabrication process and effects related to the photonic bandgap guidance into the infiltrated PCF, and characterization of the PLC-FBG are discussed. Experimental data here presented, demonstrate that the liquid crystal inclusions of the PLC-FBG lead to high thermal and bending sensitivities. The microscopic behavior of the polymer/liquid crystal phase separation inside the PCF capillaries is examined using scanning electron microscopy, while further discussed.

  8. Polymer photonic crystal dye lasers as optofluidic cell sensors

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Lopacinska, Joanna M.; Jakobsen, Mogens Havsteen

    2009-01-01

    Hybrid polymer photonic crystal band-edge lasers are chemically activated to covalently bind bio-molecules or for HeLa cell attachment using an anthraquinone (AQ) UV activated photolinker. The lasers change emission wavelength linearly with inhomogeneous cell coverage....

  9. PREPARATION OF POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTALS USING PHOTOPOLYMERIZATION

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    Xing-he Fan; Xiao-feng Xie; Yasuo Hatate

    2001-01-01

    2-Hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and styrene copolymers are prepared by photopolymerization. The electrooptical behavior and microstructure of the polymer dispersed liquid crystal films are investigated by using He-Ne laser and scanning electron micro scopy, respectively. With increasing E7 content in the copolymer, droplet size increased, threshold voltage decreased.

  10. Fluorinated Azobenzenes for Shape-Persistent Liquid Crystal Polymer Networks.

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    Iamsaard, Supitchaya; Anger, Emmanuel; Aßhoff, Sarah Jane; Depauw, Alexis; Fletcher, Stephen P; Katsonis, Nathalie

    2016-08-16

    Liquid crystal polymer networks respond with an anisotropic deformation to a range of external stimuli. When doped with molecular photoswitches, these materials undergo complex shape modifications under illumination. As the deformations are reversed when irradiation stops, applications where the activated shape is required to have thermal stability have been precluded. Previous attempts to incorporate molecular switches into thermally stable photoisomers were unsuccessful at photogenerating macroscopic shapes that are retained over time. Herein, we show that to preserve photoactivated molecular deformation on the macroscopic scale, it is important not only to engineer the thermal stability of the photoswitch but also to adjust the cross-linking density in the polymer network and to optimize the molecular orientations in the material. Our strategy resulted in materials containing fluorinated azobenzenes that retain their photochemical shape for more than eight days, which constitutes the first demonstration of long-lived photomechanical deformation in liquid-crystal polymer networks.

  11. Nanomechanics of cellulose crystals and cellulose-based polymer composites

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    Pakzad, Anahita

    Cellulose-polymer composites have potential applications in aerospace and transportation areas where lightweight materials with high mechanical properties are needed. In addition, these economical and biodegradable composites have been shown to be useful as polymer electrolytes, packaging structures, optoelectronic devices, and medical implants such as wound dressing and bone scaffolds. In spite of the above mentioned advantages and potential applications, due to the difficulties associated with synthesis and processing techniques, application of cellulose crystals (micro and nano sized) for preparation of new composite systems is limited. Cellulose is hydrophilic and polar as opposed to most of common thermoplastics, which are non-polar. This results in complications in addition of cellulose crystals to polymer matrices, and as a result in achieving sufficient dispersion levels, which directly affects the mechanical properties of the composites. As in other composite materials, the properties of cellulose-polymer composites depend on the volume fraction and the properties of individual phases (the reinforcement and the polymer matrix), the dispersion quality of the reinforcement through the matrix and the interaction between CNCs themselves and CNC and the matrix (interphase). In order to develop economical cellulose-polymer composites with superior qualities, the properties of individual cellulose crystals, as well as the effect of dispersion of reinforcements and the interphase on the properties of the final composites should be understood. In this research, the mechanical properties of CNC polymer composites were characterized at the macro and nano scales. A direct correlation was made between: - Dispersion quality and macro-mechanical properties - Nanomechanical properties at the surface and tensile properties - CNC diameter and interphase thickness. Lastly, individual CNCs from different sources were characterized and for the first time size-scale effect on

  12. Switching of polymer-stabilized vertical alignment liquid crystal cell.

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    Huang, Chi-Yen; Jhuang, Wen-Yi; Hsieh, Chia-Ting

    2008-03-17

    This work investigates the switching characteristics of the polymer-stabilized vertical alignment (VA) liquid crystal (LC) cell. The experimental results reveal that the fall time of the cell declines as the monomer concentration increases because the vertically-aligned polymer networks accelerate the relaxation of the LC molecules. Furthermore, the formed polymer networks impede the growth and annihilation of LC defects, suppressing the optical bounce in the time dependent transmittance curve of the cell when the voltage is applied to the cell, substantially reducing the rise time of the cell. A step-voltage driving scheme is demonstrated to eliminate completely the optical bounce and hence improve further the rise time of the VA LC cell. The rise times of the pristine and the polymer-stabilized VA LC cells under the step-voltage driving scheme are less than 50% of those under the conventional driving scheme.

  13. Effect of MWNTs and SiC-Coated MWNTs on Properties of PEEK/LCP Blend

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs were modified with polycarbosilane-derived silicon carbide (SiC to improve its dispersion in the polymer matrix. PEEK/LCP/MWNTs nanocomposites were prepared by melt blending. TEM images show the improved dispersion of SiC-coated MWNTs against agglomerated structure of pure MWNTs in the blend. FESEM images shows better fibrillation of LCP in presence of SiC-coated MWNTs. TGA reveals that nanocomposites with SiC-coated MWNTs shows higher thermal stability than MWNTs filled blend system. Based on enhanced dispersion, storage modulus, tensile modulus and tensile strength were increased drastically with the incorporation of SiC-coated MWNTs. Glass transition temperature of the nanocomposites shows significant improvement with the incorporation of MWNTs.

  14. Light Diffraction of Aligned Polymer Fibers Periodically Dispersed by Phase Separation of Liquid Crystal and Polymer

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2004-12-01

    We have confirmed light diffraction of aligned polymer fibers obtained by a phase separation of an anisotropic-phase solution of liquid crystal and polymer. He—Ne laser light passing through the polymer fibers was scattered in the axis vertical to the fibers, and had two peaks of light intensity symmetrical to the center of the transmitting laser spot. The two peaks were found to be caused by light diffraction due to the periodic polymer-fiber dispersion because the peaks corresponded to values calculated by intervals between the fibers. The periodical fiber networks are considered to be formed by anisotropic spinodal decomposition. This effect can be used to measure the dispersion order of the polymer fibers.

  15. Liquid Crystal Alignment Control Using Polymer Filament and Polymer Layers Coated on Substrates

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2005-04-01

    We investigated liquid crystal (LC) alignment in LC cells containing an aligned cellulose filament sandwiched by thin polymer layers coated on substrates. Three types of polymer material, namely polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyimide (PI), were used as polymer layers. LC alignment areas induced on both sides of the filament were large in the order of PS, PVA and PI. In the case of the PS layer, the average LC alignment area reached approximately 100 μm in the direction perpendicular to the polymer filament. The molecular interaction between the LC and the PS layer is thought to be weak and it does not disturb the LC alignment due to the polymer filament. On the other hand, rubbed PS layers were used as polymer layers of the LC cell, where the LC alignment direction induced by the rubbed PS layer was perpendicular to the polymer filament. It was found that the LC alignment near the polymer filament gradually bent in the cell plane. The result suggests that various three-dimensional LC alignments can be realized by the combination of the polymer filament and substrate surface.

  16. Photorefractivity in polymer-stabilized nematic liquid crystals

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    Wiederrecht, G.P. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Chemistry Div.; Wasielewski, M.R. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Chemistry Div.]|[Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States). Dept. of Chemistry

    1998-07-01

    Polymer-stabilized liquid crystals, consisting of low concentrations of a polymeric electron acceptor, are shown to exhibit significantly enhanced photorefractive properties. The charge generation and transport properties of these composite systems are strongly modified from nematic liquid crystals doped with electron donors and acceptors. The new composites are produced by polymerizing a small quantity of a 1,4:5,8-naphthalenediimide electron acceptor functionalized with an acrylate group in an aligned nematic liquid crystal. Photopolymerization creates an anisotropic gel-like medium in which the liquid crystal is free to reorient in the presence of a space charge field, while maintaining charge trapping sites in the polymerized regions of the material. The presence of these trapping sites results in the observation of longer lived, higher resolution holographic gratings in the polymer-stabilized liquid crystals than observed in nematic liquid crystals alone. These gratings display Bragg regime diffraction. Asymmetric beam coupling, photo-conductivity, and four-wave mixing experiments are performed to characterize the photophysics of these novel materials.

  17. Tuning crystallization pathways through sequence engineering of biomimetic polymers

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    Ma, Xiang; Zhang, Shuai; Jiao, Fang; Newcomb, Christina J.; Zhang, Yuliang; Prakash, Arushi; Liao, Zhihao; Baer, Marcel D.; Mundy, Christopher J.; Pfaendtner, James; Noy, Aleksandr; Chen, Chun-Long; De Yoreo, James J.

    2017-04-17

    Two-step nucleation pathways in which disordered, amorphous, or dense liquid states precede appearance of crystalline phases have been reported for a wide range of materials, but the dynamics of such pathways are poorly understood. Moreover, whether these pathways are general features of crystallizing systems or a consequence of system-specific structural details that select for direct vs two-step processes is unknown. Using atomic force microscopy to directly observe crystallization of sequence-defined polymers, we show that crystallization pathways are indeed sequence dependent. When a short hydrophobic region is added to a sequence that directly forms crystalline particles, crystallization instead follows a two-step pathway that begins with creation of disordered clusters of 10-20 molecules and is characterized by highly non-linear crystallization kinetics in which clusters transform into ordered structures that then enter the growth phase. The results shed new light on non-classical crystallization mechanisms and have implications for design of self-assembling polymer systems.

  18. Tuning crystallization pathways through sequence engineering of biomimetic polymers

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    Ma, Xiang; Zhang, Shuai; Jiao, Fang; Newcomb, Christina J.; Zhang, Yuliang; Prakash, Arushi; Liao, Zhihao; Baer, Marcel D.; Mundy, Christopher J.; Pfaendtner, James; Noy, Aleksandr; Chen, Chun-Long; de Yoreo, James J.

    2017-07-01

    Two-step nucleation pathways in which disordered, amorphous, or dense liquid states precede the appearance of crystalline phases have been reported for a wide range of materials, but the dynamics of such pathways are poorly understood. Moreover, whether these pathways are general features of crystallizing systems or a consequence of system-specific structural details that select for direct versus two-step processes is unknown. Using atomic force microscopy to directly observe crystallization of sequence-defined polymers, we show that crystallization pathways are indeed sequence dependent. When a short hydrophobic region is added to a sequence that directly forms crystalline particles, crystallization instead follows a two-step pathway that begins with the creation of disordered clusters of 10-20 molecules and is characterized by highly non-linear crystallization kinetics in which clusters transform into ordered structures that then enter the growth phase. The results shed new light on non-classical crystallization mechanisms and have implications for the design of self-assembling polymer systems.

  19. Flow induced/ refined solution crystallization of a semiconducting polymer

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    Nguyen, Ngoc A.

    Organic photovoltaics, a new generation of solar cells, has gained scientific and economic interests due to the ability of solution-processing and potentially low-cost power production. Though, the low power conversion efficiency of organic/ plastic solar cells is one of the most pertinent challenges that has appealed to research communities from many different fields including materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, physics and chemistry. This thesis focuses on investigating and controlling the morphology of a semi-conducting, semi-crystalline polymer formed under shear-flow. Molecular structures and processing techniques are critical factors that significantly affect the morphology formation in the plastic solar cells, thus influencing device performance. In this study, flow-induced solution crystallization of poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) in a poor solvent, 2-ethylnapthalene (2-EN) was utilized to make a paint-like, structural liquid. The polymer crystals observed in this structured paint are micrometers long, nanometers in cross section and have a structure similar to that formed under quiescent conditions. There is pi-pi stacking order along the fibril axis, while polymer chain folding occurs along the fibril width and the order of the side-chain stacking is along fibril height. It was revealed that shear-flow not only induces P3HT crystallization from solution, but also refines and perfects the P3HT crystals. Thus, a general strategy to refine the semiconducting polymer crystals from solution under shear-flow has been developed and employed by simply tuning the processing (shearing) conditions with respect to the dissolution temperature of P3HT in 2-EN. The experimental results demonstrated that shear removes defects and allows more perfect crystals to be formed. There is no glass transition temperature observed in the crystals formed using the flow-induced crystallization indicating a significantly different

  20. Recent advances in polymer colloidal crystal lasers.

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    Furumi, Seiichi

    2012-09-21

    Colloids with a size in the nanometres to micrometres range are frequently used in both fundamental research and industrial applications. In this context, colloidal crystals (CCs)-3D ordered arrays of monodispersed colloidal microparticles with a diameter of several hundred nanometres-have garnered a great deal of attention in the intriguing research realm of photonic crystals (PCs) due to the feasible and high-throughput 3D-PC fabrication with CCs. For optoelectronic applications, it is of prime importance to construct 3D-PCs with photonic band-gaps (PBGs) in the visible wavelength range. With regard to photonic device applications, many reports have been made on a wide variety of optical reflection sensors and displays using CCs that shift the visible PBG wavelength in response to external stimuli. This Minireview describes the research progress in the investigation of CCs and their laser applications. We highlight not only the research background of CCs as 3D-PCs, but also new potential applications of CCs as flexible and widely tunable lasers by low-threshold optical excitation.

  1. Heterogeneous Directional Mobility in the Early Stages of Polymer Crystallization

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    Lacevic, N; Fried, L E; Gee, R H

    2008-11-01

    Recently we demonstrated via large large-scale molecular dynamics simulations a 'coexistence period' in polymer melt ordering before crystallization, where nucleation and growth mechanisms coexist with a phase phase-separation mechanism. Here we present an extension of this work, where we analyze the directional displacements as a measure of the mobility of monomers as they order during crystallization over more than 100 ns of simulation time. It is found that the polymer melt, after quenching, rapidly separates into many ordered hexagonal domains separated by amorphous regions, where surprisingly, the magnitude of the monomer's displacement in the ordered state, parallel to the domain axial direction, is similar to its magnitude in the melt. T. The monomer he displacements in the domain's lateral direction are found to decrease during the time of the simulation. The ordered hexagonal domains do not align into uniform lamellar structures during the timescales of our simulations.

  2. Hierarchical structuring of liquid crystal polymer-Laponite hybrid materials.

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    Tritschler, Ulrich; Zlotnikov, Igor; Zaslansky, Paul; Aichmayer, Barbara; Fratzl, Peter; Schlaad, Helmut; Cölfen, Helmut

    2013-09-03

    Biomimetic organic-inorganic composite materials were fabricated via one-step self-organization on three hierarchical levels. The organic component was a polyoxazoline with pendent cholesteryl and carboxyl (N-Boc-protected amino acid) side chains that was able to form a chiral nematic lyotropic phase and bind to positively charged inorganic faces of Laponite. The Laponite particles formed a mesocrystalline arrangement within the liquid-crystal (LC) polymer phase upon shearing a viscous dispersion of Laponite nanoparticles and LC polymer in DMF. Complementary analytical and mechanical characterization techniques (AUC, POM, TEM, SEM, SAXS, μCT, and nanoindentation) covering the millimeter, micrometer, and nanometer length scales reveal the hierarchical structures and properties of the composite materials consisting of different ratios of Laponite nanoparticles and liquid-crystalline polymer.

  3. Communication: Theory of melt-memory in polymer crystallization

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    Muthukumar, M.

    2016-07-01

    Details of crystallization processes of a polymer at the crystallization temperature Tc from its melt kept initially at the melt temperature Tm depend profoundly on the nature of the initial melt state and often are accompanied by memory effects. This phenomenon is in contrast to small molecular systems where the supercooling (Tm0-Tc), with Tm0 being the equilibrium melting temperature, and not (Tm - Tc), determines the nature of crystallization. In addressing this five-decade old puzzle of melt-memory in polymer crystallization, we present a theory to describe melt-memory effects, by invoking an intermediate inhomogeneous melt state in the pathway between the melt and crystalline states. Using newly introduced dissolution temperature T10 for the inhomogeneous melt state and the transition temperature Tt0 for the transition between the inhomogeneous melt and crystalline states, analytical formulas are derived for the nucleation rate as a function of the melt temperature. The theory is general to address different kinds of melt-memory effects depending on whether Tm is higher or lower than Tm0. The derived results are in qualitative agreement with known experimental data, while making predictions for further experiments on melt-memory.

  4. Case report of LCP pediatric hip osteosynthesis of a proximal ...

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    Case report of LCP pediatric hip osteosynthesis of a proximal femoral ... Pan African Medical Journal ... We present a case report demonstrating the experience of the department of pediatric orthopaedics of the University Orthopedic Hospital at ...

  5. Enhanced transduction of polymer photonic crystal band-edge lasers via additional layer deposition

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    Smith, Cameron; Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Buss, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    We present the concept of enhanced transduction for polymer photonic crystal lasers by deposition of an additional polymer layer with selective gas response. We report a significant increase in sensitivity to changes in gas concentration....

  6. CFRP materials reinforced with LCP fibres for applications in vehicle and aircraft engineering. Final report; Faserverbundkunststoffe mit einer LCP-Faserverstaerkung fuer Anwendungen im Fahrzeug- und Flugzeugbau. Abschlussbericht

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    CFRP materials reinforced with liquid crystalline polyester (LCP) fibres were produced and characterized with regard to their physical and mechanical characteristics. Compared with non-reinforced plastics, polypropylene/LCP fibre-UD laminates produced by filmstacking, epoxy resin/LCP fibre-UD laminates produced by spooling and epoxy resin composites with internal LCP fibre fleece had significantly higher strength and stiffness as well as high thermoforming resistance and waterproofness. [Deutsch] In diesem Forschungsvorhaben wurden Faserverbundkunststoffe mit einer Verstaerkungsfaser auf Basis eines thermotropen fluessigkristallinen Polyester [Liquid Crystalline Polyester, abgekuerzt LCP] hergestellt und bezueglich der physikalisch-mechanischen Eigenschaften charakterisiert. Die im `filmstacking`-Verfahren hergestellte Polypropylen/LCP-Faser-UD-Laminate und mittels Bewicklung gewonnene Epoxidharz/LCP-Faser-UD-Laminate sowie Epoxidharzverbunde mit eingearbeiteten LCP-Faservlies zeigen gegenueber den unverstaerkten Kunststoffmaterialien einen betraechtlichen Anstieg von Festigkeit und Steifigkeit. Die Faserverbunde weisen ausserdem eine hohe Waermeformbestaendigkeit und Wassersperrwirkung auf. (orig.)

  7. Influence of Polymer Coatings on the Carrier Life Time in Solar Silicon Crystals

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    L.P. Steblenko; A.O. Podolyan; O.O. Korotchenkov; L.M. Yashchenko; S.M. Naumenko; D.V. Kalinichenko; Yu.L. Kobzar; A.M. Kuryliuk; V.M. Kravchenko

    2014-01-01

    Influence of polymer coatings on the photovoltage drop kinetics in solar Si crystals exposed to magnetic field action and X-ray irradiation is studied. The features found in the behavior of the electrophysical parameters suggest slowing down the photovoltage drop in the presence of polymer coatings at the surface of solar Si crystals. These features may be due to the influence of polymer coatings to reduce the concentration of recombination centers in crystals solar-Si.

  8. Influence of Polymer Coatings on the Carrier Life Time in Solar Silicon Crystals

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    L.P. Steblenko

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Influence of polymer coatings on the photovoltage drop kinetics in solar Si crystals exposed to magnetic field action and X-ray irradiation is studied. The features found in the behavior of the electrophysical parameters suggest slowing down the photovoltage drop in the presence of polymer coatings at the surface of solar Si crystals. These features may be due to the influence of polymer coatings to reduce the concentration of recombination centers in crystals solar-Si.

  9. Polymer Wall Formation Using Liquid-Crystal/Polymer Phase Separation Induced on Patterned Polyimide Films

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2004-12-01

    We could form lattice-shaped polymer walls in a liquid crystal (LC) layer through the thermal phase separation of an LC/polystyrene solution between substrates with polyimide films etched by short-wavelength ultraviolet irradiation using a photomask. The LC wetting difference between the polyimide and substrate surfaces caused the coalescence of growing LC droplets on patterned polyimide films with the progress of phase separation. Consequently, polymer walls were formed on substrate surface areas without polyimide films. The shape of the polymer wall formed became sharp with the use of rubbed polyimide films because the nucleation of growing LC droplets concentrated on the patterned polyimide films. It is thought that the increase in the alignment order of LC molecules in the solution near the rubbed polyimide films promotes the formation of LC molecular aggregation, which becomes the growth nuclei of LC droplets.

  10. Polymer photonic crystal dye lasers as optofluidic cell sensors

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Lopacinska, Joanna M.; Jakobsen, Mogens Havsteen;

    2009-01-01

    Dye doped hybrid polymer lasers are implemented as label free evanescent field biosensors for detection of cells. It is demonstrated that although the coverage is irregular and the cells extend over several lattice constants, the emission wavelength depends linearly on the fraction of the surface...... covered by the HeLa cells used as model system. Design parameters relating to photonic crystal sensing of large objects are identified and discussed. The lasers are chemically modified to bind cells and molecules with flexible UV activated linker molecules.......Dye doped hybrid polymer lasers are implemented as label free evanescent field biosensors for detection of cells. It is demonstrated that although the coverage is irregular and the cells extend over several lattice constants, the emission wavelength depends linearly on the fraction of the surface...

  11. Advanced Electroactive Single Crystal and Polymer Actuator Concepts for Passive Optics Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — TRS Technologies proposes large stroke and high precision piezoelectric single crystal and electroactive polymer actuator concepts?HYBrid Actuation System (HYBAS)...

  12. Multiscale Modeling and Computation of Liquid Crystal Polymers, Polymer Blends, and Polymer Nanocomposites: Investigation of Rheology and Material Properties

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    2008-04-15

    Multiscale kinetic theories for flows of biaxial liquid crystal polymers Given the rising interests in the modeling of nanofluids of biaxial constituents...Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 2006, 128(1): 44-61. 4. M. G. Forest, R. Zhou, and Q. Wang, Nano-rod suspension flows: a 2D Smoluchowski-Navier-Stokes...dynamics for rigid rod & platelet suspensions in strongly coupled coplanar linear flow and magnetic fields II: Kinetic theory, Physics of Fluids, 2006, 18

  13. Improved power conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells using side chain liquid crystal polymer embedded in polymer electrolytes

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    Cho, Woosum [Department of Chemistry Education, and Department of Frontier Materials Chemistry, and Institute for Plastic Information and Energy Materials, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jae Wook, E-mail: jlee@donga.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, Dong-A University, Busan 604-714 (Korea, Republic of); Gal, Yeong-Soon [Polymer Chemistry Lab, College of General Education, Kyungil University, Hayang 712-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Mi-Ra, E-mail: mrkim2@pusan.ac.kr [Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Sung Ho, E-mail: shjin@pusan.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry Education, and Department of Frontier Materials Chemistry, and Institute for Plastic Information and Energy Materials, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-02-14

    Side chain liquid crystal polymer (SCLCP) embedded in poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-co-HFP)-based polymer electrolytes (PVdF-co-HFP:side chain liquid crystal polymer (SCLCP)) was prepared for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) application. The polymer electrolytes contained tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI), iodine (I{sub 2}), and 8 wt% PVdF-co-HFP in acetonitrile. DSSCs comprised of PVdF-co-HFP:SCLCP-based polymer electrolytes displayed enhanced redox couple reduction and reduced charge recombination in comparison to those of the conventional PVdF-co-HFP-based polymer electrolyte. The significantly increased short-circuit current density (J{sub sc}, 10.75 mA cm{sup −2}) of the DSSCs with PVdF-co-HFP:SCLCP-based polymer electrolytes afforded a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.32% and a fill factor (FF) of 0.64 under standard light intensity of 100 mW cm{sup −2} irradiation of AM 1.5 sunlight. - Highlights: • We developed the liquid crystal polymer embedded on polymer electrolyte for DSSCs. • We fabricated the highly efficient DSSCs using polymer electrolyte. • The best PCE achieved for P1 is 5.32% using polymer electrolyte.

  14. Viscosity solutions for a polymer crystal growth model

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    Cardaliaguet, Pierre; Monteillet, Aurélien

    2010-01-01

    We prove existence of a solution for a polymer crystal growth model describing the movement of a front $(\\Gamma(t))$ evolving with a nonlocal velocity. In this model the nonlocal velocity is linked to the solution of a heat equation with source $\\delta_\\Gamma$. The proof relies on new regularity results for the eikonal equation, in which the velocity is positive but merely measurable in time and with H\\"{o}lder bounds in space. From this result, we deduce \\textit{a priori} regularity for the front. On the other hand, under this regularity assumption, we prove bounds and regularity estimates for the solution of the heat equation.

  15. Single mode dye-doped polymer photonic crystal lasers

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Buss, Thomas; Smith, Cameron

    2010-01-01

    Dye-doped polymer photonic crystal (PhC) lasers fabricated by combined nanoimprint and photolithography are studied for their reproducibility and stability characteristics. We introduce a phase shift in the PhC lattice that substantially improves the yield of single wavelength emission. Single mode...... emission and reproducibility of laser characteristics are important if the lasers are to be mass produced in, e. g., optofluidic sensor chips. The fabrication yield is above 85% with highly reproducible wavelengths (within 0.5%), and the temperature dependence on the wavelength is found to be -0.045 or -0...

  16. Scientists summit at Shanghai in the field of polymer crystallization

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    Wenbing HU

    2009-01-01

    @@ From Aug. 12 to 15 at Galaxy Hotel, Shanghai, more than 100 scientists and graduate students from macromolecular phy-sics, engineering and chemistry met together in the Interna-tional Discussion Meeting of Polymer Crystallization (IDMPC). The participants were coming from China, Japan, United States, Germany, England, France, Netherlands, Italy, Korea and Canada. The meeting was initiated by the Ministry of Education of China and European Physical Society, sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and Donghua University, and organized by the State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Chemical Materials.

  17. Fabrication of Phase-Change Polymer Colloidal Photonic Crystals

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    Tianyi Zhao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the preparation of phase-change polymer colloidal photonic crystals (PCs by assembling hollow latex spheres encapsulated with dodecanol for the first time. The monodispersed hollow latex spheres were obtained by phase reversion of monodispersed core-shell latex spheres in the n-hexane, which dissolves the PS core and retains the PMMA/PAA shell. The as-prepared phase-change colloidal PCs show stable phase-change behavior. This fabrication of phase-change colloidal PCs would be significant for PC’s applications in functional coatings and various optic devices.

  18. Viscosity solutions for a polymer crystal growth model

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    Cardaliaguet, Pierre; Ley, Olivier; Monteillet, Aurélien

    2011-01-01

    International audience; We prove existence of a solution for a polymer crystal growth model describing the movement of a front $(\\Gamma(t))$ evolving with a nonlocal velocity. In this model the nonlocal velocity is linked to the solution of a heat equation with source $\\delta_\\Gamma$. The proof relies on new regularity results for the eikonal equation, in which the velocity is positive but merely measurable in time and with H\\"{o}lder bounds in space. From this result, we deduce \\textit{a pri...

  19. Morphological control and polarization switching in polymer dispersed liquid crystal materials and devices

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    K K Raina; Pankaj Kumar; Praveen Malik

    2006-11-01

    Liquid crystals dispersed in polymer systems constitute novel class of optical materials. The precise control of the liquid crystal droplet morphology in the polymer matrix is essentially required to meet the prerequisites of display device. Experiments have been carried out to investigate and identify the material properties and processing conditions required for the precise control of the droplet morphology of the dispersed liquid crystal systems. Polarization switching has been studied. Aligned liquid crystal dispersed systems showed higher polarization over unaligned ones.

  20. Shrink wrapping redox-active crystals of polyoxometalate open frameworks with organic polymers via crystal induced polymerisation.

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    Takashima, Yohei; Miras, Haralampos N; Glatzel, Stefan; Cronin, Leroy

    2016-06-14

    We report examples of crystal surface modification of polyoxometalate open frameworks whereby the use of pyrrole or aniline as monomers leads to the formation of the corresponding polymers via an oxidative polymerization process initiated by the redox active POM scaffolds. Guest-exchange experiments demonstrate that the polymers can finely tune the guest exchange rate and their structural integrity is retained after the surface modifications. In addition, the formation of polyoxometalate-based self-fabricating tubes by the dissolution of Keggin-based network crystals were also modulated by the polymers, allowing a new type of hybrid inorganic polymer with an organic coating to be fabricated.

  1. SYNTHESIS OF A GROUP OF MESOGEN-JACKETED LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS

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    ZHU Xinlong; YANG Qingchuan; ZHOU Qifeng

    1992-01-01

    A group of the mesogen jacketed liquid crystal polymers based on the monomers 2,5-bis (4-substituted benzoyl)oxystyrenes are synthesized. The substituents include alkoxy, alkyl, and cyano groups. The synthesis and the primary characterization of the liquid crystal phase of the monomers and the polymers are described. While some of the monomers give smectic textures the polymers are found to be nematic above their melting or glass transition temperatures. Interestingly the unsubstituted monomer and its polymer poly 2,5-di( benzoyloxy ) styrene are also liquid crystalline. The single crystal structure of one of the monomers is also discussed.

  2. Effect of Low-Concentration Polymers on Crystal Growth in Molecular Glasses: A Controlling Role for Polymer Segmental Mobility Relative to Host Dynamics.

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    Huang, Chengbin; Powell, C Travis; Sun, Ye; Cai, Ting; Yu, Lian

    2017-03-02

    Low-concentration polymers can strongly influence crystal growth in small-molecule glasses, a phenomenon important for improving physical stability against crystallization. We measured the velocity of crystal growth in two molecular glasses, nifedipine (NIF) and o-terphenyl (OTP), each doped with four or five different polymers. For each polymer, the concentration was fixed at 1 wt % and a wide range of molecular weights was tested. We find that a polymer additive can strongly alter the rate of crystal growth, from a 10-fold reduction to a 10-fold increase. For a given polymer, increasing molecular weight slows down crystal growth and the effect saturates around DP = 100, where DP is the degree of polymerization. For all the systems studied, the polymer effect on crystal growth rate forms a master curve in the variable (Tg,polymer - Tg,host)/Tcryst, where Tg is the glass transition temperature and Tcryst is the crystallization temperature. These results support the view that a polymer's effect on crystal growth is controlled by its segmental mobility relative to the host-molecule dynamics. In the proposed model, crystal growth rejects impurities and creates local polymer-rich regions, which must be traversed by host molecules to sustain crystal growth at rates determined by polymer segmental mobility. Our results do not support the view that host-polymer hydrogen bonding plays a controlling role in crystal growth inhibition.

  3. STUDY OF CRYSTALLIZATION OF CALCIUM SULFATE DIHYDRATE THAT HAS POLYMER ADDITIVES

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    Ustinova Yuliya Valer'evna

    2012-10-01

    A. It is identified that additives based on polymers of different origin affect processes of crystallization, the size and shape of crystals. B. The X-ray diffraction analysis has proven that molecules of polymer additives do not penetrate into the gypsum structure and the chemical composition of the product does not change. C. Methods of thermal analysis have proven that the introduction of polymer additives does not produce any adverse impact on the stability of gypsum crystals, if exposed to temperature fluctuations. D. The major impact produced onto crystallization is the one of the super plasticizer based on the sulfonated melamine-formaldehyde resin.

  4. Novel polymorphic form of adefovir dipivoxil derived from polymer-directed crystallization.

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    Lee, Min Kyung; Lee, Hyeseung; Kim, Il Won; Lee, Jonghwi

    2011-10-01

    Crystallization is an essential step in pharmaceutical processing. The discovery of a non-classical crystallization pathway would be a promising strategy to engineer the properties of drug crystalline particles for specific delivery conditions. Herein, polymer-directed crystallization was successfully employed to modify the characteristics of a model drug, adefovir dipivoxil (AD). Polyacrylic acid (PAA), ethyl cellulose (EC), and hydroxypropyl cellulose were added as active polymers to control the crystallization pathway of AD. Changes in crystal habit were observed in all cases. A novel polymorph was found after the addition of PAA and EC, and was confirmed by XRD and DSC results. In FTIR investigations, the crystals derived from PAA-directed crystallization showed strong interactions between PAA and AD. The polymer content in polymer-directed crystallization-derived powders varied from 7 to 24 wt%, and the presence of polymers lead to sustained release of AD. These results make polymer-directed crystallization a simple and efficient technique to engineer the physical and chemical properties of drug crystals.

  5. Molecular alignment enhancement phenomenon of polymer formed from a liquid crystal monomer in a liquid crystal solvent

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Kawakita, Masahiro; Kikuchi, Hiroshi

    2003-03-01

    We report an abnormal alignment enhancement phenomenon of polymer molecules. The alignment order of a rigid-skeleton polymer made from a liquid crystalline monomer in a low-molecular-weight liquid crystal solvent was drastically enhanced with increasing temperature, even though the alignment order of the solution of the liquid crystal and monomer decreased. From polymer molecular alignment observations using polarizing Raman scattering microscopy, it was found that the polymer alignment order was three times greater than that of the original aligned monomer and polymer. This super alignment technique of polymer using a molecular-scaled self-assembly mechanism is applicable to the formation of electrically and/or optically functional nanopolymer wires.

  6. Semitransparent Polymer Solar Cells Based on Liquid Crystal Reflectors

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    Shaopeng Yang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of liquid crystal (LC reflectors on semitransparent polymer solar cells (PSCs were investigated in this paper. By improving the cathode, we manufactured semitransparent PSCs based on the conventional PSCs. We then incorporated the LC reflector into the semitransparent PSCs, which increased the power conversion efficiency (PCE from 2.11% to 2.71%. Subsequently adjusting the concentration and spinning speed of the active layer material changed its thickness. The maximum light absorption for the active layer was obtained using the optimum thickness, and the PCE eventually reached 3.01%. These results provide a reference for selecting LC reflectors that are suitable for different active layer materials to improve the PCE of semitransparent PSCs.

  7. Miniaturized and Ferrite Based Tunable Bandpass Filters in LCP and LTCC Technologies for SoP Applications

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    Arabi, Eyad A.

    2015-04-01

    Wireless systems with emerging applications are leaning towards small size, light-weight and low cost. Another trend for these wireless devices is that new applications and functionalities are being added without increasing the size of the device. To accomplish this, individual components must be miniaturized and the system should be designed to maximize the integration of the individual components. The high level of 3D integration feasible in system on package design (SoP) concept can fulfill the latter requirement. Bandpass filters are important components on all wireless systems to reject the unwanted signals and reduce interference. Being mostly implemented with passive and distributed components, bandpass filters take considerable space in a wireless system. Moreover, with emerging bands and multiple applications encompassed in a single device, many bandpass filters are required. The miniaturization related to bandpass filters can be approached by three main ways: (1) at the component level through the miniaturization of individual bandpass filters, (2) at the system level through the use of tunable filters to reduce the overall number of filters, and (3) at the system level through the high level of integration in a 3D SoP platform. In this work we have focused on all three aspects of miniaturization of band pass filters mentioned above. In the first part of this work, a low frequency (1.5 GHz global positioning system (GPS) band) filter implemented through 3D lumped components in two leading SoP technologies, namely low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) and the liquid crystal polymers (LCP) is demonstrated. The miniaturized filter is based on a second order topology, which has been modified to improve the selectivity and out-of-band rejection without increasing the size. Moreover, for the case of LCP, the filter is realized in an ultra-thin stack up comprising four metallization layers with an overall thickness of only 100 _m. Due to its ultra

  8. Crystal nuclei templated nanostructured membranes prepared by solvent crystallization and polymer migration

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    Wang, Bo; Ji, Jing; Li, Kang

    2016-09-01

    Currently, production of porous polymeric membranes for filtration is predominated by the phase-separation process. However, this method has reached its technological limit, and there have been no significant breakthrough over the last decade. Here we show, using polyvinylidene fluoride as a sample polymer, a new concept of membrane manufacturing by combining oriented green solvent crystallization and polymer migration is able to obtain high performance membranes with pure water permeation flux substantially higher than those with similar pore size prepared by conventional phase-separation processes. The new manufacturing procedure is governed by fewer operating parameters and is, thus, easier to control with reproducible results. Apart from the high water permeation flux, the prepared membranes also show excellent stable flux after fouling and superior mechanical properties of high pressure load and better abrasion resistance. These findings demonstrate the promise of a new concept for green manufacturing nanostructured polymeric membranes with high performances.

  9. Plate osteosynthesis of simple forearm fractures : LCP versus DC plates

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    Stevens, Charles Tjerk; Ten Duis, Henk Jan

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the time to radiological bony union of simple A-type fractures of the forearm, treated with either a locking compression plate (LCP) or a dynamic compression plate (DCP). For each fracture, the relation between the use of compression and radiological healing time

  10. Plate osteosynthesis of simple forearm fractures : LCP versus DC plates

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    Stevens, Charles Tjerk; Ten Duis, Henk Jan

    The aim of this study was to compare the time to radiological bony union of simple A-type fractures of the forearm, treated with either a locking compression plate (LCP) or a dynamic compression plate (DCP). For each fracture, the relation between the use of compression and radiological healing time

  11. Surface dynamics and mechanics in liquid crystal polymer coatings

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    Liu, Danqing; Broer, Dirk J.

    2015-03-01

    Based on liquid crystal networks we developed `smart' coatings with responsive surface topographies. Either by prepatterning or by the formation of self-organized structures they can be switched on and off in a pre-designed manner. Here we provide an overview of our methods to generate coatings that form surface structures upon the actuation by light. The coating oscillates between a flat surface and a surface with pre-designed 3D micro-patterns by modulating a light source. With recent developments in solid state lighting, light is an attractive trigger medium as it can be integrated in a device for local control or can be used remotely for flood or localized exposure. The basic principle of formation of surface topographies is based on the change of molecular organization in ordered liquid crystal polymer networks. The change in order leads to anisotropic dimensional changes with contraction along the director and expansion to the two perpendicular directions and an increase in volume by the formation of free volume. These two effects work in concert to provide local expansion and contraction in the coating steered by the local direction of molecular orientation. The surface deformation, expressed as the height difference between the activated regions and the non-activated regions divided by the initial film thickness, is of the order of 20%. Switching occurs immediately when the light is switched `on' and `off' and takes several tens of seconds.

  12. LCP- LIFETIME COST AND PERFORMANCE MODEL FOR DISTRIBUTED PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS

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    Borden, C. S.

    1994-01-01

    The Lifetime Cost and Performance (LCP) Model was developed to assist in the assessment of Photovoltaic (PV) system design options. LCP is a simulation of the performance, cost, and revenue streams associated with distributed PV power systems. LCP provides the user with substantial flexibility in specifying the technical and economic environment of the PV application. User-specified input parameters are available to describe PV system characteristics, site climatic conditions, utility purchase and sellback rate structures, discount and escalation rates, construction timing, and lifetime of the system. Such details as PV array orientation and tilt angle, PV module and balance-of-system performance attributes, and the mode of utility interconnection are user-specified. LCP assumes that the distributed PV system is utility grid interactive without dedicated electrical storage. In combination with a suitable economic model, LCP can provide an estimate of the expected net present worth of a PV system to the owner, as compared to electricity purchased from a utility grid. Similarly, LCP might be used to perform sensitivity analyses to identify those PV system parameters having significant impact on net worth. The user describes the PV system configuration to LCP via the basic electrical components. The module is the smallest entity in the PV system which is modeled. A PV module is defined in the simulation by its short circuit current, which varies over the system lifetime due to degradation and failure. Modules are wired in series to form a branch circuit. Bypass diodes are allowed between modules in the branch circuits. Branch circuits are then connected in parallel to form a bus. A collection of buses is connected in parallel to form an increment to capacity of the system. By choosing the appropriate series-parallel wiring design, the user can specify the current, voltage, and reliability characteristics of the system. LCP simulation of system performance is site

  13. Tunable Crystal-to-Crystal Phase Transition in a Cadmium Halide Chain Polymer

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    Ulli Englert

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The chain polymer [{Cd(μ-X2py2}1∞] (X = Cl, Br; py = pyridine undergoes a fully reversible phase transition between a monoclinic low-temperature and an orthorhombic high-temperature phase. The transformation can be directly monitored in single crystals and can be confirmed for the bulk by powder diffraction. The transition temperature can be adjusted by tuning the composition of the mixed-halide phase: Transition temperatures between 175 K up to the decomposition of the material at ca. 350 K are accessible. Elemental analysis, ion chromatography and site occupancy refinements from single-crystal X-ray diffraction agree with respect to the stoichiometric composition of the samples.

  14. Polymer-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal for flexible displays using plastic substrates

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Iino, Yoshiki; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kawakita, Masahiro; Tsuchiya, Yuzuru

    2001-12-01

    We have developed a ferroelectric liquid crystal device with a novel structure containing a polymer fiber network for flexible lightweight displays using thin plastic substrates. The aligned polymer fibers of sub-micrometers -diameter were formed under ultraviolet light irradiation in a heated nematic- phase solution consisting of liquid crystal and monofunctional acrylate monomer. The rigid polymer network was found to adhere to the two plastic substrates, and the uniform liquid crystal alignment provided a contrast ratio of 100:1 for a monomer concentration of 20 wt%. This device achieves a continuous grayscale capability as a result of change in the spatial distribution of small liquid crystal domains, and also exhibits a fast response time of 80 microsecond(s) due to high-purity separation of polymer and liquid crystal materials. It therefore has attractive features for flexible moving-image display applications.

  15. Cinnamate-functionalized hyperbranched polymer as liquid crystal photo-alignment layer

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    Bin Jun Shen; Zheng Xie; Ya Ning He; Yan Qing Lian

    2008-01-01

    In this work, 4-methoxylcirmamoyl chloride was reacted with a commercial hyperbranched polymer (Boltom~TM H30) to prepare a hyperbranched photosensitive polymer (H30-Ci). The polymer was characterized by UV absorption spectrum and 1H-NMR spectrum. After processed by Linearly Polarized Polymerization (LPP) method, the spin-coated films of H30-Ci were used as photo-alignment layers to assemble liquid crystal (LC) cells containing nematic liquid crystal (5CB). The observation by polarized microscope showed that the H30-Ci blended with a linear polymer (BP-AN-Ci) photo-alignment layers could align LC molecules in a very uniform way.

  16. SYNTHESIS OF A NOVEL "MESOGEN-JACKETED LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER" BASED ON VINYLTEREPHTHALIC ACID

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    1998-01-01

    Poly{2, 5-bis[(p-methoxyphenyl)oxycarbonyl]styrene} was successfully synthesized. This new polymer has a structure characteristic of mesogen-jacketed liquid cyrstalline polymers (MJLCPs) and does form a liquid crystal phase above its glass transition. It thus became the starting member of a new series of MJLCPs. The synthesis of the polymer as well as the liquid crystalline properties of the polymer and its monomer was discussed. A brief comparison of the new monomer and polymer with some previously reported counterparts was also included.

  17. Polarization Raman Microscopic Study of Molecular Alignment Behavior in Liquid Crystal/Polymer Composite Films

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2005-12-01

    We clarified that the molecular alignment of aggregated polymers is partially synchronized with liquid crystal (LC) director reorientation in an LC/polymer composite film. The molecular alignment behavior in composite films with LC- and polymer-rich regions formed by photopolymerization-induced phase separation was investigated using polarization Raman spectral microscopy. Raman scattering intensity induced by aligned side chains of polymers in the LC-rich region changed with LC director reorientation when voltage was applied to the composite film. It was confirmed for the first time that polymers capable of movement are formed in the LC-rich region.

  18. Effect of organoclay on the orientation and thermal properties of liquid-crystalline polymers

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    Bandyopadhyay, J

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available on th Thermal Properties of Liquid-Crystallin Polymers a Introduction Liquid-crystalline polymers (LCP) are well known for their excellent properties, such as high strength and stiffness, low melt viscosity, and their high chemical and thermal...] they confirmed the very high degree of dispersion of organoclay in the LCP matrix, because of the formation of hydrogen bonds between the pendent pyridyl group in the LCP and the hydroxyl group of the surfactant residing at the surface of organoclay...

  19. Advanced Electroactive Single Crystal and Polymer Actuators for Passive Optics Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Large stroke and high precision electroactive single crystal and polymer actuators are desired for cryogenic passive optics such as Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FPI)...

  20. The Effect of Orientation Relaxation on Polymer Melt Crystallization Studied by Monte Carlo Simulations

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    WANG Mao-Xiang

    2009-01-01

    We use dynamic Monte Carlo simulations to study the athermal relaxation of bulk extended chains and the isothermal crystallization in intermediately relaxed melts. It is found that the memory of chain orientations in the melt can significantly enhance the crystallization rates. The crystal orientation and lamellar thickness essentially depend on the orientational relaxation. Moreover, there is a transition of the nucleation mechanism during the isothermal crystallization from the intermediately relaxed melts. These results explain the mechanism of the self-nucleation by orientation and suggest that in flow-induced polymer crystallization, the orientational relaxation of chains decides the crystal orientation.

  1. Photocontrol of fluid slugs in liquid crystal polymer microactuators

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    Lv, Jiu-An; Liu, Yuyun; Wei, Jia; Chen, Erqiang; Qin, Lang; Yu, Yanlei

    2016-09-01

    The manipulation of small amounts of liquids has applications ranging from biomedical devices to liquid transfer. Direct light-driven manipulation of liquids, especially when triggered by light-induced capillary forces, is of particular interest because light can provide contactless spatial and temporal control. However, existing light-driven technologies suffer from an inherent limitation in that liquid motion is strongly resisted by the effect of contact-line pinning. Here we report a strategy to manipulate fluid slugs by photo-induced asymmetric deformation of tubular microactuators, which induces capillary forces for liquid propulsion. Microactuators with various shapes (straight, ‘Y’-shaped, serpentine and helical) are fabricated from a mechanically robust linear liquid crystal polymer. These microactuators are able to exert photocontrol of a wide diversity of liquids over a long distance with controllable velocity and direction, and hence to mix multiphase liquids, to combine liquids and even to make liquids run uphill. We anticipate that this photodeformable microactuator will find use in micro-reactors, in laboratory-on-a-chip settings and in micro-optomechanical systems.

  2. Ultrasound visualization using polymer dispersed liquid crystal sensors

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    Edwards, R. S.; Trushkevych, O.; Eriksson, T. J. R.; Ramadas, S. N.; Dixon, S.

    2017-02-01

    The acousto-optic effect in liquid crystals (LCs) has previously been exploited to build large area acoustic sensors for visualising ultrasound fields, opening up the field of acoustography. There is an opportunity to simplify this technique and open new application areas by employing polymer dispersed LC (PDLC) thin films instead of aligned LC layers. In PDLCs, the normally opaque film becomes transparent under the influence of an acoustic field (e.g. when surface acoustic waves are propagating in the material under the film). This is called acoustic clearing and is visible by eye. There is potential for producing ultrasonic sensors which can be `painted on' to a component, giving direct visualisation of the ultrasonic field without requiring scanning. We demonstrate the effect by using PDLC films to characterise a resonant mode of a flexural air-coupled transducer. Visualisation was quick, with a switching time of a few seconds. The effect shows promise for ultrasound sensing applications for transducer characterisation and NDE.

  3. THz waveguides, devices and hybrid polymer-chalcogenide photonic crystal fibers

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    Bao, Hualong; Markos, Christos; Nielsen, Kristian;

    2014-01-01

    In this contribution, we review our recent activities in the design, fabrication and characterization of polymer THz waveguides. Besides the THz waveguides, we finally will also briefly show some of our initial results on a novel hybrid polymer photonic crystal fiber with integrated chalcogenide...

  4. Alignment mechanism of liquid crystal in a stretched porous polymer film

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Kuboki, Masashi; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro

    2003-09-01

    This article discusses the mechanism of nematic liquid crystal alignment in stretched porous polymer films. The polymer films were formed by extreme stretching of an isotropic porous polyolefin, such that the draw ratio was 12:1. A 6-μm-thick porous film with a high porosity coefficient of 92% revealed fine string-shaped areas that exhibited optical anisotropy due to their possessing a high degree of molecular alignment. The porous film was filled with nematic liquid crystal and then the composite film was sandwiched between transparent electrodes coated onto glass substrates, without the use of conventional alignment layers. From polarizing microscopy observations it was found that the string-like polymer areas induce liquid crystal molecular alignment. The liquid crystal cells can exhibit an electrically controlled birefringence effect. This alignment technique enables us to realize three-dimensional control of liquid crystal alignment.

  5. Catalytic synthesis of metal crystals using conductive polymers

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    Wang, Hsing-Lin; Li, Wenguang

    2008-01-15

    A method of forming metal nanoparticles using a polymer colloid that includes at least one conductive polymer and at least one polyelectrolyte. Metal ions are reduced in water by the conductive polymer to produce the nanoparticles, which may be then incorporated in the colloidal structure to form a colloid composite. The method can also be used to separate selected metal ions from aqueous solutions.

  6. Polymer stabilized liquid crystals: Topology-mediated electro-optical behavior and applications

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    Weng, Libo

    There has been a wide range of liquid crystal polymer composites that vary in polymer concentration from as little as 3 wt.% (polymer stabilized liquid crystal) to as high as 60 wt.% (polymer dispersed liquid crystals). In this dissertation, an approach of surface polymerization based on a low reactive monomer concentration about 1 wt.% is studied in various liquid crystal operation modes. The first part of dissertation describes the development of a vertical alignment (VA) mode with surface polymer stabilization, and the effects of structure-performance relationship of reactive monomers (RMs) and polymerization conditions on the electro-optical behaviors of the liquid crystal device has been explored. The polymer topography plays an important role in modifying and enhancing the electro-optical performance of stabilized liquid crystal alignment. The enabling surface-pinned polymer stabilized vertical alignment (PSVA) approach has led to the development of high-performance and fast-switching displays with controllable pretilt angle, increase in surface anchoring energy, high optical contrast and fast response time. The second part of the dissertation explores a PSVA mode with in-plane switching (IPS) and its application for high-efficiency and fast-switching phase gratings. The diffraction patterns and the electro-optical behaviors including diffraction efficiency and response time are characterized. The diffraction grating mechanism and performance have been validated by computer simulation. Finally, the advantages of surface polymerization approach such as good optical contrast and fast response time have been applied to the fringe-field switching (FFS) system. The concentration of reactive monomer on the electro-optical behavior of the FFS cells is optimized. The outstanding electro-optical results and mechanism of increase in surface anchoring strength are corroborated by the director field simulation. The density and topology of nanoscale polymer protrusions

  7. Switchable random laser from dye-doped polymer dispersed liquid crystal waveguides

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    Xiao, Shumin; Song, Qinghai; Wang, Feng; Liu, Liying; Liu, Jianhua; Xu, Lei

    2007-01-01

    A dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) film has been fabricated for random lasing action. In this PDLC film, the sizes of most liquid crystal (LC) droplets ranged from 200 to 500 nm. When the sample is optically pumped, ultrahigh Q (>10 000) lasing modes and a collimated laser beam can

  8. Strength of Drug–Polymer Interactions: Implications for Crystallization in Dispersions

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    Mistry, Pinal; Suryanarayanan, Raj

    2016-09-07

    We investigated the influence of the strength of drug–polymer interactions on the crystallization behavior of a model drug in amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs). Ketoconazole ASDs were prepared with each poly(acrylic acid), poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), and polyvinylpyrrolidone. Over a wide temperature range in the supercooled region, the α-relaxation time was obtained, which provided a measure of molecular mobility. Isothermal crystallization studies were performed in the same temperature interval using either a synchrotron (for low levels of crystallinity) or a laboratory X-ray (for crystallization kinetics) source. The stronger the drug–polymer interaction, the longer was the delay in crystallization onset time, indicating an increase in physical stability. Stronger drug–polymer interactions also translated to a decrease in the magnitude of the crystallization rate constant. In amorphous ketoconazole as well as in the dispersions, the coupling coefficient, a measure of the extent of coupling between relaxation and crystallization times was ~0.5. This value was unaffected by the strength of drug–polymer interactions. On the basis of these results, the crystallization times in ASDs were predicted at temperatures very close to Tg, using the coupling coefficient experimentally determined for amorphous ketoconazole. The predicted and experimental crystallization times were in good agreement, indicating the usefulness of the model.

  9. Fresnel Lenses fabricated by femtosecond laser micromachining on Polymer 1D Photonic Crystal

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    Guduru Surya S.K.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available We report the fabrication of micro Fresnel lenses by femtosecond laser surface ablation on polymer 1D photonic crystals. This device is designed to focus the transmitted wavelength of the photonic crystal and filter the wavelengths corresponding to the photonic band gap region. Integration of such devices in a wavelength selective light harvesting and filtering microchip can be achieved.

  10. Microfluidic formation of pH responsive 5CB droplets decorated with PAA-b-LCP.

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    Khan, Waliullah; Choi, Jin Ho; Kim, Gyu Man; Park, Soo-Young

    2011-10-21

    We are reporting for the first time the pH responsiveness of liquid crystal (LC) microdroplets decorated with an amphiphilic block copolymer of PAA-b-LCP. We successfully demonstrated the adsorption of block copolymer on LC droplets by fluorescence microscopy and pH response to the radial-to-bipolar orientational change of the LC droplets by changing pH from 12 to 2 through the polarized optical microscope (POM). We believe that our results may pave the way for the generation of monodisperse droplets decorated by various amphiphilic block copolymers which respond to several kinds of the external stimuli. These developments may be important for potential applications of the LC droplets in sensing and encapsulation fields.

  11. Dielectric and electro-optical properties of polymer-stabilized liquid crystal. II. Polymer PiBMA dispersed in MBBA

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    Tripathi, Pankaj Kumar; Pande, Mukti; Singh, Shri

    2016-09-01

    In continuation of our earlier work (Pande et al. in Appl Phys A 122:217-226, 2016), we report the results of dielectric and electro-optical properties of pure MBBA and PSLC (polymer PiBMA dispersed in MBBA) systems. The polymer networks domains formed are found to be anisotropic and are oriented in the direction of electric field for both the planar and homeotropic alignment cells. The dielectric anisotropy, optical anisotropy, response time, threshold voltage, splay elastic constant and rotational viscosity were observed for both the LC and PSLC systems with electric field. The liquid crystal properties are affected significantly with increasing concentration of polymer in pure LC material. It has been observed that the polymer networks interaction plays a major role in changing the properties of PSLC system. The effect of dielectric loss and dielectric permittivity on both pure LC and PSLC systems is also discussed.

  12. Phase separation of monomer in liquid crystal mixtures and surface morphology in polymer-stabilized vertical alignment liquid crystal displays

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    Lyu, Jae Jin; Lee, Jun Hyup; Kim, Kyeong Hyeon [Development Center, LCD Business, SAMSUNG Electronics Co. LTD., Tangjeong-Myeon, Asan, Chungnam 336-741 (Korea, Republic of); Kikuchi, Hirotsuku; Higuchi, Hiroki [Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-Koen, Kasuga 816-8580 (Japan); Kim, Dae Hyun; Lee, Seung Hee, E-mail: jsquare.lyu@samsung.com, E-mail: lsh1@chonbuk.ac.kr [Department of BIN Fusion Technology and Department of Polymer-Nano Science and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-08-17

    The polymer-stabilized vertically aligned (PS-VA) liquid crystal display (LCD) driving mode has high potential for manufacturing low power consuming displays due to the higher transmittance and fast response as compared with the existing patterned vertically aligned and multi-domain vertically aligned modes. In this paper we have investigated the reaction mechanisms of monomer-liquid crystal blends to form a surface pre-tilt angle of liquid crystal in vertical alignment LCD associated with a fishbone electrode structure. The observed sizes of polymer bumps formed on the substrates were found to be dependent on the exposed UV wavelength and were almost equal in both top and bottom substrates. When a large UV wavelength was used, the phase separation mechanism of monomer in PS-VA mode was found nearly isotropic rather than anisotropic in contrast to the previous studies.

  13. Low-concentration polymers inhibit and accelerate crystal growth in organic glasses in correlation with segmental mobility.

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    Powell, C Travis; Cai, Ting; Hasebe, Mariko; Gunn, Erica M; Gao, Ping; Zhang, Geoff; Gong, Yuchuan; Yu, Lian

    2013-09-05

    Crystal growth in organic glasses has been studied in the presence of low-concentration polymers. Doping the organic glass nifedipine (NIF) with 1 wt % polymer has no measurable effect on the glass transition temperature Tg of host molecules, but substantially alters the rate of crystal growth, from a 10-fold reduction to a 30% increase at 12 °C below the host Tg. Among the polymers tested, all but polyethylene oxide (PEO) inhibit growth. The inhibitory effects greatly diminish in the liquid state (at Tg + 38 °C), but PEO persists to speed crystal growth. The crystal growth rate varies exponentially with polymer concentration, in analogy with the polymer effect on solvent mobility, though the effect on crystal growth can be much stronger. The ability to inhibit crystal growth is not well ordered by the strength of host-polymer hydrogen bonds, but correlates remarkably well with the neat polymer's Tg, suggesting that the mobility of polymer chains is an important factor in inhibiting crystal growth in organic glasses. The polymer dopants also affect crystal growth at the free surface of NIF glasses, but the effect is attenuated according to the power law us ∝ ub(0.35), where us and ub are the surface and bulk growth rates.

  14. Nuclear magnetic resonance study of epoxy- based polymer-dispersed liquid crystal droplets

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    Han, J W

    1998-01-01

    In this work, polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) samples were prepared and studied by nuclear magnetic resonance. Proton NMR spectra and spin-lattice relaxations of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl(5CB) and p-methoxybenzylidene-p-n-butylaniline (MBBA) liquid crystals confined in microdroplets were measured. The experimental results were compared with those of the liquid crystals in the pores of silica-gels and with those of the mixing components. The experimental results indicated that the nematic ordering in the microdroplets differed markedly from that observed in bulk nematic crystals. In addition, we examined spin-lattice relaxation mechanisms. The proton spin-lattice relaxation mechanisms in bulk nematic liquid crystals are well established. However, when nematic liquid crystals are confined in microdroplets, the relaxation mechanisms are expected to be affected. We examined possible relaxation mechanisms to explain the observed increase in the spin-lattice relaxation rate of liquid crystals confined in m...

  15. Structural Analysis of Layered Polymer Crystals and Application to Photofunctional Materials Using Organic Intercalation

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    Shinya Oshita; Akikazu Matsumoto

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction We reported that layered polymer crystals are obtained by the topochemical polymerization of 1,3-diene monomers and provided as host material for organic intercalation[1]. For intercalation using various long-alkyl amines as the guest species, its reaction behavior, mechanism, characteristics, and potential to application have been clarified[2]. We also succeeded in the synthesis of several host layered polymer crystals with different tacticities and layer structures[3]. We describe here intercalation using various stereoregular poly(muconic acid)s (PMA) and n-alkylamines as the host and guest compounds, respectively. The reaction behavior and the layered structure of the obtained ammonium polymers are discussed from the viewpoint of stereochemical structure of the host polymers.

  16. NATO Advanced Study Institute on Electronic Structure of Polymers and Molecular Crystals

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    Ladik, János

    1975-01-01

    The NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Electronic Structure of Polymers and Molecular Crystals" was held at the Facultes Universi­ taires de Namur (F.U.N.) from September 1st till September 14th, 1974. We wish to express our appreciation to the NATO Scientific Affairs Division whose generous support made this Institute possible and to the Facultes Universitaires de Namur and the Societe Chimique de Belgique which provided fellowships and travel grants to a number of students. This volume contains the main lectures about the basic principles of the field and about different recent developments of the theory of the electronic structure of polymers and molecular crystals. The school started with the presentation of the basic SCF-LCAO theory of the electronic structure of periodic polymers and molecular crystals (contributions by Ladik, Andre & Delhalle) showing how a combination of quantum chemical and solid state physical methods can provide band structures for these systems. The numerical aspects of these ...

  17. THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF KINETICS OF NONISOTHERMAL CRYSTALLIZATION OF POLYMERS

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    ZHANG Zhiying

    1994-01-01

    The classical crystallization theories proposed by Avrami, Evans, and Mandelkern were extended to the nonisothermal situation. The expressions derived from the classical equations can be expressed in either the differential form or the integral form. A method was provided so as to obtain the parameters characterizing the crystallization rate and mechanism from DSC curves with several constant heating or cooling rates. The rate constants of crystallization obtained from both isothermal and nonisothermal curves of poly(ethylene terephthalate)were compared.

  18. Enhanced transduction of photonic crystal dye lasers for gas sensing via swelling polymer film

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    Smith, Cameron; Lind, Johan Ulrik; Christiansen, Mads Brøkner;

    2011-01-01

    We present the enhanced transduction of a photonic crystal dye laser for gas sensing via deposition of an additional swelling polymer film. Device operation involves swelling of the polymer film during exposure to specific gases, leading to a change in total effective refractive index. Experimental...... in its application to other intracavity-based detection schemes to enable gas sensing. © 2011 Optical Society of America....

  19. Les polymères auto-renforcés à cristaux liquides Self-Reinforcing Liquid-Crystal Polymers

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    Dorbon M.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Les polymères auto-renforcés à cristaux liquides (PARCL sont des matériaux dont les molécules, des polymères organiques, sont susceptibles de s'auto-orienter les unes par rapport aux autres. Cette propriété leur confère des caractéristiques mécaniques proches de celles des acier: pour des poids plus faibles sans qu'il soit nécessaire d'avoir recours à des fibres renforçantes. Il existe deux types de PARCL: ceux pouvant s'orienter en solution, qualifiés de lyotropiques, et ceux pouvant s'orienter à l'état fondu, appelés thermotropiques. Des fibres en poly (p-phénylène térephtalamide PPT, PARCL de type lyotropique, sont disponibles commercialement et connaissent déjà de nombreuses applications. Les PARCL thermotropiques n'existent pas encore sur le marché mais sont porteurs de nombreux espoirs car ils sont susceptibles d'être moulés et donc de prendre les formes les plus diverses, ce qui n'est pas le cas de ceux de type lyotropique. Self-reinforcing liquid-crystal polymers are materials in which the molecules, i. e. organic polymers, are capable of orienting themselves in relation to one another. This property gives them mechanical characteristics close to those of steels yet of much less weight without having to use reinforcing fibers. There are two types of self-reinforcing liquid-crystal polymers: (i those capable of orienting themselves in solution, called Iyotropic, and (ii those capable of orienting themselves in a molten state, called thermotropic. Poly (p-phenylene terephthalamide fibers, self-reinforcing liquid-crystal polymers of the Iyotropic type, are commercially available and have already found numerous applications. Thermotropic self-reinforcing liquid-crystal polymers are not yet on the market but seem to be very promising because they are capable of being molded and hence of taking on a wide variety of shapes, which is not the case of those of the lyotropic type.

  20. Electrically switchable Fresnel lenses in polymer-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Yeh, Hui-Chen; Ke, Ming-Wei; Liu, Yu-Mei

    2017-01-01

    In this study, we demonstrate the fabrication of an electrically switchable Fresnel lens based on surface-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals (SSFLCs) with polymer networks. The Fresnel lens was fabricated by injecting a monomer-doped ferroelectric liquid crystal into an extremely thin cell and exposing the cell to ultraviolet light through a Fresnel-zone-plate mask. The fabricated Fresnel lens consisted of the SSFLC and polymer-stabilized SSFLC structures. The focusing effect can be switched on by applying an appropriate voltage, and the characteristics of FLCs enable a rapid response on the order of milliseconds.

  1. Thermal Analysis, Mechanical and Rheological Behaviour of Melt Manufactured Polyethylene/Liquid Crystal Polymer Blends

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    Ilze ELKSNITE

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Modification of properties of conventional thermoplastics with thermotropic liquid crystal polymers, from one hand, allows decrease their viscosities, substantially facilitating processing conditions, and, from another hand, allows increase their exploitation properties. Orientation of the labile structure of liquid crystal polymer in extrusion or injection moulding causes specific reinforcement (so-called self-reinforcement to occur in the blends containing liquid crystal polymer. Up to now the effect of self-reinforcement is mostly investigated in the blends, containing considerable amount of liquid crystal polymer. In this research the effect of minor amounts of liquid crystalline co-polyester modifier on the properties of polyethylene is investigated. Various compositions of laboratory synthesized hydroxybenzoic acid /polyethylene terephtalate copolymer containing polyethylene composites have been manufactured by thermoplastic blending. It has been observed that 1 modulus of elasticity, yield strength and ultimate strength increase with raising the content of liquid crystalline modifier; 2 void content in the investigated polyethylene/liquid crystal copolymer composites is not greater that 1 %; 3 addition of liquid crystalline co-polyester modifier improves arrangement of PE crystalline phase.http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.17.2.483

  2. Polymer-based Photonic Crystal Cavity Sensor for Optical Detection in the Visible Wavelength Region.

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    Maeno, Kenichi; Aki, Shoma; Sueyoshi, Kenji; Hisamoto, Hideaki; Endo, Tatsuro

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a polymer-based two-dimensional photonic crystal (PhC) cavity for visible-light-based optical-sensing applications was designed and fabricated for the first time. The PhC cavity configuration was designed to operate at 650 nm, and fabricated with a polymer (resist) on a silicon substrate using electron-beam lithography. For investigating sensing applications based on shifting of condition exhibiting a photonic bandgap (PBG), the polymer monolayer deposition (layer-by-layer method) was monitored as the light-intensity change at the cavity position. Consequently, the monolayer-level detection of polyions was achieved.

  3. Electro-optical properties of polymer stabilized cholesteric liquid crystal film

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    Ma Ji; Zheng Zhi-Gang; Liu Yong-Gang; Xuan Li

    2011-01-01

    Liquid crystals (LCs) and polymers are extensively used in various electro-optical applications. In this paper, normal mode polymer stabilized cholesteric LC film is prepared and studied. The effects of chiral dopant and monomer concentrations on the electro-optical properties, such as contrast ratio, driving voltage, hysteresis width and response time, are investigated. The reasons of electro-optical properties influenced by the concentrations of the materials are discussed. Through the proper material recipe, the electro-optical properties of polymer stabilized cholesteric LC film can be optimized.

  4. Fast Switching of Vertical Alignment Liquid Crystal Cells with Liquid Crystalline Polymer Networks

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    Baek, Jong-In; Kim, Ki-Han; Kim, Jae Chang; Yoon, Tae-Hoon; Woo, Hwa Sung; Shin, Sung Tae; Souk, Jun Hyung

    2009-05-01

    This paper reports on the electro-optic characteristics of vertical alignment (VA) liquid crystal (LC) cells with liquid crystalline polymer networks. Optical bouncing, that occurs during the turn-on of VA cells, can be eliminated by introducing in-cell polymer networks. Furthermore, the turn-off also becomes much faster because of the anchoring effect caused by the anisotropy in the molecular shape of the liquid crystalline polymers. These response times have been found to vary for different LC/prepolymer mixtures. When the concentration of the liquid crystalline prepolymer in the initial LC/prepolymer mixture was 3, 5, or 10 wt %, the response times were measured to be 34, 56, and 87% faster than those of a VA cell with pure LC. These switching behaviors of VA cells with liquid crystalline polymer networks are demonstrated and compared with those using pure LC and with polymer networks made of isotropic prepolymers.

  5. Smectic Layer Deformation of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Sandwiched between Polymer Walls with Anchoring Effects

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Ikehata, Seiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2002-05-01

    We studied smectic layer structures of ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) formed in elongated small spaces surrounded by molecule-aligned polymer walls and rubbed polyimide alignment layers. The polymer walls, which are parallel to the rubbing direction and vertical to the alignment layers, were formed by the photopolymerization of an aligned monomer under patterned ultraviolet light irradiation. From the observation of the alignment textures of the FLC between the polymer walls with a polarizing microscope, it was found that the smectic layer structure was changed from vertical plane bending alignment (chevron structure), as observed with a conventional surface-stabilized FLC, into horizontal plane bending, as the interval between the polymer walls decreased. It is thought that the smectic layer structure is governed by the competition between the anchoring effects of the alignment polyimide layers and the molecule-aligned polymer walls.

  6. Impact of the concentration in polymer on the dynamic behavior of Polymer Stabilized Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal using Snap-shot Mueller Matrix Polarimetry.

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    Babilotte, Philippe; Silva, Vinicius N H; Dubreuil, Matthieu; Rivet, Sylvain; Dupont, Laurent; Le Jeune, Bernard

    2013-05-01

    Experimental results are presented related to the dynamic behaviour of Polymer Stabilized Ferro-electric Liquid Crystal (PSFLC) samples under external applied electric field, using Snap-shot Mueller Matrix Polarimetry (SMMP) and Mueller Matrix (MM) formalism. Different polarimetric coefficients are simultaneously extracted from each channeled spectrum measured with this full-optical SMMP technique. The impact of the concentration of polymer present into the liquid crystal cell on this dynamic behaviour is studied, permitting a direct and quick characterisation of the material. The results obtained for PSFLC are compared with those already measured for pure Surface Stabilized Ferro-electric Liquid Crystal (SSFLC) samples, which correspond to a 0% concentration in polymer.

  7. Hysteresis-free and submillisecond-response polymer network liquid crystal.

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    Lee, Yun-Han; Gou, Fangwang; Peng, Fenglin; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2016-06-27

    We demonstrate a polymer network liquid crystal (PNLC) with negligible hysteresis while keeping submillisecond response time. By doping about 1% dodecyl acrylate (C12A) into the liquid crystal/monomer precursor, both hysteresis and residual birefringence are almost completely eliminated. The operating voltage and scattering properties remain nearly intact, but the tradeoff is enhanced double relaxation. This hysteresis-free PNLC should find applications in spatial light modulators, laser beam control, and optical communications in infrared region.

  8. The Effect of RDX Crystal Defect Structure on Mechanical Response of a Polymer-Bonded Explosive

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    2015-11-09

    deformation [a] R. H. B. Bouma Department Process Instrumentation and Design TNO, Organisation for Applied Scientific Research P.O. Box 6012 2600 JA, Delft, The...DOI: 10.1002/prep.201500222 The Effect of RDX Crystal Defect Structure on Mechanical Response of a Polymer-Bonded Explosive Richard H. B. Bouma[a...systematically varied by using three different qualities of Class I RDX. The effect of internal defect structure of the RDX crystal on the shock

  9. Nonlinear optical properties of polymer dispersed liquid crystals doped with La2CaB10019

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    Zegadlo, Krzysztof B.; El Ouazzani, Hasnaa; Cieslik, Iwona; Weglowski, Rafal; Zmija, Jozef; Klosowicz, Stanislaw; Majchrowski, Andrzej; Mysliwiec, Jaroslaw; Sahraoui, Bouchta; Karpierz, Miroslaw A.

    2012-08-01

    Second order nonlinearity in polymer dispersed liquid crystal structures containing La2CaB10O19 nanocrystals were measured with use of the Maker fringes method. The composites with different concentration of La2CaB10O19 crystallites or without them were compared. It was shown that there is a strong influence of the crystals concentration on the second harmonic generation in such structures which can be additionally modified by external electric field.

  10. Impact of Polymer Conformation on the Crystal Growth Inhibition of a Poorly Water-Soluble Drug in Aqueous Solution

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    Schram, Caitlin J.; Beaudoin, Stephen P.; Taylor, Lynne S.

    2014-01-01

    Poor aqueous solubility is a major hindrance to oral delivery of many emerging drugs. Supersaturated drug solutions can improve passive absorption across the gastrointestinal tract membrane as long as crystallization can be inhibited, enhancing the delivery of such poorly soluble therapeutics. Polymers can inhibit crystallization and prolong supersaturation; therefore, it is desirable to understand the attributes which render a polymer effective. In this study, the conformation of a polymer a...

  11. Twisted topological solitons and dislocations in a polymer crystal

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    Savin, A. V.; Khalack, J. M.; Christiansen, Peter Leth;

    2002-01-01

    Topological defects and dislocations in strongly anisotropic crystals consisting of parallel molecular chains are investigated. Our study is focused on the defects in crystalline polyethelyne, which are formed by transverse displacements of chain molecules (mutual substitutions and interlacings o...

  12. Probing polymer crystallization at processing-relevant cooling rates with synchrotron radiation

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    Cavallo, Dario, E-mail: Dario.cavallo@unige.it [University of Genoa, Dept. of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genoa (Italy); Portale, Giuseppe [ESRF, Dubble CRG, Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO), 38043 Grenoble (France); Androsch, René [Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Center of Engineering Sciences, D-06099 Halle/S. (Germany)

    2015-12-17

    Processing of polymeric materials to produce any kind of goods, from films to complex objects, involves application of flow fields on the polymer melt, accompanied or followed by its rapid cooling. Typically, polymers solidify at cooling rates which span over a wide range, from a few to hundreds of °C/s. A novel method to probe polymer crystallization at processing-relevant cooling rates is proposed. Using a custom-built quenching device, thin polymer films are ballistically cooled from the melt at rates between approximately 10 and 200 °C/s. Thanks to highly brilliant synchrotron radiation and to state-of-the-art X-ray detectors, the crystallization process is followed in real-time, recording about 20 wide angle X-ray diffraction patterns per second while monitoring the instantaneous sample temperature. The method is applied to a series of industrially relevant polymers, such as isotactic polypropylene, its copolymers and virgin and nucleated polyamide-6. Their crystallization behaviour during rapid cooling is discussed, with particular attention to the occurrence of polymorphism, which deeply impact material’s properties.

  13. Random lasing in dye-doped polymer dispersed liquid crystal film

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    Wu, Rina; Shi, Rui-xin; Wu, Xiaojiao; Wu, Jie; Dai, Qin

    2016-09-01

    A dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film was designed and fabricated, and random lasing action was studied. A mixture of laser dye, nematic liquid crystal, chiral dopant, and PVA was used to prepare the dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film by means of microcapsules. Scanning electron microscopy analysis showed that most liquid crystal droplets in the polymer matrix ranged from 30 μm to 40 μm, the size of the liquid crystal droplets was small. Under frequency doubled 532 nm Nd:YAG laser-pumped optical excitation, a plurality of discrete and sharp random laser radiation peaks could be measured in the range of 575-590 nm. The line-width of the lasing peak was 0.2 nm and the threshold of the random lasing was 9 mJ. Under heating, the emission peaks of random lasing disappeared. By detecting the emission light spot energy distribution, the mechanism of radiation was found to be random lasing. The random lasing radiation mechanism was then analyzed and discussed. Experimental results indicated that the size of the liquid crystal droplets is the decisive factor that influences the lasing mechanism. The surface anchor role can be ignored when the size of the liquid crystal droplets in the polymer matrix is small, which is beneficial to form multiple scattering. The transmission path of photons is similar to that in a ring cavity, providing feedback to obtain random lasing output. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61378042), the Colleges and Universities in Liaoning Province Outstanding Young Scholars Growth Plans, China (Grant No. LJQ2015093), and Shenyang Ligong University Laser and Optical Information of Liaoning Province Key Laboratory Open Funds, China.

  14. Monotonicity of a Key Function Arised in Studies of Nematic Liquid Crystal Polymers

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    Hongyun Wang

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available We revisit a key function arised in studies of nematic liquid crystal polymers. Previously, it was conjectured that the function is strictly decreasing and the conjecture was numerically confirmed. Here we prove the conjecture analytically. More specifically, we write the derivative of the function into two parts and prove that each part is strictly negative.

  15. Two-dimensional photonic crystals from semiconductor material with polymer filled holes

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    Van der Heijden, R.; Kjellander, C.; Carlström, C.-F.; Snijders, J.; Van der Heijden, R.W.; Bastiaansen, K.; Broer, D.; Karouta, F.; Nötzel, R.; Van der Drift, E.

    2006-01-01

    Polymer filling of the air holes of indiumphosphide based two-dimensional photonic crystals is reported. The filling is performed by infiltration with a liquid monomer and solidification of the infill in situ by thermal polymerization. Complete hole filling is obtained with infiltration under ambien

  16. Sub-millisecond, high stroke phase modulation using polymer network liquid crystals.

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    Love, Gordon D; Kirby, Andrew K; Ramsey, Robert A

    2010-03-29

    We describe the production of a high speed, and high stroke, phase modulator using a polymer network liquid crystal device. We present data showing fast response times (sub millisecond) in a device which can operate at visible wavelengths with a simple electrical addressing scheme.

  17. Nanoassembly of Polydisperse Photonic Crystals based on Binary and Ternary Polymer Opal Alloys

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    Zhao, Qibin; Schafer, Christian; Spahn, Peter; Gallei, Markus; Herrmann, Lars; Petukhov, Andrei; Baumberg, Jeremy J

    2016-01-01

    Ordered binary and ternary photonic crystals, composed of different sized polymer-composite spheres with diameter ratios up to 120%, are generated using bending induced oscillatory shearing (BIOS). This viscoelastic system creates polydisperse equilibrium structures, producing mixed opaline colored films with greatly reduced requirements for particle monodispersity, and very different sphere size ratios, compared to other methods of nano-assembly.

  18. The effect of RDX crystal defect structure on mechanical response of a polymer-bonded explosive

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    Bouma, R.H.B.; Heijden, A.E.D.M. van der

    2016-01-01

    An explosive composition, derived from AFX-757, was systematically varied by using three different qualities of Class I RDX. The effect of internal defect structure of the RDX crystal on the shock sensitivity of a polymer bonded explosive is generally accepted (Doherty and Watt, 2008). Here the

  19. InP-based two-dimensional photonic crystals filled with polymers

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    Van der Heijden, R.; Carlström, C.F.; Snijders, J.A.P.; Van der Heijden, R.W.; Karouta, F.; Nötzel, R.; Salemink, H.W.M.; Kjellander, B.K.C.; Bastiaansen, C.W.M.; Broer, D.J.; Van der Drift, E.

    2006-01-01

    Polymer filling of the air holes of indium-phosphide-based two-dimensional photonic crystals is reported. After infiltration of the holes with a liquid monomer and solidification of the infill in situ by thermal polymerization, complete filling is proven using scanning electron microscopy. Optical t

  20. Study of LCP based flexible patch antenna array

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    2012-07-01

    Wrapping of a two element LCP based patch antenna array is studied in this work. For the first time, the designed array is bent in both E and H planes to observe the effect on the radiation and impedance performance of the antenna. The 38 GHz simulation results reveal better performance for H plane bending as compared to E plane bending. A 100 um thick substrate is used for the design which is best suited for flexible antenna applications. Gain variations of 1.1 dB and 1.4 dB are observed for the two orientations while a significantly increased impedance bandwidth of 3 % is obtained with H plane wrapping. The design is highly suitable for broadband micro-cellular backhaul applications. © 2012 IEEE.

  1. Low Driving Voltage and Analysis of Azobenzene Polymer Doped Liquid Crystal Grating

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    SONG Jing; LIU Yong-Gang; MA Ji; XUAN Li

    2006-01-01

    We mix azobenzene polymer and liquid crystal in certain ratio. Then the mixture is injected into cells. Nonlinearly photoinduced birefringence takes place when linearly polarized ultraviolet is applied with the pattern photomask covering on the cells, which results in the formation of azobenzene polymer doped liquid crystalgrating. The obtained grating is characterized by an optical microscope and a He-Ne laser. The results indicate that the samples have clear grating structure, and the diffraction efficiencies can be modulated by electric field. The sample driving voltage is 0.6 V/μm. It is lower than the driving voltage of holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal transmission grating and could be matched with the driving integrated circuit.

  2. Dynamic Time Multiplexing Fabrication of Holographic Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals for Increased Wavelength Sensitivity

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    Fontecchio, Adam K. (Inventor); Rai, Kashma (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    Described herein is a new holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC) medium with broadband reflective properties, and a new technique for fabrication of broadband HPDLC mediums. The new technique involves dynamic variation of the holography setup during HPDLC formation, enabling the broadening of the HPDLC medium's wavelength response. Dynamic variation of the holography setup may include the rotation and/or translation of one or more motorized stages, allowing for time and spatial, or angular, multiplexing through variation of the incident angles of one or more laser beams on a pre-polymer mixture during manufacture. An HPDLC medium manufactured using these techniques exhibits improved optical response by reflecting a broadband spectrum of wavelengths. A new broadband holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal thin film polymeric mirror stack with electrically-switchable beam steering capability is disclosed. XXXX Described herein is a new holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC) medium with broadband reflective properties, and a new technique for fabrication of broadband 10 HPDLC mediums. The new technique involves dynamic variation of the holography setup during HPDLC formation, enabling the broadening of the HPDLC medium's wavelength response. Dynamic variation of the holography setup may include the rotation and/or translation of one or more 15 motorized stages, allowing for time and spatial, or angular, multiplexing through variation of the incident angles of one or more laser beams on a pre-polymer mixture during manufacture. An HPDLC medium manufactured using these techniques exhibits improved optical response by reflecting 20 a broadband spectrum of wavelengths. A new broadband holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal thin film polymeric mirror stack with electrically switchable beam steering capability is disclosed.

  3. In-situ observation of nucleated polymer crystallization in polyoxymethylene sandwich composites

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    Miroslav eSlouf

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available We introduce a dynamic sandwich method, which can be used for in-situ observation and quantification of polymer crystallization nucleated by micro/nanoparticles. The method was applied on polyoxymethylene (POM composites with three nucleating agents: talc micropowder (POM/mTalc, chalk nanopowder (POM/nChalk and titanate nanotubes (POM/TiNT. The nucleating agents were deposited between polymer films, the resulting sandwich samples were consolidated by thermal treatment, and their microtomed cross-sections were observed during isothermal crystallization by polarized light microscopy. As the intensity of polarized light was shown to be proportional to the relative crystallinity, the PLM results could be fitted to Avrami equation and the nucleating activity of all investigated particles could be quantified by means of Avrami parameters (n, k. The crystallization half-times increased reproducibly in the following order: POM/nChalk < POM/mTalc < POM/TiNT ~ POM. For strong nucleating agents (mTalc, nChalk, the crystallization kinetics corresponded to spontaneous crystallization starting from central nucleating layer, which was verified by computer simulations. The results were also confirmed by DSC. We concluded that the sandwich method is an efficient microscopic technique for detailed evaluation of nucleating activity of arbitrary micro/nanoparticles in polymer systems.

  4. Chemistry of Discotic Liquid Crystals From Monomers to Polymers

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    Kumar, Sandeep

    2010-01-01

    Compiling the scattered literature into a single seminal work, this book describes the basic design principles, synthesis, and mesomorphic properties of discotic liquid crystals. Of fundamental importance as models for the study of energy and charge migration in self-organized systems, discotic liquid crystals find functional application as one-dimensional conductors, photoconductors, light emitting diodes, photovoltaic solar cells, field-effect transistors, and gas sensors. This book highlights the scientific concepts behind the hierarchical self-assembly of these disc-shaped molecules alongs

  5. Effect of dopant nanoparticles on reorientation process in polymer-dispersed liquid crystals

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    Zobov, K. V.; Zharkova, G. M.; Syzrantsev, V. V.

    2016-01-01

    The analysis of the experimental data of the nanoscale powders application for doping polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) was represented in this work. A model based on the separation of the liquid crystals reorientation process on the surface mode and the volume mode was proposed and tested. In the research the wide-spread model mixture PDLC were used. But alumina nanoparticles were the distinctive ones obtained by electron beam evaporation. The proposed model allowed to conclude that the nanoparticles localization at the surface of the droplets (as in the Pickering emulsion) lead to the variation of the connection force between the liquid crystals and the polymer. The effect of nanoparticles resulted in an acceleration of the reorientation process near the surface when the control field is turned on and in a deceleration when it is turned off. The effect for the different size particles was confirmed.

  6. Phase diagrams of mixtures of a polymer and a cholesteric liquid crystal under an external field.

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    Matsuyama, Akihiko

    2014-11-14

    We present a mean field theory to describe phase behaviors in mixtures of a polymer and a cholesteric liquid crystal under an external magnetic or electric field. Taking into account a chiral coupling between a polymer and a liquid crystal under the external field, we examine twist-untwist phase transitions and phase separations in the mixtures. It is found that a cholesteric-nematic phase transition can be induced by not only the external field but also concentration and temperature. Depending on the strength of the external field, we predict cholesteric-paranematic (Ch+pN), nematic-paranematic (N+pN), cholesteric-nematic (Ch+N) phase separations, etc., on the temperature-concentration plane. We also discuss mixtures of a non-chiral nematic liquid crystal and a chiral dopant.

  7. Formation of Polymer Networks for Fast In-Plane Switching of Liquid Crystals at Low Temperatures

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    Yu, Byeong-Hun; Song, Dong Han; Kim, Ki-Han; Wok Park, Byung; Choi, Sun-Wook; Park, Sung Il; Kang, Sung Gu; Yoon, Jeong Hwan; Kim, Byeong Koo; Yoon, Tae-Hoon

    2013-09-01

    We formed a polymer structure to enable fast in-plane switching of liquid crystals at low temperatures. The problem of the inevitable slow response at low temperatures was reduced by the formation of in-cell polymer networks in in-plane switching (IPS) cells. The electro-optic characteristics of polymer-networked IPS cells were measured at temperatures ranging from -10 to 20 °C. The turn-on and turn-off times of an IPS cell were reduced by 44.5 and 47.2% at -10 °C by the formation of polymer networks. We believe that the proposed technology can be applied to emerging display devices such as mobile phones and automotive displays that may be used at low temperatures.

  8. Infiltration liquid crystal in microstructured polymer optical fibers

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    Yuan, Scott Wu; Wei, Lei; Bang, Ole

    2009-01-01

    POF is butt-coupled to a conventional single mode fiber (SMF) with the broadband light from a supercontinuum source. It is clear to see the colour of the guided modes is red, since some wavelengths are attenuated by the material loss of PMMA in visible region. A positive dielectric anisotropy liquid crystal E...

  9. One dimensional coordination polymers: Synthesis, crystal structures and spectroscopic properties

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    Karaağaç, Dursun; Kürkçüoğlu, Güneş Süheyla; Şenyel, Mustafa; Şahin, Onur

    2016-11-01

    Two new one dimensional (1D) cyanide complexes, namely [M(4-aepy)2(H2O)2][Pt(CN)4], (4-aepy = 4-(2-aminoethyl)pyridine M = Cu(II) (1) or Zn(II) (2)), have been synthesized and characterized by vibrational (FT-IR and Raman) spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray diffraction, thermal and elemental analyses techniques. The crystallographic analyses reveal that 1 and 2 are isomorphous and isostructural, and crystallize in the monoclinic system and C2 space group. The Pt(II) ions are coordinated by four cyanide-carbon atoms in the square-planar geometry and the [Pt(CN)4]2- ions act as a counter ion. The M(II) ions display an N4O2 coordination sphere with a distorted octahedral geometry, the nitrogen donors belonging to four molecules of the organic 4-aepy that act as unidentate ligands and two oxygen atoms from aqua ligands. The crystal structures of 1 and 2 are similar each other and linked via intermolecular hydrogen bonding, Pt⋯π interactions to form 3D supramolecular network. Vibration assignments of all the observed bands are given and the spectral features also supported to the crystal structures of the complexes.

  10. PRIMARY STUDY ON BLENDS BASED ON THERMOTROPIC LIQUID CRYSTAL COPOLYESTER AND PET

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    WU Liheng; ZHANG Guoyao; YI Guozhen; LIU Dong

    1992-01-01

    The blend system composed of PET and thermotropic liquid crystal copolyester based on hydroxy benzoic acid, terephthalic acid, diacetyinaphthalene and PET was studied. The results indicated that LCP could play the role of crystal nuclei. The introduction of LCP decreased the melt viscosity of the system and fibrillous structure could be formed in favor conditions.

  11. CHARACTERIZATION OF γ-IRRADIATED CRYSTALLINE POLYMERS Ⅱ ISOTHERMAL CRYSTALLIZATION KINETICS OF γ-RADIATION INDUCED CROSSLINKED POLYAMIDE 1010

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    FENG Jinhua; ZHANG Lihua; CHEN Donglin

    1989-01-01

    Polyamide 1010 is a γ-radiation crosslinkable polymer. After irradiation, it is possible to raise its service temperature up to 240 ℃ . Network formation greatly changes the crystallization behaviour of the polymer. In the present work, DSC was used to examine its isothermal crystallization kinetics. It is found that in addition to the necessity of more undercooling and the lowering of crystallization rate, the primary crystallization stage of the irradiated polymer is shortened. This effect is more evident with increasing radiation dose and content of enhanced difunctional crosslinking agent. However, the crystallization mechanism of the primary stage is not changed as evidenced by the constancy of Avrami exponent. The lamella end surface free energy σe calculated according to Hoffman's equation is very sensitive to γ- radiation. It increases abruptly in 2 - 3 fold even though theradiation dose is not high enough. The origin of this phenomenon may be accounted for in terms of network structure of the polymer.

  12. One-Dimensional Metals Conjugated Polymers, Organic Crystals, Carbon Nanotubes

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    Roth, Siegmar

    2004-01-01

    Low-dimensional solids are of fundamental interest in materials science due to their anisotropic properties. Written not only for experts in the field, this book explains the important concepts behind their physics and surveys the most interesting one-dimensional systems and discusses their present and emerging applications in molecular scale electronics. The second edition of this successful book has been completely revised to include the remarkable achievements of the last ten years of research and applications. Chemists, polymer and materials scientists as well as students will find this bo

  13. Effect of crystals and fibrous network polymer additives on cellular morphology of microcellular foams

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    Miyamoto, Ryoma; Utano, Tatsumi; Yasuhara, Shunya; Ishihara, Shota; Ohshima, Masahiro

    2015-05-01

    In this study, the core-back foam injection molding was used for preparing microcelluar polypropylene (PP) foam with either a 1,3:2,4 bis-O-(4-methylbenzylidene)-D-sorbitol gelling agent (Gel-all MD) or a fibros network polymer additive (Metablen 3000). Both agent and addiive could effectively control the celluar morphology in foams but somehow different ways. In course of cooling the polymer with Gel-all MD in the mold caity, the agent enhanced the crystal nucleation and resulted in the large number of small crystals. The crystals acted as effective bubble nucleation agent in foaming process. Thus, the agent reduced the cell size and increased the cell density, drastically. Furthermore, the small crystals provided an inhomogenuity to the expanding cell wall and produced the high open cell content with nano-scale fibril structure. Gell-all as well as Metablene 3000 formed a gel-like fibrous network in melt. The network increased the elongational viscosity and tended to prevent the cell wall from breaking up. The foaming temperature window was widened by the presence of the network. Especially, the temperature window where the macro-fibrous structure was formed was expanded to the higher temperature. The effects of crystal nucleating agent and PTFE on crystals' size and number, viscoelsticity, rheological propreties of PP and cellular morphology were compared and thorougly investigated.

  14. Treating temperature effect on bandgap in polymer opal photonic crystals

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    2002-01-01

    The optical reflective spectra and microstruc- tures of polystyrene opal photonic crystals treated with dif- ferent temperatures have been investigated. With tempera- ture increasing, the polystyrene spheres in opal structure transform to dodecahedrons, and the peak of reflective spec- trum moves to shorter wavelength. The experiment result testifies the effect of the effective refractive index and the filling ratio to the bandgap position, and it corresponds to the theoretical simulative result.

  15. Crystallization-driven assembly of conjugated-polymer-based nanostructures

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    Hayward, Ryan C. [Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (United States). Polymer Science & Engineering

    2016-10-15

    The goal of this project has been to improve our ability to simultaneously control the organization, and therefore the opto-electronic properties, of conjugated-polymer based materials across three different length-scales: 1) the molecular scale, in the sense of controlling growth and functionalization of highly crystalline semiconducting organic materials capable of efficient charge transport, 2) the nanoscale, in terms of positioning n- and p-type materials with domain sizes comparable to exciton diffusion lengths (~ 10 nm) to facilitate charge separation, and 3) the colloidal scale, such that well-defined crystalline nanoscale building blocks can be hierarchically organized into device layers. As described in more detail below, the project was successful in generating powerful new approaches to, and improved fundamental understanding of, processing and self-assembly of organic and hybrid semiconducting materials across all three length-scales. Although the goals of the project were formulated with primarily photovoltaic architectures in mind, the outcomes of the project have significant implications for a variety of conjugated-polymer-based devices including field-effect-transistors for sensors and logic devices, as well as potentially thermoelectrics and battery electrode materials. The project has resulted in 10 peer-reviewed publications to date [1-10], with several additional manuscripts currently in preparation.

  16. Investigation of a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal system by NMR diffusometry and relaxometry

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    Tang, Mingxue

    2013-02-26

    Polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) are polymer composites containing a dispersion of liquid crystal droplets in polymer networks. PDLCs have attracted much attention due to their unique properties and potential usage. The properties of PDLCs depend on the degree of phase separation and the size of liquid crystal droplets. To investigate the structure will help us to better understand and optimize PDLCs.The main aim of this PhD thesis was to investigate PDLCs by NMR techniques. Diffusion constants and spin-lattice relaxation times in the laboratory (T{sub 1}) and rotating frame (T{sub 1{rho}}) were measured for PDLCs as well as precursor mixtures based on the trifunctional monomer trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA) and the commercial nematic mixture E7. The variation of the main dipolar splitting of {sup 1}H spectra with increasing temperature was analyzed to obtain the nematic-to-isotropic phase transition temperature and the nematic order parameter of E7 and, for comparison, the nematic liquid crystal 5CB.Diffusion constants in TMPTA/E7 mixtures, measured by pulsed-field gradient NMR, increase for both E7 and TMPTA as the mass fraction of E7 increases, due to the lower viscosity of E7. E7 in the PDLC diffuses more slowly than in the bulk because of the hindrance by the polymer matrix. T{sub 1} and T{sub 1{rho}} relaxation times in the liquid or liquid-crystalline phases of TMPTA and bulk E7 are higher than in the PDLC and the pure polymer, due to the lower mobility in the polymer samples. T{sub 1{rho}} in the PDLC is even shorter than in the pure polymer, indicating an anti-softening effect caused by E7 molecules. In bulk E7, the well-ordered rod-like molecules exhibit a unique H-C dipolar coupling, which leads to oscillations in the cross-polarization curve. However, in the PDLC, the anchoring effect at the boundary between the polymer and LC droplets disturbs the molecular order resulting in a smooth cross polarization curve.

  17. INFLUENCE OF SAMPLE THICKNESS ON ISOTHERMAL CRYSTALLIZATION KINETICS OF POLYMERS IN A CONFINED VOLUME

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    Hui Sun; Zhi-ying Zhang; Shi-zhen Wu; Bin Yu; Chang-fa Xiao

    2005-01-01

    Isothermal crystallization process of polymers in a confined volume was simulated in the case of instantaneous nucleation by use of the Monte Carlo method. The influence of sample thickness on some kinetic parameters of crystallization was quantitatively evaluated. It was found that there was a critical thickness value. Influence of thickness on the crystallization behavior was only found for samples of thickness near and less than the critical value. For thick samples the Avrami plot showed straight lines with a turning point at the late stage of crystallization due to the secondary crystallization. When the thickness was near or less than the critical value a primary turning point appeared in the Avrami plot at the very beginning of the crystallization process. A model was proposed to explain the mechanism of this phenomenon. According to this model the critical thickness value is related to the nucleation density or the average distance between adjacent nuclei, and the primary turning point is an indication of a transformation of crystal growth geometry from a three-dimensional mode to a two-dimensional one. Analysis of experimental results of PEO isothermally crystallized at 53.5℃ was consistent with the proposed model.

  18. EFFECT OF DRAWING ON MORPHOLOGY,STRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF BLENDS OF A LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMER AND MODIFIED POLY(PHENYLENE OXIDE)

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    LIU Songlin; SHEN Jingshu

    1997-01-01

    Polymer strands with various draw ratios of a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) and modified poly(phenylene oxide) were prepared by drawing the melts leaving a slit die in open air. The morphology, structure and mechanical properties of the resulting strands were studied as a function of LCP content and draw ratio. It was found that the thermal and mechanical properties of the matrix phase did not change dramatically with the amount of LCP and draw ratio, but the orientation of LCP phase could be increased with draw ratio. The mechanical properties of the strands could be improved by moderately drawing the melts. Wide angle X-ray diffraction suggested that the improvement in tenile strength of the strands was due to the resultant fibrillation of LCP phase and enhanced molecular orientation. Morphological observation indicated that excessive drawing of the strands could lead to the break down of the microfibrils of LCP and thus resulted in the decrease of mechanical strength.

  19. Fundamental display properties of flexible devices containing polymer-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal between plastic substrates

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Iino, Yoshiki; Kawakita, Masahiro; Kikuchi, Hiroshi

    2002-09-01

    We describe several fundamental display properties of a flexible ferroelectric liquid crystal device containing polymer fibers between thin plastic substrates. The composite film of liquid crystal and polymer was created from a solution of liquid crystal and monomer materials between the plastic substrates under ultraviolet light irradiation. The dynamic electrooptic response to analog voltage pulses was examined with an incidence of laser beam light, and its light modulation property exhibited good linearity in continuous gray-scale capability. The excellent spatial uniformity of liquid crystal alignment formed between the flexible substrates resulted in high-contrast light modulation, although slight spontaneous bending of liquid crystal alignment in the device plane was recognized. When the laser light beam was obliquely incident on the flexible display device, the measured transmittance revealed that the device has a wide viewing angle of more than 100 deg without contrast reversal. This is considered to be caused by the molecular switching in the device plane and the thin electrooptic layer in the display device.

  20. Selective scattering polymer dispersed liquid crystal film for light enhancement of organic light emitting diode.

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    Jiang, Jinghua; McGraw, Greg; Ma, Ruiqing; Brown, Julie; Yang, Deng-Ke

    2017-02-20

    We developed a novel light enhancing film for an organic light emitting diode (OLED) based on polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC). In the film, the liquid crystal droplets are unidirectionally aligned along the film normal direction and exhibit selective scattering. The film scatters light emitted only in directions with large incident angles but not light emitted in directions with small incident angles. When the light is scattered, it changes propagation direction and exits the OLED. The PDLC film reduces the total internal reflection and thus can significantly increase the light efficiency of the OLED.

  1. Multiple higher-order stop gaps in infrared polymer photonic crystals.

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    Straub, M; Ventura, M; Gu, M

    2003-07-25

    Engineering of stop gaps between higher photonic bands provides an alternative to miniaturization of photonic crystals. Femtosecond laser microfabrication of highly correlated void channel polymer microstructures results in photonic crystals with large stop gaps and a multitude of higher-order gaps in the mid- and near-infrared spectral regions. The gap wavelengths obey Bragg's law. Consistent with theory, varying the woodpile structure unit cell allows for tuning the number of higher-order gaps, and transitions from mere resonant Bragg scattering to stop band total reflection are observed.

  2. Memory effect of polymer dispersed liquid crystal by hybridization with nanoclay

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The electro-optical performances of polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC were investigated in the presence of organically modified clays. With the addition and increasing amount of modified clay, driving voltage and memory effect, viz. transparent state of the film after the electricity is off simultaneously increased due most likely to the increased viscosity. Among the two types of modifier, 4-(4-aminophenyl benzonitrile having greater chemical affinity with LC than hexylamine, gave finer dispersion of clay in liquid crystal, greater viscosity, larger driving voltage and response time, and greater memory effect.

  3. Melting of a nonequilibrium vortex crystal in a fluid film with polymers : elastic versus fluid turbulence

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    Gupta, Anupam

    2016-01-01

    We perform a direct numerical simulation (DNS) of the forced, incompressible two-dimensional Navier-Stokes equation coupled with the FENE-P equations for the polymer-conformation tensor. The forcing is such that, without polymers and at low Reynolds numbers $Re$, the film attains a steady state that is a square lattice of vortices and anti-vortices. We find that, as we increase the Weissenberg number ${\\mathcal Wi}$, this lattice undergoes a series of nonequilibrium phase transitions, first to spatially distorted, but temporally steady, crystals and then to a sequence of crystals that oscillate in time, periodically, at low ${\\mathcal Wi}$, and quasiperiodically, for slightly larger ${\\mathcal Wi}$. Finally, the system becomes disordered and displays spatiotemporal chaos and elastic turbulence. We then obtain the nonequilibrium phase diagram for this system, in the ${\\mathcal Wi} - Re$ plane, and show that (a) the boundary between the crystalline and turbulent phases has a complicated, fractal-type character ...

  4. A micromotor based on polymer single crystals and nanoparticles: toward functional versatility

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    Liu, Mei; Liu, Limei; Gao, Wenlong; Su, Miaoda; Ge, Ya; Shi, Lili; Zhang, Hui; Dong, Bin; Li, Christopher Y.

    2014-07-01

    We report a multifunctional micromotor fabricated by the self-assembly technique using multifunctional materials, i.e. polymer single crystals and nanoparticles, as basic building blocks. Not only can this micromotor achieve autonomous and directed movement, it also possesses unprecedented functions, including enzymatic degradation-induced micromotor disassembly, sustained release and molecular detection.We report a multifunctional micromotor fabricated by the self-assembly technique using multifunctional materials, i.e. polymer single crystals and nanoparticles, as basic building blocks. Not only can this micromotor achieve autonomous and directed movement, it also possesses unprecedented functions, including enzymatic degradation-induced micromotor disassembly, sustained release and molecular detection. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section, Fig. S1-S8 and Video S1-S4. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr02593h

  5. Phase separation in mixtures of thermotropic liquid crystals and flexible polymers

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    张红东; 林志群; 严栋; 杨玉良

    1997-01-01

    The spinodal equation and the concentration-induced anisotropic-isotropic transition equation of the mixtures of thermotropic liquid crystals and flexible polymers have been studied by using the molecular field theory The calculations of the phase diagrams of this system show that,besides the isotropic classic spinodal curve,there ex ists an anisotropic spinodal curve which has not been reported in literature.These two spinodal curves can be linked up by the concentration-induced anisotropic-isotropic transition line.In the various phase regions,demixing may take place due to different phase separation mechanisms.The phase equilibrium curve cannot always join the.spinodal curve at a critical point.These results are considered very meaningful for the understanding of the special properties of liquid crystal/polymer composites and very useful for controlling the morphology and the performance of PDLC materials

  6. Investigating the crystal growth behavior of biodegradable polymer blend thin films using in situ atomic force microscopy

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    Malwela, T

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This article reports the crystal growth behavior of biodegradable polylactide (PLA)/poly[(butylene succinate)-co-adipate] (PBSA) blend thin films using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Currently, polymer thin films have received increased research...

  7. Guidelines for the clinical application of the LCP.

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    Gautier, Emanuel; Sommer, Christoph

    2003-11-01

    The Locking Compression Plate (LCP), in combination with the LISS and the PHILOS, is part of a new plate generation requiring an adapted surgical technique and new thinking about commonly used concepts of internal fixation using plates. The following guidelines are needed to avoid failures and possible complications in the hands of surgeons not yet confident with the new implant philosophy. The importance of the reduction technique and minimal-invasive plate insertion and fixation is addressed to keep bone viability undisturbed. Understanding of mechanical background for choosing the proper implant length and the type and number of screws is essential to obtain a sound fixation with a high plate span ratio and a low plate screw density. A high plate span ration decreases the load onto the plate. A high working length of the plate in turn reduces the screw loading, thus fewer screws need to be inserted and the plate screw density can be kept low. Knowledge of the working length of the screw is helpful for the proper choice of monocortical or bicortical screws. Selection is done according to the quality of the bone structure and is important to avoid problems at the screw thread bone interface with potential pullout of screws and secondary displacement. Conclusive rules are given at the end of this chapter.

  8. Multiplexing storage using angular variation in a transmission holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal

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    Kim, Eun-Hee; Jung, Yeon-Gil, E-mail: jungyg@changwon.ac.kr

    2015-12-01

    Simultaneous angular multiplexing of transmission gratings in a holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC) film as a function of resin and film compositions, irradiation intensity, and cell thickness has been studied by exposing the material to three coherent laser beams. It was found that the diffraction efficiency monotonically increases with irradiation intensity and cell gap, whereas a maximum of 43% is obtained at specific compositions of trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA)/N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) = 8/1 and polymer/LC = 65/35. The multiplexed gratings have been captured using SEM imaging and the reconstructed images using a charge-coupled device camera, showing successful reconstructed images of gratings. - Highlights: • Multiplex images were well recorded using simultaneous angular method. • The periodic structures of the LC and polymer regions were well prepared. • The angular selectivity was variable nevertheless fabrication by three beams. • The images were successfully reconstructed in gratings of same spot.

  9. Electrically switchable holographic liquid crystal/polymer Fresnel lens using a Michelson interferometer.

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    Jashnsaz, Hossein; Mohajerani, Ezeddin; Nemati, Hossein; Razavi, Seyed Hossein; Alidokht, Isa Ahmad

    2011-06-10

    A holographic technique for fabricating an electrically switchable liquid crystal/polymer composite Fresnel lens is reported. A Michelson interferometer is used to produce the required Fresnel pattern, by placing a convex lens into one path of the interferometer. Simplicity of the method and the possibility of fabricating different focal length lenses in a single arrangement are advantages of the method. The performance of the fabricated lens was demonstrated and its electro-optical properties were investigated for its primary focal length.

  10. Two-dimensional photonic crystals from semiconductor material with polymer filled holes

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    van der Heijden, Rob; Kjellander, Charlotte; Carlström, Carl-Fredrik; Snijders, Juri; van der Heijden, Rob W.; Bastiaansen, Kees; Broer, Dick; Karouta, Fouad; Nötzel, Richard; van der Drift, Emile; Salemink, Huub W. M.

    2006-04-01

    Polymer filling of the air holes of indiumphosphide based two-dimensional photonic crystals is reported. The filling is performed by infiltration with a liquid monomer and solidification of the infill in situ by thermal polymerization. Complete hole filling is obtained with infiltration under ambient pressure. This conclusion is based both on cross-sectional scanning electron microscope inspection of the filled samples as well as on optical transmission measurements.

  11. Frequency and Temperature Dependence of Fabrication Parameters in Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Devices

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    Juan C. Torres

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available A series of polymer dispersed liquid crystal devices using glass substrates have been fabricated and investigated focusing on their electrical properties. The devices have been studied in terms of impedance as a function of frequency. An electric equivalent circuit has been proposed, including the influence of the temperature on the elements into it. In addition, a relevant effect of temperature on electrical measurements has been observed.

  12. STUDY OF CRYSTALLIZATION OF CALCIUM SULFATE DIHYDRATE THAT HAS POLYMER ADDITIVES

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    Ustinova Yuliya Valer'evna; Sivkov Sergey Pavlovich; Aleksashin Valeriy Mikhaylovich

    2012-01-01

    Currently, functional additives represented by many classes of substances and compounds, including polymers of different origin, are widely used in the production of dry mixtures based on gypsum binders. However, the impact of these additives produced on the formation of calcium sulfate dihydrate (CaSO42H2O) crystals in the course of the hardening of gypsum binders, is not quite clear. Therefore, the research is aimed at the clarification of the processes of growth and formation of calcium su...

  13. A robust microfluidic device for the synthesis and crystal growth of organometallic polymers with highly organized structures.

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    Liu, Xiao; Yi, Qiaolian; Han, Yongzhen; Liang, Zhenning; Shen, Chaohua; Zhou, Zhengyang; Sun, Jun-Liang; Li, Yizhi; Du, Wenbin; Cao, Rui

    2015-02-02

    A simple and robust microfluidic device was developed to synthesize organometallic polymers with highly organized structures. The device is compatible with organic solvents. Reactants are loaded into pairs of reservoirs connected by a 15 cm long microchannel prefilled with solvents, thus allowing long-term counter diffusion for self-assembly of organometallic polymers. The process can be monitored, and the resulting crystalline polymers are harvested without damage. The device was used to synthesize three insoluble silver acetylides as single crystals of X-ray diffraction quality. Importantly, for the first time, the single-crystal structure of silver phenylacetylide was determined. The reported approach may have wide applications, such as crystallization of membrane proteins, synthesis and crystal growth of organic, inorganic, and polymeric coordination compounds, whose single crystals cannot be obtained using traditional methods.

  14. Petascale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polymers and Liquid Crystals

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    Nguyen, Trung Dac; Carrillo, Jan-Michael; Brown, W. Michael

    2014-03-01

    The availability of faster and larger supercomputers and more efficient parallel algorithms now enable us to perform unprecedented simulations approaching experimental scales. Here we present two examples of our latest large-scale molecular dynamics simulations using the Titan supercomputer in the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). In the first study, we address the rupture origin of liquid crystal thin films wetting a solid substrate. Our simulations show the key signatures of spinodal instability in isotropic and nematic films on top of thermal nucleation. Importantly, we found evidence of a common rupture mechanism independent of initial thickness and LC orientational ordering. In the second study, we used coarse-grained molecular dynamics to simulate the thermal annealing of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and Phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) blends in the presence of a silicon substrate found in organic solar cells. Our simulations show different phase segregated morphologies dependent on the P3HT chain length and PCBM volume fraction in the blend. Furthermore, the ternary blend of short and long P3HT chains with PCBM affects the vertical phase segregation of PCBM decreasing its concentration in the vicinity of the substrate. U.S. DOE Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725.

  15. Preparation and characterization of high performance Schiff-base liquid crystal diepoxide polymer

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    Liu Huan; Fu Zien [Key Laboratory of Organic Polymer Material for Electronics, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. BOX 1122, Guangzhou 510650 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Xu Kai, E-mail: xk@gic.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Organic Polymer Material for Electronics, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. BOX 1122, Guangzhou 510650 (China); Cai Hualun; Liu Xin [Key Laboratory of Organic Polymer Material for Electronics, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. BOX 1122, Guangzhou 510650 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Chen Mingcai [Key Laboratory of Organic Polymer Material for Electronics, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. BOX 1122, Guangzhou 510650 (China)

    2012-02-15

    Graphical abstract: The specific effects of highly conjugated Schiff-base moiety on thermal properties of the Schiff-base epoxy polymer were proposed first by us. From the point of view of structure-properties relationship, it can be considered that owing to the presence of the Schiff-base group, the high performance liquid crystal diepoxide polymer displayed improved thermal stability. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In this work, we first proposed that specific effects of highly conjugated Schiff-base moiety on thermal properties of the Schiff-base epoxy polymer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer As one aim of this study, the thermal and thermal-oxidative stabilities of the thermosets were studied by TGA under nitrogen and under air. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The second aim of this study was to further understand the thermal degradation mechanism. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For thermal degradation mechanism of this polymer under nitrogen, TG-IR was used to investigate volatile components, and SEM/EDS was used to explore morphologies and chemical components of the residual char. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer From the point of view of structure-properties relationship, it can be considered that owing to the presence of the Schiff-base group, the high performance liquid crystal diepoxide polymer displayed the improved thermal stability. - Abstract: A novel Schiff-base liquid crystal diepoxide polymer was prepared via a thermal copolymerization of a Schiff-base epoxy monomer (PBMBA) with a diamine co-monomer (MDA). We first proposed that specific effects of highly conjugated Schiff-base moiety on thermal properties of the Schiff-base epoxy polymer (PBMBA/MDA). Thermal degradation behavior of the polymer was characterized using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) under nitrogen and under air, respectively. Thermogravimetric data obtained from TGA under nitrogen and under air reveal that PBMBA/MDA exhibits higher thermal stability compared with bisphenol-A type

  16. Glass Formation of a Coordination Polymer Crystal for Enhanced Proton Conductivity and Material Flexibility.

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    Chen, Wenqian; Horike, Satoshi; Umeyama, Daiki; Ogiwara, Naoki; Itakura, Tomoya; Tassel, Cédric; Goto, Yoshihiro; Kageyama, Hiroshi; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2016-04-18

    The glassy state of a two-dimensional (2D) Cd(2+) coordination polymer crystal was prepared by a solvent-free mechanical milling process. The glassy state retains the 2D structure of the crystalline material, albeit with significant distortion, as characterized by synchrotron X-ray analyses and solid-state multinuclear NMR spectroscopy. It transforms to its original crystal structure upon heating. Thus, reversible crystal-to-glass transformation is possible using our new processes. The glass state displays superior properties compared to the crystalline state; specifically, it shows anhydrous proton conductivity and a dielectric constant two orders of magnitude greater than the crystalline material. It also shows material flexibility and transparency.

  17. Polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal display with slanted wall-shaped electrodes

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    Feng Zhou; Qionghua Wang; Di Wu; Jianpeng Cui

    2012-01-01

    A polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal display (BPLCD) with slanted wall-shaped electrodes is proposed. Compared with the traditional BPLCD with wall-shaped electrodes, the electrodes of the proposed BPLCD are slightly angled to obtain phase retardation in the entire cell even at the position of electrodes. The proposed BPLCD demonstrates a relatively higher average transmittance and overall brightness than the traditional BPLCD.%A polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal display (BPLCD) with slanted wall-shaped electrodes is proposed.Compared with the traditional BPLCD with wall-shaped electrodes,the electrodes of the proposed BPLCD are slightly angled to obtain phase retardation in the entire cell even at the position of electrodes.The proposed BPLCD demonstrates a relatively higher average transmittance and overall brightness than the traditional BPLCD.Owing to the continuous improvement in image quality of liquid crystal displays (LCDs),they have been widely employed in desktop monitors,TVs,and mobile displays at present[1-5].With the development of LCDs the polymer-stabilized blue phase LCDs (BPLCDs)[6-11]can replace the conventional LCDs and become the nextgeneration display technology.The polymer-stabilized BPLCDs have numerous attractive features,such as submillisecond gray-to-gray response time,alignmentlayer-free process optically isotropic dark state and cell gap insensitivity[12-14].Because of these advantages,the fabrication processes of the BPLCDs are simplified,motion-image blurs are reduced,and color-sequential displays using RGB LEDs are enabled.

  18. A Phase Field Technique for Modeling and Predicting Flow Induced Crystallization Morphology of Semi-Crystalline Polymers

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    Xiaodong Wang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Flow induced crystallization of semi-crystalline polymers is an important issue in polymer science and engineering because the changes in morphology strongly affect the properties of polymer materials. In this study, a phase field technique considering polymer characteristics was established for modeling and predicting the resulting morphologies. The considered crystallization process can be divided into two stages, which are nucleation upon the flow induced structures and subsequent crystal growth after the cessation of flow. Accordingly, the proposed technique consists of two parts which are a flow induced nucleation model based on the calculated information of molecular orientation and stretch, and a phase field crystal growth model upon the oriented nuclei. Two-dimensional simulations are carried out to predict the crystallization morphology of isotactic polystyrene under an injection molding process. The results of these simulations demonstrate that flow affects crystallization morphology mainly by producing oriented nuclei. Specifically, the typical skin-core structures along the thickness direction can be successfully predicted. More importantly, the results reveal that flow plays a dominant part in generating oriented crystal morphologies compared to other parameters, such as anisotropy strength, crystallization temperature, and physical noise.

  19. A quartz crystal microbalance sensor based on mussel-inspired molecularly imprinted polymer.

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    Zhou, Wen-Hui; Tang, Shui-Fen; Yao, Qiu-Hong; Chen, Fa-Rong; Yang, Huang-Hao; Wang, Xiao-Ru

    2010-10-15

    In this work, we describe a simple, inexpensive and fast method for the generation of molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) film on quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) crystals using mussel-inspired polymer. Commonly known as a neurotransmitter, dopamine is also a small-molecule mimic of the adhesive proteins of mussels. Polymerization of dopamine in the presence of template molecule (1,3,5-pentanetricarboxylic acid, an analogue of domoic acid, in this case) could produce an adherent molecularly imprinted polydopamine film coating on QCM crystals. Advantages, such as high hydrophilicity, high biocompatibility and controllable thickness, make this molecularly imprinted polydopamine film an attractive recognition element for sensors. Selective rebinding of domoic acid on mussel-inspired molecularly imprinted polymer (m-MIP) coated crystal was observed as a frequency shift quantified by piezoelectric microgravimetry with the QCM system. The decreasing frequency shows a good linear relationship with the concentration of domoic acid. The quantitation limit of domoic acid was 5 ppb with the linear range of 0-100 ppb. The QCM sensor has high selectivity and was able to distinguish domoic acid from its analogous p-phthalic acid and o-phthalic acid owing to the molecular imprinting effect. In addition, the practical analytical performance of the sensor was examined by evaluating the detection of domoic acid in mussel extracts with satisfactory results. It is envisaged that m-MIP could be suitable as recognition element for sensors and the proposed m-MIP QCM sensor could be employed to detect analyte of interest in complex matrices. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Theoretical approach to study the effect of free volumes on the physical behavior of polymer stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal molecules

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    Lahiri, T.; Majumder, T. Pal

    2011-06-01

    It was clearly indicative that the polymer chains make a tremendous interaction with the tilt angle in case of a polymer stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal (PSFLC). After suitable consideration of such interaction, we expanded the Landau free energy for a PSFLC system. We theoretically demonstrated the effect of free volumes, which expected to create bulk self-energy, on the physical functionalities of a PSFLC system. Then we obtained spontaneous polarization, tilt angle, rotational viscosity and dielectric constant strongly correlated with the assumed interactions. We also observed a shift of transition temperature highly influenced by this interaction between polymer network and liquid crystal molecules. A microscopical picture of this polymer-liquid crystal interaction is provided in view of the free volume charge density present in the composite system.

  1. Photo polymerization-induced vertical phase separation and homeotropic alignment in liquid crystal and polymer mixtures

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    Kang, Hyo [Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Joo, Sangwoo; Kang, Daeseung [Soongsil Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-04-15

    We presented a novel method for the homeotropic alignment of LC by using the irradiation of UV light on the LC/NOA65 mixture cell, in which the photo-initiated-polymerization-induced phase separation lowers the surface energy. When the amount of polymer content is sufficiently small, the gravel and network patterns were formed at the substrates via the vertical phase separation. We found that surface roughness plays an important role in the formation of the homeotropic alignment of LC. We also observed the alignment transition of the cells by varying the mixing ratio of LC/NOA65 or the UV radiation time. Furthermore, the present proposed method has great potential for application in display devices. For decades, studies on the alignment of liquid crystal (LC) molecules have been of significant interest due to their immediate applications for display devices and the intriguing physiochemical properties they exhibit at the surface of mixtures. Usually, homeotropic (or vertical) alignment, in which the long axes of the LC molecules are oriented in a direction perpendicular to the surface, is achieved by using surfactants such as lecithin, silanes or polyimide. Recently homeotropic alignment of liquid crystal molecules was achieved by irradiating photosensitive polymers, by doping nanoparticles into LC, by utilizing nano/micro patterns, or by incorporating self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). However, a clear understanding about the alignment mechanism is still elusive. In this paper, we report a novel method for homeotropic alignment of LC by utilizing the phase separation of LC/polymer mixtures.

  2. Polymer lattices as mechanically tunable 3-dimensional photonic crystals operating in the infrared

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    Chernow, V. F., E-mail: vchernow@caltech.edu [Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Alaeian, H. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Dionne, J. A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Greer, J. R. [Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); The Kavli Nanoscience Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)

    2015-09-07

    Broadly tunable photonic crystals in the near- to mid-infrared region could find use in spectroscopy, non-invasive medical diagnosis, chemical and biological sensing, and military applications, but so far have not been widely realized. We report the fabrication and characterization of three-dimensional tunable photonic crystals composed of polymer nanolattices with an octahedron unit-cell geometry. These photonic crystals exhibit a strong peak in reflection in the mid-infrared that shifts substantially and reversibly with application of compressive uniaxial strain. A strain of ∼40% results in a 2.2 μm wavelength shift in the pseudo-stop band, from 7.3 μm for the as-fabricated nanolattice to 5.1 μm when strained. We found a linear relationship between the overall compressive strain in the photonic crystal and the resulting stopband shift, with a ∼50 nm blueshift in the reflection peak position per percent increase in strain. These results suggest that architected nanolattices can serve as efficient three-dimensional mechanically tunable photonic crystals, providing a foundation for new opto-mechanical components and devices across infrared and possibly visible frequencies.

  3. Photoluminescence properties of cadmium-selenide quantum dots embedded in a liquid-crystal polymer matrix

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    Tselikov, G. I., E-mail: gleb@vega.phys.msu.ru; Timoshenko, V. Yu. [Moscow State University, Faculty of Physics (Russian Federation); Plenge, J.; Ruehl, E. [Free University of Berlin, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Germany); Shatalova, A. M.; Shandryuk, G. A.; Merekalov, A. S.; Tal' roze, R. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis (Russian Federation)

    2013-05-15

    The photoluminescence properties of cadmium-selenide (CdSe) quantum dots with an average size of {approx}3 nm, embedded in a liquid-crystal polymer matrix are studied. It was found that an increase in the quantum-dot concentration results in modification of the intrinsic (exciton) photoluminescence spectrum in the range 500-600 nm and a nonmonotonic change in its intensity. Time-resolved measurements show the biexponential decay of the photoluminescence intensity with various ratios of fast and slow components depending on the quantum-dot concentration. In this case, the characteristic lifetimes of exciton photoluminescence are 5-10 and 35-50 ns for the fast and slow components, respectively, which is much shorter than the times for colloidal CdSe quantum dots of the same size. The observed features of the photoluminescence spectra and kinetics are explained by the effects of light reabsorption, energy transfer from quantum dots to the liquid-crystal polymer matrix, and the effect of the electronic states at the CdSe/(liquid crystal) interface.

  4. Synthesis of 3D ordered macroporous indium tin oxide using polymer colloidal crystal template

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    ZHANG; Xue'ao; MAN; Yahui; WANG; Jianfang; LIU; Changli; WU; Wenjian

    2006-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) ordered macroporous indium tin oxide (ITO) is prepared using a polymer colloidal crystal template that is formed by self-assembly of the monodisperse poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microspheres. The morphologies and BET surface area of the macroporous material is examined by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy and N2 adsorption/desorption. Results indicate that the macroporous material has highly ordered arrays of the uniform pores replicated from the PMMA colloidal crystal template when the polymer colloidal crystal template is removed by calcinations at 500℃. The pore diameter (about 450 nm) of macroporous ITO slightly shrank to the PMMA microspheres. The BET surface area and pore volume of the macroporous material are 389 m2·g-1 and 0.36 cm3·g-1, respectively. Moreover, the macroporous ITO, containing 5 mol% Sn and after annealing under vacuum, shows the minimum resistivity of ρ= 8.2×10-3 Ω· cm. The conductive mechanism of macroporous ITO is discussed, and it is believed that the oxygen vacancies are the major factor for excellent electrical properties.

  5. Light transmission of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal layer composed of droplets with inhomogeneous surface anchoring

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    Loiko, V. A.; Zyryanov, V. Ya.; Konkolovich, A. V.; Miskevich, A. A.

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a model and realized an algorithm for the calculation of the coefficient of coherent (direct) transmission of light through a layer of liquid crystal (LC) droplets in a polymer matrix. The model is based on the Hulst anomalous diffraction approximation for describing the scattering by an individual particle and the Foldy-Twersky approximation for a coherent field. It allows one to investigate polymer dispersed LC (PDLC) materials with homogeneous and inhomogeneous interphase surface anchoring on the droplet surface. In order to calculate the configuration of the field of the local director in the droplet, the relaxation method of solving the problem of minimization of the free energy volume density has been used. We have verified the model by comparison with experiment under the inverse regime of the ionic modification of the LC-polymer interphase boundary. The model makes it possible to solve problems of optimization of the optical response of PDLC films in relation to their thickness and optical characteristics of the polymer matrix, sizes, polydispersity, concentration, and anisometry parameters of droplets. Based on this model, we have proposed a technique for estimating the size of LC droplets from the data on the dependence of the transmission coefficient on the applied voltage.

  6. Near-field lithography on the azobenzene polymer liquid crystal films

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    Douguo Zhang; Jian Liu; Zebo Zhang; Li Cao; Anlian Pan; Pei Wang; Yonghua Lu; Ming Bai; Jun Yang; Lin Tang; Jiangying Zhang; Hai Ming; Qijin Zhang

    2005-01-01

    @@ In this article, we reported near-field research on azobenzene polymer liquid crystal films using scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). Optical writing and subsequently topographic reading of the patterns with subwavelength resolution were carried out in our experiments. Nanometer scale dots and lines were successfully fabricated on the films and the smallest dot diameter is about 120 nm. The width of the line fabricated is about 250 nm. This method is also a choice for nanolithography. The mechanism of the surface deformation on the polymer films was briefly analyzed from the viewpoint of gradient force in the optical near field. The intensity distribution of the electric field near the tip aperture was numerically simulated using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method and the numerical simulation results were consistent with the experimental results.

  7. Close-packed polymer crystals from two-monomer-connected precursors

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    Lee, Hong-Joon; Jo, Yong-Ryun; Kumar, Santosh; Yoo, Seung Jo; Kim, Jin-Gyu; Kim, Youn-Joong; Kim, Bong-Joong; Lee, Jae-Suk

    2016-09-01

    The design of crystalline polymers is intellectually stimulating and synthetically challenging, especially when the polymerization of any monomer occurs in a linear dimension. Such linear growth often leads to entropically driven chain entanglements and thus is detrimental to attempts to realize the full potential of conjugated molecular structures. Here we report the polymerization of two-monomer-connected precursors (TMCPs) in which two pyrrole units are linked through a connector, yielding highly crystalline polymers. The simultaneous growth of the TMCP results in a close-packed crystal in polypyrrole (PPy) at the molecular scale with either a hexagonal close-packed or face-centred cubic structure, as confirmed by high-voltage electron microscopy, and the structure that formed could be controlled by simply changing the connector. The electrical conductivity of the TMCP-based PPy is almost 35 times that of single-monomer-based PPy, demonstrating its promise for application in diverse fields.

  8. Fast-response liquid crystal display by the VA-IPS display mode with nematic liquid crystal and polymer networks

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    Chen, Tien-Jung; Lin, Guan-Jhong; Chen, Bo-Yu; Wu, Jin-Jei; Yang, Ying-Jay

    2012-10-01

    To improve electrooptical characteristics of the vertical aligned (VA) liquid crystal displays (LCDs), the monomer material and in-plane switching (IPS) field produced by interdigital electrodes are employed in LC cells. The fast switching response and well optical transmittance of the VA-IPS display mode are successfully achieved by mixing the nematic LC with polymer networks, attributed to the surface anchoring, and the molecular orientation of the LC cell will be further governed, especially under the greater applied voltage. Furthermore, the high concentration doping of the monomer can effectively improve the response behavior, but it also results in the transmittance sacrificed due to the light scattering, and the threshold voltage (Vth) increased.

  9. Polymer-Ion Interaction Weakens the Strain-Rate Dependence of Extension-Induced Crystallization for Poly(ethylene oxide).

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    Hu, Tingting; Tian, Nan; Ali, Sarmad; Wang, Zhen; Chang, Jiarui; Huang, Ningdong; Li, Liangbin

    2016-03-01

    The crystallization of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-sodium iodine (NaI) composites is investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), extensional rheology, and in situ small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) with the aim of demonstrating versatile roles played by polymer-ion interactions. In the isothermal quiescent crystallization process, a decrease in the crystal growth rate is observed for PEO-NaI and is attributed to slow chain movement caused by the coordination between cations and polymer. In situ SAXS on extensional flow-induced crystallization (FIC) exhibits enhanced kinetics and orientation for both PEO and PEO-NaI with increasing strain rate. However, an overall weaker strain-rate dependence of FIC is observed for PEO-NaI, which can be interpreted as a synergistic consequence of promoted nucleation under flow and impeded crystal growth by polymer-ion interaction. A possible microscopic mechanism is proposed to account for the experimental observation based on the formation of transient cross-linking points in PEO-NaI and their influence on the entanglement network of polymer under various flow fields. The disclosed strain-rate dependence and various ion effects on the behavior of PEO-salt composites contribute to a comprehensive understanding of polymer-ion solid polyelectrolytes.

  10. Novel colloidal system: Magnetite-polymer particles/lyotropic liquid crystal under magnetic field

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    Mănăilă-Maximean, D.; Cîrtoaje, C.; Dănilă, O.; Donescu, D.

    2017-09-01

    We obtained a new highly ordered colloidal composite using specially manufactured magnetite-polymer nanoparticles and lyotropic liquid crystal. A good compatibility between the components was ensured by the functionalization of the particles during their synthesis. We studied the laser light transmission for the mixtures filled in sandwich-glass cells with homeotropic and planar treatment of the surfaces under external magnetic field. The Fréedericksz transition critical field was estimated, and its' behavior was compared to our new theoretical model based on the Brochard-de Gennes one.

  11. Smart windows using polymer-networked liquid crystals doped with push-pull azobenzene

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    Oh, Seung-Won; Baek, Jong-Min; Kim, Sang-Hyeok; Yoon, Tae-Hoon

    2017-02-01

    We propose a smart window using polymer-networked liquid crystals doped with push-pull azobenzene. Azobenzene is used to provide phase transition from the nematic to isotropic state through the trans-cis isomerization of azobenzene. When exposed to sunlight, the device switches from the opaque nematic phase to the transparent isotropic phase. Switching from the transparent to opaque state can be obtained through rapid cis-trans isomerization of push-pull azobenzene without sunlight exposure. The proposed device can reduce the transmittance of the incident sunlight during daytime, whereas it can scatter the incident light during the night for privacy.

  12. Nanoscale investigations on interchain organization in thin films of polymer-liquid crystal blend

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    Villeneuve-Faure, C.; Le Borgne, D.; Ventalon, V.; Seguy, I.; Moineau-Chane Ching, K. I.; Bedel-Pereira, E.

    2017-07-01

    Optimized nanomorphology in organic thin active layers is crucial for good performance in organic solar cells. However, the relation between morphology and electronic properties at nanoscale remains not completely understood. Here, we study the effect of film thickness and temperature annealing on the ordering of poly(3-hexylthiophene) chains when the polymer is blended with a columnar liquid crystalline molecule. Electronic absorption, atomic force microscopy measurements, and Raman spectroscopy show that morphology and chain ordering of the blend depend on the film thickness. We highlight the benefit of using a liquid crystal in organic blends, opening the way to use simple processing methods for the fabrication of organic electronic devices.

  13. Copper coordination polymers constructed from thiazole-5-carboxylic acid: Synthesis, crystal structures, and structural transformation

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    Meundaeng, Natthaya; Rujiwatra, Apinpus; Prior, Timothy J.

    2017-01-01

    We have successfully prepared crystals of thiazole-5-carboxylic acid (5-Htza) (L) and three new thiazole-5-carboxylate-based Cu2+ coordination polymers with different dimensionality, namely, 1D [Cu2(5-tza)2(1,10-phenanthroline)2(NO3)2] (1), 2D [Cu(5-tza)2(MeOH)2] (2), and 3D [Cu(5-tza)2]·H2O (3). These have been characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetry. Interestingly, the 2D network structure of 2 can directly transform into the 3D framework of 3 upon removal of methanol molecules at room temperature. 2 can also undergo structural transformation to produce the same 2D network present in the known [Cu(5-tza)2]·1.5H2O upon heat treatment for 2 h. This 2D network can adsorb water and convert to 3 upon exposure to air.

  14. Correlation of inhibitory effects of polymers on indomethacin precipitation in solution and amorphous solid crystallization based on molecular interaction.

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    Chauhan, Harsh; Kuldipkumar, Anuj; Barder, Timothy; Medek, Ales; Gu, Chong-Hui; Atef, Eman

    2014-02-01

    To correlate the polymer's degree of precipitation inhibition of indomethacin in solution to the amorphous stabilization in solid state. Precipitation of indomethacin (IMC) in presence of polymers was continuously monitored by a UV spectrophotometer. Precipitates were characterized by PXRD, IR and SEM. Solid dispersions with different polymer to drug ratios were prepared using solvent evaporation. Crystallization of the solid dispersion was monitored using PXRD. Modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC), IR, Raman and solid state NMR were used to explore the possible interactions between IMC and polymers. PVP K90, HPMC and Eudragit E100 showed precipitation inhibitory effects in solution whereas Eudragit L100, Eudragit S100 and PEG 8000 showed no effect on IMC precipitation. The rank order of precipitation inhibitory effect on IMC was found to be PVP K90 > Eudragit E100 > HPMC. In the solid state, polymers showing precipitation inhibitory effect also exhibited amorphous stabilization of IMC with the same rank order of effectiveness. IR, Raman and solid state NMR studies showed that rank order of crystallization inhibition correlates with strength of molecular interaction between IMC and polymers. Correlation is observed in the polymers ability to inhibit precipitation in solution and amorphous stabilization in the solid state for IMC and can be explained by the strength of drug polymer interactions.

  15. A novel microseeding method for the crystallization of membrane proteins in lipidic cubic phase.

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    Kolek, Stefan Andrew; Bräuning, Bastian; Stewart, Patrick Douglas Shaw

    2016-04-01

    Random microseed matrix screening (rMMS), in which seed crystals are added to random crystallization screens, is an important breakthrough in soluble protein crystallization that increases the number of crystallization hits that are available for optimization. This greatly increases the number of soluble protein structures generated every year by typical structural biology laboratories. Inspired by this success, rMMS has been adapted to the crystallization of membrane proteins, making LCP seed stock by scaling up LCP crystallization conditions without changing the physical and chemical parameters that are critical for crystallization. Seed crystals are grown directly in LCP and, as with conventional rMMS, a seeding experiment is combined with an additive experiment. The new method was used with the bacterial integral membrane protein OmpF, and it was found that it increased the number of crystallization hits by almost an order of magnitude: without microseeding one new hit was found, whereas with LCP-rMMS eight new hits were found. It is anticipated that this new method will lead to better diffracting crystals of membrane proteins. A method of generating seed gradients, which allows the LCP seed stock to be diluted and the number of crystals in each LCP bolus to be reduced, if required for optimization, is also demonstrated.

  16. Inverse gold photonic crystals and conjugated polymer coated opals for functional materials

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    Landon, P.B.; Gutierrez, Jose; Ferraris, John P.; Martinez, I.L.; Giridharagopal, Rajiv; Wu, Y.-C.; Lee, Sergey; Parikh, Kunjal; Gillespie, Jessica; Ussery, Geoffrey; Karimi, Behzad; Baughman, Ray; Zakhidov, Anvar; Glosser, R

    2003-10-01

    Inverse gold photonic crystals templated from synthetic opals with a face centered cubic (FCC) crystal lattice were constructed by heat converting gold chloride to metallic gold. Tetrahedral formations constructed of alternating large and small octahedrons oriented in the zinc sulfide structure were created by controlling the infiltration of gold chloride. Silica spheres were coated with polyanilinesulfonic acid, polypyrrole, poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) and 5 nm colloidal gold. Ordinary yeast cells were coated with polyanilinesulfonic acid, polypyrrole and 5 nm colloidal gold. Spheres coated with MEH-PPV were dispersed in H{sub 2}O and coated with polyelectrolytes which recharged and sterically stabilized the colloidal surfaces. The recharged spheres self-assembled by sedimentation with a FCC crystalline lattice possessing 500 {mu}m wide and 1 mm long crystallites. Silica spheres with diameters as large as 1500 {mu}m were self-assembled along the [1 0 0] direction of the FCC crystal lattice. Opals infiltrated with gold and opals constructed from polymer coated spheres were co-infiltrated with polypropylene yielding inverse polypropylene composite photonic crystals.

  17. Performance optimization of optical switches in ferroelectric liquid crystals and polymers operating at 1550 nm

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    Asquini, Rita; Gizzi, Claudio; Beccherelli, Romeo; d'Alessandro, Antonio

    2004-01-01

    A multilayer structure realizing an optical switch with ferroelectric liquid crystal, polymeric buffers and waveguides has been analyzed at the wavelength of 1550 nm, focusing on fabrication and design tolerances. The used liquid crystal FELIX-M4851-025 from Clariant is aligned by Nylon6 and embedded between two polymeric waveguides. ITO is deposited on quartz substrates to apply voltage to the cell and polymeric buffers are employed to reduce ITO absorption losses. The polymers consisted of poly(pentafluorostyrene-co-glycidyl methacrylate). Light is switched between the optical waveguides by reorienting the liquid crystal. Optimization in terms of optical losses and extinction ratios was carried out by varying layer thicknesses, refractive indices of waveguides and buffers, and the angle α between the normal to the smectic layers and the propagation direction. An optimized device with α = 51°, refractive indices of 1.475 and 1.462, thicknesses of 3 and 6 μm for waveguides and buffer, respectively and 4.4 μm for the liquid crystal layer, exhibits an extinction ratio of 59.6 dB with losses as low as 0.8 dB for a length of only 174 μm. A device design using single mode channel waveguides for optical switching matrices has been also carried out.

  18. A comparative simulation study on three lattice systems for the phase separation of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals

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    Y J Jeon; M Jamil; Hyo-Dong Lee; J T Rhee

    2008-09-01

    This article reports a comparative study of the phase separation process in a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal, based on a Metropolis Monte Carlo simulation study of three lattice systems. We propose a model for the different processes occurring in the formation of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs). The mechanism of PDLC is studied as a function of quench temperature, concentration and degree of polymerization of liquid crystals and polymers. The obtained resultant phase diagrams of the three systems are approximated and compared with the Flory–Huggins theory, and show a good agreement. It has been observed in the simulation results that among all the three systems, the 40 × 40 × 40 lattice showed the most accurate, reliable and stable results.

  19. Amorphous/crystal and polymer/filler interphases in biocomposites from poly(butylene succinate)

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    Signori, Francesca [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici (CNR-IPCF), Via G. Moruzzi 1, I-56124 Pisa (Italy); Pelagaggi, Martina [Universita di Pisa - Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Via Risorgimento 35, I-56126 Pisa (Italy); Bronco, Simona [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici (CNR-IPCF), Via G. Moruzzi 1, I-56124 Pisa (Italy); Righetti, Maria Cristina, E-mail: righetti@ipcf.cnr.it [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici (CNR-IPCF), Via G. Moruzzi 1, I-56124 Pisa (Italy)

    2012-09-10

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The existence of intermolecular interactions between poly(butylene succinate) and hemp fibres was proved from specific heat capacities data. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Different degrees of mobility of the poly(butylene succinate) amorphous segments were evidenced at the amorphous/crystal interphase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Devitrification of the rigid amorphous fraction in poly(butylene succinate) was found to occur before and simultaneously with the fusion. - Abstract: Poly(butylene succinate)-hemp composites (PBS-hemp), with hemp content in the range 0-40 wt.%, were prepared in the melt and characterized. This paper focuses on the detailed analysis of the thermal behaviour of the PBS-hemp composites, investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), to enlighten the polymer/fibre interphase features. The occurrence of specific intermolecular interactions between PBS and hemp was assessed from specific heat capacity data. Different degrees of mobility of the PBS amorphous segments were found at the amorphous/crystal interphases. A broadening of the bulk glass transition was observed, and attributed to the presence of polymer segments slightly constrained. Moreover, a rigid amorphous fraction that devitrifies at temperatures higher than the bulk glass transition, partly before the melting region and partly simultaneously with the fusion, was observed and quantified, and attributed to the presence of major constraints probably occurring in geometrically restricted areas.

  20. Localised polymer networks in chiral nematic liquid crystals for high speed photonic switching

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    Tartan, Chloe C., E-mail: chloe.tartan@eng.ox.ac.uk, E-mail: steve.elston@eng.ox.ac.uk; Salter, Patrick S.; Booth, Martin J.; Morris, Stephen M.; Elston, Steve J., E-mail: chloe.tartan@eng.ox.ac.uk, E-mail: steve.elston@eng.ox.ac.uk [Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PJ (United Kingdom)

    2016-05-14

    Self-assembled periodic structures based upon chiral liquid crystalline materials have significant potential in the field of photonics ranging from fast-switching optoelectronic devices to low-threshold lasers. The flexoelectro-optic effect, which is observed in chiral nematic liquid crystals (LCs) when an electric field is applied perpendicular to the helical axis, has significant potential as it exhibits analogue switching in 10–100 μs. However, the major technological barrier that prohibits the commercial realisation of this electro-optic effect is the requirement of a uniform, in-plane alignment of the helix axis between glass substrates. Here, it is shown that periodic polymer structures engineered in the nematic phase of a chiral nematic LC device using direct laser writing can result in the spontaneous formation of the necessary uniform lying helix (ULH) state. Specifically, two-photon polymerization is used in conjunction with a spatial light modulator so as to correct for aberrations introduced by the bounding glass substrates enabling the polymer structures to be fabricated directly into the device. The ULH state appears to be stable in the absence of an externally applied electric field, and the optimum contrast between the bright and dark states is obtained using polymer structures that have periodicities of the order of the device thickness.

  1. Localised polymer networks in chiral nematic liquid crystals for high speed photonic switching

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    Tartan, Chloe C.; Salter, Patrick S.; Booth, Martin J.; Morris, Stephen M.; Elston, Steve J.

    2016-05-01

    Self-assembled periodic structures based upon chiral liquid crystalline materials have significant potential in the field of photonics ranging from fast-switching optoelectronic devices to low-threshold lasers. The flexoelectro-optic effect, which is observed in chiral nematic liquid crystals (LCs) when an electric field is applied perpendicular to the helical axis, has significant potential as it exhibits analogue switching in 10-100 μs. However, the major technological barrier that prohibits the commercial realisation of this electro-optic effect is the requirement of a uniform, in-plane alignment of the helix axis between glass substrates. Here, it is shown that periodic polymer structures engineered in the nematic phase of a chiral nematic LC device using direct laser writing can result in the spontaneous formation of the necessary uniform lying helix (ULH) state. Specifically, two-photon polymerization is used in conjunction with a spatial light modulator so as to correct for aberrations introduced by the bounding glass substrates enabling the polymer structures to be fabricated directly into the device. The ULH state appears to be stable in the absence of an externally applied electric field, and the optimum contrast between the bright and dark states is obtained using polymer structures that have periodicities of the order of the device thickness.

  2. Impact of polymers on the crystallization and phase transition kinetics of amorphous nifedipine during dissolution in aqueous media.

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    Raina, Shweta A; Alonzo, David E; Zhang, Geoff G Z; Gao, Yi; Taylor, Lynne S

    2014-10-06

    The commercial and clinical success of amorphous solid dispersions (ASD) in overcoming the low bioavailability of poorly soluble molecules has generated momentum among pharmaceutical scientists to advance the fundamental understanding of these complex systems. A major limitation of these formulations stems from the propensity of amorphous solids to crystallize upon exposure to aqueous media. This study was specifically focused on developing analytical techniques to evaluate the impact of polymers on the crystallization behavior during dissolution, which is critical in designing effective amorphous formulations. In the study, the crystallization and polymorphic conversions of a model compound, nifedipine, were explored in the absence and presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC), and HPMC-acetate succinate (HPMC-AS). A combination of analytical approaches including Raman spectroscopy, polarized light microscopy, and chemometric techniques such as multivariate curve resolution (MCR) were used to evaluate the kinetics of crystallization and polymorphic transitions as well as to identify the primary route of crystallization, i.e., whether crystallization took place in the dissolving solid matrix or from the supersaturated solutions generated during dissolution. Pure amorphous nifedipine, when exposed to aqueous media, was found to crystallize rapidly from the amorphous matrix, even when polymers were present in the dissolution medium. Matrix crystallization was avoided when amorphous solid dispersions were prepared, however, crystallization from the solution phase was rapid. MCR was found to be an excellent data processing technique to deconvolute the complex phase transition behavior of nifedipine.

  3. Biomimetic piezoelectric quartz crystal sensor with chloramphenicol-imprinted polymer sensing layer.

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    Ebarvia, Benilda S; Ubando, Isaiah E; Sevilla, Fortunato B

    2015-11-01

    The measurement of banned antibiotic like chloramphenicol is significant for customer protection and safety. The presence of residual antibiotics in foods and food products of animal origin could pose as health hazards and affect food quality for global acceptance. In this study, the potential of a chloramphenicol sensor based on molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) coupled with a piezoelectric quartz crystal was explored. The MIP was prepared by precipitation polymerization at 60 °C. Methacrylic acid was used as monomer, trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate (TRIM) as crosslinker, and chloramphenicol as the template. Template removal on the resulting polymer was done by extraction using methanol-acetic acid. Characterization of the MIP and NIP were conducted by spectroscopic and microscopic methods. These further supported the imprinting and rebinding process of chloramphenicol to the polymer matrix. The chloramphenicol sensor was devised by spin-coating onto one side of the 10 MHz AT-cut quartz crystal the MIP suspension in polyvinylchloride-tetrahydrofuran (6:2:1 w/w/v) solution. Optimization of sensor response was performed by varying the type of cross-linker, amount of MIP sensing layer, curing time, and pH. The sensor exhibited good sensitivity of about 73 Hz/log (conc., µg mL(-1)) and good repeatability (rsd<10%). A linear relationship (r(2)=0.9901) between frequency shift and chloramphenicol concentration in the range of 1×10(-6) up to 1×10(-1) µg/mL was obtained. The sensor response was highly selective to chloramphenicol than with other compounds of similar chemical structures. Acceptable percent recovery was obtained for real sample analysis using the sensor. The proposed sensor could be a promising low cost and highly sensitive approach for residual chloramphenicol quantification in food products.

  4. Crystalline polymer decoration on multiwalled carbon nanotubes: MWCNT-induced P4VP periodic crystallization in CO2-expanded liquids

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    Full Text Available This work reports the functionalization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs with crystalline poly(4- vinylpyridine (P4VP in CO2-expanded liquids (CXLs. The structure and morphology of MWCNT-induced polymer crystallization are examined, with the focus on molecular weight of P4VP (MW-P4VP, the pressure of CXLs and the concentration of P4VP. First, it is observed that the crystallization morphologies for the P4VP/MWCNTs composite with a low molecular weight P4VP (LMW-P4VP matrix could be finely controlled in CXLs, and it is surprising to find that the P4VP8700 wrapping patterns undergo a morphological evolution from dot crystals to dotted helical wrappings, and then to dense helical patterns by facile pressure tuning under lower polymer concentration. In other words, the CXLs method enables superior control of the P4VP crystallization patternings on MWCNTs, particularly efficient for LMW-P4VP at lower polymer concentration. Meanwhile, the CXL-assisted P4VP crystal growth mechanism on MWCNT is investigated, and the dominating growth mechanism is attributed to 'normal epitaxy' at lower P4VP concentration rather than 'soft epitaxy' at higher concentration. We believe that this work reports a new crystalline polymer wrapping approach in CXLs to noncovalent engineering of MWCNTs surfaces.

  5. Identification of the crystallization kinetic parameters of a semi-crystalline polymer by using PVTα measurement

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    Tardif, X.; Sobotka, V.; Boyard, N.; Delaunay, D.

    2011-05-01

    Injection molding is the most widely used process in the plastic industry. In the case of semi-crystalline polymer, crystallization kinetics impacts directly the quality of the piece, both on dimensional and mechanical aspects. The characterization of these kinetics is therefore of primary importance to model the process, in particular during the cooling phase. To be representative, this characterization must be carried out under conditions as close as possible to those encountered in the process: high pressure, high cooling rate, shearing, and potential presence of fibers. However, conventional apparatus such as the differential scanning calorimeter do not allow to reach these conditions. A PVTα apparatus, initially developed in the laboratory for the characterization of thermoset composites, was adapted to identify the crystallization kinetics. The aim of the presented study is to demonstrate the feasibility of the identification. This device allows the molding of a circular sample of 40 mm diameter and 6 mm thick by controlling the applied pressure on the sample and the temperature field on its surfaces. This mold is designed such as heat transfer is 1D within the thickness of the sample. It is equipped with two heat flux sensors to determine the average crystallization rate through the thickness and a displacement sensor for the determination of the volume change. The heat transfer problem between the polymer and the molding cavity is modeled by using a 1D conduction problem with a moving boundary, in which the control volume is a uniform temperature disk with a variable volume, and coupled to a crystallization kinetic model. An inverse method is used to identify the parameters of the crystallization kinetic model by minimizing an objective function based on the difference between the evolutions of the experimental and computed volume of the sample. The first validation of this methodology was to compare the kinetic parameters identified with this apparatus

  6. The effect of additives interaction on the miscibility and crystal structure of two immiscible biodegradable polymers

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    Ahmed Mohamed El-Hadi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Poly lactic acid (PLLA is a promising biopolymer, obtained from polymerization of lactic acid that is derived from renewable resources through fermentation. The characteristic brittleness of PLLA is attributed to slow crystallization rates, which results in the formation of the large spherulites. Its glass temperature is relative high, above room temperature and close to 60 ºC, and therefore its applications are limited. The additives poly((R-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB, poly(vinyl acetate (PVAc and tributyl citrate (TBC were used as compatibilizers in the biodegradable polymer blend of (PLLA/PPC. Results from DSC and POM analysis indicated that the blends of PLLA and PPC are immiscible. However, the blends with additives are miscible. TBC as plasticizer was added to PLLA to reduce its Tg. PVAc was used as compatibilizer to improve the miscibility between PLLA and PPC. FT-IR showed about 7 cm-1 shift in the C=O peak in miscible blends due to physical interactions. POM experiments together with the results of DSC and WAXD showed that PHB enhances the crystallization behavior of PLLA by acting as bio nuclei and the crystallization process can occur more quickly. Consequently an increase was observed in the peak intensity in WAXD.

  7. Small-angle light scattering symmetry breaking in polymer-dispersed liquid crystal films with inhomogeneous electrically controlled interface anchoring

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    Loiko, V. A.; Konkolovich, A. V.; Zyryanov, V. Ya.; Miskevich, A. A.

    2017-03-01

    We have described the method of analyzing and reporting on the results of calculation of the small-angle structure of radiation scattered by a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film with electrically controlled interfacial anchoring. The method is based on the interference approximation of the wave scattering theory and the hard disk model. Scattering from an individual liquid crystal droplet has been described using the anomalous diffraction approximation extended to the case of droplets with uniform and nonuniform interface anchoring at the droplet-polymer boundary. The director field structure in an individual droplet is determined from the solution of the problem of minimizing the volume density of the free energy. The electrooptical effect of symmetry breaking in the angular distribution of scattered radiation has been analyzed. This effect means that the intensities of radiation scattered within angles +θ s and-θ s relative to the direction of illumination in the scattering plane can be different. The effect is of the interference origin and is associated with asymmetry of the phase shift of the wavefront of an incident wave from individual parts of the droplet, which appears due to asymmetry of the director field structure in the droplet, caused by nonuniform anchoring of liquid crystal molecules with the polymer on its surface. This effect is analyzed in the case of normal illumination of the film depending on the interfacial anchoring at the liquid crystal-polymer interface, the orientation of the optical axes of droplets, their concentration, sizes, anisometry, and polydispersity.

  8. Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars effects on the thermal-transport properties of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals

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    Kuriakose, M.; Longuemart, S.; Depriester, M.; Delenclos, S.; Sahraoui, A. Hadj

    2014-02-01

    We present the depolarization field effects (Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars effect) for the thermal transport properties of polymer dispersed liquid crystal composites under a frequency-dependent electric field. The experiments were conducted on polystyrene/4-Cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (PS/5CB) PDLCs of 73 vol.% and 85 vol.% liquid crystal (LC) concentrations. A self-consistent field approximation model is used to deduce the electrical properties of polymer and LC materials as well as the threshold electric field. Electric field-varying (at constant frequency) experiments were also conducted to calculate the interfacial thermal resistance between the LC droplets and polymer matrix as well as to find the elastic constant of LCs in droplet form.

  9. Fabrication of sisal fibers/epoxy composites with liquid crystals polymer grafted on sisal fibers

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    Luo, Q. Y.; Lu, S. R.; Song, L. F.; Li, Y. Q.

    2016-07-01

    In this word, microcrystalline cellulose fibers (MCFs), extracted from sisal fibers, were treated with function end-group hyperbranched liquid crystals (HLP). This work brought some insights into the successful surface modification in epoxy composite with HLP. The HLP-MCFs/epoxy composites are studied systematically. The HLP - MCFs/epoxy composites were studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), polarizing microscope (POM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and mechanical properties analysis. The results reveal that the reinforcement of EP composites was carried out by adding HLP-MCFs. In particular, with 1.0 wt% filler loading, the flexural strength, tensile strength, impact strength and flexural modulus of the HLP-MCFs/EP composites were increased by 60%, 69%, 130%, and 192%, respectively. It anticipates that our current work exploits more efficient methods to overcome the few nature fiber/polymer (NPC) adhesion in the interface region and provides implications for the engineering applications of the development of NPC.

  10. Merged vector gratings recorded in a photocrosslinkable polymer liquid crystal film for polarimetry

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    Sasaki, Tomoyuki, E-mail: sasaki-tomoy@vos.nagaokaut.ac.jp; Wada, Takumi; Noda, Kohei; Ono, Hiroshi [Department of Electrical Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology, 1603-1 Kamitomioka, Nagaoka, Niigata 940-2188 (Japan); Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro [Department of Materials Science and Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Hyogo, 2167 Shosha, Himeji, Hyogo 671-2280 (Japan)

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    A merged vector grating, which is holographically fabricated in an anisotropic medium by irradiation with interference light with intensity modulation and polarization modulation, was designed to detect the polarization of light. The merged vector grating is recorded by the interference of two elliptically polarized beams with equal intensities, parallel azimuths, equal ellipticities, and different directions of rotation. We clarified theoretically that the Stokes parameters of the incident light beam are described by the diffraction efficiency of the merged vector grating. Also, to apply this property to formation of a polarimeter without any moving parts or mechanisms, two merged vector gratings with different grating vectors were recorded in a photocrosslinkable polymer liquid crystal film by angle-multiplexed holography. By investigation of the diffraction properties of the gratings obtained, we demonstrated the applicability of the merged vector gratings for use in polarimetry.

  11. Design of slotted high quality factor photonic-crystal nanocavities embedded in electro-optic polymers

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    Nakadai, Masahiro; Konoike, Ryotaro; Tanaka, Yoshinori; Asano, Takashi; Noda, Susumu

    2017-09-01

    We improve design quality factors of slotted photonic crystal nanocavities embedded in electro-optic polymers (EOPs), which enables control of resonant wavelengths without the use of light-absorbing free carriers. We form nanocavities by modifying single- and double-slotted line-defect waveguides with lattice-constant modulations analytically determined based on dispersions of the waveguides. A double-slotted nanocavity achieves a fourfold increase in Q factor (36 million) compared to a single-slotted nanocavity with similar modulation of lattice constants. Both structures can realize large concentration of light in the EOP region (50%), and resonant wavelength modulations of ∼0.01% are expected with applied voltage of 2 V.

  12. Shape-Selectivity with Liquid Crystal and Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymer SAW Sensor Interfaces

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    FRYE-MASON,GREGORY CHARLES; OBORNY,MICHAEL C.; PUGH,COLEEN; RICCO,ANTONIO; THOMAS,ROSS C.; ZELLERS,EDWARD T.; ZHANG,GUO-ZHENG

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    A liquid crystal (LC) and a side-chain liquid crystalline polymer (SCLCP) were tested as surface acoustic wave (SAW) vapor sensor coatings for discriminating between pairs of isomeric organic vapors. Both exhibit room temperature smectic mesophases. Temperature, electric-field, and pretreatment with self-assembled monolayers comprising either a methyl-terminated or carboxylic acid-terminated alkane thiol anchored to a gold layer in the delay path of the sensor were explored as means of affecting the alignment and selectivity of the LC and SCLCP films. Results for the LC were mixed, while those for the SCLCP showed a consistent preference for the more rod-like isomer of each isomer pair examined.

  13. Surface plasmon resonance sensor based on polymer photonic crystal fibers with metal nanolayers.

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    Lu, Ying; Hao, Cong-Jing; Wu, Bao-Qun; Musideke, Mayilamu; Duan, Liang-Cheng; Wen, Wu-Qi; Yao, Jian-Quan

    2013-01-15

    A large-mode-area polymer photonic crystal fiber made of polymethyl methacrylate with the cladding having only one layer of air holes near the edge of the fiber is designed and proposed to be used in surface plasmon resonance sensors. In such sensor, a nanoscale metal film and analyte can be deposited on the outer side of the fiber instead of coating or filling in the holes of the conventional PCF, which make the real time detection with high sensitivity easily to realize. Moreover, it is relatively stable to changes of the amount and the diameter of air holes, which is very beneficial for sensor fabrication and sensing applications. Numerical simulation results show that under the conditions of the similar spectral and intensity sensitivity of 8.3 × 10(-5)-9.4 × 10(-5) RIU, the confinement loss can be increased dramatically.

  14. Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensor Based on Polymer Photonic Crystal Fibers with Metal Nanolayers

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    Jian-Quan Yao

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A large-mode-area polymer photonic crystal fiber made of polymethyl methacrylate with the cladding having only one layer of air holes near the edge of the fiber is designed and proposed to be used in surface plasmon resonance sensors. In such sensor, a nanoscale metal film and analyte can be deposited on the outer side of the fiber instead of coating or filling in the holes of the conventional PCF, which make the real time detection with high sensitivity easily to realize. Moreover, it is relatively stable to changes of the amount and the diameter of air holes, which is very beneficial for sensor fabrication and sensing applications. Numerical simulation results show that under the conditions of the similar spectral and intensity sensitivity of 8.3 × 10−5–9.4 × 10−5 RIU, the confinement loss can be increased dramatically.

  15. Refractive indices of polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal film materials: Epoxy-based systems

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    Vaz, Nuno A.; Montgomery, G. Paul, Jr.

    1987-10-01

    Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) films are potentially useful in applications requiring electrically controllable light transmission. In these applications, both a high on-state transmittance and a strong off-state attenuation are often needed over a wide operating temperature range. These transmittance characteristics depend strongly on the refractive indices of the materials in the PDLC films. We have measured the temperature dependent refractive indices of typical PDLC film materials and the temperature dependent electro-optic transmittance of a PDLC film composed of liquid crystal microdroplets dispersed in an epoxy matrix. We show that our refractive index measurements can account for all the features in the measured transmittance characteristics and discuss several methods for controlling refractive indices to optimize electro-optic transmittance over an extended temperature range. We have also measured the room temperature refractive indices of mixtures of epoxy resins and hardeners as a function of composition. We discuss the problems associated with predicting the refractive indices of such mixtures in terms of either the volume fractions or mole fractions of the mixture components. These considerations are important in matching refractive indices of droplets and matrix materials to maximize on-state transmittance. The refractive indices of epoxy matrix materials increase monotonically with time during their chemical cure. The measured time dependence can be described by a simple model in which the concentrations of the reacting resin and hardener each decay exponentially in time with their own characteristic time constants while the concentration of the cured polymer increases. Finally, we relate the measured rates of index change with temperature to the coefficients of volume expansion of PDLC film materials; the results are used to discuss the mechanical stability of PDLC films.

  16. Enantioselective piezoelectric quartz crystal sensor for d-methamphetamine based on a molecularly imprinted polymer.

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    Arenas, Leveriza F; Ebarvia, Benilda S; Sevilla, Fortunato B

    2010-08-01

    A piezoelectric quartz crystal (PQC) sensor based on a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) has been developed for enantioselective and quantitative analysis of d-(+)-methamphetamine (d(+)-MA). The sensor was produced by bulk polymerization and the resulting MIP was then coated on the gold electrode of an AT-cut quartz crystal. Conditions such as volume of polymer coating, curing time, type of PQC, baseline solvent, pH, and buffer type were found to affect the sensor response and were therefore optimized. The PQC-MIP gave a stable response to different concentrations of d(+)-MA standard solutions (response time = 10 to 100 s) with good repeatability (RSD = 0.03 to 3.09%; n = 3), good reproducibility (RSD = 3.55%; n = 5), and good reversibility (RSD = 0.36%; n = 3). The linear range of the sensor covered five orders of magnitude of analyte concentration, ranging from 10(-5) to 10(-1) microg mL(-1), and the limit of detection was calculated as 11.9 pg d(+)-MA mL(-1) . The sensor had a highly enantioselective response to d(+)-MA compared with its response to l(-)-MA, racemic MA, and phentermine. The developed sensor was validated by applying it to human urine samples from drug-free individuals spiked with standard d(+)-MA and from a confirmed MA user. Use of the standard addition method (SAM) and samples spiked with d(+)-MA at levels ranging from 1 x 10(-3) to 1 x 10(-2) microg mL(-1) showed recovery was good (95.3 to 110.9%).

  17. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a New Cadmium(Ⅱ) Coordination Polymer with Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid

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    ZHENG Jian-Mei; WU Mei-Feng; ZHENG Fa-Kun; LIU Hua

    2012-01-01

    A new cadmium(Ⅱ) coordination polymer,namely,[KCd2(edta)I]n(1,H4edta = ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid),has been prepared and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction.Crystallographic data for 1:C10H12Cd2IKN2O8,Mr = 679.02,monoclinic,space group P21/n,a = 9.870(5),b = 8.989(4),c = 19.082(10) ,β = 104.581(10)o,V = 1638.5(13) 3,Z = 4,Dc = 2.753 g/cm3,μ = 4.776 mm-1,F(000) = 1272,the final R = 0.0473 and wR = 0.1311 for 2846 observed reflections with I 〉 2σ(I).Polymer 1 features a 2-D layered structure,in which each edta4-ligand chelates/bridges five adjacent six-/seven-coordinated Cd(Ⅱ) centers with all ten donors(eight oxygen and two nitrogen) involved with coordination.Additional iodide I-ions as counterions are bound to the Cd(Ⅱ) centers in a terminal mode and the potassium K+ ions are located in the layers and surrounded by O and I atoms from neighboring environment.The thermal stability of 1 has been discussed.

  18. Enhanced Deformation of Azobenzene-Modified Liquid Crystal Polymers under Dual Wavelength Exposure: A Photophysical Model

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    Liu, Ling; Onck, Patrick R.

    2017-08-01

    Azobenzene-embedded liquid crystal polymers can undergo mechanical deformation in response to ultraviolet (UV) light. The natural rodlike trans state azobenzene absorbs UV light and isomerizes to a bentlike cis state, which disturbs the order of the polymer network, leading to an anisotropic deformation. The current consensus is that the magnitude of the photoinduced deformation is related to the statistical building up of molecules in the cis state. However, a recent experimental study [Liu and Broer, Nat. Commun. 6 8334 (2015)., 10.1038/ncomms9334] shows that a drastic (fourfold) increase of the photoinduced deformation can be generated by exposing the samples simultaneously to 365 nm (UV) and 455 nm (visible) light. To elucidate the physical mechanism that drives this increase, we develop a two-light attenuation model and an optomechanical constitutive relation that not only accounts for the statistical accumulation of cis azobenzenes, but also for the dynamic trans-cis-trans oscillatory isomerization process. Our experimentally calibrated model predicts that the optimal single-wavelength exposure is 395 nm light, a pronounced shift towards the visible spectrum. In addition, we identify a range of optimal combinations of two-wavelength lights that generate a favorable response for a given amount of injected energy. Our model provides mechanistic insight into the different (multi)wavelength exposures used in experiments and, at the same time, opens new avenues towards enhanced, multiwavelength optomechanical behavior.

  19. Regulating the modulus of a chiral liquid crystal polymer network by light.

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    Kumar, Kamlesh; Schenning, Albertus P H J; Broer, Dirk J; Liu, Danqing

    2016-04-01

    We report a novel way to modulate the elastic modulus of azobenzene containing liquid crystal networks (LCNs) by exposure to light. The elastic modulus can cycle between different levels by controlling the illumination conditions. Exposing the polymer network to UV light near the trans absorption band of azobenzene gives a small reduction of the glass transition temperature thereby lowering the modulus. The addition of blue light addressing the cis absorption band surprisingly amplifies this effect. The continuous oscillatory effects of the trans-to-cis isomerization of the azobenzene overrule the overall net cis conversion. The influence on the chain dynamics of the network is demonstrated by dynamic mechanical thermal analysis which shows a large shift of the glass transition temperature and a modulus decrease by more than two orders of magnitude. The initial high modulus and the glassy state are recovered within a minute in the dark by switching off the light sources, despite the observation that azobenzene is still predominantly in its cis state. Based on these new findings, we are able to create a shape memory polymer LCN film at room temperature using light.

  20. Controlling the Vaterite CaCO3 Crystal Pores. Design of Tailor-Made Polymer Based Microcapsules by Hard Templating.

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    Feoktistova, Natalia; Rose, Juergen; Prokopović, Vladimir Z; Vikulina, Anna S; Skirtach, Andre; Volodkin, Dmitry

    2016-05-03

    The spherical vaterite CaCO3 microcrystals are nowadays widely used as sacrificial templates for fabrication of various microcarriers made of biopolymers (e.g., proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes) due to porous structure and mild template elimination conditions. Here, we demonstrated for the first time that polymer microcarriers with tuned internal nanoarchitecture can be designed by employing the CaCO3 crystals of controlled porosity. The layer-by-layer deposition has been utilized to assemble shell-like (hollow) and matrix-like (filled) polymer capsules due to restricted and free polymer diffusion through the crystal pores, respectively. The crystal pore size in the range of few tens of nanometers can be adjusted without any additives by variation of the crystal preparation temperature in the range 7-45 °C. The temperature-mediated growth mechanism is explained by the Ostwald ripening of nanocrystallites forming the crystal secondary structure. Various techniques including SEM, AFM, CLSM, Raman microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, and XRD have been employed for crystal and microcapsule analysis. A three-dimensional model is introduced to describe the crystal internal structure and predict the pore cutoff and available surface for the pore diffusing molecules. Inherent biocompatibility of CaCO3 and a possibility to scale the porosity in the size range of typical biomacromolecules make the CaCO3 crystals extremely attractive tools for template assisted designing tailor-made biopolymer-based architectures in 2D to 3D targeted at drug delivery and other bioapplications.

  1. Microwave-assisted synthesis, crystal structure and toxicity of L-aspartic acid zinc spiral linear supramolecular polymer

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    ZHANG Youming; LIN Qi; WEI Taibao

    2004-01-01

    L-aspartic acid zinc was synthesized by a rapid and convenient method in high yield under microwave conditions, and its single crystal structure was analyzed by X-ray diffraction.forming a spiral linear polymer via coordination bonds. The spiral linear polymers are assembled as a three-dimensional supramolecule by intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The crystal belongs to the orthorhombic crystal system, P2(1)2(1)2(1) space group, a=0.7830(3) nm,b=0.9369(4) nm,c=11.599(5) nm, α =β=γ=90.00°, V=0.8509(6) nm3, Z=4, Dc=1.955 g/cm3, F(000)=512, μ =2.289.The toxicity of the title compound is lower than that of glutamic acid zinc and zinc sulfate.

  2. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Electrochemical Behavior of 2d Hybrid Coordination Polymer

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    Fan, Weiqiang; Zhu, Lin; Shi, Weidong; Chen, Fuxiao; Bai, Hongye; Song, Shuyan; Yan, Yongsheng

    2013-06-01

    A novel metal-organic coordination polymer [Cu(phen)(L)0.5(H2O)]n (H4L = (N,N‧-5,5‧-bis(isophthalic acid)-p-xylylenediamine, and phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) has been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, TGA, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystallographic data show that the title compound crystallizes in monoclinic space group P21/n with a = 10.682(2), b = 15.682(3), c = 11.909(2) Å, β = 91.39(3)°, V = 1994.3(7) Å3, C24H17CuN3O5, Mr = 490.95, Dc = 1.635 g/cm3, F(000) = 1004, Z = 4, μ(MoKα) = 1.141 mm-1, the final R = 0.0418 and wR = 0.0983 for 3578 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). The structural analyses reveal that the title compound exhibits shows a 2D layer structure, which are further linked by hydrogen bonding interactions to form a three-dimensional supramolecular network. In addition, the thermal stability and electrochemical behavior of title compound has been studied. CCDC: 900413.

  3. Investigation of nonionic diazo dye-doped polymer dispersed liquid crystal film

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    Farzana Ahmad; Muhammad Jamil; Young Jae Jeon; Lee Jin Woo; Jae Eun Jung; Jae Eun Jang

    2012-04-01

    Sudan black B (SBB) was used to investigate as the nonionic diazo dye-doped in polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) display, by polymerization-induced phase separation (PIPS) method. The maximum absorbance, contrast ratio, dichroic ratio and the order parameter of nonionic diazo dye in nemetic host (TL203) were investigated using UV–Vis polarized spectroscopy. The orientation of the dye molecules was controlled by electric field, which enabled the contrast ratio of the dye to be obtained by electrically switching. The change occurring on droplet morphologies and electro-optical properties of PDLC film with the change in contents of Sudan black dye and liquid crystals (LC) contents was investigated. We found an increase in LC droplet sizes with the increase of diazo dye and LC contents. Moreover the addition of small amount of nonionic diazo dye reduced the threshold voltage (Vth), increased off-state transmittance, enhanced the contrast ratio and decreased the response time of dye-doped PDLC. Additionally the change in transition temperature of LC and changes in LC droplet morphologies with the addition of dye were also observed. Such changes were observed with the images taken by polarized optical microscope (POM). The detail discussions on such behaviours were also made.

  4. Electrically tunable two-dimensional holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal grating with variable period

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    Wang, Kangni; Zheng, Jihong; Liu, Yourong; Gao, Hui; Zhuang, Songlin

    2017-06-01

    An electrically tunable two-dimensional (2D) holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (H-PDLC) grating with variable period was fabricated by inserting a cylindrical lens in a conventional holographic interference beam. The interference between the plane wave and cylindrical wave resulting in varying intersection angles on the sample, combined with dual exposure along directions perpendicular to each other, generates a 2D H-PDLC grating with varied period. We have identified periods varying from 3.109 to 5.158 μm across a 16 mm width, with supporting theoretical equations for the period. The period exhibits a symmetrical square lattice in a diagonal direction, with an asymmetrical rectangular lattice in off-diagonal locations. With the first exposure at 2 s and the second exposure at 60 s, the phase separation between the prepolymer and liquid crystal was most evident. The diffraction properties and optic-electric characteristics were also studied. The diffraction efficiency of first-order light was observed to be 13.5% without external voltage, and the transmission efficiency of non-diffracted light was 78% with an applied voltage of 100 V. The proposed method provides the capability of generating period variation to the conventional holographic interference path, with potential application in diffractive optics such as tunable multi-wavelength organic lasing from a dye-doped 2D H-PDLC grating.

  5. Electroacoustic polymer microchip as an alternative to quartz crystal microbalance for biosensor development.

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    Gamby, Jean; Lazerges, Mathieu; Girault, Hubert H; Deslouis, Claude; Gabrielli, Claude; Perrot, Hubert; Tribollet, Bernard

    2008-12-01

    Laser photoablation of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), a flexible dielectric organic polymer, was used to design an acoustic miniaturized DNA biosensor. The microchip device includes a 100-microm-thick PET layer, with two microband electrodes patterned in photoablated microchannels on one side and a depressed photoablated disk decorated by gold sputtered layer on the other side. Upon application of an electric signal between the two electrodes, an electroacoustic resonance phenomenon at approximately 30 MHz was established through the microelectrodes/PET/ gold layer interface. The electroacoustic resonance response was fitted with a series RLC motional arm in parallel with a static Co arm of a Buttlerworth-Van Dyke equivalent circuit: admittance spectra recorded after successive cycles of DNA hybridization on the gold surface showed reproducible changes on R, L, and C parameters. The same hybridizations runs were performed concomitantly on a 27-MHz (9 MHz, third overtone) quartz crystal microbalance in order to validate the PET device developed for bioanalysis applications. The electroacoustic PET device, approximately 100 times smaller than a microbalance quartz crystal, is interesting for the large-scale integration of acoustic sensors in biochips.

  6. Crystallization kinetics and thermal resistance of bamboo fiber reinforced biodegradable polymer composites

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    Thumsorn, S.; Srisawat, N.; On, J. Wong; Pivsa-Art, S.; Hamada, H.

    2014-05-01

    Bamboo fiber reinforced biodegradable polymer composites were prepared in this study. Biodegradable poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) was blended with bamboo fiber in a twin screw extruder with varied bamboo content from 20-0wt%. PBS/bamboo fiber composites were fabricated by compression molding process. The effect of bamboo fiber contents on properties of the composites was investigated. Non-isothermal crystallization kinetic study of the composites was investigated based on Avrami equation. The kinetic parameters indicated that bamboo fiber acted as heterogeneous nucleation and enhanced crystallinity of the composites. Bamboo fiber was well dispersed on PBS matrix and good adhered with the matrix. Tensile strength of the composites slightly deceased with adding bamboo fiber. However, tensile modulus and impact strength of the composites increased when increasing bamboo fiber contents. It can be noted that bamboo fiber promoted crystallization and crystallinity of PBS in the composites. Therefore, the composites were better in impact load transferring than neat PBS, which exhibited improving on impact performance of the composites.

  7. One-step polymer surface modification for minimizing drug, protein, and DNA adsorption in microanalytical systems

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    Larsen, Esben Kjær Unmack; Larsen, Niels Bent

    2013-01-01

    The non-specific adsorption of dissolved analytes strongly reduces the sensitivity and reliability in polymer microanalytical systems. Here, a one-step aqueous phase procedure modifies polymer material surfaces to strongly reduce their non-specific adsorption of a broad range of organic analytes ...... systems, including polystyrene (PS), cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), liquid crystalline polymer (LCP), and polyimide (PI)....

  8. Effect of surfactants or a water soluble polymer on the crystal transition of clarithromycin during a wet granulation process.

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    Nozawa, Kenji; Iwao, Yasunori; Noguchi, Shuji; Itai, Shigeru

    2015-11-10

    To generate products containing a stable form of clarithromycin (CAM) (form II) regardless of the initial crystal form of CAM or type of granulation solvent, the effects of five surfactants, or a water-soluble polymer (macrogol 400) were determined on the crystal transition of CAM. The metastable form (form I) was kneaded with water, after adding surfactants, or a water-soluble polymer. Form II was also kneaded with ethanol, after adding the same additives. The resulting samples were analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction. Form I was completely converted to form II by a wet granulation using water with additives bearing polyoxyethylene chains such as polysorbate 80 (PS80), polyoxyl 40 stearate or macrogol 400. The granulation of the form II using ethanol with these additives did not result in a crystal transition to form I. Furthermore, CAM tablets were manufactured using granules with PS80, and these crystal forms and dissolution behaviors were investigated. As a result, the wet granulation of CAM with PS80 gave CAM tablets containing only form II and PS80 did not have any adverse effects on tablet characteristics. Therefore, these data suggests that the crystal form of CAM can be controlled to be form II using a wet granulation process with additives bearing polyoxyethylene chains regardless of the initial crystal form of CAM or type of granulation solvent. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Small-angle light scattering symmetry breaking in polymer-dispersed liquid crystal films with inhomogeneous electrically controlled interface anchoring

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    Loiko, V. A., E-mail: loiko@ifanbel.bas-net.by; Konkolovich, A. V. [National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Stepanov Institute of Physics (Belarus); Zyryanov, V. Ya. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Kirensky Institute of Physics, Federal Research Center “Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center,” Siberian Branch (Russian Federation); Miskevich, A. A. [National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Stepanov Institute of Physics (Belarus)

    2017-03-15

    We have described the method of analyzing and reporting on the results of calculation of the small-angle structure of radiation scattered by a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film with electrically controlled interfacial anchoring. The method is based on the interference approximation of the wave scattering theory and the hard disk model. Scattering from an individual liquid crystal droplet has been described using the anomalous diffraction approximation extended to the case of droplets with uniform and nonuniform interface anchoring at the droplet–polymer boundary. The director field structure in an individual droplet is determined from the solution of the problem of minimizing the volume density of the free energy. The electrooptical effect of symmetry breaking in the angular distribution of scattered radiation has been analyzed. This effect means that the intensities of radiation scattered within angles +θ{sub s} and–θ{sub s} relative to the direction of illumination in the scattering plane can be different. The effect is of the interference origin and is associated with asymmetry of the phase shift of the wavefront of an incident wave from individual parts of the droplet, which appears due to asymmetry of the director field structure in the droplet, caused by nonuniform anchoring of liquid crystal molecules with the polymer on its surface. This effect is analyzed in the case of normal illumination of the film depending on the interfacial anchoring at the liquid crystal–polymer interface, the orientation of the optical axes of droplets, their concentration, sizes, anisometry, and polydispersity.

  10. A p-adaptive LCP formulation for the compressible Navier-Stokes equations

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    Cagnone, J. S.; Vermeire, B. C.; Nadarajah, S.

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a polynomial-adaptive lifting collocation penalty (LCP) formulation for the compressible Navier-Stokes equations. The LCP formulation is a high-order nodal scheme in differential form. This format, although computationally efficient, complicates the treatment of non-uniform polynomial approximations. In Cagnone and Nadarajah (2012) [9], we proposed to circumvent this difficulty by employing specially designed elements inserted at the interface where the interpolation degree varies. In the present study we examine the applicability of this approach to the discretization of the Navier-Stokes equations, with focus put on the treatment of the viscous fluxes. The stability of the scheme is analyzed with the scalar diffusion equation and the merits of the approach are demonstrated with various p-adaptive simulations.

  11. Impact of polymer conformation on the crystal growth inhibition of a poorly water-soluble drug in aqueous solution.

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    Schram, Caitlin J; Beaudoin, Stephen P; Taylor, Lynne S

    2015-01-01

    Poor aqueous solubility is a major hindrance to oral delivery of many emerging drugs. Supersaturated drug solutions can improve passive absorption across the gastrointestinal tract membrane as long as crystallization can be inhibited, enhancing the delivery of such poorly soluble therapeutics. Polymers can inhibit crystallization and prolong supersaturation; therefore, it is desirable to understand the attributes which render a polymer effective. In this study, the conformation of a polymer adsorbed to a crystal surface and its impact on crystal growth inhibition were investigated. The crystal growth rate of a poorly soluble pharmaceutical compound, felodipine, was measured in the presence of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) at two different pH conditions: pH 3 and pH 6.8. HPMCAS was found to be a less effective growth rate inhibitor at pH 3, below its pKa. It was expected that the ionization state of HPMCAS would most likely influence its conformation at the solid-liquid interface. Further investigation with atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed significant differences in the conformation of HPMCAS adsorbed to felodipine at the two pH conditions. At pH 3, HPMCAS formed coiled globules on the surface, whereas at pH 6.8, HPMCAS adsorbed more uniformly. Thus, it appeared that the reduced effectiveness of HPMCAS at pH 3 was directly related to its conformation. The globule formation leaves many felodipine growth sites open and available for growth units to attach, rendering the polymer less effective as a growth rate inhibitor.

  12. 3D lumped components and miniaturized bandpass filter in an ultra-thin M-LCP for SOP applications

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    Arabi, Eyad A.

    2013-01-01

    In this work, a library of 3D lumped components completely embedded in the thinnest, multilayer LCP (M-LCP) stack- up with four metallization layers and 100 μm of total thickness, is reported for the first time. A vertically and horizontally interdigitated capacitor, realized in this stack-up, provides higher self resonant frequency as compared to a similarly sized conventional parallel plate capacitor. Based on the above mentioned library, a miniaturized bandpass filter is presented for the GPS application. It utilizes mutually coupled inductors and is the smallest reported in the literature with a size of (0.035×0.028×0.00089)λg. Finally, the same filter realized in a competing ceramic technology (LTCC) is compared in performance with the ultra-thin M-LCP design. The M-LCP module presented in this work is inherently exible and offers great potential for wearable and conformal applications.

  13. Inhibition of crystal nucleation and growth by water-soluble polymers and its impact on the supersaturation profiles of amorphous drugs.

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    Ozaki, Shunsuke; Kushida, Ikuo; Yamashita, Taro; Hasebe, Takashi; Shirai, Osamu; Kano, Kenji

    2013-07-01

    The impact of water-soluble polymers on drug supersaturation behavior was investigated to elucidate the role of water-soluble polymers in enhancing the supersaturation levels of amorphous pharmaceuticals. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), and Eudragit L-100 (Eudragit) were used as representative polymers, and griseofulvin and danazol were used as model drugs. Supersaturation profiles of amorphous drugs were measured in biorelevant dissolution tests. Crystal growth rate was measured from the decrease in dissolved drug concentration in the presence of seed crystals. Nucleation kinetics was evaluated by measuring the induction time for nucleation. All experiments were performed in the presence and absence of polymers. The degree of supersaturation of the amorphous model drugs increased with an increase in the inhibitory efficiency of polymers against crystal nucleation and growth (HPMC > PVP > Eudragit). In the presence of HPMC, the addition of seed crystals diminished the supersaturation ratio dramatically for griseofulvin and moderately for danazol. The results demonstrated that the polymers contributed to drug supersaturation by inhibiting both nucleation and growth. The effect of the polymers was drug dependent. The detailed characterization of polymers would allow selection of appropriate crystallization inhibitors and a planned quality control strategy for the development of supersaturable formulations. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Fabrication of air-bridged Kerr nonlinear polymer photonic crystal slab structures in near-infrared region

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    Ziming Meng; Xiaolan Zhong; Chen Wang; Zhiyuan Li

    2012-01-01

    Fabrication details of air-bridged Kerr nonlinear polymer photonic crystal slab structures are presented.Both the two-dimensional photonic crystal slab and the one-dimensional nanobeam structures are fabricated using direct focused ion beam etching and subsequent wet chemical etching.The scanning electron microscopy images show the uniformity and homogeneity of the cylindrical air holes.The optical measurement in the near-infrared region is implemented using the tapered fiber coupling method,and the results agree with the numerical calculations by using the three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain method.

  15. Insight into the crystallization of amorphous imine-linked polymer networks to 2D covalent organic frameworks.

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    Smith, Brian J; Overholts, Anna C; Hwang, Nicky; Dichtel, William R

    2016-03-04

    We explore the crystallization of a high surface area imine-linked two-dimensional covalent organic framework (2D COF). The growth process reveals rapid initial formation of an amorphous network that subsequently crystallizes into the layered 2D network. The metastable amorphous polymer may be isolated and resubjected to growth conditions to form the COF. These experiments provide the first mechanistic insight into the mechanism of imine-linked 2D COF formation, which is distinct from that of boronate-ester linked COFs.

  16. Colloidal crystal based plasma polymer patterning to control Pseudomonas aeruginosa attachment to surfaces.

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    Pingle, Hitesh; Wang, Peng-Yuan; Thissen, Helmut; McArthur, Sally; Kingshott, Peter

    2015-12-02

    Biofilm formation on medical implants and subsequent infections are a global problem. A great deal of effort has focused on developing chemical contrasts based on micro- and nanopatterning for studying and controlling cells and bacteria at surfaces. It has been known that micro- and nanopatterns on surfaces can influence biomolecule adsorption, and subsequent cell and bacterial adhesion. However, less focus has been on precisely controlling patterns to study the initial bacterial attachment mechanisms and subsequently how the patterning influences the role played by biomolecular adsorption on biofilm formation. In this work, the authors have used colloidal self-assembly in a confined area to pattern surfaces with colloidal crystals and used them as masks during allylamine plasma polymer (AAMpp) deposition to generate highly ordered patterns from the micro- to the nanoscale. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)-aldehyde was grafted to the plasma regions via "cloud point" grafting to prevent the attachment of bacteria on the plasma patterned surface regions, thereby controlling the adhesive sites by choice of the colloidal crystal morphology. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was chosen to study the bacterial interactions with these chemically patterned surfaces. Scanning electron microscope, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy, and epifluorescence microscopy were used for pattern characterization, surface chemical analysis, and imaging of attached bacteria. The AAMpp influenced bacterial attachment because of the amine groups displaying a positive charge. XPS results confirm the successful grafting of PEG on the AAMpp surfaces. The results showed that PEG patterns can be used as a surface for bacterial patterning including investigating the role of biomolecular patterning on bacterial attachment. These types of patterns are easy to fabricate and could be useful in further applications in biomedical research.

  17. Lanthanide contraction effect on crystal structures of lanthanide coordination polymers with cyclohexanocucurbit[6]uril ligand

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    Zheng, Li-Mei; Liu, Jing-Xin

    2017-01-01

    A series of compounds based on the macrocyclic ligand cyclohexanocucurbit[6]uril (Cy6Q[6]) with formulas {Ln(H2O)6Cy6Q[6]}·2(CdCl4)·H3O·xH2O [isomorphous with Ln=La (1), Ce (2), Pr (3) and Nd (4), x=11 (1), 11 (2), 10 (3) and 11 (4)], {Sm(H2O)5Cy6Q[6]}·2(CdCl4)·H3O·10H2O (5) and {Ln(H2O)5(NO3)@Cy6Q[6]}·2(CdCl4)·2H3O·xH2O [isomorphous with Ln=Gd (6), Tb (7) and Dy (8), x=8 (6), 6 (7) and 6 (8)], have been successfully synthesized by the self-assembly of Cy6Q[6] with the corresponding lanthanide nitrate under hydrochloric acid aqueous solution in the presence of CdCl2. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses revealed that compounds 1-8 all crystallize in monoclinic space group P21/c, and display 1D coordination polymer structures. The lanthanide contraction effect on the structures of 1-8 has also been investigated and discussed in detail. In contrast, the reaction of Cy6Q[6] with the Ho(NO)3, Tm(NO)3, Yb(NO)3 under the same conditions resulted in the compounds 9-11 with formulas Cy6Q[6]·2(CdCl4)·2H3O·xH2O [isomorphous with x=10 (9), 10 (10), and 9 (11)], in which no lanthanide cations are observed. The structural difference of these compounds indicates that the Cy6Q[6] may be used in the separation of lanthanide cations.

  18. Thermo-driven light controller by using thermal modulation of diffraction wavelength in holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal grating

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    Ogiwara, Akifumi; Kakiuchida, Hiroshi

    2014-02-01

    A microperiodic structure composed of polymer and liquid crystal (LC) phases, called holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC), was fabricated based on a photo-induced phase separation technique by laser interferometric exposure. The diffraction wavelength of HPDLC gratings formed by different LC composites and grating structures was experimentally investigated by spectroscopic measurements as a function of temperature at around 30 °C. The HPDLC gratings composed of nematic LC having low nematic to isotropic temperature (TNI) and film thickness of 25 μm showed the switch of diffraction wavelength between visible and infrared lights by the change of temperature. The optical characteristics achieved in HPDLC gratings are expected to be applicable for the basis of diffractive type of thermodriven light controller which can supply visibility constantly for solar-ray control windows.

  19. Interfacial and volumetric sensitivity of the dry sintering process of polymer colloidal crystals: a thermal transport and photonic bandgap study.

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    Nutz, Fabian A; Retsch, Markus

    2017-06-21

    We introduce the in situ characterization of the dry sintering process of face-centred cubic colloidal crystals by two complementary techniques: thermal transport and photonic stopband characterization. Therefore, we employed time-dependent, isothermal laser flash analysis and specular reflectivity experiments close to the glass transition temperature of the colloidal crystal. Both methods yield distinctly different time constants of the film formation process. This discrepancy can be attributed to a volume- (photonic stopband) and interface-driven (thermal transport) sensitivity of the respective characterization method. Nevertheless, both methods yield comparable apparent activation energies. Finally, we extended the sintering process characterization to further polymer compositions, with vastly different glass transition temperatures. We could show that the film formation rate is governed by the viscoelastic properties of the polymers at the respective annealing temperature.

  20. Synthesis, crystal structure and Thermogravimetry of ortho-phthalic acid bridged coordination polymer of Copper(II)

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    BABITA SARMA; SAURAV BHARALI; DIGANTA KUMAR DAS

    2016-06-01

    Coordination polymer of Cu(II) bridged by o-phthalic acid alone is not known. The reaction of$CuCl_{2}.2H_{2}O$ with (2-butoxycarbonyl)benzoic acid yielded three dimensional coordination polymer bridged byo-phthalic acid. X-ray crystal structure shows structure with monoclinic P21/c space group. o-Phthalic acidmolecules act as bridge between two Cu(II), one carboxylate binds to one Cu(II) as bidentate while the othercarboxylate binds to another Cu(II) as monodentate. The four planar co-ordination positions of Cu(II) aresatisfied by two chelated carboxylates while fifth and sixth co-ordination positions are satisfied by monodentatecarboxylates. EPR and TGA of the coordination polymer are also reported.

  1. Thin and flexible solid-state organic ionic plastic crystal-polymer nanofibre composite electrolytes for device applications.

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    Howlett, Patrick C; Ponzio, Florian; Fang, Jian; Lin, Tong; Jin, Liyu; Iranipour, Nahid; Efthimiadis, Jim

    2013-09-07

    All solid-state organic ionic plastic crystal-polymer nanofibre composite electrolytes are described for the first time. The new composite materials exhibit enhanced conductivity, excellent thermal, mechanical and electrochemical stability and allow the production of optically transparent, free-standing, flexible, thin film electrolytes (10's μms thick) for application in electrochemical devices. Stable cycling of a lithium cell incorporating the new composite electrolyte is demonstrated, including cycling at lower temperatures than previously possible with the pure material.

  2. Micro-Holograms in a Methyl Red-Doped Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal (E48:PVP

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    N. P. Hermosa II

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Feasibility of a holographic point-by-point storage in a methyl red-doped Polymer-Dispersed LiquidCrystal (PDLC is determined. Micro-holograms (gratings are recorded next to each other. Smallestgrating diameter obtained is 69.9 mm, with minimum grating distance of 80 mm. Recording of adjacentgrating reduces the diffraction efficiency of existing grating by 17% (average.

  3. Orientations of Chromonic Liquid Crystals by Imprinted or Rubbed Polymer Films

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    Yi, Youngwoo; McGuire, Aya; Clark, Noel

    2014-03-01

    A variety of novel alignment effects of chromonic liquid crystal phases of sunset yellow (SSY)/water, disodium cromoglycate (DSCG)/water, and their mixtures by thiol-ene polymer films topographically imprinted with linear channels are observed using polarizing optical microscopy. Nematic DSCG and SSY at low concentration and their nematic mixtures orient with the long axes of stacked chromonic aggregates on average parallel to the channels, that is, with the molecular planes normal to the channel axis. On the contrary, nematic SSY in contact with the rubbed polyimide films orients with the long axes on average in-plane perpendicular to the rubbing direction, arguably, due to a tongue-groove interaction between SSY and the stretched PI chains. Furthermore, multi-stable alignments are observed in SSY solutions of sufficiently high concentration, including preferential in-plane orientation of the long axes of the aggregates parallel to, perpendicular to, and 45° rotated from the channels. This work was supported by NSF grant DMR 1207606, NSF MRSEC grant DMR 0820579, and NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate programs.

  4. Electrically Tunable Binary-Phase Fresnel Lens Based on Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal

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    Hui LI

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available This is a proposal for a Fresnel lens with an electrically tunable binary-phase made of polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC, which has relatively fast response time and low applied voltage. Simple fabrication is the major advantage of the proposed method. In this study, NOA65 and E7 were utilized with weight ratios of 60 wt.%: 40 wt.%. There was also the utilization of a relatively low intensity UV-light, 0.53 mW/cm2. The duration time of exposure was about 30 hours. The performance improvement of the Fresnel lens resulted from the infiltration of large LC droplet into the PDLC film. The phenomenon of black cross strip patterns could be explained with the use of the electro-hydrodynamics theory. The diffraction efficiency of the proposed lens was from 31.1 % to 41 % with the changes of externally applied voltage. This work presents an effective approach to get relatively complete phase separation in PDLC. The proposed method also provides great potential in developing high performance Fresnel lens.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.23.2.16317

  5. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Crystal Structure, Spectrum and Electrochemical Analysis of the Copper(Ⅱ) Coordination Polymer

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    LI Chang-Hong; LI Wei; LI Yu-Lin; KUANG Yun-Fei

    2012-01-01

    The three-dimensional framework copper(Ⅱ) coordination polymer with basic copper carbonate and 3-(pyridin-2-yl)-1,2,4-triazole has been hydrothermally synthesized. It crystallizes in monoclinic space group P21/c, with a = 1.20860(3), b = 1.29581(2), c = 1.67863(3) nm, β = 116.0280(2)°, C21H12Cu3N12, Mr = 623.05, V = 2.36230(9) nm3, Dc = 1.752 g/cm3, Z = 4, F(000) = 1236, GOOF = 1.037, the final R = 0.0408 and wR = 0.1141. Every unit cell contains three copper atoms and three 3-(pyridin-2-yl)-1,2,4-triazole ligands. Every central Cu(Ⅱ) ion is coordinated by four nitrogen atoms of the 3-(pyridin-2-yl)-1,2,4-triazole ligands, forming a distorted tetrahedron. The title complex exhibits an intense photoluminescence at room temperature with the maximum emission at 392 nm. The cyclic voltametric behavior of the complex shows that the electron transfer in electrolysis reaction is irreversible.

  6. Direct induction of molecular alignment in liquid crystal polymer network film by photopolymerization

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    Hisano, K.; Aizawa, M.; Ishizu, M.; Kurata, Y.; Shishido, A.

    2016-09-01

    Liquid crystal (LC) is the promising material for the fabrication of high-performance soft, flexible devices. The fascinating and useful properties arise from their cooperative effect that inherently allows the macroscopic integration and control of molecular alignment through various external stimuli. To date, light-matter interaction is the most attractive stimuli and researchers developed photoalignment through photochemical or photophysical reactions triggered by linearly polarized light. Here we show the new choice based on molecular diffusion by photopolymerization. We found that photopolymerization of a LC monomer and a crosslinker through a photomask enables to direct molecular alignment in the resultant LC polymer network film. The key generating the molecular alignment is molecular diffusion due to the difference of chemical potentials between irradiated and unirradiated regions. This concept is applicable to various shapes of photomask and two-dimensional molecular alignments can be fabricated depending on the spatial design of photomask. By virtue of the inherent versatility of molecular diffusion in materials, the process would shed light on the fabrication of various high-performance flexible materials with molecular alignment having controlled patterns.

  7. Photonic bandgap properties of void-based body-centered-cubic photonic crystals in polymer.

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    Zhou, Guangyong; Ventura, Michael; Gu, Min; Matthews, Aaron; Kivshar, Yuri

    2005-06-13

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of void-based body-centered-cubic (bcc) photonic crystals in a solidified transparent polymer by the use of a femtosecond laser-driven microexplosion method. The change in the refractive index in the region surrounding the void dots that form the bcc structures is verified by presenting confocal microscope images, and the bandgap properties are characterized by using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. The effect of the angle of incidence on the photonic bandgaps is also studied. We observe multiple stop gaps with a suppression rate of the main gap of 47% for a bcc structure with a lattice constant of 2.77 microm, where the first and second stop gaps are located at 3.7 microm and 2.2 microm, respectively. We also present a theoretical approach to characterize the refractive index of the material for calculating the bandgap spectra, and confirm that the wavelengths of the observed bandgaps are in good correlation with the analytical predictions.

  8. The Influence of Nanofilled Polymer Coatings and Magnetic Field on the Decay Kinetics of Photovoltage in Silicon Crystals Used in Solar Energy

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    L.P. Steblenko

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The influence of a weak stationary magnetic field on the kinetics of photovoltage decay in "solar" silicon crystals (solar-Si with nanofilled polymer coatings is studied. The characteristic features of magnetostimulated change of carrier lifetime depending on the concentration and the method of forming the nanofillers in the polymer matrix are established.

  9. Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Selective Extraction of Crystal Violet from Natural Seawater coupled with High- Performance Liquid Chromatographic Determination

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    LIAN Ziru; WANG Jiangtao

    2014-01-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were prepared by the bulk polymerization using crystal violet as the template molecule, and the methacrylic acid and ethylene glycol dimetheacrylate as functional monomer and cross-linker, respectively. Sys-tematic investigations of synthetic conditions were conducted. The surface morphology and recognition mechanism of the obtained polymers were studied using scanning electron microscope and spectrophotometric analysis. MIPs showed high affinity to template molecule and were successfully applied as special solid-phase extraction sorbent for selective extraction of crystal violet from natural seawater. An off-line molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction (MISPE) method followed by high-performance liquid chroma-tography with diodearray detection for the analysis of crystal violet was also established. MISPE columns have good recoveries for crystal violet standard solutions and good linearity was obtained over the concentration range of 0-200μg L-1 (R2>0.99). Finally, two natural seawater samples were investigated. The recoveries of spiked seawater on the MISPE columns were from 44.47% to 62.34%, the relative standard deviation (n=3) being in the range of 2.89%-5.96%.

  10. A study on the mechanical characteristics of the EBM-printed Ti-6Al-4V LCP plates in vitro.

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    Liu, Peng-Cheng; Yang, Yun-Ji; Liu, Run; Shu, He-Xi; Gong, Jin-Peng; Yang, Yong; Sun, Qi; Wu, Xing; Cai, Ming

    2014-11-05

    The electron beam melting (EBM) Ti-6Al-4V material technology has been developed over a short time period. It was introduced through a research to develop Ti-6Al-4V implants for patients, but EBM printed locking compression plates have not been used for clinical implants. The main purpose of this study is to find whether the EBM Ti-6Al-4V plate suit for clinical implants. First, we scanned an AO-locking compression plate (LCP) and printed LCP samples using EBM. Next, we evaluated the EBM plate surface roughness through optical microscopy as well as the LCP and EBM plates' mechanical characteristics using the ASTM standard, which is commonly used to test the mechanical properties of bone plates subject to bending. Each sample was examined using a single-cycle four-point bending test and hardness testing to acquire data on bending stiffness, bending strength, bending structural stiffness, and hardness. The results show significant differences in bending stiffness, bending strength, bending structural stiffness, and hardness between the samples using EBM and the original LCP plates. The EBM-printed samples' surface roughness was 0.49 ± 0.02 μm. The mean hardness of the LCP sample was 266.67 HV10 ± 5.8, and the EBM-printed sample mean hardness was 341.1 HV10 ± 1.93. The EBM samples' bending stiffness was 87.67%, which is greater than using the LCP plates'; and the bending strength was 190.7% greater, the bending structural stiffness was 73.2% greater, and the hardness was 27.9% greater. The results show that the EBM plates' general mechanical strength was significantly greater than the LCP plates. An EBM plate is advantageous for clinical implants because it can be customized with great potential for improvement.

  11. Membrane-Based Technologies in the Pharmaceutical Industry and Continuous Production of Polymer-Coated Crystals/Particles.

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    Chen, Dengyue; Sirkar, Kamalesh K; Jin, Chi; Singh, Dhananjay; Pfeffer, Robert

    2017-01-01

    Membrane technologies are of increasing importance in a variety of separation and purification applications involving liquid phases and gaseous mixtures. Although the most widely used applications at this time are in water treatment including desalination, there are many applications in chemical, food, healthcare, paper and petrochemical industries. This brief review is concerned with existing and emerging applications of various membrane technologies in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. The goal of this review article is to identify important membrane processes and techniques which are being used or proposed to be used in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical operations. How novel membrane processes can be useful for delivery of crystalline/particulate drugs is also of interest. Membrane separation technologies are extensively used in downstream processes for bio-pharmaceutical separation and purification operations via microfiltration, ultrafiltration and diafiltration. Also the new technique of membrane chromatography allows efficient purification of monoclonal antibodies. Membrane filtration techniques of reverse osmosis and nanofiltration are being combined with bioreactors and advanced oxidation processes to treat wastewaters from pharmaceutical plants. Nanofiltration with organic solvent-stable membranes can implement solvent exchange and catalyst recovery during organic solvent-based drug synthesis of pharmaceutical compounds/intermediates. Membranes in the form of hollow fibers can be conveniently used to implement crystallization of pharmaceutical compounds. The novel crystallization methods of solid hollow fiber cooling crystallizer (SHFCC) and porous hollow fiber anti-solvent crystallization (PHFAC) are being developed to provide efficient methods for continuous production of polymer-coated drug crystals in the area of drug delivery. This brief review provides a general introduction to various applications of membrane technologies in

  12. Examining the role of fluctuations in the early stages of homogenous polymer crystallization with simulation and statistical learning

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    Welch, P. M.

    2017-01-01

    We propose a relationship between the dynamics in the amorphous and crystalline domains during polymer crystallization: the fluctuations of ordering-rate about a material-specific value in the amorphous phase drive those fluctuations associated with the increase in percent crystallinity. This suggests a differential equation that satisfies the three experimentally observed time regimes for the rate of crystal growth. To test this postulated expression, we applied a suite of statistical learning tools to molecular dynamics simulations to extract the relevant phenomenology. This study shows that the proposed relationship holds in the early time regime. It illustrates the effectiveness of soft computing tools in the analysis of coarse-grained simulations in which patterns exist, but may not easily yield to strict quantitative evaluation. This ability assists us in characterizing the critical early time molecular arrangement during the primary nucleation phase of polymer melt crystallization. In addition to supporting the validity of the proposed kinetics expression, the simulations show that (i) the classical nucleation and growth mechanism is active in the early stages of ordering; (ii) the number of nuclei and their masses grow linearly during this early time regime; and (iii) a fixed inter-nuclei distance is established.

  13. A biosensor of high-density lipoprotein of human serum on a liquid crystal and polymer composite film

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    Lin, Yi-Hsin; Chang, Kai-Han; Chu, Wei-Lin; Tsou, Yu-Shih; Wu, Li-Ching; Li, Chien-Feng

    2013-10-01

    A biosensor for the concentration of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in human serum on a liquid crystal and polymer composite film (LCPCF) is demonstrated. The sensing mechanism is based on a polar-polar interaction between orientation of LC directors and HDL in human serum. The concentration of polar HDL in human serum affects the orientations of LC directors at the interface between LCPCF and the human serum. In addition, the surface free energy of LCPCF changes with the applied voltage due to the electrically tunable orientations of LC directors anchored among the polymer grains of LCPCF. As a result, the droplet motion of human serum on LCPCF under applied voltages can sense the concentration of HDL in human serum.

  14. MANAGEMENT OF DISTAL DIA PHYSI O METAPHYSEAL J UNCTION HUMERUS FRACTURES WITH SINGLE COLUMN POSTEROLATERAL LCP - OUR RESULTS

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    Lokesh Chowdary

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Fracture of the distal humerus are complex and challenging injuries to treat. In this study we used d istal humeral posterolateral LCP system, which is an anatomically shaped angular stable system. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate clinical outcome after ORIF with posterolateral LCP plate. METHODS: 24 Consecutive patients with distal humerus fractures treated with posterolateral LCP between October 2010 to December 2014 . 20 patients had complete follow up of 20 months , patients evaluated both clinically & radiologically & VAS & DASH score were used. RESULTS: All patients except 4 r e gained full range of movements , 2 patients lost 5° of extension & 1 patient 10° of extension. No loss of flexion in any patient. One patient had failed fixation who had stated early manual labour.

  15. Development of a low cost 94GHz imaging receiver using multi-layer liquid crystal polymer technology

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    Rice, Paul J.; Black, Mark; McNicol, John; Munday, Paul D.; Adamson, Kate; Smethurst, Lee

    2008-04-01

    The 94GHz imaging band is the most commercially focused of the mm-wave imaging "windows". However, the commercial uptake of imaging systems has been limited due to the production costs involved, of which a significant proportion is due to the front-end receivers. Conventionally, the receiver is machined from metal and made-up of either several modules or a single more integrated module containing the RF and DC circuitry. Even with the more integrated approach the cost is prohibitive, due to the cost of the MMICs, the machining of the metal and integration of different materials during assembly. The front end receiver cost is a potential limiting factor in the deployment of imaging systems. LCP multi-layer substrates remove the requirement for expensive metal machining and because the RF and DC circuitry is integrated in the same substrate the assembly cost of the module is also reduced. Cost is not the only consideration, LCP has excellent properties which are especially attractive for high-performance microwave applications. These properties include low permittivity, low loss tangent, low water-absorption coefficient and most importantly low cost. By means of heat treatments, their coefficients of thermal expansion can be tailored to make them more amenable to integration into packages that include other materials. The LCP is manufactured in large sheet/panel form allowing batch manufacture of circuits which ensures circuit to circuit repeatability and a high yield. LCP has a dielectric constant of 3.16+/-0.05 and a dielectric loss tangent of 0.0049 to 100GHz. These properties have resulted in measured line loss of 0.2dB/mm at 110GHz. This level of loss makes this material system a viable approach for low noise integrated imaging receivers and will allow sensitivities of <0.8°K NETD to be achieved. This paper describes the design, measurement and characterisation of the first 94GHz receiver manufactured using LCP reported in the literature.

  16. Synthesis,crystal structure and properties of inorganic-organic hybrid polymers based on 8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonic acid

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    2009-01-01

    Two new inorganic-organic hybrid polymers, Mn(QS)(H2O) (1) and Co(QS)(H2O)2 (2) (H2QS=8-hydroxyl-quinoline-5-sulfonic acid), based on 8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonate ligand, have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions and their structures were solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Compound 1 is a three-dimensional open framework with rutile topology structure, and compound 2 is a three-dimensional supramolecular structure. These compounds were characterized by powder XRD, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, fluorescence properties and magnetism properties.

  17. Wall-shaped electrodes for reducing the operation voltage of polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal displays

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    Kim, Miyoung; Kim, Min Su; Kang, Byeong Gyun; Kim, Mi-Kyung; Yoon, Sukin; Lee, Seung Hee [Polymer BIN Fusion Research Center, Department of Polymer Nano-Science and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Chonju, Chonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Ge Zhibing; Rao Linghui; Gauza, Sebastian; Wu, Shin-Tson, E-mail: lsh1@chonbuk.ac.k, E-mail: swu@creol.ucf.ed [College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)

    2009-12-07

    Polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal displays based on the Kerr effect are emerging due to their submillisecond response time, wide view and simple fabrication process. However, the conventional in-plane switching device exhibits a relatively high operating voltage because the electric fields are restricted in the vicinity of the electrode surface. To overcome this technical barrier, we propose a partitioned wall-shaped electrode configuration so that the induced birefringence is uniform between electrodes throughout the entire cell gap. Consequently, the operating voltage is reduced by {approx} 2.8x with two transistors. The responsible physical mechanisms are explained.

  18. Synthesis, crystal structure and properties of inorganic-organic hybrid polymers based on 8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonic acid

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    WANG Ying; XUE Ming; XU JiaNing; ZHU GuangShan; QIU ShiLun

    2009-01-01

    Two new inorganic-organic hybrid polymers, Mn(QS)(H_2O) (1) and Co(QS)(H_2O)2 (2) (H2QS=8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonic acid), based on 8-hydroxylquinoline-5-sulfonate ligand, have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions and their structures were solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Compound 1 is a three-dimensional open framework with rutile topology structure, and compound 2 is a three-dimensional supramolecular structure. These compounds were characterized by powder XRD, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, fluorescence properties and magnetism properties.

  19. Type of tunable guided-mode resonance filter based on electro-optic characteristic of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal.

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    Wang, Qi; Zhang, Dawei; Huang, Yuanshen; Ni, Zhengji; Chen, Jiabi; Zhong, Yangwan; Zhuang, Songlin

    2010-04-15

    A narrowband guided-mode resonance filter (GMRF) incorporating polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) is designed. Simulating the characteristics of the filter with rigorous coupled-wave analysis, we find that the resonance wavelength of the new kind of GMRF can be tuned from 672.4 to 698.4 nm by varying the refractive index of the PDLC layer with the applied voltage. Furthermore, the resonance wavelengths vary in a linear fashion with respect to the refractive index of the PDLC layer. Therefore, the desired resonance wavelength can be conveniently selected and tuned in a tuning range of 26 nm by using the applied voltage.

  20. Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Luminescence Properties of a New Calcium(II Coordination Polymer Based on L-Malic Acid

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    Duraisamy Senthil Raja

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A new calcium coordination polymer [Ca(HL-MA]n (H3L-MA = L-malic acid has been solvothermally synthesized. The structure of the newly synthesized complex has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and further characterized by elemental analysis, reflectance UV-Vis & IR spectra, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The single crystal structure analysis showed that the complex forms three-dimensional framework. The new Ca(II complex has displayed very high thermal stability which was inferred from TGA and PXRD results. As far as the optical property of the new complex is concerned, the complex emitted its own characteristic sensitized luminescence.

  1. Solvent-mediated crystal-to-crystal interconversion between discrete lanthanide complexes and one-dimensional coordination polymers and selective sensing for small molecules.

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    Wu, Jin-Ji; Ye, Yu-Xin; Qiu, Ying-Yu; Qiao, Zheng-Ping; Cao, Man-Li; Ye, Bao-Hui

    2013-06-03

    Two isostructural 1D coordination polymers {[Ln(OAc)2(H2O)(OBPT)]·3H2O}n (HOBPT = 4,6-bis(2-pyridyl)-1,3,5-triazin-2-ol, Ln = Eu(3+), 1; Tb(3+), 3) and two discrete complexes [Ln(OAc)2(DMF)2(OBPT)] (Ln = Eu(3+), 2; Tb(3+), 4) have been synthesized in H2O-MeOH or DMF solvents, respectively. Their structures were identified by powder X-ray diffraction. Single-crystal X-ray studies for complexes 1 and 2 revealed that the coordination geometries of the Eu(3+) ions are similar and can be described as a distorted tricapped trigonal prism with six oxygen atoms and three nitrogen atoms. The difference between them is that one aqua ligand and one oxygen atom from the OBPT ligand complete the coordination sphere in complex 1, whereas two DMF molecules complete the coordination sphere in complex 2. Interestingly, the solvent-mediated, reversible crystal-to-crystal transformation between them was achieved by immersing the crystalline samples in the corresponding solvent (H2O or DMF) or by exposing them to solvent vapor. Complex 1 shows a highly selective luminescence enhancement in response to DMF in comparison to that observed in response to other examined solvents such as acetone, ethyl acetate, ethanol, acetonitrile, methanol, and THF.

  2. Photo-Responsive Shape-Memory and Shape-Changing Liquid-Crystal Polymer Networks

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    Danish Iqbal

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available “Surrounding matters” is a phrase that has become more significant in recent times when discussing polymeric materials. Although regular polymers do respond to external stimuli like softening of material at higher temperatures, that response is gradual and linear in nature. Smart polymers (SPs or stimuli-responsive polymers (SRPs behave differently to those external stimuli, as their behavior is more rapid and nonlinear in nature and even a small magnitude of external stimulus can cause noticeable changes in their shape, size, color or conductivity. Of these SRPs, two types of SPs with the ability to actively change can be differentiated: shape-memory polymers and shape-changing polymers. The uniqueness of these materials lies not only in the fast macroscopic changes occurring in their structure but also in that some of these shape changes are reversible. This paper presents a brief review of current progress in the area of light activated shape-memory polymers and shape-changing polymers and their possible field of applications.

  3. Crystal growth and characterization studies of novel luminescent 2D coordination polymer of lead-benzilate possessing edge sharing PbO6 polyhedra

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    Soumya Mol, U. S.; Drisya, R.; Satheesh Chandran, P. R.; Sudarsanakumar, M. R.; Suma, S.; Sudhadevi Antharjanam, P. K.

    2016-12-01

    Single crystals of a new coordination polymer of lead-benzilate, C28H21O6Pb·C2H5OH have been successfully grown by gel diffusion technique at room temperature. The colourless single crystals were obtained within a week. The crystal structure was elucidated using single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The compound possesses a polymeric structure constructed from edge sharing PbO6 polyhedra. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the compound crystallizes in triclinic space group P-1. The grown crystals were further characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, UV-Visible and thermogravimetric analysis. The photoluminescent properties of the complex and the ligand were also investigated.

  4. Development of novel graphene and carbon nanotubes based multifunctional polymer matrix composites

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    Leung, S. N.; Khan, M. O.; Naguib, H. E.

    2014-05-01

    This paper investigates strategies to alter the nano-and-microstructures of carbon-based filler-reinforced polymer matrix composites (PMCs). The matrix materials being studied in this work include polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) and liquid crystal polymer (LCP). A set of experiments were performed to investigate various strategies (i) to fabricate a morphological structure within the polymer matrix; (ii) to develop a thermally and electrically conductive network of nano-scaled fillers; and (iii) to produce a thermally conductive but electrically insulative network of hybrid fillers of nano-and-micro scales. The PMCs' structure-to-property relationships, including electrical and thermal properties, were revealed. In particular, the composites' effective thermal conductivities could be increased by as much as 10-folded over the neat polymers. By structuring the embedded electrically conductive pathways in the PMCs, their electrical conductivities could be tailored to levels that ranged from those of electrical insulators to those of semi-conductors. These multifunctional carbon-based filler-reinforced PMCs are envisioned to be potential solutions of various engineering problems. For example, light-weight thermally conductive PMCs with tailored electrical conductivities can serve as a new family of materials for electronic packaging or heat management applications.

  5. Novel Interphases: Synthesis, Molecular Orientation and Grafting of Liquid Crystal Polymers on Carbon Fibers

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    1990-01-01

    presumably due to the alkaline nature of the TBAF solution bringing about a base - catalyzed ester hydrolysis of the more susceptible biphenyl benzoate...polymer- based composites. A protection- polymerization-deprotection scheo.e was developed for the synthesis of these functionallzed polymers. Optical... Transesterification . 26 1.2.4.2 Grafting via Esterification in Solution ...... .. 41 1.3 Summary ....... .................... .. 43 1.4 Experimental

  6. Soft porous crystal meets TCNQ: charge transfer-type porous coordination polymers

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    Shimomura, Satoru; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2011-01-01

    The significant progress of porous coordination polymers (or metal–organic frameworks) has been attracting the attention of a lot of scientists in various disciplines and encouraging their entry into this field. The synergy of diverse scientific senses brings further spread of the chemistry of porous coordination polymers. In this review, we introduced the recent developments in PCPs resulting from the hybridization with TCNQ chemistry. Electronic and structural diversities of TCNQ provide no...

  7. Auto-Origami and Soft Programmable Transformers: Simulation Studies of Liquid Crystal Elastomers and Swelling Polymer Gels

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    Konya, Andrew; Santangelo, Christian; Selinger, Robin

    2014-03-01

    When the underlying microstructure of an actuatable material varies in space, simple sheets can transform into complex shapes. Using nonlinear finite element elastodynamic simulations, we explore the design space of two such materials: liquid crystal elastomers and swelling polymer gels. Liquid crystal elastomers (LCE) undergo shape transformations induced by stimuli such as heating/cooling or illumination; complex deformations may be programmed by ``blueprinting'' a non-uniform director field in the sample when the polymer is cross-linked. Similarly, swellable gels can undergo shape change when they are swollen anisotropically as programmed by recently developed halftone gel lithography techniques. For each of these materials we design and test programmable motifs which give rise to complex deformation trajectories including folded structures, soft swimmers, apertures that open and close, bas relief patterns, and other shape transformations inspired by art and nature. In order to accommodate the large computational needs required to model these materials, our 3-d nonlinear finite element elastodynamics simulation algorithm is implemented in CUDA, running on a single GPU-enabled workstation.

  8. Effect of a Polymercaptan Material on the Electro-Optical Properties of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal Films

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    Yujian Sun

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC films were prepared by the ultraviolet-light-induced polymerization of photopolymerizable monomers in nematic liquid crystal/chiral dopant/thiol-acrylate reaction monomer composites. The effects of the chiral dopant and crosslinking agents on the electro-optical properties of the PDLC films were systematically investigate. While added the chiral dopant S811 into the PDLC films, the initial off-state transmittance of the films was decreased. It was found that the weight ratio among acrylate monomers, thiol monomer PETMP and the polymercaptan Capcure 3-800 showed great influence on the properties of the fabricated PDLC films because of the existence of competition between thiol-acrylate reaction and acrylate monomer polymerization reaction. While adding polymercaptans curing agent Capcure 3-800 with appropriate concentration into the PDLC system, lower driven voltage and higher contrast ratio were achieved. This made the polymer network and electro-optical properties of the PDLC films easily tunable by the introduction of the thiol monomers.

  9. Multicomponent semiconducting polymer systems with low crystallization-induced percolation threshold

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    Goffri, S.; Müller, C.; Stingelin-Stutzmann, N.;

    2006-01-01

    Blends and other multicomponent systems are used in various polymer applications to meet multiple requirements that cannot be fulfilled by a single material1, 2, 3. In polymer optoelectronic devices it is often desirable to combine the semiconducting properties of the conjugated species with the ......Blends and other multicomponent systems are used in various polymer applications to meet multiple requirements that cannot be fulfilled by a single material1, 2, 3. In polymer optoelectronic devices it is often desirable to combine the semiconducting properties of the conjugated species...... of the two components, during which the semiconductor is predominantly expelled to the surfaces of cast films, we can obtain vertically stratified structures in a one-step process. Incorporating these as active layers in polymer field-effect transistors, we find that the concentration of the semiconductor......–crystalline/semiconducting–insulating multicomponent systems offer expanded flexibility for realizing high-performance semiconducting architectures at drastically reduced materials cost with improved mechanical properties and environmental stability, without the need to design all performance requirements into the active semiconducting polymer...

  10. Users Manual for the Program LCP2 (Version 2.40)

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    Gaunholt, Hans

    1996-01-01

    LCP2 (Linear Circuit Program) is developed as an analysis and optimization tool to be used in the design of passive, active and digital filters with arbitrary structures. By the aid of an optimization loop the program may be used to solve nonlinear design equations for active filter structures...... or to compensate designs for the application of nonideal circuit components such as transmission lines with losses and nonideal operational amplifiers. The information needed by the program is some target responses such as the poles and zeros or tabulated responses of e.g. the magnitude and the group-delay. Output...... is a set of corrected component values according to a minimum of some error-function. The error function may be chosen to be of the least square, the least "2p", the minimax and the L1-norm type. Sensitivity information is available from the program together with the worst-case sensitivity index...

  11. Use of X-ray diffraction, molecular simulations, and spectroscopy to determine the molecular packing in a polymer-fullerene bimolecular crystal

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    Miller, Nichole Cates; Gysel, Roman; Sweetnam, Sean; McGehee, Michael D. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (United States); Cho, Eunkyung [School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States); Junk, Matthias J.N.; Chmelka, Bradley F. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (United States); Risko, Chad; Kim, Dongwook; Bredas, Jean-Luc [School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States); Miller, Chad E. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (United States); Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA (United States); Richter, Lee J.; Kline, R. Joseph [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (United States); Heeney, Martin; McCulloch, Iain [Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London (United Kingdom); Amassian, Aram [King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, Thuwal (Saudi Arabia); Acevedo-Feliz, Daniel; Knox, Christopher [King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Visualization Core Laboratory, Thuwal (Saudi Arabia); Hansen, Michael Ryan; Dudenko, Dmytro [Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz (Germany); Toney, Michael F. [Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2012-11-27

    The molecular packing in a polymer: fullerene bimolecular crystal is determined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), molecular mechanics (MM) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, 2D solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and IR absorption spectroscopy. The conformation of the electron-donating polymer is significantly disrupted by the incorporation of the electron-accepting fullerene molecules, which introduce twists and bends along the polymer backbone and 1D electron-conducting fullerene channels. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Use of X-ray diffraction, molecular simulations, and spectroscopy to determine the molecular packing in a polymer-fullerene bimolecular crystal

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    Miller, Nichole Cates

    2012-09-05

    The molecular packing in a polymer: fullerene bimolecular crystal is determined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), molecular mechanics (MM) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, 2D solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and IR absorption spectroscopy. The conformation of the electron-donating polymer is significantly disrupted by the incorporation of the electron-accepting fullerene molecules, which introduce twists and bends along the polymer backbone and 1D electron-conducting fullerene channels. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Short-term supplementation of low-dose gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), or GLA plus ALA does not augment LCP omega 3 status of Dutch vegans to an appreciable extent

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    Fokkema, M R; Brouwer, D A; Hasperhoven, M B; Martini, I A; Muskiet, F A

    2000-01-01

    Vegans do not consume meat and fish and have therefore low intakes of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCP). They may consequently have little negative feedback inhibition from dietary LCP on conversion of alpha -linolenic acid (ALA) to the LCP omega 3 eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaeno

  14. Short-term supplementation of low-dose gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), or GLA plus ALA does not augment LCP omega 3 status of Dutch vegans to an appreciable extent

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    Fokkema, M R; Brouwer, D A; Hasperhoven, M B; Martini, I A; Muskiet, F A

    2000-01-01

    Vegans do not consume meat and fish and have therefore low intakes of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCP). They may consequently have little negative feedback inhibition from dietary LCP on conversion of alpha -linolenic acid (ALA) to the LCP omega 3 eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and

  15. Fabrication of micro- and nanometre-scale polymer structures in liquid crystal devices for next generation photonics applications

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    Tartan, Chloe C.; Salter, Patrick S.; Booth, Martin J.; Morris, Stephen M.; Elston, Steve J.

    2016-09-01

    Direct Laser Writing (DLW) by two-photon photopolymerization (TPP) enables the fabrication of micron-scale polymeric structures in soft matter systems. The technique has implications in a broad range of optics and photonics; in particular fast-switching liquid crystal (LC) modes for the development of next generation display technologies. In this paper, we report two different methodologies using our TPP-based fabrication technique. Two explicit examples are provided of voltage-dependent LC director profiles that are inherently unstable, but which appear to be promising candidates for fast-switching photonics applications. In the first instance, 1 μm-thick periodic walls of polymer network are written into a planar aligned (parallel rubbed) nematic pi-cell device containing a nematic LC-monomer mixture. The structures are fabricated when the device is electrically driven into a fast-switching nematic LC state and aberrations induced by the device substrates are corrected for by virtue of the adaptive optics elements included within the DLW setup. Optical polarizing microscopy images taken post-fabrication reveal that polymer walls oriented perpendicular to the rubbing direction promote the stability of the so-called optically compensated bend mode upon removal of the externally applied field. In the second case, polymer walls are written in a nematic LC-optically adhesive glue mixture. A polymer- LCs-polymer-slices or `POLICRYPS' template is formed by immersing the device in acetone post-fabrication to remove any remaining non-crosslinked material. Injecting the resultant series of polymer microchannels ( 1 μm-thick) with a short-pitch, chiral nematic LC mixture leads to the spontaneous alignment of a fast-switching chiral nematic mode, where the helical axis lies parallel to the glass substrates. Optimal contrast between the bright and dark states of the uniform lying helix alignment is achieved when the structures are spaced at the order of the device thickness

  16. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Novel 1D Magnesium (Ⅱ) Coordination Polymer Constructed by L-Cysteic Acid

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    LI Hai-Ye; LIAO Bei-Ling; JIANG Yi-Min; ZHANG Shu-Hua; LI Jun-Xia

    2007-01-01

    A novel coordination polymer [Mg(L)(H2O)2]·H2O] (LH2=L-cysteic acid) has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR and single-crystal X-ray diffraction.The crystal crystallizes in orthorhombic system, space group P212121, with a=5.962(3), b=11.224(6), c=13.664(7)(A), V=914.3(8) (A)3, Z=4, Mr=245.50, Dc=1.783 g/cm3,μ=0.445 mm-1,flack parameter=0.32(16), F(000)=512, the final R=0.0458 and wR=0.1172 for 1578 observed reflections with I > 2σ(Ⅰ). The Mg(Ⅱ) atom shows an octahedral geometry defined by two carboxyl O atoms from two different L-cysteic acid ligands, one carboxyl O atom and one amino N atom from the adjacent ligand, and two aqua ligands. The Mg(Ⅱ) atoms are bridged by L-cysteic acid ligands, leading to a 1D infinite zigzag chain. In the structure there are extensive hydrogen bonds,through which the complex completes its 3D framework structure.

  17. A NOVEL APPROACH TO RHEOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION FOR THE GELATION IN POLYMER CRYSTALLIZATION

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    Qing Chen; Yu-run Fan; Qiang Zheng

    2005-01-01

    The isothermal crystallizations of three kinds of commercial isotactic polypropylene have been studied by DSC and rheometric experiments, in a range of temperatures where the rate of crystallization is moderate. As the crystallization proceeds, volume contraction induces tensile force upon the parallel plates. The tensile force relaxed quickly in liquid states,but after a critical amount of the relative crystallinity, it starts to accumulate in the static test, that is, with the motionless parallel plates. A new method to determine the liquid-solid transition by the static tensile force is proposed and compared with two dynamic methods of detecting liquid-solid transition, that is, the power-law modulus theory and the yield modulus model. The tensile force method predicted considerably earlier transition than the dynamic methods, and the corresponding DSC data indicate relative crystallinity of larger than 0.2 at the transition times. The limitation of dynamic methods and other possible errors have been analyzed. While the dynamic methods are suitable for slow crystallization, the tensile force method is more appropriate for the crystallization of moderate rates. Moreover, it has the advantage of almost not disturbing the crystallizing materials before the transition.

  18. Improved emission properties of polymer photonic crystal lasers by introducing a phase-shift

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Buss, Thomas; Smith, Cameron

    2010-01-01

    Introducing a phase-shift in nanoimprinted polymer dye lasers is shown to increase the probability of single mode lasing from 19% to 99%. Low-index lasers with only one longitudinal mode are thus superior to band-edge lasers....

  19. Polymer photonic crystal dye lasers as label free evanescent cell sensors

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Lopacinska, Joanna M.; Jakobsen, Mogens Havsteen

    2009-01-01

    . The lasers are fabricated by combined nanoimprint and photolithography (CNP) in Ormocore hybrid polymer doped with the laser dye Pyrromethene 597. The lasers emit in the chip plane at a wavelength around 595 nm when pumped with 5 ns pulses from a compact frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser. We investigate...

  20. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Novel 1D Mercury(II) Iodide Coordination Polymer Containing 40-Membered Macrocycle%Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Novel 1D Mercury(II) Iodide Coordination Polymer Containing 40-Membered Macrocycle

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    GAN Xiao-Ping; KONG Ling; WU Peng; LV Chen; TU Yu-Long; CHEN Yi-Xin; ZHOU Hong-Ping; WU Jie-Ying; TIAN Yu-Peng

    2011-01-01

    A mercury coordination polymer [Hg3(TizT)216]n (Mr = 1921.72, TizT = 2,4,6- tri(imidazole- 1-yl)- 1,3,5-triazine) containing a 40-membered macrocycle which was constructed by four TizT ligands and four mercury(II) iodide molecules had been synthesized by the reaction of HgI2 with TizT. The complex was characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, ^1H NMR spectra and X-ray crystallography. The crystal of the complex belongs to the monoclinic system and C2/c space group with a = 35.840(5), b = 8.169(5), c = 14.980(5) A, β = 104.466(5)°, Z= 4, V= 4247(3) A^3, De = 3.006 g·cm^-3, μ= 15.223 mm^-1, F(000) = 3384, Rint = 0.0504, wR = 0.0833 and constructs a chair-like conformation of cyclohexane one by one, which forms a 1-D polymer through the fashion of fused ring aromatic hydrocarbon. The hydrogen bonds and π-π interactions shape the 2-D network structure. The two compounds excited weak fluorescence.

  1. Anion-controlled assembly of silver-di(aminophenyl)sulfone coordination polymers: Syntheses, crystal structures, and solid state luminescence

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    Zhang, Qi-Long, E-mail: gzuqlzhang@126.com [Department of Chemistry, Guiyang Medical College, Guiyang 550004 (China); Hu, Peng [Department of Chemistry, Guiyang Medical College, Guiyang 550004 (China); Zhao, Yi [Key Laboratory of Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, Guizhou University, Guiyang 550025 (China); Feng, Guang-Wei [Department of Chemistry, Guiyang Medical College, Guiyang 550004 (China); Zhang, Yun-Qian; Zhu, Bi-Xue; Tao, Zhu [Key Laboratory of Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, Guizhou University, Guiyang 550025 (China)

    2014-02-15

    Five silver coordination polymers, namely, ([Ag(3,3′-daps){sub 2}]·BF{sub 4}){sub n} (1), ([Ag(3,3′-daps){sub 2}]·NO{sub 3}){sub n} (2), [Ag(3,3′-daps)(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3})]{sub n} (3), ([Ag(4,4′-daps)]·CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub n} (4), and ([Ag(4,4′-daps)]·ClO{sub 4}){sub n} (5) (3,3′-daps=di(3′-aminodiphenyl)sulfone, and 4,4′-daps=di(4′-aminodiphenyl)sulfone) have been synthesized and structural characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectra, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. Complex 1 displays a 1D ladder-like chain with four-connected Ag ions and bridged 3,3′-daps. Complex 2 shows other 1D ladder chain modified by tentacles. Complex 3 is a 2D layer structure with both Ag ions and 3,3′-daps are 3-connected nodes. Complex 4 is another 1D ladder chain with three-connected Ag ions and 4,4′-daps. Complex 5 shows a 2D 4{sup 4}-sql net with Ag ions and 4,4′-daps as 4-connected nodes. Moreover, their solid state luminescence and thermal stabilities also have been investigated. - Graphical abstract: Pictogram: Synthetic procedures of the five anion controlled silver coordination polymers. We reported the synthetic procedures, structure, and luminescence property of the five anion controlled silver coordination polymers based on two novel di(aminophenyl)sulfone V-shaped ligands. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Five new silver coordination polymers were synthesized and characterized. • Two novel designed V-shaped di(aminophenyl)sulfone ligands were first introduced to coordination chemistry. • Anions play important roles in determining the five silver coordination polymers. • The structural diversity and photoluminescence property were also discussed.

  2. Angular Multiplexing Storage in Azo-polymer Liquid Crystal Films Using Shearing Interferometer of Double-frequency Grating

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    ZHANG Jiangying; MING Hai; WANG Pei; WU Yunxia; XIE Jianping; ZHANG Qijin; LIU Jian

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, the shearing interferometer of a double-frequency grating (DFG) and a small compact Nd∶YVO4 double frequency laser at 532 nm are used to study the multiple storage in azo-polymer liquid crystal (PLC) films. In a principle experiment, the angle-encoded multiple gratings are recorded and the experimental results give triplex gratings at the same region in azo-PLC films, the angle between two adjacent grating vectors being 45°. Compared to the two-beam interferometer and four-wave mixing method, this method has simple configuration, high fringe contrast and quake-proof. A compatible angular multiplexing storage system in azo-PLC films is proposed.

  3. Holographic storage of three-dimensional image and data using photopolymer and polymer dispersed liquid crystal films

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    Gao, Hong-Yue; Liu, Pan; Zeng, Chao; Yao, Qiu-Xiang; Zheng, Zhiqiang; Liu, Jicheng; Zheng, Huadong; Yu, Ying-Jie; Zeng, Zhen-Xiang; Sun, Tao

    2016-09-01

    We present holographic storage of three-dimensional (3D) images and data in a photopolymer film without any applied electric field. Its absorption and diffraction efficiency are measured, and reflective analog hologram of real object and image of digital information are recorded in the films. The photopolymer is compared with polymer dispersed liquid crystals as holographic materials. Besides holographic diffraction efficiency of the former is little lower than that of the latter, this work demonstrates that the photopolymer is more suitable for analog hologram and big data permanent storage because of its high definition and no need of high voltage electric field. Therefore, our study proposes a potential holographic storage material to apply in large size static 3D holographic displays, including analog hologram displays, digital hologram prints, and holographic disks. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11474194, 11004037, and 61101176) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai, China (Grant No. 14ZR1415500).

  4. Electrically switchable cylindrical Fresnel lens based on holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystals using a Michelson interferometer

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    Jashnsaz, Hossein; Nataj, Nahid Hosain

    2016-01-01

    Fabricating an electrically switchable cylindrical Fresnel lens based on holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (H-PDLC) using a Michelson interferometer is reported. Simplicity of the method and possibility of fabricating different focal length lenses in a single set up are among the advantages of the method. It is demonstrated that the Fresnel structured zone plate acts as a cylindrical lens and focuses light in one dimension. Its electro-optical switching properties are also studied and it is found that at an applied electric field of E=6 Vrms/{\\mu}m across the sample, focusing property of the sample eliminates with a response of about 1 ms in a reversible manner.

  5. Current trends in studies on reverse-mode polymer dispersed liquid-crystal films — A review

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    Ahmad, Farzana; Jamil, M.; Jeon, Y. J.

    2014-07-01

    Reverse-mode polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) comprise an important new class of materials for optical device applications. Generally reverse-mode PDLCs are transparent and opaque in the absence and presence of an external field, respectively. Display devices based on reverse-mode PDLC technology are useful for large-area displays; because their fabrication for manufacturing shutters is considered to be easier and faster, they are also employed for automotive technology and smart windows. These devices can be operated at a low voltage, which conserves energy in intelligent-device applications. This work presents a comprehensive review of past research regarding reverse-mode PDLCs and includes the advantageous features, applications, and various fabrication methods of reverse-mode PDLCs and photo-chromic reverse-mode PDLCs. In addition, some new features of this technology that have recently been reported and future investigations by a variety of research groups are presented.

  6. Sensor for monitoring the vibration of a laser beam based on holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal films.

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    Li, Ming Shian; Wu, Shing Trong; Fuh, Andy Ying-Guey

    2010-12-06

    A continuous multiple exposure diffraction grating (CMEDG) is fabricated holographically on polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) films using two-beam interference with multiple exposures. The grating is fabricated by exposing a PDLC film to 18 repeated exposure/non-exposure cycles with an angular step of ~10°/10° while it revolves a circle on a rotation stage. The structure of the sample thus formed is analyzed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and shows arc-ripples around the center. From the diffraction patterns of the formed grating obtained using a normally incident laser beam, some or all of the 18 recorded arc beams can be reconstructed, as determined by the probing location. Thus, it can be applied for use as a beam-vibration sensor for a laser.

  7. Development of the Influence of Magnetic Field on Polymer Crystallization%磁场影响高聚物结晶的研究进展

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    刘丽; 高翔; 陆王君

    2012-01-01

    The magnetic effects on the biological macromolecules solution crystallization,have been widely studied for many years.The research showed that the magnetic method is a novel way to control the process of solution crystallization of macromolecules and can improve the quality of the single crystal.By contrast,the effects on the bulk crystallization of polymer have been seldom reported in the past years.In this article,the development of the magnetic effects on macromolecules and bulk polymer crystallization has been discussed,including the influence on the crystal morphology,kinetics of crystallization and related theories,etc.%磁场对生物大分子溶液结晶的影响已被广泛研究。研究表明,磁场可以作为调控大分子溶液结晶形貌和晶体结构的新方法。近年,磁场对本体聚合物结晶的影响已备受关注。文中从稳恒磁场对生物大分子和本体聚合物结晶形态、结晶动力学的影响以及相关理论等方面,综述了近年来稳恒磁场作用下,生物大分子溶液结晶与本体结晶的研究现状。

  8. Power generating reflective-type liquid crystal displays using a reflective polariser and a polymer solar cell

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    Ho Huh, Yoon; Park, Byoungchoo

    2015-06-01

    We herein report the results of a study of a power generating reflective-type liquid crystal display (LCD), composed of a 90° twisted nematic (TN) LC cell attached to the top of a light-absorbing polymer solar cell (PSC), i.e., a Solar-LCD. The PSC consisted of a polymer bulk-heterojunction photovoltaic (PV) layer of poly[[9-(1-octylnonyl)-9H-carbazole-2,7-diyl]-2,5-thiophenediyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-4,7-diyl-2,5-thiophenediyl] and [6,6]-phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PCDTBT:PCBM70), and showed a high power conversion efficiency of about 5%. In order to improve the visibility of the Solar-LCD, between the TN-LC and the PV cells we inserted a reflective polariser of a giant birefringent optical (GBO) film. The reflectivity from the Solar-LCD was observed to be considerably increased by more than 13-15% under illumination by visible light. The Solar-LCD also exhibited a significantly improved contrast ratio of more than 17-19. We believe there is a clear case for using such Solar-LCDs in new power-generating reflective-type displays; taken as a whole these results also demonstrate the possibility of their application in a number of energy-harvesting opto-electrical display devices.

  9. Effects of multi-context information recorded at different regions in holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal on optical reconfiguration

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    Ogiwara, Akifumi; Watanabe, Minoru

    2016-08-01

    A holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC) memory to record multi-context information for an optically reconfigurable gate array is formed by constructing a laser illumination system to implement successive laser exposures at different small regions in a glass cell filled with LC composites. The context pattern arrangements for circuit information are designed in a 3 × 3 in.2 photomask by electron beam lithography, and they are recorded as laser interference patterns at nine regions separated in an HPDLC sample by a laser interferometer composed of movable pinhole and photomask plates placed on motorized stages. The multi-context information reconstructed from the different regions in the HPDLC is written to a photodiode array in a gate-array VLSI by switching only the position of laser irradiation using the displacement of the pinhole plate under the control of a personal computer (PC). The effects of multi-context information recorded at different regions in the HPDLC on optical reconfiguration are discussed in terms of the optical system composed of ORGA VLSI and HPDLC memory. The internal structures in the HPDLC memory formed by multi-context recording are investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation, and the configurations composed of LC and polymer phases are revealed at various regions in the HPDLC memory.

  10. Spontaneously formed high-performance charge-transport layers of organic single-crystal semiconductors on precisely synthesized insulating polymers

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    Makita, Tatsuyuki; Sasaki, Masayuki; Annaka, Tatsuro; Sasaki, Mari; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Mitsui, Chikahiko; Kumagai, Shohei; Watanabe, Shun; Hayakawa, Teruaki; Okamoto, Toshihiro; Takeya, Jun

    2017-04-01

    Charge-transporting semiconductor layers with high carrier mobility and low trap-density, desired for high-performance organic transistors, are spontaneously formed as a result of thermodynamic phase separation from a blend of π-conjugated small molecules and precisely synthesized insulating polymers dissolved in an aromatic solvent. A crystal film grows continuously to the size of centimeters, with the critical conditions of temperature, concentrations, and atmosphere. It turns out that the molecular weight of the insulating polymers plays an essential role in stable film growth and interfacial homogeneity at the phase separation boundary. Fabricating the transistor devices directly at the semiconductor-insulator boundaries, we demonstrate that the mixture of 3,11-didecyldinaphtho[2,3-d:2',3'-d']benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene and poly(methyl methacrylate) with the optimized weight-average molecular weight shows excellent device performances. The spontaneous phase separation with a one-step fabrication process leads to a high mobility up to 10 cm2 V-1 s-1 and a low subthreshold swing of 0.25 V dec-1 even without any surface treatment such as self-assembled monolayer modifications on oxide gate insulators.

  11. Electrical conductivity modeling of multiple carbon fillers in liquid crystal polymer composites for fuel cell bipolar plate applications

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    Barton, R.L.; Keith, J.M.; King, J.A. [Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, MI (United States). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    2008-08-15

    This study modelled the electrical conductivity of a single filler composite system using a general effective media (GEM) equation. The aim of the study was to investigate the use of synthetic graphite and carbon fiber in liquid crystal polymers for fuel cell bipolar plate applications. The polymer consisted of 73 mole per cent hydroxybenzoic acid and 27 mole per cent hydroxynaphthoic acid. Composites of various concentrations of single and multiple filler combinations were tested. A volumetric in-plane electrical conductivity test was conducted on all samples in order to measure voltage drop. A through-plane conductivity test was conducted to measure resistivity. The GEM equation was then used to model the conductivity data obtained during the tests. Results of the study showed that at 45 vol per cent, the electrical conductivity of the multiple filler composite was comparable to data obtained from single filler electrical conductivities. The electrical conductivity of the multiple filler composite at 60 per cent graphite and 10 per cent carbon fiber was comparable to the single filler carbon fiber composite, but lower than the single filler synthetic graphite composite. Results also showed that the GEM equation provided excellent agreement with results obtained during the experiments. It was concluded that the percolation threshold of the multiple filler composite was almost identical to the single carbon fiber filler, but lower than the single synthetic graphite composite. 35 refs., 3 tabs., 2 figs.

  12. Crystallization Mechanism of Polymer Banded Spherulites%聚合物环带球晶的结晶机理

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    徐军; 叶海木; 刘津; 郭宝华

    2011-01-01

    聚合物环带球晶作为一类特殊的球晶结构,其结晶机理一直倍受关注.经过几十年的研究,对于环带球晶形成机理的认识在不断深入,但是仍有许多问题尚未解决.本文总结了常见聚合物环带球晶的分类,综述了国内外在聚合物环带球晶片晶组织形式和片晶扭转机理研究上的主要进展,力图展示聚合物环带球晶研究的整体概况.根据前期研究结果,总结了手性聚羟基脂肪酸酯环带球晶的形成机理.最后,提出了目前环带球晶研究中尚未解决的一些问题.%Polymer banded spherulites have attracted intensive interest due to their intricate organization in the past half century. Understanding on banding mechanism of polymer spherulites is becoming deeper and deeper, thanks to the great efforts of the researchers. However, there are still some questions unsolved. In this article, an overview of the formation mechanism of polymer banded spherulites is outlined. We will focus on organization of lamellar crystals in the banded spherulites and the drive force for lamellar twisting. Banding mechanism of chiral polyhydroxyalkanoates is summarized. Finally, the remained questions are put forward for future research.

  13. Crystallization of Polymers at liquid/liquid interface templated by single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Wang, Wenda; Li, Christopher

    2012-02-01

    Nanosized single-walled carbon nanotube rings were fabricated by using a Pickering emulsion-based method. By tuning a water/oil/SWNT miniemulsion system, SWNT rings with a diameter of ˜200 nm can be readily achieved. The formation mechanism is attributed to the bending force induced by the curved liquid/liquid interface. Crystallization of polyethylene homo- and copolymers using this unique SWNT rings as the nucleation agent was conducted at the curved liquid/liquid interface. Crystal structure, hybrid morphology and crystallization kinetics were systematically studied. The structure of controlled alternating patterns on SWNT rings has great potential in various applications in large-scale integrated circuits and single-electron devices.

  14. MOLECULAR FIELD THEORY FOR NEMATIC LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER COMPRISING FLEXIBLE SPACER

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    WANG Xiaogong; LIU Deshan; ZHOU Qixiang

    1993-01-01

    Based on the new model and concept of intramolecular orientational order parameter, a molecular field theory was built up for main chain liquid crystalline polymer (MC-LCPs) with flexible spacers. The theory takes account of orientational correlation among all mesogens in a polymer chain and the relationship between the intramolecular orientation and spatial orientation of the mesogens. The free energy, temperature and entropy of the nematic-isotropic transition were determined with the theory and compared with experiments in current work. It was found that many unique transition properties of the MC-LCPs comprising flexible spacer are correctly predicted by the theory and the agreement of the theory with the experiments is impressive.

  15. Dynamical scattering and electron diffraction from thin polymer lamellar crystals - poly(tert-butylethylene sulfide).

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    Dorset; Dumas; Cartier; Lotz

    1999-09-01

    Strong violations of Friedel symmetry are observed in hk0 electron diffraction patterns from lamellar crystals of poly(tert-butylethylene sulfide) obtained at 120 kV. These deviations are largely explained by a multislice dynamical scattering calculation based on the crystal structure model. Further improvement is found when a secondary scattering component is added, in keeping with a perfect crystallite thickness less than that of the lamellar thickness. Despite the multiple-scattering perturbations, the frustrated chain packing can still be determined by direct methods followed by Fourier refinement. However, the Friedel-related intensities must be averaged before calculation of normalized structure factors.

  16. Hot embossing of photonic crystal polymer structures with a high aspect ratio

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    Schelb, Mauno; Vannahme, Christoph; Kolew, Alexander;

    2011-01-01

    Hot embossing is a promising approach for mass production of photonic crystal structures. This paper describes the fabrication of a replication tool for two-dimensional photonic crystal patterns and its replication in substrates of poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) and cyclic olefin copolymer (COC......). A nickel tool for the replication of structures with lateral dimensions of 110 nm and heights of approximately 370 nm is fabricated via electroplating of a nanostructured sample resulting in an aspect ratio of approximately 3.5. The structures are subsequently hot embossed into PMMA and COC substrates....

  17. Encapsulation of Polymer Colloids in a Sol-Gel Matrix. Direct-Writing of Coassembling Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Photonic Crystals.

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    Mikosch, Annabel; Kuehne, Alexander J C

    2016-03-22

    The spontaneous self-assembly of polymer colloids into ordered arrangements provides a facile strategy for the creation of photonic crystals. However, these structures often suffer from defects and insufficient cohesion, which result in flaking and delamination from the substrate. A coassembly process has been developed for convective assembly, resulting in large-area encapsulated colloidal crystals. However, to generate patterns or discrete deposits in designated places, convective assembly is not suitable. Here we experimentally develop conditions for direct-writing of coassembling monodisperse dye-doped polystyrene particles with a sol-gel precursor to form solid encapsulated photonic crystals. In a simple procedure the colloids are formulated in a sol-gel precursor solution, drop-cast on a flat substrate, and dried. We here establish the optimal parameters to form reproducible highly ordered photonic crystals with good optical performance. The obtained photonic crystals interact with light in the visible spectrum with a narrow optical stop-gap.

  18. Investigation of the Effect of Yttrium Oxide Nanoparticles Doped with Cerium and Neodymium on Electro-Optics of Liquid Crystal Polymer Composites

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    Zharkova, G. M.; Osipov, V. V.; Platonov, V. V.; Podkin, A. V.; Strel'tsov, S. A.

    2016-12-01

    Morphology and properties of liquid crystal polymer composites doped with inorganic nanoparticles are described. These composites comprised nematic liquid crystal 5CB, polyvinyl acetate, and nanoparticles of oxides (Y2O3, CeO2:Y2O3, and Nd2O3:Y2O3). Nanopowders were synthesized by the laser method of vaporization of a solid target under CO2-laser or fiber ytterbium laser irradiation. The effect of oxides on the electro-optical properties of the composites and times of response to an electrical pulse is investigated. It is shown that incorporation of CeO2:Y2O3 nanopowder in liquid crystal polymer composites affects the decrease of the control field and the increase of light transmission in an electric field stronger than incorporation of Nd2O3:Y2O3 nanoparticles.

  19. Influence of Surfactant-polymer Complexes on Crystallization and Aggregation of CaCO3

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    PAN Yan; GUO Yu-peng; ZHAO Xu; WANG Zi-chen

    2012-01-01

    Hollow calcium carbonate(CaCO3) microspheres with different morphologies were synthesized via the precipitation reaction of calcium chloride with sodium carbonate in the presence of different surfactant-polymer complexes.The selected anionic surfactants were sodium dodecyl sulfonate(SDS) and sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate(SDBS),respectively.The selected water-soluble polymers were polyacrylic acid(PAA) and polyvinyl pyrrolidone(PVP).In this work,SDS-PVP "pearl-necklace model" micellar complex was formed via hydrophobic effectiveness between SDS and PVP and it served as the spherical template to generate spherical CaCO3 aggregates with hollow microspheres composed of about 500 nm irregular shaped particles.SDS-PAA complexes and SDBS-PAA complexes formed "core-shell model" aggregates with calcium ions serving as the medium to link the anionic surfactant and the polymer.SDS-PAA "core-shell model" aggregates would act as templates for hollow CaCO3 microspheres consisting of 30-50 nm irregular shaped crystallites.SDBS-PAA "core-shell model" aggregates served as the spherical aggregate templates to generate spherical CaCO3 aggregates consisted of many small spherical particles which had grown together.All the obtained CaCO3 hollow microspheres are calcite particles.This research may provide new insight into the control of morphologies of hollow CaCO3 microspheres in the presence of surfactantpolymer complexes.

  20. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Thermal Stability of 1D Linear Silver(I Coordination Polymers with 1,1,2,2-Tetra(pyrazol-1-ylethane

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    Evgeny Semitut

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Two new linear silver(I nitrate coordination polymers with bitopic ligand 1,1,2,2-tetra(pyrazol-1-ylethane were synthesized. Synthesized compounds were characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, powder X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis. Silver coordination polymers demonstrated a yellow emission near 500 nm upon excitation at 360 nm. Crystal structures of coordination polymers were determined and structural peculiarities are discussed. In both of the structures, silver ions are connected via bridging ligand molecules to form polymeric chains with a five-atomic environment. The coordination environment of the central atom corresponds to a distorted trigonal bipyramid with two N atoms of different ligands in apical positions. The Ag–N bond distances vary in a wide range of 2.31–2.62 Å, giving strongly distorted metallacycles. Thermolysis of coordination polymers in reductive atmosphere (H2/He leads to the formation of silver nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution.

  1. Morphology and primary crystal structure of a silk-like protein polymer synthesized by genetically engineered Escherichia coli bacteria.

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    Anderson, J P; Cappello, J; Martin, D C

    1994-08-01

    The morphology and primary crystal structure of SLPF, a protein polymer produced by genetically engineered Escherichia coli bacteria, were characterized. SLPF is a segmented copolymer consisting of amino acid sequence blocks modeled on the crystalline segments of silk fibroin and the cell attachment domain of human fibronectin. Wide angle x-ray scattering (WAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and molecular simulations were used to analyze the primary crystal structure of SLPF. TEM experiments conducted on SLPF droplets cast from formic acid on amorphous carbon film demonstrated that these protein films have a microstructure formed of woven sheaves. The sheaves are composed of well-defined whisker crystallites. The width of the whiskers, 11.8 +/- 2.2 nm, may be correlated to the length of the silk-like segment in SLPF as predicted by molecular simulations. WAXS data, TEM images, SAED, patterns, molecular simulations, and theoretical diffraction patterns all were consistent with the crankshaft model proposed for Silk I by Lotz and Keith.

  2. Crystal Structure and Fluorescent Property of a 2D Coordination Polymer: [Eu(PCPA)3(H2O)]n

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    SUN Rui-Qing; ZHANG Han-Hui; CAO Yan-Ning; CHEN Yi-Ping; WANG Zhen; YANG Qi-Yu

    2006-01-01

    The title coordination polymer [Eu(PCPA)3(H2O)]n (PCPA = p-chlorophenoxyacetate) has been synthesized under hydrothermal condition, determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and characterized by FT-IR, UV-VIS and fluorescent spectra. The crystal belongs to triclinic system, space group P1 with a = 7.8036(1), b = 12.7458(4), c = 14.0208(3) (A), α =81.610(8), β = 79.406(8), γ = 77.567(7)°, V = 1330.40(5) (A)3, C24H20Cl3EuO10, Mr = 726.71, Z = 2,F(000) = 716, Dc= 1.814 g/cm3, λ(MoKα) = 0.71073 (A), μ(MoKα) = 2.713 mm-1, the final R =0.0284 and wR = 0.0678 for 5529 observed reflections with 1 > 2σ(Ⅰ). The europium ions are located in a nine-coordinate environment. PCPA ions with two different coordination modes connect the metal ions to form 1D zigzag chains which are arranged to generate 2D supramolecular layers by intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The luminescence properties of the rare-earth ions are studied in this paper.

  3. Effect of dielectric permittivity on the performance of polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) electrolyte dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)

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    Kamarudin, Muhammad A. A.; Khan, Ammar A.; Qasim, Malik M.; Wilkinson, Timothy D.

    2016-09-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a type of organic solar cell often cited for their high efficiency and easy fabrication. Recent studies have shown that modification of the standard liquid electrolyte DSSC architecture by the changing one of the components or the addition of additives often results in the improvement in one of the photovoltaic parameters and hence the overall efficiency. Here we explore a dielectric liquid crystal material which is a known insulator but possesses a high degree of order and optical anisotropy. In the presence of an applied electric field, the equilibrium of positive and negative charges are displaced in opposite directions. In this work, different mixtures with different dielectric anisotropies ranging from negative, zero and positive are formulated. These mixtures are then used to prepare polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) electrolytes and subsequently DSSC devices based on these PDLC electrolytes are fabricated. The morphology of the PDLC is observed through polarizing optical microscopy (POM) and the electrical/photovoltaic characterizations are performed through current density-voltage (J-V) measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  4. A visual and organic vapor sensitive photonic crystal sensor consisting of polymer-infiltrated SiO2 inverse opal.

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    Zhang, Yuqi; Qiu, Jianhua; Hu, Rongrong; Li, Pei; Gao, Loujun; Heng, Liping; Tang, Ben Zhong; Jiang, Lei

    2015-04-21

    A photonic crystal (PC) sensor that can selectively detect organic vapors through visual color changes has been proposed. The sensor was fabricated by infiltrating a tetraphenylethene polymer (TPEP) into the voids of SiO2 inverse opal photonic crystal. When the sensor was exposed to tetrahydrofuran or acetone vapor, a red shift of the stopband of more than 50 nm could be clearly observed; meanwhile, the film's color changed from violet to cyan. Subsequently, when exposed to air, the stopband underwent a blue shift and the color returned to violet. The reason for the observed change is that a reversible adsorption-desorption process occurs on alternate exposure of the sensor to organic vapor and air, due to the high specific surface area of the inverse opal macroporous structure and the high affinity of TPEP to tetrahydrofuran and acetone. The adsorption of vapor analyte can increase the PC's effective refractive index, which will induce the stopband red shift and the resulting color change according to Bragg's Law. The reversible adsorption-desorption of organic vapors varied the effective refractive index of the sensor repeatedly, causing the reversible stopband shift and color change, and providing a general method for the design of visual vapor sensors.

  5. Dynamic, Infrared Bandpass Filters Prepared from Polymer-Stabilized Cholesteric Liquid Crystals (Postprint)

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    2016-04-04

    sapphire slides were spun-coated with an alignment layer from a polyimide (PI- 2555, HD Microsystem) or a nylon (Elvamide, DuPont), which was rubbed...transparent electrodes (graphene or silver nano- wires ), and filled with a cholesteric liquid crystal mixture. (b) Transmission spectra of substrates and

  6. Photonic Bandgap Properties of Atom-lattice Photonic Crystals in Polymer

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    REN Lin; WANG Dian; SUN Gui-ting; NIU Li-gang; YANG Han; SONG Jun-feng

    2011-01-01

    The present paper covers the various photonic crystals(PhCs) structures mimicking real atom-lattice structures in electronic crystals by using the femtosecond laser-induced two-photon photopolymerization of SU-8 resin. The bandgap properties were investigated by varying the crystal orientations in <111>, <110> and <100> of diamond-lattice PhCs. lhe photonic stop gaps were present at λ=3.88 μm in <111> direction, λ=4.01 μtm in <110> direction and λ=5.30 μm in <100> direction, respectively. In addition, defects were introduced in graphite-lattice PhCs and the strong localization of photons in this structure with defects at λ=5 μm was achieved. All the above work shows the powerful capability of femtosecond laser fabrication in manufacturing various complicated threedimensional photonic crystals and of controlling photons by inducing defects in the PhCs samples.

  7. Symmetry Control of Polymer Colloidal Monolayers and Crystals by Electrophoretic Deposition on Patterned Surfaces

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    Dziomkina, Nina V.; Hempenius, Mark A.; Vancso, G. Julius

    2005-01-01

    Colloidal crystals with body-centered cubic packing (see Figure) can be fabricated by electrophoretic deposition of charged latex particles onto patterned surfaces. Laser-interference lithography produces SiO2 layers patterned with controlled symmetry that can then be used to control the orientation

  8. The Effect of Filler-Polymer Interactions on Cold-Crystallization Kinetics in Crosslinked, Silica Filled PDMS/PDPS Copolymer Melts.

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    Chien, A; DeTeresa, S; Thompson, L; Cohenour, R; Balazs, B; Maxwell, R S

    2006-04-21

    Crystallization in a series of variable crosslink density poly(dimethyl-diphenyl) siloxanes random block copolymers reinforced through a mixture of precipitated and fumed silica fillers has been studied by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), and X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The silicone composite studied was composed of 94.6 mol% Dimethoylsiloxane, 5.1 mol% diphenylsiloxane, and 0.3 mol% methyl-vinyl siloxane (which formed crosslinking after a peroxide cure). The polymer was filled with a mixture of 21.6 wt. % fumed silica and 4.0 wt. % precipitated silica previously treated with 6.8 wt. % ethoxy-endblocked siloxane processing aid. The base composite was characterized by a molecular weight between crosslinks in the polymer network of {approx}24 kDa and an overall molecular weight (including the influence of the silica fillers) between crosslinks of {approx}11 kDa. Molecular weight between crosslinks and filler-polymer interaction strength were then modified by exposure to {gamma}-irradiation in either air or vacuum. The unirradiated material exhibited crystallization at -80 C as measured by DSC with a 16% crystallization as measured by XRD. Isothermal DMA experiments illustrated that crystallization at -85 C occurred over a 1.8 hour period in silica-filled systems and 2.2-2.6 hours in unfilled systems. The onset of crystallization typically occurred after a 30-minute incubation/nucleation period. The crystallization kinetics were dependent on crosslink density. Changes in molecular weight of a factor of two did not, however, change the amount of crystallization. Irradiation in vacuum resulted in faster overall crystallization rates compared to air irradiation for the same crosslink density, likely due to a reduction in the interaction between the polymer chains and the silica filler surface. Modulated differential scanning calorimetry contrasted the crystallization and melting behavior of pure PDMS versus the PDMS/PDPS base

  9. Syntheses, crystal structures, and properties of new metal-5-bromonicotinate coordination polymers

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    Li, Wenjie [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052 (China); Li, Guoting [Department of Environmental and Municipal Engineering, North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power, Zhengzhou 450011 (China); Lv, Lulu; Zhao, Hong [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052 (China); Wu, Benlai, E-mail: wbl@zzu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052 (China)

    2015-05-15

    Four metal–5-bromonicotinate (Brnic) coordination polymers [Fe(Brnic){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n} (1), [Ni(Brnic){sub 2}]{sub n} (2), [Ni(Brnic)(bpy)(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n}·n(Brnic)·4.5nH{sub 2}O (3), and [Co{sub 2}(Brnic){sub 3}(bpy){sub 2}(OH)]{sub n}·nH{sub 2}O (4) have been synthesized and structurally characterized (bpy=4,4′-bipyridine). Complex 1 has corrugated (4,4) sheets formed by μ-Brnic ligands and planar nodes Fe(II). As for 2–4, they all built up from Brnic-bridged dinuclear subunits, but have very different structure features. Complex 2 is a twin-like polymer with (4,4) layers formed by twin paddle-wheel [Ni{sub 2}(Brnic){sub 4}] subunits. Through the bridge coordination of bpy ligands with dinuclear rings [Ni{sub 2}(Brnic){sub 2}] and trigons [Co{sub 2}(Brnic){sub 3}(OH)], 6{sup 3}-topological cationic layers with nanosized grids of 3 and chiral ladder-type double chains of 4 formed, respectively. Notably, halogen-related interactions play an important role in the formation of 3D metallosupermolecules 1–4. The thermostabilities of all compounds have been discussed in detail. Moreover, the magnetic investigations of 2 and 4 indicate that there exist antiferromagnetic interactions in the paddle-wheel [Ni{sub 2}(Brnic){sub 4}] and trigon [Co{sub 2}(Brnic){sub 3}(OH)] cores, respectively. - Highlights: • Four novel metal–5-bromonicotinate coordination polymers have been synthesized. • Notably, halogen-related interactions play an important role in the formation of 3D metallosupermolecules. • Antiferromagnetic interactions in nickel(II) paddle-wheel and cobalt(II) trigon cores were observed.

  10. Investigation of side chain liquid crystal polymers bearing cholesterol and bile acid derivatives

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    Zhang Junhua; Stephen Freiberg; Francois Brisse; C.Géraldine Bazuin; Zhu Xiaoxia

    2004-01-01

    Cholic acid (or 3a,7a,12a-trihydoxyl-5a-cholan-24-oic acid) and lithocholic acid (or 3a-hydroxyl-5a-cholanic-24-oic acid) are commonly occurring bile acids synthesized from cholesterol in the liver in mammals. They all possess a steroid skeleton containing four rings, three with six carbons and one with five carbons. The transformation of cholesterol to cholic acid results in two major structural changes that affect the steroid skeleton. The first is the hydrogenation of the double bond between C5 and C6 and the second is a conformational flip of ring A from the 5a-position to the 5a-position. In addition, one or more hydroxyl groups are added to the steroid skeleton. Outside of the ring system, C24 is converted from a saturated alkyl to a carboxylic acid group.Side chain polymers based on cholesterol moiety have been made as reported in the literature.Since bile acids and cholesterol are all in the family of steroid molecules, it is of interest to investigate whether bile acids may also act as mesogenic groups.Therefore, flexible spacer groups with 10 carbons are introduced between bile acid skeleton and the poymerizable double bonds. The monomers and polymers are compared with cholesterol and dihydrocholesterol monomers and polymers with the same spacers. Dihydrocholesterol is chosen to investigate the influence of the double bond in the formation of LC, given that both cholesterol and dihydrocholesterol have a planar structure but there is no double bond in the latter. These monomers and their corresponding polymers were characterized for their liquid crystalline (LC) properties by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarizing optical microscopy (POM) and X-ray diffraction.It was found that only the compounds bearing the planar cholesterol moieties possess LC phases. It is concluded that the 5a-configuration between the first and second cycles on the steroid skeleton of bile acids does not favor proper alignment of the rigid part of the bile acid moieties

  11. Design of sustained release fine particles using two-step mechanical powder processing: particle shape modification of drug crystals and dry particle coating with polymer nanoparticle agglomerate.

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    Kondo, Keita; Ito, Natsuki; Niwa, Toshiyuki; Danjo, Kazumi

    2013-09-10

    We attempted to prepare sustained release fine particles using a two-step mechanical powder processing method; particle-shape modification and dry particle coating. First, particle shape of bulk drug was modified by mechanical treatment to yield drug crystals suitable for the coating process. Drug crystals became more rounded with increasing rotation speed, which demonstrates that powerful mechanical stress yields spherical drug crystals with narrow size distribution. This process is the result of destruction, granulation and refinement of drug crystals. Second, the modified drug particles and polymer coating powder were mechanically treated to prepare composite particles. Polymer nanoparticle agglomerate obtained by drying poly(meth)acrylate aqueous dispersion was used as a coating powder. The porous nanoparticle agglomerate has superior coating performance, because it is completely deagglomerated under mechanical stress to form fine fragments that act as guest particles. As a result, spherical drug crystals treated with porous agglomerate were effectively coated by poly(meth)acrylate powder, showing sustained release after curing. From these findings, particle-shape modification of drug crystals and dry particle coating with nanoparticle agglomerate using a mechanical powder processor is expected as an innovative technique for preparing controlled-release coated particles having high drug content and size smaller than 100 μm.

  12. Supersaturation, nucleation, and crystal growth during single- and biphasic dissolution of amorphous solid dispersions: polymer effects and implications for oral bioavailability enhancement of poorly water soluble drugs.

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    Sarode, Ashish L; Wang, Peng; Obara, Sakae; Worthen, David R

    2014-04-01

    The influence of polymers on the dissolution, supersaturation, crystallization, and partitioning of poorly water soluble compounds in biphasic media was evaluated. Amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) containing felodipine (FLD) and itraconazole (ITZ) were prepared by hot melt mixing (HMM) using various polymers. The ASDs were analyzed using powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and HPLC. Amorphous drug conversion was confirmed using DSC and PXRD, and drug stability by HPLC. Single- and biphasic dissolution studies of the ASDs with concurrent dynamic light scattering (DLS) and polarized light microscopic (PLM) analysis of precipitated drugs were performed. HPLC revealed no HMM-induced drug degradation. Maximum partitioning into the organic phase was dependent upon the degree of supersaturation. Although the highest supersaturation of FLD was attained using Eudragit® EPO and AQOAT® AS-LF with better nucleation and crystal growth inhibition using the latter, higher partitioning of the drug into the organic phase was achieved using Pharmacoat® 603 and Kollidon® VA-64 by maintaining supersaturation below critical nucleation. Critical supersaturation for ITZ was surpassed using all of the polymers, and partitioning was dependent upon nucleation and crystal growth inhibition in the order of Pharmacoat® 603>Eudragit® L-100-55>AQOAT® AS-LF. HMM drug-polymer systems that prevent drug nucleation by staying below critical supersaturation are more effective for partitioning than those that achieve the highest supersaturation.

  13. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Novel Polymer Copper(Ⅱ) Complex

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    王军; 卑凤利; 李人宇; 杨绪杰; 陆路德; 汪信

    2003-01-01

    A novel chain complex was synthesized and its crystal structure has been deter- mined by X-ray diffraction technique. It was found that the local coordination geometry around Cu(Ⅱ) is a distorted tetrahedron and C14H9CuNO3@CH3OH is bridged by the carboxylate oxygen atom to form an infinite one-dimensional linear chain. The hydrogen bond exists between O(1) and solvate molecule O(4). The crystal belongs to monoclinic, space group P21 with a = 9.6650(19), b = 7.1280(14), c = 9.925(2)(A°),β= 98.39(3)°, V = 676.4(2)(A°)3, Z = 2, F(000) = 342 and μ(MoKα) = 1.629 mm-1 .

  14. Superior thermal conductivity of transparent polymer nanocomposites with a crystallized alumina membrane

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    Md. Poostforush

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The properties of novel thermoconductive and optically transparent nanocomposites have been reported. The composites were prepared by the impregnation of thermoset resin into crystallized anodic aluminum oxide (AAO. Crystallized AAO synthesized by annealing amorphous AAO membrane at 1200°C. Although through-plane thermal conductivity of nanocomposites improved up to 1.13 W•m–1•K–1 (39 vol% alumina but their transparency was preserved (Tλ550 nm ~ 72%. Integrated annealed alumina phase, low refractive index mismatch between resin and alumina and formation of nano-optical fibers through the membrane resulted in such marvel combination. This report shows a great potential of these types of nanocomposites in ‘heat management’ of lightening devices.

  15. Solvent-shift strategy to identify suitable polymers to inhibit humidity-induced solid-state crystallization of lacidipine amorphous solid dispersions.

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    Sun, Mengchi; Wu, Chunnuan; Fu, Qiang; Di, Donghua; Kuang, Xiao; Wang, Chao; He, Zhonggui; Wang, Jian; Sun, Jin

    2016-04-30

    The solvent-shift strategy was used to identify appropriate polymers that inhibit humidity-induced solid-state crystallization of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs). Lacidipine with the polymers, PVP-K30, HPMC-E5 or Soluplus, were combined to form amorphous solid dispersions prepared by solvent evaporation. The formulations were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and were subjected to in vitro dissolution testing. The moisture had a significant impact on the amount dissolved for the solid dispersions. Molecular docking studies established that hydrogen bonding was critical for the stabilization of the solid dispersions. The rank order of the binding energy of the drug-polymer association was Soluplus (-6.21 kcal/mol)>HPMC-E5 (-3.21 kcal/mol)>PVP-K30 (-2.31 kcal/mol). PVP-K30 had the highest water uptake among the polymers, as did ASD system of lacidipine-PVP-K30 ASDs. In the Soluplus ASDs, with its strong drug-polymer interactions and low water uptake, moisture-induced solid-state crystallization was not observed.

  16. Solvothermal Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Luminescent Property of a Dy(Ⅲ) Coordination Polymer Constructed by 1,2,4,5-Benzenetetracarboxylic Acid

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    BAI Wei-Wei; ZHU Ning; HAN Li-Min; tONG Hai-Long; GAOYuan-Yuan; SUO Quan-Ling

    2012-01-01

    A three-dimensional coordination polymer {[Dy(H2btec)2/4(btec)3/6(H2O)]·2H2O} n has been synthesized through the reaction of DyCl3·6H2O and 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid by solvothermal technique, and the crystal structure was determined by X-ray diffraction. The Dy(Ⅲ) coordination polymer crystallizes in monoclinic, space group P21/n with a=10.7063(1), b=7.1491(1), c=17.1197(3), α=90, β=97.10, γ=90°, V=1300.31(3)3 , C10H9DyO11 , Dc=2.389g/cm3 , Z=4, F(000)=892, the final R=0.0165 and wR=0.0448 for I 〉 2σ(I). The title coordination polymer possesses a three-dimensional framework consisting of nine-coordinate Dy(Ⅲ) centers and two kinds of coordination modes for the 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid ligands. Every btec4- ligand (deprotonated four protons from 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid) in the title coordination polymer can clamp three Dy atoms like forceps, which could make the Dy atoms closer in the area of metal-metal interaction. The 3-D framework of the coordination polymer has many channels occupied by the free guest water molecules, and the hydrogen bonds between the coordinated carboxylic groups and guest water molecules could stabilize the crystal structure of the title coordination polymer. In addition, the luminescence properties were also studied.

  17. Development of dye-sensitized solar cells composed of liquid crystal embedded, electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) nanofibers as polymer gel electrolytes.

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    Ahn, Sung Kwang; Ban, Taewon; Sakthivel, P; Lee, Jae Wook; Gal, Yeong-Soon; Lee, Jin-Kook; Kim, Mi-Ra; Jin, Sung-Ho

    2012-04-01

    In order to overcome the problems associated with the use of liquid electrolytes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), a new system composed of liquid crystal embedded, polymer electrolytes has been developed. For this purpose, three types of DSSCs have been fabricated. The cells contain electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (e-PVdF-co-HFP) polymer gel electrolyte, with and without doping with the liquid crystal E7 and with a liquid electrolyte. The morphologies of the newly prepared DSSCs were explored using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Analysis of the FE-SEM images indicate that the DSSC composed of E7 embedded on e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte has a greatly regular morphology with an average diameter. The ionic conductivity of E7 embedded on e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte was found to be 2.9 × 10(-3) S/cm at room temperature, a value that is 37% higher than that of e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte. The DCCS containing the E7 embedded, e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte was observed to possess a much higher power conversion efficiency (PCE = 6.82%) than that of an e-PVdF-co-HFP nanofiber (6.35%). In addition, DSSCs parameters of the E7 embedded, e-PVdF-co-HFP polymer gel electrolyte (V(oc) = 0.72 V, J(sc) = 14.62 mA/cm(2), FF = 64.8%, and PCE = 6.82% at 1 sun intensity) are comparable to those of a liquid electrolyte (V(oc) = 0.75 V, J(sc) = 14.71 mA/cm(2), FF = 64.9%, and PCE = 7.17%, both at a 1 sun intensity).

  18. Stress-induced melting of crystals in natural rubber: a new way to tailor the transition temperature of shape memory polymers.

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    Heuwers, Benjamin; Quitmann, Dominik; Katzenberg, Frank; Tiller, Joerg C

    2012-09-26

    Lightly cross-linked natural rubber (NR, cis-1,4-polyisoprene) was found to be an exceptional cold programmable shape memory polymer (SMP) with strain storage of up to 1000%. These networks are stabilized by strain-induced crystals. Here, we explore the influence of mechanical stress applied perpendicular to the elongation direction of the network on the stability of these crystals. We found that the material recovers its original shape at a critical transverse stress. It could be shown that this is due to a disruption of the strain-stabilizing crystals, which represents a completely new trigger for SMPs. The variation of transverse stress allows tuning of the trigger temperature T(trig) (σ) in a range of 45 to 0 °C, which is the first example of manipulating the transition of a crystal-stabilized SMP after programming.

  19. Crystallization and mechanical behavior of the ferroelectric polymer nonwoven fiber fabrics for highly durable wearable sensor applications

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    Liu, Z. H.; Pan, C. T.; Yen, C. K.; Lin, L. W.; Huang, J. C.; Ke, C. A.

    2015-08-01

    The mechanical characterization of the electrospinning polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nonwoven fiber fabrics (NFFs) doped with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was investigated. Piezoelectric composite nanofibers of the PVDF/MWCNTs were directly electrospun by the hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning (HCNFES) without any post-poling treatment. We have made the HCNFES NFFs consisted of high-orderly arranged nanofiber assemblies for further characterizing the effect of MWCNTs filling PVDF nanofibers. An in situ electrical poling and high uniaxial stretching imparted on the polymer jet during the HCNFES process, which naturally align the dipoles in the PVDF crystals and promote the formation of the polar β-crystalline phase within the fibers. Moreover, the reinforcement of the HCNFES PVDF nanofibers indicated the improvement in mechanical properties and the degree of high oriented extended-chain crystallites through adding adequate contents of MWCNTs. In the case of alignment of the all-trans polymer chains in the vicinity of MWCNTs along the fiber axis, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed the strongest diffraction peak of the β-crystalline phase. In the comparison of the near-field electrospinning (NFES), the HCNFES nanofibers with smooth surface and smaller diameter can easily form high density structural NFFs. After nano-indentation and tensile strength measurements, the results indicated that the mechanical properties of the HCNFES NFFs are better than the NFES ones. When 16 wt% PVDF solution doped with 0.03 wt% MWCNTs, the results reveal that Young's modulus, hardness, yield stress, yield strain, ultimate tensile strength, and strain at break of the HCNFES composite NFFs are obviously enhanced to 1.39 GPa, 39.6 MPa, 28 MPa, 48.17 MPa, 3.3%, and 32.5%, respectively. Finally, a flexible wearable sensor made of three-dimensional piezoelectric NFFs was actually experimented. Outstanding mechanical properties with highly deformable of PVDF

  20. Restudy of the unusual phase behavior of the mesogen-jacketed liquid crystal polymers

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    ZHAO; Yongfeng; FAN; Xinghe; CHEN; Xiaofang; WAN; Xinhua

    2006-01-01

    A series of poly{2,5-bis[(4-butoxyphenyl)-oxycarbonyl]styrenes} (PBPCS) with low molecular weight distribution was synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The mesomorphic properties were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarizing optical microscopy (POM) and rheometer. PBPCS showed the phase transition from isotropic into liquid crystal (LC) phase, and the LC phase formed at high temperature and disappeared in the subsequent cooling procedure. Using the WAXD fiber pattern, the phase structure of the PBPCS at higher temperature showed hexagonal columnar nematic phase. Experimental results demonstrated that the driving force of the entropy is an important factor during the unusual LC phase formation of PBPCS.

  1. Distorted asymmetric cubic nanostructure of soluble fullerene crystals in efficient polymer:fullerene solar cells.

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    Kim, Youngkyoo; Nelson, Jenny; Zhang, Tong; Cook, Steffan; Durrant, James R; Kim, Hwajeong; Park, Jiho; Shin, Minjung; Nam, Sungho; Heeney, Martin; McCulloch, Iain; Ha, Chang-Sik; Bradley, Donal D C

    2009-09-22

    We found that 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)propyl-1-phenyl-(6,6)C(61) (PCBM) molecules make a distorted asymmetric body-centered cubic crystal nanostructure in the bulk heterojunction films of reigoregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) and PCBM. The wider angle of distortion in the PCBM nanocrystals was approximately 96 degrees , which can be assigned to the influence of the attached side group to the fullerene ball of PCBM to bestow solubility. Atom concentration analysis showed that after thermal annealing the PCBM nanocrystals do preferentially distribute above the layer of P3HT nanocrystals inside devices.

  2. Mixed ligand coordination polymers with flexible bis-imidazole linker and angular sulfonyldibenzoate: Crystal structure, photoluminescence and photocatalytic activity

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    Bisht, Kamal Kumar; Rachuri, Yadagiri [Analytical Discipline and Centralized Instrument Facility, CSIR—Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, G. B. Marg, Bhavnagar-364 002, Gujarat (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR—Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, G. B. Marg, Bhavnagar-364 002, Gujarat (India); Parmar, Bhavesh [Analytical Discipline and Centralized Instrument Facility, CSIR—Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, G. B. Marg, Bhavnagar-364 002, Gujarat (India); Suresh, Eringathodi, E-mail: esuresh@csmcri.org [Analytical Discipline and Centralized Instrument Facility, CSIR—Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, G. B. Marg, Bhavnagar-364 002, Gujarat (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR—Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, G. B. Marg, Bhavnagar-364 002, Gujarat (India)

    2014-05-01

    Four ternary coordination polymers (CPs) namely, ([Ni(SDB)(BITMB)(H{sub 2}O)]·H{sub 2}O){sub n} (CP1), ([Cd(SDB)(BITMB) (H{sub 2}O)]·(THF)(H{sub 2}O)){sub n} (CP2), ([Zn{sub 2}(SDB){sub 2}(BITMB)]·(THF){sub 2}){sub n} (CP3) and ([Co{sub 2}(SDB){sub 2}(BITMB)]·(Dioxane){sub 3}){sub n} (CP4) composed of angular dicarboxylate SDB (4,4'-sulfonyldibenzoate) and N-donor BITMB (1,3-bis(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)-2,4,6-trimethyl benzene) have been synthesized by solvothermal reactions and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and other physico-chemical techniques. CP1 possesses one-dimensional ribbon type metal–organic motifs glued together by H-bonds and π⋯π interactions, whereas CP2–CP4, exhibit non-interpenetrated sql networks supported by weak supramolecular interactions. Structural diversity of these CPs can be attributed to the coordination geometry adopted by the metal nodes, versatile coordination modes of SDB and conformational flexibility of BITMB. Solid state luminescence properties of CP1–CP4 were explored. Photocatalytic performance of all CPs for the decomposition of metanil yellow by dilute hydrogen peroxide in the presence of visible light was also investigated. 25–83% dye removal from aqueous solutions in the presence of CP1–CP4 was observed. - Graphical abstract: Four new ternary transition metal CPs have been hydrothermally prepared and their structural aspects as well as photocatalytic activity for decolourization of metanil yellow (MY) dye have been investigated. - Highlights: • Four ternary coordination polymers containing Ni, Cd, Zn and Co center are prepared. • Crystal structure and thermal stability of all four CPs has been described. • PL and diffuse reflectance spectra of synthesized CPs have also been examined. • Band gap values suggest semiconducting behavior of prepared CPs. • Photocatalytic activity of CPs for oxidative degradation of metanil yellow is studied.

  3. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Characterization of a Cobalt Coordination Polymer: [Co(suc)(L)]n

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    HONG Jun

    2008-01-01

    The title complex, [Co(suc)(L)]n 1 (L = 2-phenyl-1H-1,3,7,8-tetraazacyclopenta- [l]phenanthrene and H2suc = succinic acid) has been hydrothermally obtained and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, TG and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in orthorhombic, space group Pcca with a = 13.936(3), b = 9.918(2), c = 28.670(6) (A), V = 3962.4(14) A()3, Z = 8, CoC23H16N4O4, Mr = 471.33, Dc = 1.580 g/cm3, F(000) = 1928, μ(MoKa) = 0.907 mm(1, R = 0.0543 and wR = 0.1336. Compound 1 exhibits one-dimensional chain structures which are further stacked by π-π interactions to give a supramolecular layer. Finally, the N-H…O hydrogen bonds between the nitrogen atom of L and carboxylate oxygen atom stabilize the structure of 1.

  4. Seven 3d-4f coordination polymers of macrocyclic oxamide with polycarboxylates: Syntheses, crystal structures and magnetic properties

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    Xin, Na; Sun, Ya-Qiu; Zheng, Yan-Feng; Xu, Yan-Yan; Gao, Dong-Zhao; Zhang, Guo-Ying

    2016-11-01

    Seven new 3d-4f heterometallic coordination polymers, [Ln(CuL)2(Hbtca)(btca)(H2O)]·2H2O (Ln = TbIII1, PrIII2, SmIII3, EuIII4, YbIII5), [Nd(NiL)(nip)(Rnip)]·0·25H2O·0.25CH3OH (R= 0.6CH3, 0.4H) 6 and [Nd2(NiL)(nip)3(H2O)]·2H2O 7(CuL or NiL, H2L = 2, 3-dioxo-5, 6, 14, 15-dibenzo-1, 4, 8, 12-tetraazacyclo-pentadeca-7, 13-dien; H2btca = benzotriazole-5-carboxylic acid; H2nip = 5-nitroisophthalic acid) have been synthesized by a solvothermal method and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Complexes 1-5 exhibit a double-strand meso-helical chain structures formed by [LnIIICuII2] units via the oxamide and benzotriazole-5-carboxylate bridges, while complex 6 exhibits a four-strand meso-helical chain formed by NdNi unit via the oxamide and 5-nitroisophthalate bridges. Complex 7 consists of a 2D layer framework formed by four-strand meso-helical chain via the nip2- bridges. Moreover, the magnetic properties of them were investigated, and the best-fit analysis of χMT versus T show that the anisotropic contribution of Ln(III) ions (arising from the spin-orbit coupling or the crystal field perturbation) dominates (weak exchange limit) in these complexes(for 3, λ = 214.6 cm-1, zj' = -0.33 cm-1, gav = 1.94; for 5, Δ = 6.98 cm-1, zj' = 1.53 cm-1, gav = 1.85).

  5. Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure and luminescence property of a three dimensional Sm(III) coordination polymer with 2,5-pyridinedicarboxylic acid

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    Kranthi Kumar Gangu; Anima S Dadhich; Saratchandra Babu Mukkamala

    2015-12-01

    A novel three dimensional coordination polymer [Sm(2,5-pydc)(NO3)(H2O)]·(H2O) (2,5-pydc = 2,5-pyridine dicarboxylate) (1) had been synthesized hydrothermally and characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. This coordination polymer crystallized in the monoclinic space group P2/n with cell parameters = 9.3610(4) Å, = 8.3498(3) Å, = 16.7159(8) Å, = 106.31(0)°, = 1253.98(184) Å3. Thermogravimetric analysis revealed that complex 1 is stable up to 400°C which on photoexcitation at 365 nm exhibited yellow emission at 583 nm.

  6. Electro-optical response of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal single layers of large nematic droplets oriented by rubbed teflon nanolayers

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    Marinov, Y. G.; Hadjichristov, G. B.; Petrov, A. G.; Marino, S.; Versace, C.; Scaramuzza, N.

    2013-02-01

    The surface orienting effect of rubbed teflon nanolayers on the morphology and electro-optical (EO) response of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) single layers of large nematic droplets was studied experimentally. In PDLC composites of the nematic liquid crystal (LC) E7 and NOA65 polymer, single droplets of LC with diameters as larger as 10 μm were confined in layers with a thickness of 10 μm, and the nematic director field was efficiently modified by nanostructuring teflon rubbing of the glass plates of the PDLC cell. For layered PDLCs arranged and oriented in this way, the modulated EO response by the dielectric oscillations of the nematic director exhibits a selective amplitude-frequency modulation controllable by both temperature and voltage applied, and is simply related to the LC droplet size. That may be of practical interest for PDLC-based modulators operating in the infrasound frequency range.

  7. Programmable and adaptive mechanics with liquid crystal polymer networks and elastomers

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    White, Timothy J.; Broer, Dirk J.

    2015-11-01

    Liquid crystals are the basis of a pervasive technology of the modern era. Yet, as the display market becomes commoditized, researchers in industry, government and academia are increasingly examining liquid crystalline materials in a variety of polymeric forms and discovering their fascinating and useful properties. In this Review, we detail the historical development of liquid crystalline polymeric materials, with emphasis on the thermally and photogenerated macroscale mechanical responses -- such as bending, twisting and buckling -- and on local-feature development (primarily related to topographical control). Within this framework, we elucidate the benefits of liquid crystallinity and contrast them with other stimuli-induced mechanical responses reported for other materials. We end with an outlook of existing challenges and near-term application opportunities.

  8. Photonic crystal coupled TiO(2)/polymer hybrid for efficient photocatalysis under visible light irradiation.

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    Liao, Gaozu; Chen, Shuo; Quan, Xie; Chen, Huan; Zhang, Yaobin

    2010-05-01

    Inverse TiO(2) opal photonic crystal coupled TiO(2)/poly(3-hexylthiophene) (bilayer TiO(2)/P3HT) was structured on FTO substrate for efficient photocatalysis under visible light irradiation (lambda > 400 nm). We expected that the photocatalytic capability of this hybrid photocatalyst could be enhanced by the efficient visible light absorption owing to the photonic crystal structure and effective charge separation owing to the unique heterojunction built between TiO(2) and P3HT. The bilayer TiO(2)/P3HT photocatalyst was prepared first by depositing inverse TiO(2) opal on FTO substrate via replicating polystyrene opal, followed by spin coating a layer of TiO(2) nanoparticles on the inverse TiO(2) opal. The as prepared bilayer TiO(2) was modified by P3HT via dipping method. Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) images demonstrated that the as prepared photocatalyst was composed of inverse TiO(2) opal layer and TiO(2) nanoparticles layer. The UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra showed that the optical absorption for bilayer TiO(2)/P3HT was more intensive than for pristine TiO(2) nanoparticle/P3HT (NP-TiO(2)/P3HT) in the range of 400-650 nm. The enhanced generation of photocurrent under visible light irradiation (lambda > 400 nm) was observed using the bilayer TiO(2)/P3HT. The results of photocatalytic experiments under visible light irradiation revealed that the pseudofirst-order kinetic constant of photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue using the bilayer TiO(2)/P3HT was 2.08 times as great as that using NP-TiO(2)/P3HT, showing the advantage of the unique structure in the bilayer TiO(2)/P3HT for efficient photocatalysis.

  9. NOVEL POLYMER WIDE VIEWING ANGLE COMPENSATION FILMS FOR LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAYS (LCDS)

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    Jason J.Ge; Bruce F.Li; Frank W.Harris; Stephen Z.D.Cheng

    2003-01-01

    We report on generating uniaxial negative birefringent compensation films, made of specifically designed polyimides. These polymers were synthesized via a polycondensation of dianhydride [such as 2,2′-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl)hexafluoropropane dianhydride] and 2,2′-bis(trifiuoromethyl)-4,4′-diaminobiphenyl. The uniaxial negative birefiingent (nx =ny > nz) polyimide substrates are achieved using a solution-casting method in conventional solvents, which exhibit the desirable optical phase retardation [(nx - nz) x d] values from 50 to 400 nm varying with the film thickness. In these polyimide films, the long chain rigid molecules adopt intrinsic planar orientation. In detail, the majority of phenylene-imide rings and phenylenes preferentially adopt nearly planar conformations parallel to the film substrate. In addition, these films also possess high transparency (or transmittance) and little color shift. The unique color dispersion curve indicates that this type of materials is very suitable for the applications in LCDs due to an excellent mimic for the retardation color dispersion curve with respect to LC molecules. Significantly low in-plane retardation (< 1 nm) allows this new technology based film to achieve sufficiently high contrast ratio while highly negative retardation dramatically suppresses the gray scale inversion to improve the viewing angle performance in a variety of new mode LCDs.

  10. Anion-dependent formation of four coordination polymers based on N,N‧-di(3-pyridine) oxamide (DPOM): Crystal structures and luminescence

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    Deng, Ji-Hua; Wen, Ya-Qiong; Luo, Xu-Zhong; Zhong, Di-Chang

    2017-09-01

    Presented in this article are the anion-tuning formation, crystal structures and luminescent properties of four coordination polymers of N,N‧-di(3-pyridine) oxamide (DPOM), including two one-dimensional (1D) chain/ladder polymers, [Ni(DPOM)(H2O)4]SO4·2H2O (1) and [Cd4(DPOM)6(NO3)8] (2), as well as two 3D coordination polymers, [Zn2(DPOM)(H2O)4(SO4)2] (3) and [Cd2(DPOM)(H2O)4(SO4)2] (4). The results of single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses indicate that in these coordination polymers, DPOM ligand serves as a bridge, connecting metal ions by both terminal pyridine N atoms. 1 is a 1D chain structure formed by the bridge of DPOM. 2 is a 1D ladder-like structure featuring Cd(NO3)2 structural units bridged by DPOM ligands. Both 3 and 4 are 3D pillar-layer structures with the 2D inorganic layer ZnSO4/CdSO4 pillared by DPOM ligands. The results of photoluminescent measurements illustrate that upon excitation, 2-4 can emit fluorescence in 408, 416, and 422 nm in the solid state, respectively.

  11. Multi-wavelength sensitive holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal grating applied within image splitter for autostereoscopic display

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    Zheng, Jihong; Wang, Kangni; Gao, Hui; Lu, Feiyue; Sun, Lijia; Zhuang, Songlin

    2016-09-01

    Multi-wavelength sensitive holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (H-PDLC) grating and its application within image splitter for autostereoscopic display are reported in this paper. Two initiator systems consisting of photoinitiator, Methylene Blue and coinitiator, p-toluenesulfonic acid as well as photoinitiator, Rose Bengal and coinitiator, Nphenylglycine are employed. We demonstrate that Bragg gratings can be formed in this syrup polymerized under three lasers simultaneously including 632.8nm from He-Ne laser, 532nm from Verdi solid state laser, and 441.6nm from He- Cd laser. The diffraction efficiency of three kinds of gratings with different exposure wavelength are 57%, 75% and 33%, respectively. The threshold driving voltages of those gratings are 2.8, 3.05, and 2.85 V/μm, respectively. We also present the results for the feasibility of this proposed H-PDLC grating applied into image splitter without color dispersion for autostereoscopic display according to experimental splitting effect.

  12. Synthesis, Crystal Structure, Luminescence and Magnetism of Three Novel Coordination Polymers Based on Flexible Multicarboxylate Zwitterionic Ligand

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    Yulu Ma

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Three novel zwitterionic coordination polymers, namely, {[Zn(HCbdcp2]·H2O} (1, {[Mn(Cbdcp]·3H2O} (2 and {[Cu2(Cbdcp(HCbdcpCl·H2O]·2H2O} (3, Cbdcp = 3,5-dicarboxy-1-(4-carboxybenzylpyridin-1-ium, have been prepared by a hydrothermal method and characterized by X-ray single crystal diffraction analysis, powder X-ray diffraction analysis, IR spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. With the changing of metal centers, these complexes show distinct structures: a mononuclear 2D 44-sql network for 1, a 3D 6,6-connected-type topology for 2 and a novel dinuclear 2D layer for 3. These diverse architectures prove that coordination geometry of metal ions, coordination modes of carboxylate groups and the rotationally flexible CH2 linker played significant roles in the construction of CPs; moreover, they also indicated that H3CbdcpCl is an ideal organic candidate for the building of novel structures. The solid-state luminescent properties of complexes 1–3 were investigated, respectively. In addition, the magnetic properties of 2 and 3 were studied and both of them exhibit antiferromagnetic behaviors.

  13. Mixed ligand coordination polymers with flexible bis-imidazole linker and angular sulfonyldibenzoate: Crystal structure, photoluminescence and photocatalytic activity

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    Bisht, Kamal Kumar; Rachuri, Yadagiri; Parmar, Bhavesh; Suresh, Eringathodi

    2014-05-01

    Four ternary coordination polymers (CPs) namely, {[Ni(SDB)(BITMB)(H2O)]·H2O}n (CP1), {[Cd(SDB)(BITMB) (H2O)]·(THF)(H2O)}n (CP2), {[Zn2(SDB)2(BITMB)]·(THF)2}n (CP3) and {[Co2(SDB)2(BITMB)]·(Dioxane)3}n (CP4) composed of angular dicarboxylate SDB (4,4'-sulfonyldibenzoate) and N-donor BITMB (1,3-bis(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)-2,4,6-trimethyl benzene) have been synthesized by solvothermal reactions and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and other physico-chemical techniques. CP1 possesses one-dimensional ribbon type metal-organic motifs glued together by H-bonds and π⋯π interactions, whereas CP2-CP4, exhibit non-interpenetrated sql networks supported by weak supramolecular interactions. Structural diversity of these CPs can be attributed to the coordination geometry adopted by the metal nodes, versatile coordination modes of SDB and conformational flexibility of BITMB. Solid state luminescence properties of CP1-CP4 were explored. Photocatalytic performance of all CPs for the decomposition of metanil yellow by dilute hydrogen peroxide in the presence of visible light was also investigated. 25-83% dye removal from aqueous solutions in the presence of CP1-CP4 was observed.

  14. Synthesis, crystal structure, and luminescent properties of two coordination polymers based on 1,4-phenylenediacetic acid

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    Zhang, Meili; Ren, Yixia; Ma, Zhenzhen; Qiao, Lei

    2017-06-01

    Two coordination polymers, [Zn(pda)(bib)]n (1) and [Cd(pda)0.5(bib)Cl]n (2)]. (H2pda = 1,4-phenylenediacetic acid, bib = 1,2-bis(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene), have been synthesized by using Zn(II)/Cd(II) salts with two flexible ligands pda and bib under hydrothermal conditions. Their structures have been characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray crystallography and powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) analysis. Due to the coordination geometry around the metal ions and the diverse coordination modes of the flexible ligands, the obtained complex show diverse structures. In the structure of 1, a pair of bib ligands connect two Zn(II) atoms give rise a 22-membered ring, which is further extended by pda ligands in bidentate coordination mode leading a ring-containing 2D layer. In 2, bib ligands join [Cd2Cl2]2+ dimmers generate 1D polymeric ribbon, the pda ligands further extend such ribbon forming a 2D layer network containing rectangular windows, which discovers the effect of the central metal ions on the formation of metal-organic frameworks. In additional, luminescent properties of two complexes have also been studied, they could be potential fluorescence materials.

  15. Bichromatic coherent random lasing from dye-doped polymer stabilized blue phase liquid crystals controlled by pump light polarization

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    Wang, Lei; Wang, Meng; Yang, Mingchao; Shi, Li-Jie; Deng, Luogen; Yang, Huai

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we investigate the bichromatic coherent random lasing actions from the dye-doped polymer stabilized blue phase liquid crystals. Two groups of lasing peaks, of which the full widith at half maximum is about 0.3 nm, are clearly observed. The shorter- and longer-wavelength modes are associated with the excitation of the single laser dye (DCM) monomers and dimers respectively. The experimental results show that the competition between the two groups of the lasing peaks can be controlled by varying the polarization of the pump light. When the polarization of the pump light is rotated from 0° to 90°, the intensity of the shorter-wavelength lasing peak group reduces while the intensity of the longer-wavelength lasing peak group increases. In addition, a red shift of the longer-wavelength modes is also observed and the physical mechanisms behind the red-shift phenomenon are discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11474021 and 51333001), the Key Program for International S&T Cooperation Projects of China (Grant No. 2013DFB50340), the Issues of Priority Development Areas of the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20120001130005), and the Key (Key Grant) Project of Chinese Ministry of Education (Grant No. 313002).

  16. Metal coordination polymers of 2,3-bis(benzimidazol-1-ylmethyl)quinoxaline: Syntheses, crystal structures and luminescent properties

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    Du, Jian-Long; Wei, Zi-Zhang; Hu, Tong-Liang

    2011-06-01

    Two new metal-organic frameworks, {[Cu LI]·CHCl 3} ∞( 1) and {[Hg L(Br) 2] 4·2CH 2Cl 2} ∞ ( 2) have been prepared by reacting CuI and HgBr 2 with the new flexible ligand L [ L = 2,3-Bis(benzimidazol-1-ylmethyl)quinoxaline]. Both complexes have been characterized by elemental analysis, IR, TGA, XRPD, and single crystal X-ray diffraction determination. In 1, the Cu(I) ion takes tetrahedral coordination geometry, and the flexible ligands bridge dinuclear units (Cu 2I 2) to form a one dimensional (1D) double chain structure. While in 2, the Hg(II) coordinates to two bromine ions and two nitrogen donors of L to form a 1D coordination polymer. The structure differences of the two complexes mainly depend on the geometry of the metal ions and the influence of anions. The coordination features of the ligand have also been primarily investigated by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. In addition, the fluorescent properties of the complexes and free ligand L have been investigated in the solid state at room temperature.

  17. "Dual-template" synthesis of one-dimensional conductive nanoparticle superstructures from coordination metal-peptide polymer crystals.

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    Rubio-Martínez, Marta; Puigmartí-Luis, Josep; Imaz, Inhar; Dittrich, Petra S; Maspoch, Daniel

    2013-12-20

    Bottom-up fabrication of self-assembled structures made of nanoparticles may lead to new materials, arrays and devices with great promise for myriad applications. Here a new class of metal-peptide scaffolds is reported: coordination polymer Ag(I)-DLL belt-like crystals, which enable the dual-template synthesis of more sophisticated nanoparticle superstructures. In these biorelated scaffolds, the self-assembly and recognition capacities of peptides and the selective reduction of Ag(I) ions to Ag are simultaneously exploited to control the growth and assembly of inorganic nanoparticles: first on their surfaces, and then inside the structures themselves. The templated internal Ag nanoparticles are well confined and closely packed, conditions that favour electrical conductivity in the superstructures. It is anticipated that these Ag(I)-DLL belts could be applied to create long (>100 μm) conductive Ag@Ag nanoparticle superstructures and polymetallic, multifunctional Fe3 O4 @Ag nanoparticle composites that marry the magnetic and conductive properties of the two nanoparticle types.

  18. Polarization independent Fabry-Pérot filter based on polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystals with fast response time.

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    Chen, Yan-Han; Wang, Chun-Ta; Yu, Chin-Ping; Lin, Tsung-Hsien

    2011-12-05

    This work demonstrates a polarization-independent electrically tunable Fabry-Pérot (FP) filter that is based on polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystals (PSBPLCs). An external vertical electric field can be applied to modulate the effective refractive index of the PSBPLCs along the optical axis. Therefore, the wavelength-tuning property of the FP filter is completely independent of the polarization state of the incident light. The change in the birefringence in PSBPLCs is governed by Kerr effect-induced isotropic-to-anisotropic transition, and so the PSBPLCs based FP filter has a short response time. The measured tunability and free spectral range of the FP filter are 0.092 nm/ V and 16nm in the visible region, and 0.12nm/ V and 97nm in the NIR region, respectively, and the response time is in sub-millisecond range. The fast-responding polarization-independent electrically tunable FP filter has substantial potential for practical applications.

  19. Theoretical study of the prohibited mechanism for ethylene/vinyl acetate co-polymers to the wax crystal growth.

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    Zhang, Jinli; Zhang, Ming; Wan, Junjie; Li, Wei

    2008-01-10

    To understand the effect of pour point depressants (PPD) on the wax growth is important for designing PPD additives for use with different oils with high efficiency and good economics. In our current study, molecular mechanics, molecular dynamics, and quantum mechanics calculations were performed to investigate the prohibited mechanism of ethylene/vinyl acetate (EVA) additives on the paraffin deposition in oils. On the wax surface, a single C18 molecule and clusters were preferably deposited on the wax surface (010) in a parallel conformation, which resulted in the formation of large blocks of wax crystal. MD simulation indicated that the linear conformation of EVA was more favorable to be adsorbed onto the carbon backbone of the wax surface (010) with the polar fragments of vinyl acetate staying upside of the surface. Furthermore, four EVA molecules can efficiently optimize the inhibition effect for the deposition of the solute C18 molecules over 10x8 size wax surface (010). According to the simulation results, a simplified rational model was established to estimate the minimum dosage of EVA-type PPD for fuels with different paraffin contents. In a certain degree, this simplified model has provided an effective route to correlate microstructures and the properties of polymer-involving systems, which will shed light on the application of theoretical studies in industries.

  20. Electrically Conductive Compounds of Polycarbonate, Liquid Crystalline Polymer, and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Penwisa Pisitsak

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer (LCP was blended with polycarbonate (PC and multiwalled carbon nanotube (CNT with the goal of improving electrical conductivity and mechanical properties over PC. The LCP was anticipated to produce fibrillar domains in PC and help improve the mechanical properties. The study was carried out using two grades of LCP—Vectra A950 (VA950 and Vectra V400P (V400P. The compounds contained 20 wt% LCP and 0.5 to 15 wt% CNT. The compounds were prepared by melt-blending in a twin-screw minicompounder and then injection molded using a mini-injection molder. The fibrillar domains of LCP were found only in the case of PC/VA950 blend. However, these fibrils turned into droplets in the presence of CNT. It was found that CNT preferentially remained inside the LCP domains as predicted from the value of spreading coefficient. The electrical conductivity showed the following order with the numbers in parenthesis representing the electrical percolation threshold of the compounds: PC/CNT (1% > PC/VA950P/CNT (1% > PC/V400P/CNT (3%. The storage modulus showed improvements with the addition of CNT and VA950.

  1. Hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structure of a new lanthanum(III coordination polymer with fumaric acid

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    Hayet Anana

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, poly[diaquatris(μ4-but-2-enedioato(μ2-but-2-enedioic aciddilanthanum(III], [La2(C4H2O43(C4H4O4(H2O2]n, was synthesized by the reaction of lanthanum chloride pentahydrate with fumaric acid under hydrothermal conditions. The asymmetric unit comprises an LaIII cation, one and a half fumarate dianions (L2−, one a half-molecule of fumaric acid (H2L and one coordinated water molecule. Each LaIII cation has the same nine-coordinate environment and is surrounded by eight O atoms from seven distinct fumarate moieties, including one protonated fumarate unit and one water molecule in a distorted tricapped trigonal–prismatic environment. The LaO8(H2O polyhedra centres are edge-shared through three carboxylate bridges of the fumarate ligand, forming chains in three dimensions to construct the MOF. The crystal structure is stabilized by O—H...O hydrogen-bond interactions between the coordinated water molecule and the carboxylate O atoms, and also between oxygen atoms of fumaric acid

  2. Role of Crystallization in the Morphology of Polymer:Non-fullerene Acceptor Bulk Heterojunctions

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    O’Hara, Kathryn A.; Ostrowski, David P.; Koldemir, Unsal; Takacs, Christopher J.; Shaheen, Sean E.; Sellinger, Alan; Chabinyc, Michael L.

    2017-05-22

    Many high efficiency organic photovoltaics use fullerene-based acceptors despite their high production cost, weak optical absorption in the visible range, and limited synthetic variability of electronic and optical properties. To circumvent this deficiency, non-fullerene small-molecule acceptors have been developed that have good synthetic flexibility, allowing for precise tuning of optoelectronic properties, leading to enhanced absorption of the solar spectrum and increased open-circuit voltages (VOC). We examined the detailed morphology of bulk heterojunctions of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and the small-molecule acceptor HPI-BT to reveal structural changes that lead to improvements in the fill factor of solar cells upon thermal annealing. The kinetics of the phase transformation process of HPI-BT during thermal annealing were investigated through in situ grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering studies, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The HPI-BT acceptor crystallizes during film formation to form micron-sized domains embedded within the film center and a donor rich capping layer at the cathode interface reducing efficient charge extraction. Thermal annealing changes the surface composition and improves charge extraction. This study reveals the need for complementary methods to investigate the morphology of BHJs.

  3. Shape-responsive actuator from a single layer of a liquid-crystal polymer.

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    Kamal, Tahseen; Park, Soo-young

    2014-10-22

    Actuation of various shape changes, including bending, helical twisting, and reversible hinging, has been achieved from a single-layer sheet of poly(1,4-di(4-(3-acryloyloxypropyloxy)benzoyloxy)-2-methylbenzene) [poly(RM257)]. This actuator was developed through photopolymerization of a reactive liquid-crystal (LC) monomer (RM257) mixed with 4-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (5CB, nematic LC at room temperature) in a planar polyimide-coated LC cell. The UV beam perpendicular to one side of the LC cell produced an asymmetric phase separation between the poly(RM257) network and 5CB that resulted in an asymmetric porous structure along the thickness direction when the 5CB was extracted, in which the UV-exposed surface was pore-free and compact while the opposite surface was highly porous. As a result of this structure, the dry and curled poly(RM257) film exhibits actuation behavior when placed in acetone because of a difference in swelling between the two morphologically different sides, the film UV-exposed and nonexposed sides. The actuation of a three-dimensional tetrahedron (pyramidal) structure is also demonstrated for the first time by using a simple photopatterning technique to selectively control its asymmetric morphology at specific locations.

  4. Temperature-induced crystallization and compactibility of spray dried composite particles composed of amorphous lactose and various types of water-soluble polymer.

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    Takeuchi, H; Yasuji, T; Yamamoto, H; Kawashima, Y

    2000-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the temperature-induced crystallization and the compactibility of the composite particles containing amorphous lactose and various types of polymers. The composite particles were prepared by spray-drying an aqueous solution of lactose and various types of gel forming water-soluble polymers at various formulating ratios. The stabilizing effect of hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) on amorphous lactose in the composite particles was smaller than that of sodium alginate in comparing at the same formulating ratios. The difference in the stability of amorphous lactose in the composite particles was attributed to the difference in the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the composite particles caused by the polymers formulated. The tensile strength of compacted spray-dried composite particles containing the polymers was higher than commercial lactose for direct tabletting (DCL21). The tensile strength of the composite particles was increased with an increase in water content in the particles. The difference in compactibility of the composite particles containing the different amount of polymer and water could be explained by the difference in Tg of the particles.

  5. Crystal structures and thermodynamics/kinetics of Zn(II) coordination polymers with helical chains

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    He, Tian; Yue, Ke-Fen; Zhao, Yi-xing; Chen, San-Ping; Zhou, Chun-sheng; Yan, Ni

    2016-07-01

    Solvothermal reactions of Zn(II) acetates and four V-shaped carboxylates ligands in the presence of 1,4-Bis(2-methyl-imidazol-1-yl)butane afforded four interesting Zn(II) coordination polymers with helical chains, namely, {[Zn(bib)(atibdc)]·2H2O}n (1), {[Zn(bib)(atbip)]·H2O}n (2), [Zn(bib)(2,2‧-tda)]}n (3) and {[Zn(bib)(5-tbipa)]·EtOH}n (4), (H2atibdc=5-amino-2,4,6-triiodoisophthalic acid, H2atbip=5-amino-2,4,6-tribromoisophthalic acid, 2,2‧-H2tad=2,2‧-thiodiacetic acid, 5-H2tbipa=5-tert-butyl-isophthalic acid). 1 reveals a 3D chiral framework with three kinds of helical chains along a, b and c axis. 2 shows a 2D step-type chiral framework with right-handed helical chains. 3 displays a wavelike 2D layer network possessing alternate left- and right-handed helical chains. 4 presents a four-connected 3D framework with zigzag and meso-helical chains. The different spacers and substituent group of carboxylic acid ligands may lead to the diverse network structures of 1-4. The fluorescent properties of complexes 1-4 were studied. In addition, the thermal decompositions properties of 1-4 were investigated by simultaneous TG/DTG-DSC technique. The apparent activation energy E and the pre-exponential factor (A) of skeleton collapse for the complexes 1-4 are calculated by the integral Kissinger's method and Ozawa-Doyle's method. The activation energy E (E1=209.658 kJ·mol-1, E2=250.037 kJ mol-1, E3=225.300 kJ mol-1, E4=186.529 kJ·mol-1) demonstrates that the reaction rate of the melting decomposition is slow. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH‡, ΔG‡ and ΔS‡) at the peak temperatures of the DTG curves were also calculated. ΔG‡>0 indicates that the skeleton collapse is not spontaneous. ΔHd>0 suggests that the skeleton collapse is endothermic, corresponding to the intense endothermic peak of the DSC curve. The structural stability could be illustrated from the point of thermodynamics and kinetics.

  6. Synthesis, crystal structure and optical property of three coordination polymer constructed from m-phenylenediacrylate acid

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    Xiao, YiFan; Wang, TingTing; Zeng, HePing, E-mail: hpzeng@scut.edu.cn

    2015-01-15

    Three new complexes of the wholly deprotonated flexible ligand m-phenylenediacrylate acid (H{sub 2}mpda), namely, [Zn (mpda) (H{sub 2}O)] [1], [Pr{sub 2}(mpda){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(CHOO){sub 2}] [2], and [Mn{sub 2}(mpda){sub 2} (H{sub 2}O){sub 4}] [3], were synthesized by the solvothermal reaction. The complexes were characterized by IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and X-ray single-crystal diffraction. A mixed sample [Nd(mpda)(H{sub 2}O)(CHOO)·Pr(mpda)(H{sub 2}O)(CHOO)] [2{sup ]} was also synthesized and studied. Compounds [1] and [2] exhibit a selective sensing function with respect to acetone, and they are a potential luminescent sensory material for the selective detection of Zn{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 2+} ions, respectively. Furthermore, the fluorescent changes of compound [1] upon the addition of cations (Fe{sup 3+} and Zn{sup 2+}, Bi{sup 2+} and Zn{sup 2+}) are utilized to construct two logic gates at the molecular level. - Graphical abstract: Three new complexes of flexible ligand m-phenylenedicarboxylic acid were synthesized by solvothermal reaction. Three metal−organic frameworks exhibiting 1D, 2D, 3D structures, respectively. - Highlights: • Three new complexes of m-phenylenedicarboxylic acid were synthesized. • Three metal−organic frameworks exhibiting 1D, 2D, 3D structures, respectively. • [1] and [2] exhibits a very high quenching effect with acetone. • [1] and [2] are a potential luminescent sensory material for Zn{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+} ions. • Two logic gates have been constructed using compound [1].

  7. Electroluminescence emission patterns of organic light-emitting transistors based on crystallized fluorene-type polymers

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    Kajii, Hirotake; Ohtomo, Takahiro; Ohmori, Yutaka

    2017-03-01

    The electroluminescence (EL) emission patterns of organic light-emitting transistors (OLETs) based on crystallized poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene) (F8), poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) and poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-dithienyl-benzothiadiazole) (F8TBT) films are investigated. For the single-layer devices and the mixed-layer device without an F8/F8BT interface, only line-shaped EL emission patterns are observed between source/drain (S/D) electrodes. For an F8BT (F8TBT)/F8 heterostructure device, a localized electric field is generated by the positive (negative) charges of the accumulated holes (electrons) in the F8 upper layer, which allow the injection of electrons (holes) in the F8BT (F8TBT) lower layer at a lower (higher) gate voltage. The F8/F8BT device exhibits unique light emission properties with a surface like EL emission pattern between S/D electrodes at a lower gate voltage. The interfacial structure is important for forming field-effect transistor channels along different organic layers to obtain a surface like emission between S/D electrodes. For the F8TBT/F8 OLET, the hole carrier transport mainly occurs at the F8TBT lower layer, and line-shaped EL emission patterns are observed in the vicinity of the source electrode upon varying the gate voltages owing to the worse carrier balance between the F8TBT lower layer and the F8 upper layer.

  8. Crystallization and mechanical behavior of the ferroelectric polymer nonwoven fiber fabrics for highly durable wearable sensor applications

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    Liu, Z.H. [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (China); National Science Council Core Facilities Laboratory for Nano-Science and Nano-Technology in Kaohsiung-Pingtung Area, Taiwan (China); Micro/Meso Mechanical Manufacturing R& D Department, Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, Kaohsiung 81160, Taiwan (China); Pan, C.T., E-mail: panct@mail.nsysu.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (China); National Science Council Core Facilities Laboratory for Nano-Science and Nano-Technology in Kaohsiung-Pingtung Area, Taiwan (China); Yen, C.K. [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (China); National Science Council Core Facilities Laboratory for Nano-Science and Nano-Technology in Kaohsiung-Pingtung Area, Taiwan (China); Lin, L.W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Huang, J.C. [Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Ke, C.A. [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Performance of the hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning (HCNFES). • Well-aligned self-assembled PVDF nonwoven fiber fabrics. • Highly durable wearable sensors. • The mechanical characterization of HCNFES piezoelectric NFFs. • The formation of β-form extended-chain crystallites in the PVDF nanofibers. - Abstract: The mechanical characterization of the electrospinning polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nonwoven fiber fabrics (NFFs) doped with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was investigated. Piezoelectric composite nanofibers of the PVDF/MWCNTs were directly electrospun by the hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning (HCNFES) without any post-poling treatment. We have made the HCNFES NFFs consisted of high-orderly arranged nanofiber assemblies for further characterizing the effect of MWCNTs filling PVDF nanofibers. An in situ electrical poling and high uniaxial stretching imparted on the polymer jet during the HCNFES process, which naturally align the dipoles in the PVDF crystals and promote the formation of the polar β-crystalline phase within the fibers. Moreover, the reinforcement of the HCNFES PVDF nanofibers indicated the improvement in mechanical properties and the degree of high oriented extended-chain crystallites through adding adequate contents of MWCNTs. In the case of alignment of the all-trans polymer chains in the vicinity of MWCNTs along the fiber axis, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed the strongest diffraction peak of the β-crystalline phase. In the comparison of the near-field electrospinning (NFES), the HCNFES nanofibers with smooth surface and smaller diameter can easily form high density structural NFFs. After nano-indentation and tensile strength measurements, the results indicated that the mechanical properties of the HCNFES NFFs are better than the NFES ones. When 16 wt% PVDF solution doped with 0.03 wt% MWCNTs, the results reveal that Young's modulus, hardness, yield stress, yield strain

  9. Layer Formation and Annihilation in an Immiscible Polymer Blend under Electric and Shear Flow Fields

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    Na, Yang-Ho; Yoshino, Ayaka; Tominaga, Shinsuke; Orihara, Hiroshi; Ujie, Seiji; Nagaya, Tomoyuki

    2006-01-01

    Simultaneous observation of morphological change and measurement of shear stress in an immiscible polymer blend of a liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) and a methyl phenyl silicone oil (MPS) were carried out in electric and shear flow fields by using a system combining a rheometer and a confocal scanning laser microscope (CSLM). Under shear flow and no electric field a thin MPS layer with low viscosity was formed between two parallel plates of the rheometer, which reduced the app...

  10. Synthesis, characterization, properties and crystal structure of heterometallic 1D coordination polymers{[CuLZn· CuLZn(H2O)]·H2O}n

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    TAO Ruojie; LI Fu an; ZANG Shuangquan; CHENG Yanxiang; NIU Jingyang

    2006-01-01

    Copper-zinc heterometallic 1D chain coordination polymer has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, and IR spectra etc. The crystal structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. The title complex is 1 D chain coordination polymer with the chemical formula {[CuLZn·CuLZn(H2O)]·H2O}n, where H4L=N-(2-hydroxybenzamido)-N'-(3-carboxy-Isalicylidene)ethylenediamine. Its structural unit is comprosed of two tetranuclear cycles formed by two dissymmetrical tetranuclear units. These units polymerized each other to form 1D chain coordination polymer.

  11. Crystal structures and thermodynamics/kinetics of Zn(II) coordination polymers with helical chains

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    He, Tian [Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Yue, Ke-Fen, E-mail: ykflyy@nwu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Zhao, Yi-xing; Chen, San-Ping [Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Zhou, Chun-sheng, E-mail: slzhoucs@126.com.cn [Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Comprehensive Utilization of Tailings Resources, College of Chemical Engineering and Modern Materials, Shangluo University, Shangluo 726000 (China); Yan, Ni [Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China)

    2016-07-15

    Solvothermal reactions of Zn(II) acetates and four V-shaped carboxylates ligands in the presence of 1,4-Bis(2-methyl-imidazol-1-yl)butane afforded four interesting Zn(II) coordination polymers with helical chains, namely, {[Zn(bib)(atibdc)]·2H_2O}{sub n} (1), {[Zn(bib)(atbip)]·H_2O}{sub n} (2), {[Zn(bib)(2,2′-tda)]}{sub n} (3) and {[Zn(bib)(5-tbipa)]·EtOH}{sub n} (4), (H{sub 2}atibdc=5-amino-2,4,6-triiodoisophthalic acid, H{sub 2}atbip=5-amino-2,4,6-tribromoisophthalic acid, 2,2′-H{sub 2}tad=2,2′-thiodiacetic acid, 5-H{sub 2}tbipa=5-tert-butyl-isophthalic acid). 1 reveals a 3D chiral framework with three kinds of helical chains along a, b and c axis. 2 shows a 2D step-type chiral framework with right-handed helical chains. 3 displays a wavelike 2D layer network possessing alternate left- and right-handed helical chains. 4 presents a four-connected 3D framework with zigzag and meso-helical chains. The different spacers and substituent group of carboxylic acid ligands may lead to the diverse network structures of 1–4. The fluorescent properties of complexes 1−4 were studied. In addition, the thermal decompositions properties of 1–4 were investigated by simultaneous TG/DTG–DSC technique. The apparent activation energy E and the pre-exponential factor (A) of skeleton collapse for the complexes 1–4 are calculated by the integral Kissinger's method and Ozawa–Doyle's method. The activation energy E (E{sub 1}=209.658 kJ·mol{sup −1}, E{sub 2}=250.037 kJ mol{sup −1}, E{sub 3}=225.300 kJ mol{sup −1}, E{sub 4}=186.529 kJ·mol{sup −1}) demonstrates that the reaction rate of the melting decomposition is slow. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH{sup ‡}, ΔG{sup ‡} and ΔS{sup ‡}) at the peak temperatures of the DTG curves were also calculated. ΔG{sup ‡}>0 indicates that the skeleton collapse is not spontaneous. ΔH{sub d}>0 suggests that the skeleton collapse is endothermic, corresponding to the intense endothermic peak of the DSC

  12. Hierarchical assemblies of soft matters from polymers and liquid crystals on structured surfaces

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    Honglawan, Apiradee

    Hierarchical, multifunctional materials hold important keys to numerous advanced technologies, including electronics, optics, and medicine. This thesis encompasses generation of hierarchical structures with novel morphologies and functions through self-assembly directed by lithographically fabricated templates. Here, two soft materials, amphiphilic random copolymers of photopolymerized acryloyl chloride (ranPAC) and smectic-A liquid crystal (SmA-LC) molecule, 4'(5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,11,11,12,12,12-heptadecaflu-orododecyloxy)-biphenyl-4-carboxylic acid ethyl ester, are synthesized as model systems to investigate the governing principles at the topographic surface/interface. The ranPAC can self-organize into nanomicelles with high regularity and stability, typically not possible in random copolymer systems. The morphology can be controlled by the photopolymerization conditions and solvent; the crosslinked shell makes the micelles robust against drying and storage. Using SU-8 micropillar arrays with spatially controlled surface chemistry as templates, we construct hierarchical microporous structures with tunable pore size and symmetry (e.g. square array), and uncover a new evaporative assembly method. By functionalizing the ranPAC nanovesicles with cationic poly(ethyleneimines), we encapsulate the anticancer drug, doxorubicin hydrochloride, and mRNA at a high payload, which are delivered to HEK 293T cells in vitro at a low cytotoxicity level. SmA-LC are characterized by arrangement of molecules into thin layers with the long molecular axis parallel to the layer normal, forming a close-packed hexagonal array of topological defects known as focal conic domains (FCDs) in a thin film. Using a series of SU-8 micropillar arrays with different size, shape, height, and symmetry as topological templates, we investigate the epitaxial and hierarchical assemblies of FCDs; whether the system favors confinement or "pillar edge-pinning" depends on balance of the elastic energy

  13. Structural variability in Cu(I) and Ag(I) coordination polymers with a flexible dithione ligand: Synthesis, crystal structure, microbiological and theoretical studies

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    Beheshti, Azizolla; Nozarian, Kimia; Babadi, Susan Soleymani; Noorizadeh, Siamak; Motamedi, Hossein; Mayer, Peter; Bruno, Giuseppe; Rudbari, Hadi Amiri

    2017-05-01

    Two new compounds namely [Cu(SCN)(μ-L)]n (1) and {[Ag (μ2-L)](ClO4)}n (2) have been synthesized at room temperature by one-pot reactions between the 1,1-(1,4-butanediyl)bis(1,3-dihydro-3-methyl-1H-imidazole- 2-thione) (L) and appropriate copper(I) and silver(I) salts. These polymers have been characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, XRPD, TGA, elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, antibacterial activity and scanning probe microscopy studies. In the crystal structure of 1, copper atoms have a distorted trigonal planar geometry with a CuS2N coordination environment. Each of the ligands in the structure of 1 acting as a bidentate S-bridging ligand to form a 1D chain structure. Additionally, the adjacent 1D chains are interconnected by the intermolecular C-H…S interactions to create a 2D network structure. In contrast to 1, in the cationic 3D structure of 2 each of the silver atoms exhibits an AgS4 tetrahedral geometry with 4-membered Ag2S2 rings. In the structure of 2, the flexible ligand adopts two different conformations; gauche-anti-gauche and anti-anti-anti. The antibacterial studies of these polymers showed that polymer 2 is more potent antibacterial agent than 1. Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) study of the treated bacteria was carried out to investigate the structural changes cause by the interactions between the polymers and target bacteria. Theoretical study of polymer 1 investigated by the DFT calculations indicates that observed transitions at 266 nm and 302 nm in the UV-vis spectrum could be attributed to the π→π* and MLCT transitions, respectively.

  14. Functionalization of boron diiminates with unique optical properties: multicolor tuning of crystallization-induced emission and introduction into the main chain of conjugated polymers.

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    Yoshii, Ryousuke; Hirose, Amane; Tanaka, Kazuo; Chujo, Yoshiki

    2014-12-31

    In this article, we report the unique optical characteristics of boron diiminates in the solid states. We synthesized the boron diiminates exhibiting aggregation-induced emission (AIE). From the series of optical measurements, it was revealed that the optical properties in the solid state should be originated from the suppression of the molecular motions of the boron diiminate units. The emission colors were modulated by the substitution effects (λ(PL,crystal) = 448-602 nm, λ(PL,amorphous) = 478-645 nm). Strong phosphorescence was observed from some boron diiminates deriving from the effects of two imine groups. Notably, we found some of boron diiminates showed crystallization-induced emission (CIE) properties derived from the packing differences from crystalline to amorphous states. The 15-fold emission enhancement was observed by the crystallization (Φ(PL,crystal) = 0.59, Φ(PL,amorphous) = 0.04). Next, we conjugated boron diiminates with fluorene. The synthesized polymers showed good solubility in the common solvents, film formability, and thermal stability. In addition, because of the expansion of main-chain conjugation, the peak shifts to longer wavelength regions were observed in the absorption/emission spectra of the polymers comparing to those of the corresponding boron diiminate monomers (λ(abs) = 374-407 nm, λ(PL) = 509-628 nm). Furthermore, the absorption and the emission intensities were enhanced via the light-harvesting effect by the conjugation with fluorene. Finally, we also demonstrated the dynamic reversible alterations of the optical properties of the polymer thin films by exposing to acidic or basic vapors.

  15. The impact of water and hydrocarbon concentration on the sensitivity of a polymer-based quartz crystal microbalance sensor for organic compounds

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    Pejcic, Bobby, E-mail: Bobby.Pejcic@csiro.au [CSIRO, Earth Science and Resource Engineering, PO Box 1130, Bentley, WA 6102 (Australia); Crooke, Emma [CSIRO, Earth Science and Resource Engineering, PO Box 1130, Bentley, WA 6102 (Australia); Doherty, Cara M.; Hill, Anita J. [CSIRO, Materials Science and Engineering, Locked Bag 33, Clayton Sth MDC, Vic 3169 (Australia); Myers, Matthew [CSIRO, Earth Science and Resource Engineering, PO Box 1130, Bentley, WA 6102 (Australia); University of Western Australia, School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences, Crawley, WA 6009 (Australia); Qi, Xiubin; Ross, Andrew [CSIRO, Earth Science and Resource Engineering, PO Box 1130, Bentley, WA 6102 (Australia)

    2011-10-03

    Highlights: {yields} The response of a polymer coated QCM sensor is affected by water soaking time. {yields} Polymer-water interfacial processes influence the QCM sensitivity for hydrocarbons. {yields} The QCM sensitivity of high Tg polymer films is affected by plasticization processes. - Abstract: Long-term environmental monitoring of organic compounds in natural waters requires sensors that respond reproducibly and linearly over a wide concentration range, and do not degrade with time. Although polymer coated piezoelectric based sensors have been widely used to detect hydrocarbons in aqueous solution, very little information exists regarding their stability and suitability over extended periods in water. In this investigation, the influence of water aging on the response of various polymer membranes [polybutadiene (PB), polyisobutylene (PIB), polystyrene (PS), polystyrene-co-butadiene (PSB)] was studied using the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). QCM measurements revealed a modest increase in sensitivity towards toluene for PB and PIB membranes at concentrations above 90 ppm after aging in water for 4 days. In contrast, the sensitivity of PS and PSB coated QCM sensors depended significantly on the toluene concentration and increased considerably at concentrations above 90 ppm after aging in water for 4 days. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) showed that there is a change in the sorption mechanism at higher toluene levels for PS and PSB. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) studies were performed to investigate the free volume properties of all polymers and to monitor any changes in the free volume size and distribution due to water and toluene exposure. The PALS did not detect any considerable variation in the free volume properties of the polymer films as a function of solution composition and soaking time, implying that viscoelastic and/or interfacial processes (i.e. surface area changes) are probably

  16. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS WITH T-SHAPED TWO-DIMENSIONAL MESOGENIC UNITS (Ⅱ)

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    LI Zifa; ZHENG Shijun; ZHANG Shuyuan; CAO Shaokui; LI Lei; LIU Guangsheng; ZHOU Qifeng

    1997-01-01

    A series of liquid crystalline polymers with T-shaped two-dimensional mesogenic units were synthesized via low temperature solution polycondensation of 2-(4'-alkoxy-phenyl) hydroquinone with various diacyl dichlorides. The polymers were found to be nematic and shown thermotropic liquid crystalline behaviors through observations using DSC, polarized microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The melting temperature Tm and the isotropization temperature Ti of the polymers change regularly with varying of the monomer structures.

  17. From polymer to monomer: cleavage and rearrangement of Si-O-Si bonds after oxidation yielded an ordered cyclic crystallized structure.

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    Zuo, Yujing; Gou, Zhiming; Cao, Jinfeng; Yang, Zhou; Lu, Haifeng; Feng, Shengyu

    2015-07-27

    Polymerization reactions are very common in the chemical industry, however, the reaction in which monomers are obtained from polymers is rarely invesitgated. This work reveals for the first time that oxone can break the Si-O-Si bond and induce further rearrangement to yield an ordered cyclic structure. The oxidation of P1, which is obtained by reaction of 2,2'-1,2-ethanediylbis(oxy)bis(ethanethiol) (DBOET) with 1,3-divinyl-1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisiloxane (MM(Vi)), with oxone yielded cyclic crystallized sulfone-siloxane dimer (P1-ox) after unexpected cleavage and rearrangement of the Si-O-Si bond.

  18. Trapping of defect point to improve response time via controlled azimuthal anchoring in a vertically aligned liquid crystal cell with polymer wall

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    Kim, Sang Gyun; Kim, Sung Min; Kim, Youn Sik; Lee, Hee Kyu; Lee, Seung Hee [Polymer BIN Fusion Research Center, School of Advanced Materials Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Chonju, Chonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Lyu, Jae-Jin; Kim, Kyeong Hyeon [AMLCD Division, Samsung Electronics, Kiheung, Kyunggi-Do 449-711 (Korea, Republic of); Lu, Ruibo; Wu, Shin-Tson [College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando FL 32816 (United States)], E-mail: lsh1@chonbuk.ac.kr

    2008-03-07

    Conventional multi-domain vertically aligned liquid crystal (LC) cells have defect points due to the collision of LC directors during the formation of multiple domains. In addition, the location of defects changes with time resulting in a slow response time. This paper proposes a robust vertically aligned LC cell, where the LCs are locked by polymer walls, and the azimuthal anchoring on the surface of the alignment layer is controlled by the polymerization of a UV curable reactive mesogen monomer. As a result, the defect points are trapped at a single position, resulting in a greatly improved response time.

  19. Two novel interpenetrated zinc(Ⅱ) and cadmium(Ⅱ) coordination polymers based on 4-imidazole-benzoate: Syntheses, crystal structures and properties

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    BAI ZhengShuai; CHEN ShuiSheng; ZHANG ZhengHua; CHEN ManSheng; LIU GuangXiang; SUN WeiYin

    2009-01-01

    Two novel interpenetrated coordination polymers, [Zn(IBA)2]n (1) and {[Cd(IBA)2(H2O)]-4H2O}n (2),have been synthesized by using 4-imidazole-benzoic acid (HIBA) as ligand under hydrothermal con-ditions. Complex I crystallizes in a chiral space group and has a two-fold interpenetrated 2D network structure with (4,4) topology, while complex 2 is a 3D porous dia network with four nets interpene-trating each other. The SHG activity of 1 and the photoluminescent property of 2 have been investi-gated.

  20. Fabrication and applications of functional polymer colloidal photonic crystals%功能型聚合物光子晶体的制备及应用

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    黄羽; 王京霞; 宋延林; 江雷

    2012-01-01

    Photonic crystals have attracted wide attentions due to their special light manipulation properties and promising applications in various high-performance optic devices. In this paper, we present series of fabrication of functional polymer photonic crystals based on well-designed latex particles and demonstrate their extensive applications in visible monitor, ultrasensive detection, high-efficient catalyst, and high-performance light storage.%光子晶体因其特殊的光调控性能,在各类高性能光学器件方面具有重要的应用前景.本文主要阐述了功能型聚合物光子晶体的制备方法及其在防护涂层、高效发光、高灵敏检测和高性能光信息存储等方面的应用.

  1. Crystal structure, magnetic and photoelectric properties of coordination polymer[Co2(C3H4N2)4(C10H2O8)]n

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    NIU Shuyun; FAN Hongtao; JIN Jing; JIN Xianglin; YANG Zhongzhi

    2004-01-01

    A novel Co(Ⅱ) coordination polymer bridged by 1,2,4,5-benzene-tetracarboxylate is solvothermally synthesized, which possesses one-dimensional chain structure.The complex crystallizes in the triclinic crystal system, P1space group, a = 0.9610(1) nm, b = 0.9684(1) nm, c = 0.7924(1)nm, a = 96.695(9)°, β= 102.741(6)°, γ= 116.551(5)°, V = 0.6236(2) nm3, Z = 2, R1 = 0.0342, wR2 = 0.0990. The surface photovoltage spectra measurement shows that the title complex exhibits obvious photovoltage response in the 300-800 nm regions. The variable temperature susceptibility reveals that the complex possesses weak antiferromagnetic property.

  2. The Transmission Modes and Losses of the Poled Nano-crystal and Polymer Composite PbTiO3/PEK-c Thin-film Waveguides

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    REN Quan; Yuk Tak Chow; YANG Xudong; LV Zenghai; YANG Hongliang; CHAN Hau Ping; CHU Pak Lim

    2007-01-01

    Composite thin films of PbTiO3 nano-crystals and high transparency polymer polyetherketone(PEK-c) for application of non-linear optical devices were prepared by spin coating. The size of PbTiO3 nano-crystals was estimated to be 30-40 nm using a transmission electron microscope. The refractive index and the mode propagation losses at 633 nm were measured using the prism coupling technique and improved photographic technique respectively. They were found to be 1.6545 and 2.00 dB cm-1 (fundamental mode),respectively. Moreover, it is observed that this loss is increased at higher mode indices.

  3. Hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structure of copper (Ⅱ)coordination polymer composed of helix-like chains:[Cu(NIPH)(bpy)

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    YE Junwei; ZHANG Ping; YE Kaiqi; YE Ling; YANG Guangdi; WANG Yue

    2006-01-01

    Hydrothermal reactions of Cu (Ⅱ) acetate, 2,2'-bipyridyl (bpy) with 5-nitroisophthalic acid (H2NIPH) resulted in a new coordination polymer [Cu(NIPH)(bpy)] 1. Single crystal X-ray diffraction experiment indicates that 1 possesses a single helixlike chains, of which Cu atoms are coordinated by NIPH ligands and bpy ligands. Compound 1 crystallizes in the space group P2(1)/c, a = 0.955(19) nm, b = 1.259(3) nm, c= 1.3737(3) nm, β= 95.13(3)°, V=1.6455(6) nm3 and Z = 4. The TGA analysis shows that 1 has no remarkable weight loss up to 284℃, as a result of its high thermal stability. Magnetic measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic behavior of compound 1.

  4. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Novel Manganese Coordination Polymer: 2,5-Bis(4-pyridyl)-3,4-diaza-2,4-hexadiene

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    CHEN Man-Sheng; DENG Yi-Fang; ZHANG Chun-Hua; KUANG Dai-Zhi; FENG Yong-Lan; PENG Yun-Lin

    2007-01-01

    A new manganese coordination polymer 1, [Mn(H2O)4(L)]n(ClO4)2n.2nH2O.3nL (L= 2,5-bis(4-pyridyl)-3,4-diaza-2,4-hexadiene), has been synthesized and structurally characterized.The crystal structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal is of monoclinic, space group Pn with a = 13.9176(8), b = 15.4754(9), c = 15.9670(9) (A), β =99.5010(10)°, V = 3391.8(3) (A)3, Z = 2, C56H68Cl2MnN16O14, Mr= 1315.10, Dc = 1.288 g/cm3, μ =0.344 mm-1, F(000) = 1374, R = 0.0733 and wR = 0.2035. In the crystal the manganese atom is six-coordinated by two nitrogen atoms from 2,5-bis(4-pyridyl)-3,4-diaza-2,4-hexadiene and four oxygen atoms from water molecules, completing an octahedral geometry. The title complex exhibits a novel supramolecular layer architecture sustained by the concurrence of coordination bonds,hydrogen bonds, and π-π stacking interactions.

  5. Study of morphology and crystal growth behaviour of nanoclay-containing biodegradable polymer blend thin films using atomic force microscopy

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    Malwela, T

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available nanocomposites: in greening the 21st century materials world. Prog Mater Sci 2005; 50: 962?79. [2] Auras R, Harte B, Selke S. An overview of polylactides as packaging materials. Macromol Biosci 2004;4:835?64. [3] Bhatia A, Gupta RK, Bhattacharya SN, Choi HJ...) blend nanocomposites. Polymer 2004; 45:7381?88. [10] Kim HB, Choi JS, Lee CH, Lim ST, John MS, Choi HJ. Polymer blend/organoclay nanocomposite with poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(methyl methacrylate). Euro Polym J 2005;41:679?85. [11] Sinha Ray S...

  6. Impaired maternal glucose homeostasis during pregnancy is associated with low status of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCP) and essential fatty acids (EFA) in the fetus

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    Dijck-Brouwer, DAJ; Hadders-Algra, M; Bouwstra, H; Decsi, T; Boehm, G; Martini, IA; Boersma, ER; Muskiet, FAJ

    2005-01-01

    Low status of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCP) and essential fatty acids (EFA) in the fetus is associated with less favorable neonatal neurological condition. A 'relative', rather than 'absolute' EFA deficiency might explain this finding. A relative EFA deficiency may derive from impaire

  7. Impaired maternal glucose homeostasis during pregnancy is associated with low status of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCP) and essential fatty acids (EFA) in the fetus

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    Dijck-Brouwer, DAJ; Hadders-Algra, M; Bouwstra, H; Decsi, T; Boehm, G; Martini, IA; Boersma, ER; Muskiet, FAJ

    Low status of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCP) and essential fatty acids (EFA) in the fetus is associated with less favorable neonatal neurological condition. A 'relative', rather than 'absolute' EFA deficiency might explain this finding. A relative EFA deficiency may derive from

  8. Physiological traits of Penicillium glabrum strain LCP 08.5568, a filamentous fungus isolated from bottled aromatized mineral water.

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    Nevarez, L; Vasseur, V; Le Madec, A; Le Bras, M A; Coroller, L; Leguérinel, I; Barbier, G

    2009-04-15

    Penicillium glabrum is a ubiquitous fungus distributed world wide. This fungus is a frequent contaminant in the food manufacturing industry. Environmental factors such as temperature, water activity and pH have a great influence on fungal development. In this study, a strain of P. glabrum referenced to as LCP 08.5568, has been isolated from a bottle of aromatized mineral water. The effects of temperature, a(w) and pH on radial growth rate were assessed on Czapeck Yeast Agar (CYA) medium. Models derived from the cardinal model with inflection [Rosso et al., 1993 An unexpected correlation between cardinal temperatures of microbial growth highlighted by a new model. J. Theor. Bio. 162, 447-463.] were used to fit the experimental data and determine for each factor, the cardinal parameters (minimum, optimum and maximum). Precise characterisation of the growth conditions for such a fungal contaminant, has an evident interest to understand and to prevent spoilage of food products.

  9. Cu(II) bifunctional (N,O,O‧) coordination polymer: A case study for complex ab-initio crystal structure determination from PXRD data

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    Colombo, Valentina; Cimino, Alessandro; Maspero, Angelo; Tollari, Stefano; Palmisano, Giovanni; Sironi, Angelo

    2017-09-01

    The synthesis of a novel Cu(II) bifunctional (N,O,O‧) coordination polymer, the Cu(PzHP) compound, has been carried out by coupling Cu(II) salts and the newely synthesized H2(PzHP) organic linker (H2(PzHP) = 1-[4-(1H) -pyrazolyl]-2-methyl-3-hydroxy-4(1H)-pyridinone). Despite to the numerous attempts done for the growth of suitable single crystals and to the synthetic trials carried out to ameliorate the crystallinity of the Cu(PzHP) coordination polymer, its diffraction pattern was always characterized by a discouraging, less-than-ideal, crystallinity. Notwithstanding the extended disorder, leading to a higher than required space group symmetry, we succeeded in the description of its relevant structural features by following an unconventional route to ab-initio structure solution. In this process consideration on the coordination ability of the ligand and on the space group symmetry have been taken into account to 'manually' achieve the initial structural model, highlighting that, in some cases, it is still possible to ascertain by PXRD the crystal structure of a material that shows challenging, broad, PXRD pattern.

  10. Heat flow in anharmonic crystals with internal and external stochastic baths: a convergent polymer expansion for a model with discrete time and long range interparticle interaction

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    Pereira, Emmanuel; Mendonça, Mateus S.; Lemos, Humberto C. F.

    2015-09-01

    We investigate a chain of oscillators with anharmonic on-site potentials, with long range interparticle interactions, and coupled both to external and internal stochastic thermal reservoirs of Ornstein-Uhlenbeck type. We develop an integral representation, a` la Feynman-Kac, for the correlations and the heat current. We assume the approximation of discrete times in the integral formalism (together with a simplification in a subdominant part of the harmonic interaction) and develop a suitable polymer expansion for the model. In the regime of strong anharmonicity, strong harmonic pinning, and for the interparticle interaction with integrable polynomial decay, we prove the convergence of the polymer expansion uniformly in volume (number of sites and time). We also show that the two-point correlation decays in space such as the interparticle interaction. The existence of a convergent polymer expansion is of practical interest: it establishes a rigorous support for a perturbative analysis of the heat flow problem and for the computation of the thermal conductivity in related anharmonic crystals, including those with inhomogeneous potentials and long range interparticle interactions. To show the usefulness and trustworthiness of our approach, we compute the thermal conductivity of a specific anharmonic chain, and make a comparison with related numerical results presented in the literature.

  11. Three Gel States of Colloidal Composites Consisting of Polymer-Brush-Afforded Silica Particles and a Nematic Liquid Crystal with Distinct Viscoelastic and Optical Properties.

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    Kawata, Yuki; Yamamoto, Takahiro; Kihara, Hideyuki; Yamamura, Yasuhisa; Saito, Kazuya; Ohno, Kohji

    2016-11-02

    Colloidal composites consisting of polymer-brush-afforded silica particles (P-SiPs) and a nematic liquid crystal (LC) exhibited three gel states with distinct viscoelastic and/or optical properties depending on temperature: (1) opaque hard gel, (2) translucent hard gel, and (3) translucent soft gel. We demonstrated that the transitions of the optical property and the hardness of the gels were due to the phase transition of the LC matrix and the glass transition of the grafted polymers of P-SiPs, respectively. We then revealed that the gelation (the formation of the translucent soft gel) was caused by the phase separation of P-SiPs and LC matrix in an isotropic phase based on spinodal decomposition. In addition, the particle concentration and molecular weight of the grafted polymer of P-SiPs were observed to significantly affect the elastic moduli and thermal stability of the composite gels. By the addition of an azobenzene derivative into an LC matrix, we achieved photochemical switching of the transparency of the composites based on the photoinduced phase transition of LCs, while keeping self-supporting ability of the composite gel.

  12. 聚合体网络对铁电液晶的影响%The Effects of a Polymer Network on a Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal

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    郑文军

    2001-01-01

    通过定点聚合混合在小分子铁电液晶中的可交联单体来制备高聚合体网络稳定铁电液晶(PNSFLCs).试验中所用单体为紫外固化光学粘合剂NOA65,其用量少于5%.铁电液晶中存在很少量的聚合体网络可以引起相变行为的显著变化.聚合体网络的存在可减小分子倾斜角和降低液晶载体的自发极化强度.分子倾斜角和自发极化强度与温度的对应关系可用指数函数来描述.但在聚合体存在的情形下,函数参数的数值不同于在均场近似下由经典朗道理论所得到的数值.对于纯铁电液晶,自发极化强度与分子倾斜角之间存在与温度无关的线性关系;在聚合体网络存在的情形下,这一线性关系的温度独立性被破坏.%Polymer network stabilised ferroelectric liquid crystals (PNSFLCs) have been produced by in situ polymerisation of a small amount of a cross-linkable monomer in a low molar mass ferroelectric liquid crystal. In the present studies,the amount of prepolymer,which is a UV curable optical adhesive NOA65,is less than 5%. The embedded polymer network strongly affects the properties of the liquid crystal host. A significant change in phase transitionbehaviour has been observed even when the amount of the polymer network is very small. Both the tilt angle and the spontaneous polarisation of the liquid crystal host are reduced in the presence of the polymer network. The temperature behaviour of these two parameters can be described by an exponential function. However,the values of the parameters of the function are different from those derived using the classical Landau theory based on the mean field approximation. For the pure ferroelectric liquid crystal, the spontaneous polarisation has a linear relation with the tilt angle, and the linearity of between the two parameters is independent of temperature. However, the temperature independence of the linear relation between the two parameters is broken in the

  13. Detection of low concentration formaldehyde gas by photonic crystal sensor fabricated by nanoimprint process in polymer material

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    Boersma, A.; Ee, R.J. van; Stevens, R.S.A.; Saalmink, M.; Charlton, M.D.B.; Pollard, M.E.; Chen, R.; Kontturi, V.; Karioja, P.; Alajoki, T.

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes experimental measurement results for photonic crystal sensor devices which have been functionalized for gas sensing applications. The sensor consists of a two dimensional photonic crystal etched into a slab waveguide having a refractive index of 1.7-1.9. Test devices were fabric

  14. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Photoluminescent Property of a Zinc(II) Coordination Polymer Assembled by Phthalate and 4,4'-Bipyridine

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    LI Xiu-Mei; WANG Qing-Wei; CUI Yun-Cheng; LI Chuan-Bi; WANG Ren-Zhang; LIU Bo

    2006-01-01

    A metal-organic coordination polymer {[Zn(Pht)(4,4′-bipy)(H2O)2]·2H2O}n (Pht = phthalate, 4,4′-bipy = 4,4′-bipyridine) 1 has been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, TG, fluorescence spectrum and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Yellow crystals crystallize in the monoclinic system, space group P2/n, a = 7.6346(14), b = 11.316(2), c = 10.8133(19) (A), β = 92.444(3)o, V = 933.3(3)(A)3, C18H20N2O8Zn, Mr = 457.73, Dc = 1.629 g/cm3, F(000) = 472, Z = 2, μ(MoKα) = 1.367 mm-1, the final R = 0.0323 and wR = 0.0821 for 1859 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). The structure of 1 exhibits a two-dimensional bilayer framework formed by hydrogen bonding interactions. Furthermore, 1 shows yellow photoluminescent pro- perty at room temperature.

  15. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Three-dimensional Mn(Ⅱ) Coordination Polymer with 3-(Pyrazin-2-yloxy)-pyridine and Azide Anion as Mixed Bridge Ligand

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    2008-01-01

    A three-dimensional coordination polymer [Mn2((1,3-N3)4(μ-PP)2]n (PP = 3-(pyra- zin-2-yloxy)-pyridine) has been synthesized with 3-(pyrazin-2-yloxy)-pyridine and azide anion as mixed bridge ligand, and its crystal structure was determined by X-ray crystallography. The crystal data: triclinic system, space group P, with a = 6.794(4), b = 9.885(6), c = 9.947(6)A, α = 64.170(6),β = 84.190(8),γ = 85.319(8)°, V = 597.7(6)(A)3, Z = 1, C18H14Mn2N18O2, Mr = 624.35, Dc = 1.735 g/cm3, F(000) = 314 andμ= 1.117 mm-1. In the crystal, the azide anion acts as a bridge ligand and makes adjacent Mn(Ⅱ) ions connect into a two-dimensional sheet on the ab plane, then 3-(pyrazin-2-yloxy)-pyridine serves as a bidentate bridge ligand to connect neighboring sheets along the c axis, and finally a three-dimensional structure is formed.

  16. 聚合物分散液晶膜的压光效应%Piezo-Optical Effect of Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Films

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    范志新; 解一军; 魏向东; 解会杰; 宋新华; 王丹; 孙玉宝

    2011-01-01

    报道了一种聚合物分散液晶(PDLC)膜在压力作用下从散射膜变为透明膜的实验现象,建议称之为PDLC膜的压光效应.介绍了与压光效应相关的PDLC的应变液晶、剪切液晶和拉伸液晶等概念;给出PDLC压光效应膜样品照片,偏光显微镜照片,电光特性光谱分析和压光效应光谱分析.提出PDLC膜压光效应的原理猜想,给出对PDLC膜光学性质的重新认识,认为只要每个液晶微滴中液晶分子取向一致了,无论不同微滴间液晶分子取向一致与否,PDLC膜都将透明.PDLC膜压光效应将对液晶基础科学提出新课题,将在许多不用加电的新型压光器件(按压窗、功能玻璃和光纤压力传感器等)领域有应用前景.%It is reported that polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) films are transparency when pressed, and it is called piezo-optical effect of PDLC films. The concepts of stressed liquid crystal, sheared liquid crystal and stretched liquid crystal for PDLC films are described respectively. The pictures of piezo-optical effect, polarized photographs of PDLC films, spectral analysis of electro-optical property and spectral analysis of piezo-optical effect are given. The principle of piezo-optical effect of PDLC films is also proposed, which believes that only if liquid crystal molecules in each micro-droplet are well orientated, the PDLC films will show transparency, no matter liquid crystal molecules in different droplets are well orientated or not. The piezo-optical effect of PDLC films poses questions to basic sciences of liquid crystal and may be applied in a lot of new press-optical applications without electricity (press-windows,functional glass, optical fiber press sensor, etc. ).

  17. Organic Solid-State Tri-Wavelength Lasing from Holographic Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal and a Distributed Feedback Laser with a Doped Laser Dye and a Semiconducting Polymer Film.

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    Liu, Minghuan; Liu, Yonggang; Peng, Zenghui; Wang, Shaoxin; Wang, Qidong; Mu, Quanquan; Cao, Zhaoliang; Xuan, Li

    2017-05-07

    Organic solid-state tri-wavelength lasing was demonstrated from dye-doped holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC) distributed feedback (DFB) laser with semiconducting polymer poly[-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene-vinylene] (MEH-PPV) and laser dye [4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(p-dimethylaminostyryl)-4H-pyran] (DCM) by a one-step holography technique, which centered at 605.5 nm, 611.9 nm, and 671.1 nm. The temperature-dependence tuning range for the tri-wavelength dye-doped HPDLC DFB laser was as high as 8 nm. The lasing emission from the 9th order HPDLC DFB laser with MEH-PPV as active medium was also investigated, which showed excellent s-polarization characterization. The diffraction order is 9th and 8th for the dual-wavelength lasing with DCM as the active medium. The results of this work provide a method for constructing the compact and cost-effective all solid-state smart laser systems, which may find application in scientific and applied research where multi-wavelength radiation is required.

  18. Anchoring-Induced Texture & Shear Banding of Nematic Polymers in Shear Cells

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    2007-10-01

    varying orientation tensor ellipsoid at several locations between the plates. The Doi- Hess kinetic theory is developed to study the dynamics of LCP...profile is evident in one of the snapshots, a phenomenon seen by Sebastian Heidenreich in related studies and in full kinetic flow-nematic simulations of...kinetic phase diagram for nematic polymers, Rheol. Acta., 43 (2004), 17–37. [20] M.G. Forest, Q. Wang and R. Zhou, The flow-phase diagram of Doi- Hess

  19. Polymer stabilization of the smectic C-alpha* liquid crystal phase—Over tenfold thermal stabilization by confining networks of photo-polymerized reactive mesogens

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    Labeeb, A. [Liquid Crystal Institute, Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242 (United States); Microwave Physics and Dielectrics, National Research Center, Dokki 12622 (Egypt); Gleeson, H. F. [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Hegmann, T., E-mail: thegmann@kent.edu [Liquid Crystal Institute, Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242 (United States)

    2015-12-07

    The smectic C*-alpha (SmC{sub α}*) phase is one of the sub-phases of ferroelectric liquid crystals that has drawn much interest due to its electro-optical properties and ultrafast switching. Generally observed above the ferroelectric SmC* phase in temperature, the SmC{sub α}* commonly shows only very narrow phase temperature range of a few degree Celsius. To broaden the SmC{sub α}* phase, polymer stabilization was investigated for thermal phase stabilization. Two different reactive monomers were tested in three mixtures, and all three broadened the temperature range of the SmC{sub α}* phase from 3 °C to 39 °C. The current reversal method was used to determine the phase existence versus temperature. Moreover, the texture and network structure was studied by polarized optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, with the latter revealing the confinement of the smectic layer structure within the porous polymer network.

  20. Morphological appearances and photo-controllable coloration of dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal/polymer coaxial microfibers fabricated by coaxial electrospinning technique.

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    Lin, Jia-De; Chen, Che-Pei; Chen, Lin-Jer; Chuang, Yu-Chou; Huang, Shuan-Yu; Lee, Chia-Rong

    2016-02-08

    This study systematically investigates the morphological appearance of azo-chiral dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (DDCLC)/polymer coaxial microfibers obtained through the coaxial electrospinning technique and examines, for the first time, their photocontrollable reflection characteristics. Experimental results show that the quasi-continuous electrospun microfibers can be successfully fabricated at a high polymer concentration of 17.5 wt% and an optimum ratio of 2 for the feeding rates of sheath to core materials at 25 °C and a high humidity of 50% ± 2% in the spinning chamber. Furthermore, the optical controllability of the reflective features for the electrospun fibers is studied in detail by changing the concentration of the azo-chiral dopant in the core material, the UV irradiation intensity, and the core diameter of the fibers. Relevant mechanisms are addressed to explain the optical-control behaviors of the DDCLC coaxial fibers. Considering the results, optically controllable DDCLC coaxial microfibers present potential applications in UV microsensors and wearable smart textiles or swabs.

  1. Facile synthesis of 2D Zn(II) coordination polymer and its crystal structure, selective removal of methylene blue and molecular simulations

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    Sezer, Güneş Günay; Yeşilel, Okan Zafer; Şahin, Onur; Arslanoğlu, Hasan; Erucar, İlknur

    2017-09-01

    A new coordination polymer {[Zn(μ3-ppda)(H2O)(μ-bpa)Zn(μ-ppda)(μ-bpa)]·4H2O}n (1) (ppda = 1,4-phenylenediacetate, bpa = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane) has been synthesized by microwave-assisted reaction and characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractions. The asymmetric unit of 1 consists of two Zn(II) ions, two bpa ligands, two ppda ligands, one coordinated and four non-coordinated water molecules. In 1, ppda2- anions are linked the adjacent Zn(II) centers to generate 1D double-stranded chains. These chains are connected into 2D sheets by the bridging bpa ligands. Atomically detailed modeling was performed to compute single and binary component adsorption isotherms of H2, CO2, CH4 and N2 in complex 1. Results showed that 1 exhibits a high adsorption selectivity towards CO2 due to its high affinity for CO2. Results of this study will be helpful to guide the microwave-assisted reaction of coordination polymers to design promising adsorbents for gas storage and gas separation applications. The luminescent property of 1 and the selective removal of dyes in 1 have been also discussed. Results showed that 1 can be a potential candidate for luminescence applications and can selectively adsorb methylene blue (MB) dye molecules.

  2. Quartz crystal microbalance study of ionic strength and pH-dependent polymer conformation and protein adsorption/desorption on PAA, PEO, and mixed PEO/PAA brushes.

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    Delcroix, M F; Demoustier-Champagne, S; Dupont-Gillain, C C

    2014-01-14

    The conformation of polymer chains grafted on a substrate influences protein adsorption. In a previous study, adsorption/desorption of albumin was demonstrated on mixed poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) brushes, triggered by solutions of adequate pH and ionic strength (I). In the present work, homolayers of PEO or PAA are submitted to saline solutions with pH from 3 to 9 and I from 10(-5) to 10(-1) M, and their conformation is evaluated in real time using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). Shrinkage/swelling of PAA chains and hydration and salt condensation in the brush are evidenced. The adsorption of human serum albumin (HSA) onto such brushes is also monitored in these different saline solutions, leading to a deep understanding of the influence of polymer chain conformation, modulated by pH and I, on protein adsorption. A detailed model of the conformation of PEO/PAA mixed brushes depending on pH and I is then proposed, providing a rationale for the identification of conditions for the successive adsorption and desorption of proteins on such mixed brushes. The adsorption/desorption of albumin on PEO/PAA is demonstrated using QCM-D.

  3. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Magnetic Properties of a Novel Azide-bridged Copper(Ⅱ) Coordination Polymers Containing Nitroxy Nitroxide

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    WANG Yu-Fang; ZHANG Yong-Hua; WANG Li-Ya

    2011-01-01

    A novel azide-bridged copper(Ⅱ) coordination polymer, [Cu3(NITpPy)4(N3)6]n (NITpPy = 4-pyridyl-4,4,5,5-tetramethylimidazline-3-oxide-1-oxyl), was structurally and magnetically characterized. It crystallizes in the triclinic space group P with a = 7.6932(10), b = 14.5556(19), c = 16.122(2) , α = 108.443(2), β = 95.251(2), γ = 104.236(2)°, V = 1631.7(4) 3, C48H64Cu3N30O8, Mr = 1379.87, Z = 1, Dc = 1.404 g/cm3, μ(MoKα) = 1.041 mm-1, F(000) = 713, the R = 0.0510 and wR = 0.1185 for 4285 observed reflections with I 2σ(I). X-ray analysis reveals that the Cu(Ⅱ) ions are linked by nitrogen atom of μ1,1 azido ligands to form a Cu-Cu-Cu unit. The units are linked by μ1,3 azido ligands through a bridging style to form a one-dimensional coordination polymer. The variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility data of the complex show ferromagnetic interactions in the complex.

  4. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Luminescent Property of A Novel Cd(II) Coordination Polymer with Bis-imidazole Ligand

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    Zhou, Yong Hong [Huaibei Normal Univ., Huaibei (China)

    2013-04-15

    The key to the successful design of metal-organic coordination polymers is the judicious selection of organic ligand. Recently, polydentate aromatic nitrogen heterocyclic ligands with five-membered rings have been well-studied in the construction of supramolecular structure for their N-coordinated sites apt to coordinating to transition metals. Similar to six-membered N-heterocyclic ligands, the azole-based five-membered N-heterocyclic ligands, such as imidazoles, triazoles and tetrazoles have been extensively employed in the construction of various coordination polymers with diverse topologies and interesting properties. The bis(azole) ligands in which N-donor azole rings (imidazole, triazole, or tetrazole) are separated by alkyl, (CH{sub 2}){sub n}, spacers are good choices for flexible bridging ligands. The conformational flexibility of the spacers makes the ligands adaptable to various coordination networks with one-, two-, and three dimensional structures.

  5. Synthesis, crystal structure and luminescent properties of one coordination polymer of cadmium(II) with mixed thiocyanate and hexamethylenetetramine ligands.

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    Bai, Yan; Shang, Wei-Li; Dang, Dong-Bin; Sun, Ji-De; Gao, Hui

    2009-03-01

    A novel Cd(II) coordination polymer [Cd(SCN)(2)(hmt)(1/2)(H(2)O)](2).H(2)O (hmt=hexamethylenetetramine) has been synthesized and characterized by IR, elemental analysis, TG technique and X-ray crystallography. Cd(II) atom has an distorted octahedral environment with an N(3)S(2)O donor set. Every six Cd(II) centers are linked by hmt and thiocyanato bridges to form a planar 2D coordination polymer containing hexagonal metallocyclic rings [Cd(6)(SCN)(8)(hmt)(2)]. A 2D layer structure is held together with its neighboring ones via a set of hydrogen-bonding interactions to form a 3D supramolecular structure. The luminescent properties of the title complex in the solid state were investigated.

  6. In-vitro comparison of LC-DCP- and LCP-constructs in the femur of newborn calves – a pilot study

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    Hoerdemann Mona

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To compare the biomechanical in-vitro characteristics of limited-contact dynamic compression plate (LC-DCP and locking compression plate (LCP constructs in an osteotomy gap model of femoral fracture in neonatal calves. Pairs of intact femurs from 10 calves that had died for reasons unrelated to the study were tested. A 7-hole LC-DCP with six 4.5 mm cortical screws was used in one femur and a 7-hole LCP with four 5.0 mm locking and two 4.5 mm cortical screws was used in the corresponding femur. The constructs were tested to failure by cyclic compression at a speed of 2 mm/s within six increasing force levels. Results The bone-thread interface was stripped in 21 of 80 cortical screws (26.3% before a pre-set insertion torque of 3 Nm was achieved. Only 3 corresponding intact pairs of constructs could be statistically compared for relative structural stiffness, actuator excursion and width of the osteotomy gap. Relative structural stiffness was significantly greater, actuator excursion and width of the osteotomy gap were significantly smaller in the LCP constructs. While failure occurred by loosening of the screws in the LC-DCP constructs, locking constructs failed by cutting large holes in the soft distal metaphyseal bone. Conclusions An insertion torque sufficient to provide adequate stability in femurs of newborn calves could not be achieved reliably with 4.5 mm cortical screws. Another limiting factor for both constructs was the weak cancellous bone of the distal fracture fragment. LCP constructs were significantly more resistant to compression than LC-DCP constructs.

  7. Color-Tunable Mirrors Based on Electrically Regulated Bandwidth Broadening in Polymer-Stabilized Cholesteric Liquid Crystals (Postprint)

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    2014-10-01

    September 2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE COLOR -TUNABLE MIRRORS BASED ON ELECTRICALLY REGULATED BANDWIDTH BROADENING IN POLYMER- STABILIZED CHOLESTERIC...Approved for public release; distribution unlimited. This report contains color . 13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES PA Case Number: 88ABW-2014-1978, Clearance...at dx.doi.org/10.1021/ph500259h. 14. ABSTRACT We report on the preparation of color -tunable mirrors based on electrically regulated bandwidth

  8. Comparing the In Vitro Stiffness of Straight-DCP, Wave-DCP, and LCP Bone Plates for Femoral Osteosynthesis.

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    Mariolani, José Ricardo Lenzi; Belangero, William Dias

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this study was to compare the Locking Compression Plate (LCP) with the more cost-effective straight-dynamic compression plate (DCP) and wave-DCPs by testing in vitro the effects of plate stiffness on different types of diaphyseal femur fractures (A, B, and C, according to AO classification). The bending structural stiffness of each plate was obtained from four-point bending tests according to ASTM F382-99(2008). The plate systems were tested by applying compression/bending in different osteosynthesis simulation models using wooden rods to simulate the fractured bone fragments. Kruskal-Wallis test showed no significant difference in the bending structural stiffness between the three plate models. Rank-transformed two-way ANOVA showed significant influence of plate type, fracture type, and interaction plate versus fracture on the stiffness of the montages. The straight-DCP produced the most stable model for types B and C fractures, which makes its use advantageous for complex nonosteoporotic fractures that require minimizing focal mobility, whereas no difference was found for type A fracture. Our results indicated that DCPs, in straight or wave form, can provide adequate biomechanical properties for fixing diaphyseal femoral fractures in cases where more modern osteosynthesis systems are cost restrictive.

  9. Crystallization, biomimetics and semiconducting polymers in confined systems. (German Title: Kristallisation, Biomimetik und halbleitende Polymere in räumlich begrenzten Systemen)

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    Montenegro, Rivelino V. D.

    2003-05-01

    observed, but no structure change. A triclinic structure is formed both in bulk and in miniemulsion droplets. 3. In the next part of the thesis it is shown how miniemulsions could be successfully applied in the development of materials with potential application in pharmaceutical and medical fields. The production of cross-linked gelatin nanoparticles is feasible. Starting from an inverse miniemulsion, the softness of the particles can be controlled by varying the initial concentration, amount of cross-link agent, time of cross-linking, among other parameters. Such particles show a thermo-reversible effect, e.g. the particles swell in water above 37 °C and shrink below this temperature. Above 37 °C the chains loose the physical cross-linking, however the particles do not loose their integrity, because of the chemical cross-linking. Those particles have potential use as drug carriers, since gelatin is a natural polymer derived from collagen. 4. The cross-linked gelatin nanoparticles have been used for the biomineralization of hydroxyapatite (HAP), a biomineral, which is the major constituent of our bones. The biomineralization of HAP crystals within the gelatin nanoparticles results in a hybrid material, which has potential use as a bone repair material. 5. In the last part of this work we have shown that layers of conjugated semiconducting polymers can be deposited from aqueous dispersion prepared by the miniemulsion process. Dispersions of particles of different conjugated semiconducting polymers such as a ladder-type poly(para-phenylene) and several soluble derivatives of polyfluorene could be prepared with well-controlled particle sizes ranging between 70 - 250 nm. Layers of polymer blends were prepared with controlled lateral dimensions of phase separation on sub-micrometer scales, utilizing either a mixture of single component nanoparticles or nanoparticles containing two polymers. From the results of energy transfer it is demonstrated that blending two polymers in

  10. Quartz crystal microbalance: a useful tool for studying thin polymer films and complex biomolecular systems at the solution-surface interface.

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    Marx, Kenneth A

    2003-01-01

    The quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) is a simple, cost effective, high-resolution mass sensing technique, based upon the piezoelectric effect. As a methodology, the QCM evolved a solution measurement capability in largely analytical chemistry and electrochemistry applications due to its sensitive solution-surface interface measurement capability. The technique possesses a wide detection range. At the low mass end, it can detect monolayer surface coverage by small molecules or polymer films. At the upper end, it is capable of detecting much larger masses bound to the surface. These can be complex arrays of biopolymers and biomacromolecules, even whole cells. In addition, the QCM can provide information about the energy dissipating properties of the bound surface mass. Another important and unique feature of the technique is the ability to measure mass and energy dissipation properties of films while simultaneously carrying out electrochemistry on solution species or upon film systems bound to the upper electrode on the oscillating quartz crystal surface. These measurements can describe the course of electropolymerization of a film or can reveal ion or solute transport within a film during changes in the film environment or state, including the oxidation state for an electroactive film driven by the underlying surface potential. The past decade has witnessed an explosive growth in the application of the QCM technique to the study of a wide range of molecular systems at the solution-surface interface, in particular, biopolymer and biochemical systems. In this report, we start with a brief historical and technical overview. Then we discuss the application of the QCM technique to measurements involving micellar systems, self-assembling monolayers and their phase transition behavior, molecularly imprinted polymers, chemical sensors, films formed using the layer-by-layer assembly technique, and biopolymer films and point out the utility of the electrochemical

  11. Crystal structure and photoluminescence of a new two-dimensional Cd(II) coordination polymer based on 3-(carboxymethoxy)-2-naphthoic acid

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    Kong, Zhi-Guo; Guo, Sheng-Nan; Miao, Jia-Qi; An, Miao [Jilin Normal Univ., College of Chemistry, Siping (China); Ministry of Education, Siping (China). Key Lab. of Preparation and Applications of Enviromental Friendly Materials

    2015-11-01

    A new Cd(II) coordination polymer, [Cd(CNA)]{sub n} (1) (H{sub 2}CNA = 3-(carboxymethoxy)-2-naphthoic acid), was hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystals are monoclinic, space group P{sub 2}1/c with a = 16.9698(18), b = 7.8314(8), c = 8.9553(10) Aa, β = 100.657(2) {sup circle}, V = 1169.6(2) Aa{sup 3}, Z = 4, D{sub calcd.} = 2.03 g cm{sup -3}, μ(MoK{sub α}) = 1.9 mm{sup -1}, F(000) = 696 e, R = 0.0305, wR = 0.0784 for 172 refined parameters and 2285 data. Each CNA anion bridges three Cd(II) cations to give rise to a two-dimensional network structure. Topologically, if each CNA anion is regarded as a linker, and each Cd(II) atom considered as a 4-connected node, the structure is simplified as a 4-connected (4,4) network. The solid state photoluminescent properties of the compound were also studied at room temperature.

  12. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a 1D Alternate Chain Polymer [Zn2(NBA)2(4,4--bipy)]n

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    WANG Ke-Wei; YIN Pei-Xiu; SHEN Yi-Cheng; LI Zhao-Ji; QIN Ye-Yan; YAO Yuan-Gen

    2008-01-01

    A one-dimensional zinc-containing coordination polymer, [Zn2(NBA)2(4,4--bipy)]n (NBA = 3-nitrobenzoic acid, 4,4--bipy = 4,4--bipyrindine), has been solvothermally synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, IR and elemental analysis.The crystal structure is of monoclinic, space group C2/c with a = 24.6478(2), b = 14.0964(3), c = 11.4275(2) -, β =108.7870(10)°, V = 3758.89(11) -3, C38H20N6O16Zn2, Mr = 947.34, Z = 4, Dc = 1.674 g/cm3, μ = 1.363 mm-1, F(000) = 1912, R = 0.0720 and wR = 0.2277 for 2841 observed reflections (I > 2((I)).In this compound, NBA in syn-syn coordination mode bridges zinc centers into dimeric- zinctetracarboxylate [Zn2(COO)4] secondary building units (SBUs) which are linked through μ-4,4--bpy affording 1D alternating chains.These adjacent chains are further stacked through intermolecular π…π interactions to form a 3D framework.

  13. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Electrochemical Properties of a One-dimensional Chain Coordination Polymer [Mn(phen)(2,4,6-TMBA)2(H2O)]n

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    2007-01-01

    A one-dimensional chain-like coordination polymer [Mn(phen)(2,4,6-TMBA)2(H2O)]n has been synthesized from 2,4,6-trimethylbenzoic acid, 1,10-phenanthioline and anhydrous manganese(Ⅱ) sulfate and then characterized. Crystal data for this complex: tetragonal, space group I41, a = 2.05643(16), b = 2.05643(16), c = 1.3939(2) nm, V= 5.8946(11) nm3, Mr = 579.54, Z = 8, Dc = 1.306 g/cm3, λ(MoKα) = 0.490 mm-1, F(000) = 2424, S = 0.985, the final R = 0.0411 and wR = 0.0950. The Flack factor is -0.01(2). The crystal structure shows that two neighboring man-ganese(Ⅱ) ions are linked together by one bridge-chelating 2,4,6-trimethylbenzoic group, forming a one-dimensional chain structure. The manganese(Ⅱ) ion is coordinated with two nitrogen atoms of one 1,10-phenanthroline, three oxygen atoms from three 2,4,6-trimethylbenzoic acids and one water oxygen atom, giving a distorted octahedral coordination geometry. The cyclic voltametric behavior of the complex was also investigated.

  14. Synthesis, crystal structure and photoelectric property of two new coordination polymers constructed by longer-spanning suberic acid and 4,4'-bipyridine ligands.

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    Xie, Yan; Bai, Feng Ying; Li, Jing; Xing, Yong Heng; Wang, Zhuo; Zhao, Hai Yan; Pu, Zhi Feng; Ge, Mao Fa; Shi, Zhan

    2010-11-01

    Two-dimensional coordination polymers, [M(C₈H₁₂O₄)(C₁₀H₈N₂)]·H₂O [M=Co (1), Cd (2); C₁₀H₈N₂ = 4,4-bipyridine, C₈H₁₄O₄=subaric acid] were obtained from the reaction of the metal salts, bipy and subaric acid at 180°C and characterized by elemental analysis, infrared spectrum, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction and surface photovoltage spectrum (SPS). The single-crystal X-ray diffraction showed that the subaric ligand in the two complexes exhibits two types of modes coordinating to transition metal ions, resulting in the formation of a 1D infinite chain along the c-axis. In addition, the results of SPS for complexes 1 and 2 indicate that these two complexes exhibit positive surface photovoltage responses in the range of 300-800 nm, which can be assigned to LMCT and MLCT, respectively. And the SPS of complex 1 also can be assigned to the d→d* electronic transition. The SPS spectra of the two complexes are consistent with their UV-vis spectra.

  15. Single-crystal structure of coordination polymer [Nd2(C8H5NO4)3·4H2O]∞

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    2003-01-01

    The single-crystal structure of the coordination polymer [Nd2(C8H5NO4)3@4H2O]∞ with rhombus-channels is reported in this paper. There are two crystallographically independent Nd(Ⅲ) ions, and each Nd(Ⅲ) ion is in the eight-coordinated environment. Seven of eight oxygen atoms are from six 5-aminoisophthalic acid ligands, the other oxygen atom is given by coordination water. Carboxyl groups link two Nd(Ⅲ) ions using η1,1 and η1,3 modes. Two carboxyl groups from ligands chelate Nd(Ⅲ) ion to form four-mem- bered rings. Crystal data: Triclinic, space group a = 1.03680(5) nm, b = 1.66934(15) nm, c = 0.88221(14) nm, α = 99.754(2)°, β = 111.169(4)°,β = 85.400(4)(. Some ligands linking metal Nd(Ⅲ) ions parallel to ab plane form molecu- lar ladders, and the others linking molecular ladders result in rhombus channels along c-axis. These coordinated water molecules and amino groups are pendent in the channels.

  16. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Coordination Polymer {[Co(phth)(phen)(H2O)]·(C2H5OH)}n

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    GAO Ling; CHENG Qing-Yan; WANG Yan-Ji

    2006-01-01

    The coordination polymer {[Co(phth)(phen)(H2O)]·(C2H5OH)}n (phth = phthalate, phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) with formula C22H20CoN2O6 (Mr = 467.33) was synthesized by the solvothermal method under low temperature, and its crystal structure was determined by singlecrystal X-ray diffraction. The complex belongs to monoclinic system, space group P21/n with a =12.7352(16), b = 8.8125(11), c = 18.677(2) (A), β = 102.633(2)°, V = 2045.3(4) (A)3, Z = 4, Dc =1.518 g/cm3,μ = 0.882 mm-1, F(000) = 964, S = 1.053, the final R = 0.0401 and wR = 0.0984 for 3135 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). Single-crystal X-ray analysis revealed that the Co(Ⅱ) ion is six-coordinated. The cobalt complex forms a one-dimensional chain structure via phthalate bridging ligand. In the cobalt complex, a 3D network structure is formed by π-π stacking interaction of 1,10-phenanthroline as well as intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions.

  17. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Electrochemical Properties of a One-dimensional Chain Coordination Polymer [Mn(NAA)2(4,4'-bipy)(H2O)4]n

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    YANG Ying-Qun; LI Chang-Hong; LI Wei; KUANG Yun-Fei

    2008-01-01

    A novel one-dimensional chain coordination polymer [Mn(NAA)2(4,4'-bipy)(H2O)4]n has been synthesized with α-naphthaleneacetic acid, 4,4'-bipy and manganese(Ⅱ) sulfate as raw materials. Crystal data for this complex: monoclinic, space group P21/c, a = 1.1421(2), b=1.6337(3), c=0.94177(19) nm, β = 112.15(3)°, V= 1.6275(6) nm3, Dc = 1.407 g/cm3, Z = 2,μ(MoKα) = 0.467 mm-1, F(000) = 722, S = 1.007, R= 0.0412 and wR = 0.1022. The crystal structure shows that two neighboring manganese(Ⅱ) ions are linked together by one 4,4'-bipy molecule, and the whole complex molecule forms a one-dimensional chain structure. Each manganese(Ⅱ) ion is coordinated with two oxygen atoms of two α-naphthaleneacetic acid molecules, two nitrogen atoms of two 4,4'-bipy molecules and two oxygen atoms from two water molecules, giving a distorted octahedral coordination geometry. The electrochemical properties were also analyzed.

  18. Richness of Side-Chain Liquid-Crystal Polymers: From Isotropic Phase towards the Identification of Neglected Solid-Like Properties in Liquids

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    Joachim H. Wendorff

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Very few studies concern the isotropic phase of Side-Chain Liquid-Crystalline Polymers (SCLCPs. However, the interest for the isotropic phase appears particularly obvious in flow experiments. Unforeseen shear-induced nematic phases are revealed away from the N-I transition temperature. The non-equilibrium nematic phase in the isotropic phase of SCLCP melts challenges the conventional timescales described in theoretical approaches and reveal very long timescales, neglected until now. This spectacular behavior is the starter of the present survey that reveals long range solid-like interactions up to the sub-millimetre scale. We address the question of the origin of this solid-like property by probing more particularly the non-equilibrium behavior of a polyacrylate substituted by a nitrobiphenyl group (PANO2. The comparison with a polybutylacrylate chain of the same degree of polymerization evidences that the solid-like response is exacerbated in SCLCPs. We conclude that the liquid crystal moieties interplay as efficient elastic connectors. Finally, we show that the “solid” character can be evidenced away from the glass transition temperature in glass formers and for the first time, in purely alkane chains above their crystallization temperature. We thus have probed collective elastic effects contained not only in the isotropic phase of SCLCPs, but also more generically in the liquid state of ordinary melts and of ordinary liquids.

  19. A novel coordination polymer of 7-azaindole-3-carboxylic acid with sodium ions: crystal and molecular structures, vibrational spectra and DFT calculations

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    Morzyk-Ociepa, Barbara; Szmigiel, Ksenia; Petrus, Rafał; Turowska-Tyrk, Ilona; Michalska, Danuta

    2017-09-01

    A novel two-dimensional coordination polymer, catena-poly[(μ2-7-azaindole-3-carboxylato-O:N)-di-aqua-sodium], [Na(7AI3CAH)(H2O)2]n has been synthesized and investigated by a single crystal X-ray diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy and DFT calculations. The sodium complex crystallizes in the triclinic system, space group Pī with a = 7.2226 (4), b = 7.4342 (7), c = 8.8428 (8) Å, α = 103.568 (8), β = 93.425 (6), γ = 91.233 (6)°, V = 460.42 (7) A3 and Z = 2. The asymmetric unit contains two crystallographically independent, half occupied sodium cations surrounded by one 7AI3CAH anion and two water molecules. The O-deprotonated 7-azaindole-3-carboxylate ligand (7AI3CAH) bridges the adjacent Na ions via one oxygen atom of the carboxylate group and via the pyridine nitrogen atom of the 7-azaindole group, which is quite unusual. The sodium cations are six-coordinated in a distorted octahedral geometry, where two apical positions are occupied by two water molecules. Extensive intermolecular Nsbnd H⋯O and Osbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds stabilize the crystal structure of the complex. The infrared and Raman spectra of [Na(7AI3CAH)(H2O)2]n were recorded in the solid state. The theoretical wavenumbers, infrared intensities, Raman scattering activities and Raman intensities were calculated at the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level for a theoretical model of the title compound including an inter ligand Nsbnd H⋯O(aqua) interaction. A detailed vibrational assignment has been made on the basis of the calculated potential energy distribution.

  20. Syntheses and Crystal Structures of Two Two-dimensional Coordination Polymers with 2,3-Dimethylpyrazine-1,4-dioxide and Thiocyanate as Mixed Bridge Ligands

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    SHI Jing-Min; LI Wei-Nan; ZHANG Feng-Xia; ZHANG Xia; LIU Lian-Dong

    2007-01-01

    Two two-dimensional coordination polymers,[Cd(μ1,3-SCN-)2(μ1,6-L)]n 1 and [Co(μ1,3-SCN-)2(μ1,6-L)]n 2,have been synthesized with 2,3-dimethylpyrazine-1,4-dioxide (L) and thiocyanate as mixed bridging ligands,and their crystal structures were determined by X-ray crystallography.Both crystals belong to monoclinic system,space group C2/c.The other crystal parameters are as follows:for complex 1:a = 9.732(3),b = 14.658(5),c = 8.811(3) (A),β =102.935(4)°,Z = 4,V = 1225.1(7)(A)3,CsHsCdN4O2S2,Mr = 368.71,Dc.-- 1.999 g/cm3,F(000) =720 andμ = 2.117 mm-1;for complex 2:a = 9.528(7),b = 14.563(11),c = 8.415(6) (A),β =102.195(9)°,V= 1141.3(14) (A)3,Z = 4,C8H8CoN4O2S2,Mr = 315.23,Dc = 1.835 g/cm3,F(000) =636 andμ = 1.863 mm-1.The two complexes show similar two-dimensional sheet structures.Along the c axis one-dimensional chains are constructed by the coordination of Cd(Ⅱ) (or Co(Ⅱ))ions with μ1,6-L bridging ligand,and the μ1,3-SCN- bridging ligands make the chains connect to each other,resulting in the formation of a two-dimensional sheet on the ac plane.

  1. DAE-LCP MIXED METHOD FOR MULTIBODY SYSTEM DYNAMICS WITH FRICTIONAL CONTACTS%多体系统摩擦接触问题的DAE-LCP方法

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    富立; 岳凤桐

    2011-01-01

    当多体系统的约束全部是摩擦接触时,其动力学问题可归结为一个常微分方程(ordinary differential equation,ODE)与线性互补问题(linear complementarity problem,LCP)的混合动力学问题.如果除了摩擦接触之外还增加了光滑的双边约束,则需要将ODE-LCP混合动力学模型推广为微分代数方程(differential algebra equation,DAE)与LCP的混合动力学模型.该文采用DAE与LCP混合动力学方法求解不考虑碰撞但同时含有持续摩擦接触及光滑等式约束的多体系统动力学问题.在建立系统动力学模型时,首先将含摩擦的约束从系统中移去得到基本动力学系统.由于基本系统中带有等式约束,所以基本系统的动力学方程为一组DAE.结合基本系统的DAE与约束的互补条件便可以得到DAE-LCP混合动力学模型.数值计算采用基于DAE与LCP的步进(time-stepping)算法,将系统动力学方程及其约束离散化并转化为一个混合LCP进行求解.该算法无需进行滞-滑状态检测,避免了事件检测导致的繁复计算.利用所提方法对典型机构的非光滑非线性特征进行了数值分析,验证了该文方法的正确有效性.%Presently, dynamics of nonsmooth multibody systems is a hot research topic. The usual approach in treating such systems is to derive basic system from the original system by removing the nonsmooth constraints firstly. The Lagrange equations of the second kind of basic system combine with the complementarity condition of the nonsmooth constraints to set up at each discrete moment in time a Linear Complementarity Problem (LCP).This article focuses on the problem of dynamic modeling and numerical simulating of multibody systems with friction contacts. By neglecting the clearance and the effect of impact between rigid bodies and constraints,the state variables in the differential equations are continuous. Due to the set-value mapping characteristic of dry friction forces, the

  2. Polymer-templated nucleation and crystal growth of perovskite films for solar cells with efficiency greater than 21%

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    Bi, Dongqin; Yi, Chenyi; Luo, Jingshan; Décoppet, Jean-David; Zhang, Fei; Zakeeruddin, Shaik Mohammed; Li, Xiong; Hagfeldt, Anders; Grätzel, Michael

    2016-10-01

    The past several years have witnessed the rapid emergence of a class of solar cells based on mixed organic-inorganic halide perovskites. Today’s state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells (PSCs) employ various methods to enhance nucleation and improve the smoothness of the perovskite films formed via solution processing. However, the lack of precise control over the crystallization process creates a risk of forming unwanted defects, for example, pinholes and grain boundaries. Here, we introduce an approach to prepare perovskite films of high electronic quality by using poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) as a template to control nucleation and crystal growth. We obtain shiny smooth perovskite films of excellent electronic quality, as manifested by a remarkably long photoluminescence lifetime. We realize stable PSCs with excellent reproducibility showing a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of up to 21.6% and a certified PCE of 21.02% under standard AM 1.5G reporting conditions.

  3. Influence of Different Organic Carboxylate Anions on the Crystal Structure of Silver(Ⅰ)Coordination Polymers

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    WANG Chong-Chen; WANG Peng; GUO Guang-Liang

    2012-01-01

    The reaction of AgNO3 , 4,4′-bipyridine (bpy) and 2,2′-bipyridine-3,3′-dicarboxylic acid (H2bpdc)/2,2′-biquinoline-4,4′-dicarboxylic acid (H2bqdc)/1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid (H2bdc) gave rise to block-like crystals of [Ag4(bpy)2(bpdc)2]·13H2O(1), [Ag2(bpy)(bqdc)(H2O)]·4.5H2O(2) and [Ag2(bpy)2(H2O)2](bdc)·3H2O(3) by slow evaporation. All the three complexes contain sandwich-like crystal structures, in which anionic sheets built up from different anions (bpdc2- , bqdc2- and bdc2- ) and lattice water molecules via rich hydrogen-bonding interactions are inserted between the cationic silver complex layers, and the abundant Ag···Ag, Ag···N and π-π stacking interactions further strengthen the 3D frameworks. The lattice water molecules are situated among the framework of crystal structure and stabilized by rich hydrogen-bonding interactions, and lattice water molecules may play a role in the orientation of organic anions in the crystal packing. Additionally, the thermal properties of 1, 2 and 3 were also discussed in detail.

  4. Permittivity disorder induced Anderson localization in magnetophotonic crystals

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    Abdi-Ghaleh, R.; Namdar, A.

    2016-11-01

    This theoretical study was carried out to investigate the permittivity disorder induced Anderson localization of light in one-dimensional magnetophotonic crystals. It was shown that the disorder create the resonant transmittance modes associated with enhanced Faraday rotations inside the photonic band gap. The average localization length of the right- and left-handed circular polarizations (RCP and LCP), the total transmittance together with the ensemble average of the RCP and LCP phases, and the Faraday rotation of the structure were also investigated. For this purpose, the off-diagonal elements of the permittivity tensor were varied for various wavelengths of incident light. The obtained results revealed the nonreciprocal property of circular eigen modes. This study can potentially open up a new aspect for utilizing the disorder magnetophotonic structures in nonreciprocal systems such as isolators and circulators.

  5. Ligand-Controlled CO2 Activation Mediated by Cationic Titanium Hydride Complexes, [LTiH](+) (L=Cp2 , O).

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    Tang, Shi-Ya; Rijs, Nicole J; Li, Jilai; Schlangen, Maria; Schwarz, Helmut

    2015-06-01

    CO2 activation mediated by [LTiH](+) (L=Cp2 , O) is observed in the gas phase at room temperature using electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry, and reaction details are derived from traveling wave ion-mobility mass spectrometry. Wheresas oxygen-atom transfer prevails in the reaction of the oxide complex [OTiH](+) with CO2 , generating [OTi(OH)](+) under the elimination of CO, insertion of CO2 into the metal-hydrogen bond of the cyclopentadienyl complex, [Cp2 TiH](+) , gives rise to the formate complex [Cp2 Ti(O2 CH)](+) . DFT-based methods were employed to understand how the ligand controls the observed variation in reactivity toward CO2 . Insertion of CO2 into the Ti-H bond constitutes the initial step for the reaction of both [Cp2 TiH](+) and [OTiH](+) , thus generating formate complexes as intermediates. In contrast to [Cp2 Ti(O2 CH)](+) which is kinetically stable, facile decarbonylation of [OTi(O2 CH)](+) results in the hydroxo complex [OTi(OH)](+) . The longer lifetime of [Cp2 Ti(O2 CH)](+) allows for secondary reactions with background water, as a result of which, [Cp2 Ti(OH)](+) is formed. Further, computational studies reveal a good linear correlation between the hydride affinity of [LTi](2+) and the barrier for CO2 insertion into various [LTiH](+) complexes. Understanding the intrinsic ligand effects may provide insight into the selective activation of CO2 .

  6. Syntheses,crystal structures and properties of three novel coordination polymers with tripodal imidazole-containing ligands and benzenetetracarboxylate

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    2010-01-01

    Three novel coordination polymers, [Ni2(tib)2(btec)]·2H2O (1), [Co2(tib)2(btec)]·2H2O (2) and [Zn4(tib)2(btec)Cl4]·2H2O (3), have been synthesized by using mixed ligands of 1,3,5-tris(1-imidazolyl)benzene (tib) and 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid (H4btec) under hydrothermal conditions. Complexes 1 and 2 have the same structure and are rare three-dimensional (3D) self-penetrating (3,4,5)-connected nets, while complex 3 is an unprecedented (3,4)-connected 3D net. The different structures of 1 (2) and 3 are ascribed to the distinct coordination geometry of the metal centers. The thermal stability and photoluminescence property of the complexes were investigated.

  7. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Characterization of a Novel Terbium(Ⅲ) Coordination Polymer Bridged by 5-Sulfoisophthalate Trivalent Anions

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    2007-01-01

    Hydrothermal reaction of terbium( Ⅲ ) chloride with 5-sulfoisophthalic acid monosodium salt and 1, 10-phenanthroline(phen) at 415 K resulted in the formation of a novel coordination polymer, [Tb(sip) (phen) (H2O)]n( sip = 5-sulfoisophthalate trivalent anion) with a three-dimensional network structure. Each centrosymmetrically related pair of terbium ions are linked by two sip anions, forming a binuclear unit, and each binuclear unit links to four adjacent tetranuclear units, extending a two-dimensional hybrid layer at crystallographic bc plane. On the other hand,every three-terbium ion is connected by three sip anions, generating a trinuclear ring, and the trinuclear ring connects six neighboring trinuclear rings to produce another two-dimensional layer at crystallographic ab plane. Moreover, each sip anion acts as a pentadentate bridge, interconnecting two different types of layers to yield a novel three-dimensional framework.

  8. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a One-Dimensional Coordination Polymer Containing Unusual Na2Cu2 Tetrametallacyclic Units

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    GAO,En-Qing(高恩庆); SUN,Hai-Ying(孙海英); LIAO,Dai-Zheng(廖代正); JIANG,Zong-Hui(姜宗慧); YAN Shi-Ping(阎世平)

    2002-01-01

    A unique coordination polymer, {[CuLNa(ClO4)]@ H2O}n (1), was isolated from the solution containing sodium perchlorate and the neutral macrocyclic oxamidocopper(Ⅱ) complex [CuL] (H2L = 2,3-dioxo-5,6:13,14-dibenzo-7,12-bis(ethoxycarbonyl)-1, 4, 8, 11-tetraazacyclotetradeca-7, 11-diene). The complex is composed of [Na2Cu2] tetrametallavycles bridged by perchlorate ions to form infinite one-dimensional chains which are stacked via π-π interactions and weak coordination bonds to result in a two-dimensional supramolecular network. The perclorate ions were found to coordinate to sodium atoms in the unusual bridging chelating tridentate mode of μ2-(O:O′,O").

  9. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a One—Dimensional Corrdination Polymer Containing Unusual Na2Cu2 Tetrametallacyclic Units

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    高恩庆; 廖代正; 等

    2002-01-01

    A unique coordination polymer,{[CuLNa(ClO4)]·H2O}n (1),was isolated from the solution containing sodium perchlorate and the neutral mascrocylic oxamidocopper(Ⅱ) complex [CuL] (H2L=2,3-dioxo-5,6,:13,14-dibenzo-7,12-bis(ethoxy-carbonly)-1,4,8,11-tetraazacylotetradeca-7,11-diene),The complex is composed of [Na2Cu2] tetrametallacycles bridged by perchlorate ions to form infinite one-dimensional chains which are stacked via π-π interactions and weak coordination bonds to result in a two-dimensional supramolecular network ,The perclorate ions were found to coordinate to sodium atoms in the unusal bridging chelating tridentate mode of μ2-(O:O′,O″).

  10. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of One Mixed- ligand Coordination Polymer Based on the Novel Terphenyl-2,5,2',5'-tetracarboxylic Acid Ligand%Synthesis and Crystal Structure of One Mixed- ligand Coordination Polymer Based on the Novel Terphenyl-2,5,2',5'-tetracarboxylic Acid Ligand

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    ZHANG Xiu-Tang; ZHANG Lu-Qing; ZHANG Liang-Dong; FAN Li-Ming; WEI Pei-Hai; ZHANG Shu-Xiang

    2012-01-01

    Solvothermal reaction of aromatic terphenyl-2,5,2',5'-tetracarboxylic acid (Hnqptc) ligand and the transitional metal cation of Mn11 in the presence of 3-(2-pyridyl)pyrazole (pp) affords one new coordination polymer, [Mn(qptc)0.5(pp)2]n·n(H2O) (1). The structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses and further characterized by elemental analyses, IR, TGA, and magnetism. The carboxyl groups of qptc4 exhibit a μ1-η1:η0 coordination mode, and the qptc4- acts as a H-shaped ligand linking the Mn11 centers together to form a 2D polymeric [Mn(qptc)0.5]n layer. The crystal of 1 crystallizes in orthorhombic, space group Pbca with a = 9.3119(12), b = 20.848(3), c = 26.134(3) A, V= 5073.4(11) A3, Z= 8, C27HIgMnN6O5,Mr=562.42, Dc = 1.473 g/cm3, F(000) = 2304 and μ(MoKa) = 0.571 mm-1. The final R = 0.0468 and wR = 0.1196 for 4429 observed reflections with I 〉 2σ(I) and R = 0.0797 and wR = 0.1383 for all data.

  11. Photoinitiation and Inhibition under Monochromatic Green Light for Storage of Colored 3D Images in Holographic Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals.

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    Chen, Guannan; Ni, Mingli; Peng, Haiyan; Huang, Feihong; Liao, Yonggui; Wang, Mingkui; Zhu, Jintao; Roy, V A L; Xie, Xiaolin

    2017-01-18

    Holographic photopolymer composites have garnered a great deal of interest in recent decades, not only because of their advantageous light sensitivity but also due to their attractive capabilities of realizing high capacity three-dimensional (3D) data storage that is long-term stable within two-dimensional (2D) thin films. For achieving high performance holographic photopolymer composites, it is of critical importance to implement precisely spatiotemporal control over the photopolymerization kinetics and gelation during holographic recording. Though a monochromatic blue light photoinitibitor has been demonstrated to be useful for improving the holographic performance, it is impractical to be employed for constructing holograms under green light due to the severe restriction of the First Law of Photochemistry, while holography under green light is highly desirable considering the relatively low cost of laser source and high tolerance to ambient vibration for image reconstruction. Herein, we disclose the concurrent photoinitiation and inhibition functions of the rose bengal (RB)/N-phenylglycine (NPG) system upon green light illumination, which result in significant enhancement of the diffraction efficiency of holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC) gratings from zero up to 87.6 ± 1.3%, with an augmentation of the RB concentration from 0.06 × 10(-3) to 9.41 × 10(-3) mol L(-1). Interestingly, no detectable variation of the ϕ(1/2)kp/kt(1/2), which reflects the initiation efficiency and kinetic constants, is given when increasing the RB concentration. The radical inhibition by RBH(•) is believed to account for the greatly improved phase separation and enhanced diffraction efficiency, through shortening the weight-average polymer chain length and subsequently delaying the photopolymerization gelation. The reconstructed colored 3D images that are easily identifiable to the naked eye under white light demonstrate great potential to be applied for advanced

  12. Syntheses, crystal structures and properties of series of 4d–4f ln(III)–Ag(I) heterometallic coordination polymers

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    Ran, Xing-Rui [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Wang, Ning [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Xie, Wei-Ping; Xiong, Yan-Ju; Cheng, Qian [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Long, Yi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Yue, Shan-Tang, E-mail: yuesht@scnu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Guangzhou Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage, Guangzhou (China); Liu, Ying-Liang [College of Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642 (China)

    2015-05-15

    By control of the experimental parameters such as ligands, pH value and reacting temperature, series of three-dimensional (3D) 4d–4f Ln(III)–Ag(I) porous coordination polymers (PCPs) with interesting chain-layer construction, namely, ([Ln{sup III}Ag{sup I}(na)(ina)(ox)]·2(H{sub 2}O)){sub n} [Ln=Sm(1), Eu(2), Gd(3), Tb(4), Dy(5), Ho(6), Y(7), Yb(8)], have been successfully synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and structurally characterized. All the complexes are characterized by elemental analyses, FT-IR spectroscopy, Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and thermogravimetric analyses (TGA). Furthermore, the luminescence properties of compounds 2 and 4 and the magsnetic properties of complexes 3 and 5 were also investigated in detail. - Graphical abstract: Series of three-dimensional (3D) 4d–4f Ln(III)–Ag(I) porous coordination polymers (PCPs) with interesting chain-layer construction which are featured by tetranuclear Ln{sub 2}Ag{sub 2} and ‘non-linear’ N–Ag–N linkages. - Highlights: • Complexes 1–8 are first built by three kinds of organic ligands based on nicotinic acid and isonicotinic acid. • PCPs 1–8 are featured by tetranuclear Ln{sub 2}Ag{sub 2} and ‘non-linear’ N–Ag–N linkages. • The total solvent-accessible volume of PCP 2 comprises 11.6% of the crystal volume after dislodging the free water molecules. • Complexes 2 and 4 exhibit characteristic lanthanide-centered luminescence, while compounds 3 and 5 show antiferromagnetic behaviors.

  13. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of N,N'-Dimethyldithioarbamato-Copper(I) Polymer {[Cu(Me2dtc)]2}n

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    ZHANG,Wei(张伟); ZHU,Xiu-Lin(朱秀林); CHENG,Zhen-Ping(程振平); ZHU,Jian(朱健); LANG,Jian-Ping(郎建平); LU,Jian-Mei(路健美)

    2004-01-01

    Reactions of CuSCN with tetramethylthiuram disulfide in CH3CN in the presence of styrene and N,N,N',N″,N″-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine gave rise to a new copper(Ⅰ) complex of N,N'-dimethyldithiocabamate { [Cu(S2CNMe2)]2}n. The title compound crystallized in the triclinic P-1 space group with lattice parameters a=0.7610(4) nm, b=0.8911(4) nm, c=0.9268(5) nm, α=68.66(1)°, β=83.88(2)°, γ=79.31(2)°, V=0.5748(5) nm3, Z=2. The compound has a unique 1D chain structure composed of CuSCSCuSCS eight-membered rings and a pair of Cu-S bonds, the structure of which has been determined by single-crystal X-ray crystallography.The isolation of this compound may provide some helpful information for the cause of the induction periods of the reverse atom transfer radical polymerization.

  14. Three two-dimensional coordination polymers constructed from transition metals and 2,3-norbornanedicarboxylic acid: Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structures and photocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Jia; Wang, Chong-Chen

    2017-02-01

    Three novel coordination polymers based on transition metals like Co(II), Cu(II) and Mn(II), namely [Co2(bpy)2(nbda)2(H2O)2]·2H2O (denoted as BUC-1), [Cu2(bpy)2(nbda)2(H2O)2]·2H2O (BUC-2), [Mn2(bpy)2(nbda)2(H2O)2]·2H2O (BUC-3), (where bpy = 4,4‧-bipyridine, H2nbda = 2,3-norbornanedicarboxylic acid, BUC = Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions, and characterized by CNH elemental analyses (EA), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and single crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD). BUC 1-3 were isostructural and crystallized in the monoclinic space group C2/c, in which the corresponding metal atoms were linked by typical bidentate bpy ligands into two adjacent 1D [M1(bpy)]n2n+ and [M2(bpy)]n2n+ (M = Co(II), Cu(II), Mn(II)), further joined by versatile nbda2- ligands into 2D [M2(bpy)2(nbda)2]n sheets. Finally, three-dimensional supramolecular frameworks were constructed with the aid of the intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions. BUC 1-3 exhibited different photocatalytic degradation ability to decompose methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO) under UV light irradiation. Additionally, a possible photocatalytic mechanism HOMO-LUMO was proposed and discussed, which was further confirmed by radicals trapping experiments using isopropanol as radical scavenger.

  15. Chemically Stable Lipids for Membrane Protein Crystallization

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    Ishchenko, Andrii; Peng, Lingling; Zinovev, Egor; Vlasov, Alexey; Lee, Sung Chang; Kuklin, Alexander; Mishin, Alexey; Borshchevskiy, Valentin; Zhang, Qinghai; Cherezov, Vadim (MIPT); (USC); (Scripps)

    2017-05-01

    The lipidic cubic phase (LCP) has been widely recognized as a promising membrane-mimicking matrix for biophysical studies of membrane proteins and their crystallization in a lipidic environment. Application of this material to a wide variety of membrane proteins, however, is hindered due to a limited number of available host lipids, mostly monoacylglycerols (MAGs). Here, we designed, synthesized, and characterized a series of chemically stable lipids resistant to hydrolysis, with properties complementary to the widely used MAGs. In order to assess their potential to serve as host lipids for crystallization, we characterized the phase properties and lattice parameters of mesophases made of two most promising lipids at a variety of different conditions by polarized light microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering. Both lipids showed remarkable chemical stability and an extended LCP region in the phase diagram covering a wide range of temperatures down to 4 °C. One of these lipids has been used for crystallization and structure determination of a prototypical membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin at 4 and 20 °C.

  16. Synthesis, crystal structures, luminescence properties of two metal coordination polymers derived from 5-substituted isophthalate and flexible bis (triazole) ligands

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    Ming, Chun-lun; Wang, Li-na; Hecke, Kristof Van; Cui, Guang-hua

    2014-08-01

    Two new metal complexes, [Ni(btx)(nip)(H2O)]n (1), {[Cd(btx)(mip)(H2O)]·H2O}n (2) (btx = 1,4-bis(1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene, H2nip = 5-nitroisophthalic acid, H2mip = 5-methyisophthalic acid) were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods, IR spectroscopy, TGA and elemental analysis. Complex 1 features a 3D metal-organic framework with three-fold interpenetrating CdSO4-type topology. Complex 2 exhibits a 2D network with square grid units, which is further extended into a rare 3,5T1 three-dimensional supramolecular network via three modes of classical Osbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds. In addition, luminescence properties of 1 and 2 have also been investigated in the solid state.

  17. Synthesis, crystal structure and catalytic behavior of homo- and heteronuclear coordination polymers [M(tdc)(bpy)] (M2+ = Fe2+, Co2+, Zn2+, Cd2+; tdc2- = 2,5-thiophenedicarboxylate).

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    Kettner, Florian; Worch, Christian; Moellmer, Jens; Gläser, Roger; Staudt, Reiner; Krautscheid, Harald

    2013-08-05

    A series of isostructural 3D coordination polymers (3)∞[M(tdc)(bpy)] (M(2+) = Zn(2+), Cd(2+), Co(2+), Fe(2+); tdc(2-) = 2,5-thiophenedicarboxylate; bpy = 4,4'-bipyridine) was synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, and gas adsorption measurements. The materials show high thermal stability up to approximately 400 °C and a solvent induced phase transition. Single crystal X-ray structure determination was successfully performed for all compounds after the phase transition. In the zinc-based coordination polymer, various amounts of a second type of metal ions such as Co(2+) or Fe(2+) could be incorporated. Furthermore, the catalytic behavior of the homo- and heteronuclear 3D coordination polymers in an oxidation model reaction was investigated.

  18. Easily accessible polymer additives for tuning the crystal-growth of perovskite thin-films for highly efficient solar cells.

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    Dong, Qingqing; Wang, Zhaowei; Zhang, Kaicheng; Yu, Hao; Huang, Peng; Liu, Xiaodong; Zhou, Yi; Chen, Ning; Song, Bo

    2016-03-14

    For perovskite solar cells (Pero-SCs), one of the key issues with respect to the power conversion efficiency (PCE) is the morphology control of the perovskite thin-films. In this study, an easily-accessible additive polyethylenimine (PEI) is utilized to tune the morphology of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx. With addition of 1.00 wt% of PEI, the smoothness and crystallinity of the perovskite were greatly improved, which were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). A summit PCE of 14.07% was achieved for the p-i-n type Pero-SC, indicating a 26% increase compared to those of the devices without the additive. Both photoluminescence (PL) and alternating current impedance spectroscopy (ACIS) analyses confirm the efficiency results after the addition of PEI. This study provides a low-cost polymer additive candidate for tuning the morphology of perovskite thin-films, and might be a new clue for the mass production of Pero-SCs.

  19. Syntheses, crystal structures, and water adsorption behaviors of jungle-gym-type porous coordination polymers containing nitro moieties

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    Uemura, Kazuhiro; Onishi, Fumiaki; Yamasaki, Yukari; Kita, Hidetoshi

    2009-10-01

    NO 2 containing dicarboxylate bridging ligands, nitroterephthalate (bdc-NO 2) and 2,5-dinitroterephthalate (bdc-(NO 2) 2), afford porous coordination polymers, {[Zn 2(bdc-NO 2) 2(dabco)]· solvents} n ( 2⊃ solvents) and {[Zn 2(bdc-(NO 2) 2) 2(dabco)]· solvents} n ( 3⊃ solvents). Both compounds form jungle-gym-type regularities, where a 2D square grid composed of dinuclear Zn 2 units and dicarboxylate ligands is bridged by dabco molecules to extend the 2D layers into a 3D structure. In 2⊃ solvents and 3⊃ solvents, a rectangle pore surrounded by eight Zn 2 corners contains two and four NO 2 moieties, respectively. Thermal gravimetry (TG) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) measurements reveal that both compounds maintain the frameworks regularities without guest molecules and with solvents such as MeOH, EtOH, i-PrOH, and Me 2CO. Adsorption measurements reveal that dried 2 and 3 adsorb H 2O molecules to be {[Zn 2(bdc-NO 2) 2(dabco)]·4H 2O} n ( 2⊃4H 2O) and {[Zn 2(bdc-(NO 2) 2) 2(dabco)]·6H 2O} n ( 3⊃6H 2O), showing the pore hydrophilicity enhancement caused by NO 2 group introduction.

  20. SIMULATED THREE DIMENSIONAL MORPHOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE OF POLYMER SINGLE CRYSTALS BY PHASE-FIELD MODEL%聚合物单晶生长的三维相场模拟研究

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    王冬; 苗宗成; 王向轲; 曹晖

    2013-01-01

    The polymer crystallization process and mechanism were studied by computer simulation method. It is benefit to understand the crystallization kinetics by comparing the simulated results with the experimental results. Based on a nonconserved spatiotemporal Ginzburg-Landau equation TDGL model, a novel three dimensional phase field model was established by combining the cellular automaton method with the general phase field model. For simulating the real three dimensional polymer crystallization process, the cellular automaton method was modified by the different steric structures and discretization methods. The different steric structures or discretization methods are related to the lattice parameters of syndiotactic polypropylene single crystals and the crystal growth faces of polymer single crystals. It was suggested that the novel method is a way of building bridges between the diffusion equation and polymer characterization. Moreover, the diffusion equations are discretized according to the diffusion coefficient of every lattice site in various crystal growth faces,and the shape of lattice is selected based on the real proportion of the unit cell dimensions. Especially, the other physics parameters of syndiotactic polypropylene also were introduced into the phase field model. The spatio-temporal growth of syndiotactic polypropylene single crystals during isothermal crystallization was simulated by the novel three dimensional phase field model. Three dimensional numerical calculations are performed to elucidate the faceted single crystal growth including square, rectangular, lozenge-shaped, and hexagonal single crystals. The corresponding three dimensional results were illustrated by the MatLab. Our simulated patterns are in good agreement with the experimental morphologies, and the physical origin of polymer single crystal growth is discussed.%利用元胞自动机方法与相场模型的结合建立新型三维模拟相场模型.同时,为模拟真实的、三

  1. Crystal Structure of a Threedimensional Coordination Polymer {[Ca3(μ5-OOCCH2OCH2COO)3(H2O)4]·4H2O}n

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    2007-01-01

    A novel three-dimensional coordination polymer, {[Ca3(μ5-OOCCH2OCH2COO)3(H2O)4]·4H2O}n, has been synthesized with oxydiacetate as bridge ligand and structurally determined by X-ray crystallography. The crystal belongs to monoclinic, space group C2/c with a = 17.805(2), b = 9.3923(12), c = 17.255(2)(A), β = 107.838(5)°, V = 2746.8(6) (A)3, Mr = 660.58, C12H28Ca3O23, Dc = 1.597 g/cm3, μ = 0.695 mm-1, Z = 4, F(000) = 1376, GOOF = 1.027, R = 0.0303 and wR = 0.0660. In the complex there are two coordination modes for Ca(Ⅱ) ions, one coordinated by three μ5-OOCCH2OCH2COO2- bridge ligands together with two H2O molecules, and the other by five μ5-OOCCH2OCH2COO2- bridge ligands. In both coordination modes each Ca(Ⅱ) ion assumes a distorted dipentapyramidal CaO7 geometry; whereas each oxydiacetate is coordinated with five Ca(Ⅱ) ions and acts as a pentdentates bridge ligand.

  2. N-donor co-ligands driven two new Co(II)- coordination polymers with bi- and trinuclear units: Crystal structures, and magnetic properties

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    Zhou, Zhi-Hang; Han, Min-Le; Wu, Ya-Pan; Dong, Wen-Wen; Li, Dong-Sheng; Lu, Jack Y.

    2016-10-01

    Two new Co(II) coordination polymers(CPs), namely [Co2(bpe)2(Hbppc)]n (1) and [Co3(μ3-OH)(bppc)(bpm)(H2O)]·3H2O (2) (H5bppc=biphenyl-2,4,6,3‧,5‧-pentacarboxylic acid, bpe=1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethene, bpm=bis(4-pyridyl)amine), have been obtained and characterized by elemental analysis, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), IR spectra and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). 1 shows a binodal (4,6)-connected fsc net with a (44·610·8)(44·62) topology, while 2 shows a binodal (5,7)-connected 3D network based on trinuclear [Co3(μ3-OH)]5+ units with unusual (3.46.52.6)(32.46.57.65.7) topology. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements reveals that complex 1 shows ferromagnetic interactions between the adjacent Co(II) ions, whereas 2 is a antiferromagnetic system.

  3. Mucoadhesion vs mucus permeability of thiolated chitosan polymers and their resulting nanoparticles using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D).

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    Oh, Sejin; Borrós, Salvador

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this present study was to evaluate the combination properties between mucoadhesion/mucus permeability of thiolated chitosans (TC) and their resulting nanoparticles using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D). The QCM-D experiments were conducted at pH 4 or 6.8 to assess the interaction between thiolated polymers, with low (TCL), medium (TCM) and high (TCH) contents of free thiol groups, and native porcine gastric mucin (NPGM). TCL was chosen for further carriers as it showed higher permeability into the NPGM layer compared to TCM and TCH. In this study, we describe a formulation of a novel carrier comprised by positively charged TCL, negatively charged DNA and degradable oligopeptide-modified poly(β-amino ester)s (PBAEs), which were employed in order to approach for tuning particle size and surface charge of complexes. TCL/PBAE complexes with or without DNA were characterized using dynamic light scattering. Mechanism of adsorption or permeation of the TCL/PBAE/DNA complexes into the NPGM barrier was investigated with QCM-D, which is a highly sensitive technique for studying nanomechanical (viscoelastic) changes of the substrates. This work might provide that the QCM-D technique would be a promising method to monitor the dynamic behaviour between complexes and NPGM.

  4. Crystal structure of a layered coordination polymer based on a 44 net containing Cd2+ ions and 1,5-bis(pyridin-4-ylpentane linkers

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    William T. A. Harrison

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, poly[[diaquabis[1,5-bis(pyridin-4-ylpentane-κ2N:N′]cadmium] bis(perchlorate 1,5-bis(pyridin-4-ylpentane ethanol monosolvate], [Cd(C15H18N22(H2O2](ClO42·C15H18N2·C2H6O, is a layered coordination polymer built up from highly squashed 44 nets in which the octahedral trans-CdO2N4 nodes (Cd site symmetry -1 are linked by the bifunctional ligands, forming infinite (110 sheets. The cationic sheets are charge-balanced by interlayer perchlorate ions. A free 1,5-bis(pyridin-4-ylpentane molecule and an ethanol molecule of crystallization are also found in the intersheet region. A number of O—H...O, O—H...N and C—H...O hydrogen bonds help to consolidate the layered structure.

  5. Two new Zn(II) coordination polymers based on mixed pipemidic acid and flexible aromatic dicarboxylic acid ligands: Syntheses, crystal structures and luminescent properties

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    Jia, Yanxia; Zhou, Pingping

    2016-09-01

    Two new Zn(II) coordination polymers, namely [Zn(4,4‧-sdb) (HPPA)]n (1) and [Zn(2,2‧-bpdc)0.5(PPA)]n (2) (4,4‧-H2sdb = 4,4‧-sulfonyldibenzoate, 2,2‧-H2bpdc = 2,2‧-biphenyldicarboxylic acid, HPPA = pipemidic acid) were successfully obtained under hydrothermal conditions. These two compounds were further characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses, elemental analyses, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) analyses and IR spectra. Compound 1 features a 1D chain structure, which further extended into a 3D supramolecular framework via intermolecular hydrogen bonds and weak van der Waals interactions, and compound 2 features a 3D framework with 6-connected α-Po-type topology. The structural regulation for these two compounds was successfully achieved by changing the flexible aromatic dicarboxylic acid ligand. Moreover, the thermal stabilities and luminescent properties for these two compounds were also investigated.

  6. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of 1D Coordination Polymer of N,N'-Bis(3-pyridylmethyl)-1,4-benzenedicarboxamide and Cobalt(II) Nitrate

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    GE,Chun-Hua(葛春华); ZHANG,Xiang-Dong(张向东); TONG,Jian(佟健); ZHANG,Peng(张鹏); GUO,Fang(郭放); LIU,Qi-Tao(刘祁涛)

    2004-01-01

    A noval cobalt(II)coordination polymer,{[Co(bpmb)(H2O)2(C2H5OH)2]·(NO3)2}∞(1),where bpmb=N,N'-bis(3-pyridylmethyl)-1,4-benzenedicarboxamide,was synthesized by self-assembly of the two topic ligands with cobalt nitrate in ethanol solution,and characterized structurally by X-ray crystallography analysis.The crystal data belong to triclinic,space group Pwith cell parameters a=0.8911(3)nm,b=0.9042(3)nm,c=1.0068(3)nm,α=73.083(5)°,β=81.069(5)°,γ=76.210(5)°,R1=0.0518,wR2=0.0947.The results of structure analysis indicate that each bpmb ligand coordinates two Co(II)atoms and each metal atom is in octahedral coordination geometry with four oxygen atoms of two ethanol and two water molecules,two nitrogen atoms from two different bpmb ligands in trans position forming an infinite 1D chain-like structure.There are hydrogen bonding and π-π stacking interaction among these chains,leading to supramolecular formation with 3D net structure.

  7. Hybrid nanoparticle architecture for cellular uptake and bioimaging: direct crystallization of a polymer immobilized with magnetic nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes.

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    Depan, D; Misra, R D K

    2012-10-21

    We describe here the success of an innovative approach of direct immobilization of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) onto carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The approach involved functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles and consequent covalent linkage to a copolymer (PE-b-PEG). Next, the immobilized magnetic nanoparticles on the copolymer were directly crystallized on the long axis of CNTs, where the interfacial adhesion comes from electrostatic and van der Waals interaction. The intracellular trafficking of a hybrid nanoparticle system [(PE-b-PEG)-MNP-CNT-FITC] in HeLa cells was monitored using a fluorescent marker, FITC, conjugated to the nanoparticle system. The distribution of the nanoparticle system inside cells was studied by fluorescence microscopy in a time and dose dependent manner, and it was observed that the nanoparticles are located in the cytoplasm and no apparent cell death was observed at the concentration studied. Also, the effect of an externally applied magnetic field on actin cytoskeleton, cell morphology and intracellular uptake of iron was studied. The approach described here is promising for simultaneous imaging and monitoring intracellular uptake.

  8. Self-assembled hybrid materials based on conjugated polymers and semiconductors nano-crystals for plastic solar cells; Architectures hybrides auto-assemblees a base de systemes polyconjugues et de nanocristaux de semi-conducteurs pour le photovoltaique plastique

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    Girolamo, J. de

    2007-11-15

    This work is devoted to the elaboration of self-assembled hybrid materials based on poly(3- hexyl-thiophene) and CdSe nano-crystals for photovoltaic applications. For that, complementary molecular recognition units were introduced as side chain groups on the polymer and at the nano-crystals' surface. Diamino-pyrimidine groups were introduced by post-functionalization of a precursor copolymer, namely poly(3-hexyl-thiophene-co-3- bromo-hexyl-thiophene) whereas thymine groups were introduced at the nano-crystals' surface by a ligand exchange reaction with 1-(6-mercapto-hexyl)thymine. However, due to their different solubility, the mixing of the two components by solution processes is difficult. A 'one-pot' procedure was developed, but this method led to insoluble aggregates without control of the hybrid composition. To overcome the solubility problem, the layer-by-layer method was used to prepare the films. This method allows a precise control of the deposition process. Experimental parameters were tested in order to evaluate their impact on the resulting film. The films morphology was investigated by microscopy and X-Ray diffraction techniques. These analyses reveal an interpenetrated structure of nano-crystals within the polymer matrix rather than a multilayered structure. Electrochemical and spectro electrochemical studies were performed on the hybrid material deposited by the LBL process. Finally the materials were tested in a solar cell configuration and the I=f(V) curves reveals a clear photovoltaic behaviour. (author)

  9. Copper(II) 5-methoxyisophthalate coordination polymers incorporating dipyridyl co-ligands: syntheses, crystal structures, and magnetic properties.

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    Ma, Lu-Fang; Liu, Bin; Wang, Li-Ya; Li, Cheng-Peng; Du, Miao

    2010-03-07

    Hydrothermal reactions of mixed ligands 5-methoxyisophthalate (CH(3)O-H(2)ip) and dipyridyl with Cu(OAc)(2).2H(2)O afford five new coordination polymers, including {[Cu(CH(3)O-ip)(bpa)].H(2)O}(n) (1), [Cu(2)(CH(3)O-ip)(2)(bpa)(0.5)(H(2)O)](n) (2), [Cu(2)(CH(3)O-ip)(2)(bpp)(H(2)O)](n) (3), {[Cu(3)(CH(3)O-ip)(3)(bpp)(2)(H(2)O)].3H(2)O}(n) (4) and [Cu(4)(CH(3)O-ip)(3)(bpe)(OH)(2)](n) (5) (bpp = 1,3-di(4-pyridyl)propane, bpa = 1,2-bi(4-pyridyl)ethane, and bpe = 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene). Compound 1 consists of CH(3)O-ip anion-bridged 1D Cu(II) chains that are linked by trans-bpa into a 2D layer. Compound 2 is a 2D (4,4) layer that is connected by CH(3)O-ip anions. The gauche bpa in 2 lies in the cavity and meets the coordination requirement of the paddle-wheel dimeric copper unit. Compound 3 is an extended 3D polythreading network consisting of 2D (4,4) motifs with dangling bpp lateral arms. Compound 4 exhibits a 3D (4,6)-connected self-penetrating (6(5).8)(6(14).8) network that is composed of binuclear and mononuclear metal nodes. Compound 5 exhibits a 3D network with the tetranuclear [Cu(4)(mu(3)-OH)(2)](6+) cluster acting as nodes, which is constructed by the interconnection of 2D helical layers via bpe pillars. The results of magnetic determination show that the syn-anti carboxylato bridges in our cases induce a weak antiferromagnetic interaction in 1, and the syn-syn carboxylato bridge in 3 and 4 mediates a strong antiferromagnetic interaction.

  10. Development of a rubber elongation factor, surface-imprinted polymer-quartz crystal microbalance sensor, for quantitative determination of Hev b1 rubber latex allergens present in natural rubber latex products.

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    Sontimuang, Chonlatid; Suedee, Roongnapa; Canyuk, Bhutorn; Phadoongsombut, Narubodee; Dickert, Franz L

    2011-02-21

    Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for screening to detect rubber latex allergens (Hev b1) in natural rubber based products were designed as artificial recognition polymeric materials coated onto a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). The polymers were prepared using a stamp imprinting procedure after mixing optimum amounts of methacrylic acid-vinylpyrrolidone-dihydroxyethylene bisacrylamide and Hev b1 latex allergen proteins, obtained from rubber gloves. QCM measurements showed that the resulting polymer layers after removal of the proteins used in their preparation could incorporate structures and features down to nanometer scale of protein templates into the imprinted polymer much better than a non-specific control polymer under controlled sensor conditions and an optimized polymerization process. This selective polymer but not the non-selective polymer clearly distinguished between the latex allergen Hev b1 and proteins such as lysozyme, ovalbumin and bovine serum albumin, with a selectivity factor of from 2 to 4, and the response of the rubber elongation factors by an astonishing factor of 12. The imprinted cavities recognized specific binding sites and could distinguish among related hevein latex allergenic proteins isolated from fresh natural rubber latex; Hev b1, Hev b2, and Hev b3 with a selectivity factor of from 4 to 6. The different QCM measurements obtained presumably reflected slightly different conformations and affinities to the MIP binding sites. The sensor layers selectively adsorbed Hev b1 within minutes in amounts ranging from 10 to 1500 μg L⁻¹ and with a detection limit of 1 μg L⁻¹. This work has demonstrated that this new sensor provides a fast and reliable response to natural rubber latex protein, even after being extracted from the matrix of rubber gloves.

  11. 快速响应聚合物光子晶体研究进展%RESEARCH PROGRESS OF FAST-RESPONSIVE POLYMER PHOTONIC CRYSTALS

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    王利彬; 王京霞; 宋延林

    2012-01-01

    响应性光子晶体以其亮丽的结构色彩及光学信号对外场刺激的响应性变化,在化学传感、智能显示等领域具有重要的应用前景.本文综述了快速响应聚合物光子晶体的研究进展.首先从原理上阐述了影响溶胀型光子晶体响应速率的因素,系统总结了针对不同因素提高其响应速率的研究工作,着重探讨了溶胀型光子晶体水凝胶的尺寸、聚合物链段的物理化学性能(包括多孔结构和亲疏水性)、凝胶网络的交联度等因素对响应速率的影响.同时也简要介绍了影响非溶胀型响应性光子晶体,如光、电、磁、机械力等外场诱导体系折光指数变化的响应性光子晶体的响应速率的因素.最后展望了响应性光子晶体的热点研究方向.这些工作对于提高光子晶体的响应速率,发展其在实时分析、在线检测等领域的应用具有重要意义.%Responsive colloidal photonic crystals (PCs) are of great importance for the extended applications in the fields of chemical sensing, smart display and so on, owing to the visible structure color/optic signal change to exterior stimuli. This paper presented the research progress about the improvement of the response rate of swell-responsive polymer PCs,which covered the responsive mechanism and critical influencing factors, including dimension of PC hydrogel,physical structure/chemical properties of polymer chains and crosslinking degree of gel network. In addition, response rate of non-swollen PCs with other response types, such as magnetic, electric, optical or mechanical response were also involved. Understanding the performance of these PCs will be helpful for the development of novel and advanced responsive systems.

  12. Microwave-assisted synthesis, crystal structure and toxicity of L-aspartic acid zinc spiral linear supramolecular polymer

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    ZHANG; Youming; LIN; Qi; WEI; Taibao

    2004-01-01

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  13. Crystal structure of a pyrazine-2,3-dicarboxamide ligand and of its silver(I nitrate complex, a three-dimensional coordination polymer

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    Full Text Available The title ligand, C18H16N6O2·2H2O (L1 [N2,N3-bis(pyridin-4-ylmethylpyrazine-2,3-dicarboxamide], crystallized as a dihydrate. The molecule is U-shaped with the carboxamide groups being cis to one another, making a dihedral angle of 81.6 (5°. The terminal pyridine rings are inclined to one another by 58.5 (4°. There is an intramolecular N—H...Npyrazine hydrogen bond present, forming an S(5 ring motif. In the crystal, adjacent molecules are linked by N—H...Ocarboxamide hydrogen bonds, forming a chain along [001]. A chain of hydrogen-bonded water molecules is linked to the chain of (L1 molecules by O—H...N hydrogen bonds, forming columns propagating along the c axis. The columns are linked by C—H...O and C—H...N hydrogen bonds, forming a three-dimensional supramolecular structure. The reaction of ligand (L1 with silver(I nitrate led to the formation of a new three-dimensional coordination polymer, {[Ag(C18H16N6O2]NO3}n, poly[[[μ4-N2,N3-bis(pyridin-4-ylmethylpyrazine-2,3-dicarboxamide]silver(I] nitrate] (I. The asymmetric unit is composed of half of one silver ion, located on a twofold rotation axis, half a ligand molecule and half a positionally disordered nitrate anion located about a twofold rotation axis. The full molecule of the ligand is generated by twofold rotational symmetry, with this twofold axis bisecting the Car—Car bonds of the pyrazine ring and the Ag—Ag bond. The carboxamide groups are now trans to one another, making a dihedral angle of 65.8 (4°. The two terminal pyridine rings are inclined to one another by 6.6 (3°. Two ligands wrap around an Ag—Ag bond of 3.1638 (11 Å, forming a figure-of-eight-shaped complex molecule. Each silver ion is coordinated by two pyridine N atoms and by two carboxamide O atoms of neighbouring molecules, hence forming a three-dimensional framework. The nitrate anion is linked to the framework by N—H...O and C—H...O hydrogen bonds.

  14. 表面垂直取向对HPDLC光栅特性的影响%Surface vertical alignment effect on performance of holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal gratings

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    李文萃; 舒新建; 杨燚; 黄文彬

    2014-01-01

    为了提高聚合物/液晶(HPDLC)光栅的衍射效率并改善光栅的表面形貌,研究了表面垂直取向处理对HPDLC光栅的影响。首先,研究了表面垂直处理对液晶分子的取向作用,发现垂直取向层对液晶的锚定作用随着盒厚的增加而逐渐减弱,取向层的作用范围大概在3μm ~5μm之间;其次,对相分离程度进行了实验表征,结果表明,随着液晶盒厚度的增加,相分离开始的时间越来越快,并且分离程度也越来越彻底。最后,讨论了表面垂直取向对 HPDLC光栅衍射效率的影响,随着盒厚的增加,相分离出来的液晶微滴形成连续的区域,光栅的衍射效率逐渐升高,当盒厚增加到一定程度,其衍射效率和无取向处理的光栅接近。当盒厚过大时,垂直取向处理对HPDLC光栅散射损失并没有太大的改善,只有当盒厚适中(12μm)时,光栅的衍射效率最高,散射损失最小。%In order to get the holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC ) grating with high diffraction efficiency and perfect morphology ,the effect of surface vertical alignment on the properties of HPDLC grating was investigated .Firstly ,the effect of the vertical surface treatment on the orientation of liquid crystal molecules was studied .It is found that the vertical anchor effect of liquid crystal decreases with the increase of cell gap and the orientation depth is about 3 μm ~ 5 μm .Secondary ,the characterization experiment of separation was done .And results show that as the cell gap increases ,the surface effect on the bulk LC droplets reduces due to the longer distance .For the thinner cell ,almost all the LC droplets are confined on the inner surfaces of the substrates which cannot flow and coalesce with the neighboring droplets , so the phase separate is not good .However ,if the cell is too thick ,the effect of vertical align‐ment on the LC droplets in the middle of the

  15. An organic-inorganic polymer with Dawson-type polyoxometalates as building blocks: synthesis, characterization and crystal structure of [{Pr(DMF)6}{Pr(DMF)7}(P2W18O62)]n

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    WANG; Jingping(王敬平); ZHAO; Junwei(赵俊伟); NIU; Jingyang(牛景杨); GUO; Dongjie(郭东杰); DANG; Dongbin(党东宾)

    2003-01-01

    An organic-inorganic polymer of [{Pr(DMF)6}{Pr(DMF)7}(P2W18O62)]n has been synthesized in acetonitrile-water(5︰2, volume ratio) mixed solvent. Single-crystal X-ray structural analysis indicates that the title compound crystallizes in a monoclinic lattice, P21/C, with a = 1.8574(4), b=2.3907(5), c = 2.4222(5) nm, β= 99.48(3)°, Z = 4, V = 10.609(4) nm3, Dc = 3.501 Mg/m3, F(000)=9972, R1=0.0654 and Wr2 = 0.1098. The result of crystal structure analysis reveals that Pr3+(1) complex ion is eight-coordinated with a distorted bicapped trigonal prismatic environment, which is combined with the heteropolyanion by terminal oxygen atom, whereas Pr3+(2) complex ion is also eight-coordinated with a distorted square antiprismatic environment, which is linked to the heter-opolyanion by terminal oxygen atom. Adjacent structure units of [{Pr(DMF)6}{Pr(DMF)7}(P2W18O62)] are bridged through W-O-Pr1-O-W links to form an unprecedented one-dimensional zigzag linear chain by alternate polyanions and cationic units in the polymer. Thermal analysis reveals that the framework of the title polyanion decomposes at 613.8℃.

  16. Polymer films

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    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2004-05-25

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  17. Polymer films

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    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2008-12-30

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  18. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Novel Cobalt(Ⅱ)Coordination Polymer with Molecular Ladder Structure%具有梯形结构钴(Ⅱ)配位聚合物的合成及晶体结构

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    吴杰颖; 潘月礼; 张宣军; 张明亮; 田玉鹏; FUN Hoong-Kun

    2003-01-01

    Co(NO3) 2, N-carbazolyacetic acid and 4, 4'-bipyridyl can give rise to a novel coordination polymer[Co2(Cabo)2(NO3)2(4, 4'-bipy)2] n using a fritted U-tube. Single crystal X-ray diffraction displays in the complex, each Co (Ⅱ) is six-coordinated by two N atoms from different 4, 4'-bipyridyl ligands, two O atoms of the bridge from two N-carbazolyacetic acid and two O atoms of one nitrate anion to form a distorted octahedral. Two O atoms of the carboxyl group act as bridge to link two Co (Ⅱ) atoms. The resulting structure is a ladder polymer.

  19. EFFECT OF MOLECULAR WEIGHT OF MACRO-INITIATOR ON ELECTRO-OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTAL BASED ON GRAFT POLYMERS%大分子引发剂分子量对接枝聚合物基体的PDLC电光性能的影响

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    张玉良; 秦爱林; 汪映寒

    2012-01-01

    以可逆加成-断裂链转移(RAFT)、引发转移终止(iniferter)活性自由基聚合相结合的方法,用一步法制备了不同分子量的大分子引发剂RAFT-PS-co-PCMSI(MI),并通过紫外光聚合诱导相分离法制备了以接枝聚合物为基体的聚合物分散液晶(PDLC)膜.研究了不同分子量的MI对PDLC的微观形貌,关闭状态透光率,阈值电压,饱和电压以及记忆效应等方面的影响.研究表明,降低PDLC中MI的分子量,会使得液晶微滴粒径增大,阈值电压(Vth)、饱和电压(V(ast))减小,记忆效应、关闭状态透光率升高.%Polymer dispersed liquid crystal ( PDLC) films were prepared by photopolymerization induced phase separation (PIPS) with living macro-initiator (MI) of different molecular weights,synthesized by RAFT and iniferter polymerization. The effect of molecular weight of Mis on electro-optical properties of PDLC based on graft polymers was investigated. The effects of molecular weight of Mis on morphologies, transmittance, switching voltage and memory effect of PDLC films were studied in detail. It was found that the decrease in the molecular weight of Mis in the films led to the formation of larger liquid crystal droplets. The threshold voltage decreased from 15. 9 V to 4. 2 V and the off-state transmittance showed an increase tendency,which could be contributed to the increase of liquid crystal droplet diameter. In addition, the saturation voltage also decreased from 36. 5 V to 16. 4 V while the memory effect increased because of the decreased interface anchoring strength induced by the lower molecular weight of polymer matrix and weaker entanglement that polymer flexible main chain exerted on liquid crystal molecules. Therefore, the decrease decrease of molecular weight of Mis successfully improved the electro-optical properties of PDLC films based on graft polymers.

  20. Solid-state electric double layer capacitors fabricated with plastic crystal based flexible gel polymer electrolytes: Effective role of electrolyte anions

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    Suleman, Mohd; Kumar, Yogesh; Hashmi, S.A., E-mail: sahashmi@physics.du.ac.in

    2015-08-01

    Flexible gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) thick films incorporated with solutions of lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (Li-triflate or LiTf) and lithium bis trifluoromethane-sulfonimide (LiTFSI) in a plastic crystal succinonitrile (SN), entrapped in poly(vinylidine fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) have been prepared and characterized. The films have been used as electrolytes in the electrical double layer capacitors (EDLCs). Coconut-shell derived activated carbon with high specific surface area (∼2100 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}) and mixed (micro- and meso-) porosity has been used as EDLC electrodes. The structural, thermal, and electrochemical characterization of the GPEs have been performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), impedance measurements and cyclic voltammetry. The high ionic conductivity (∼10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} at 25 °C), good electrochemical stability window (>4.0 V) and flexible nature of the free-standing films of GPEs show their competence in the fabrication of EDLCs. The EDLCs have been tested using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and charge–discharge studies. The EDLCs using LiTf based electrolyte have been found to give higher values of specific capacitance, specific energy, power density (240–280 F g{sup −1}, ∼39 Wh kg{sup −1} and ∼19 kW kg{sup −1}, respectively) than the EDLC cell with LiTFSI based gel electrolyte. EDLCs have been found to show stable performance for ∼10{sup 4} charge–discharge cycles. The comparative studies indicate the effective role of electrolyte anions on the capacitive performance of the solid-state EDLCs. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Flexible EDLCs with succinonitrile based gel electrolyte membranes are reported. • Anionic size of salts in gel electrolytes plays important role on capacitive performance. • Li-triflate incorporated gel electrolyte shows better

  1. The crystal structure, luminescence and nitrobenzene-sensing properties of a two-dimensional Mn(II) coordination polymer based on 2,6-bis(imidazol-1-yl)pyridine.

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    Wang, Yin-Lin; Long, Ling-Liang; Zhang, Jin-Fang

    2015-06-01

    A two-dimensional Mn(II) coordination polymer (CP), poly[bis[μ2-2,6-bis(imidazol-1-yl)pyridine-κ(2)N(3):N(3')]bis(thiocyanato-κN)manganese] [Mn(NCS)2(C11H9N5)2]n, (I), has been obtained by the self-assembly reaction of Mn(ClO4)2·6H2O, NH4SCN and bent 2,6-bis(imidazol-1-yl)pyridine (2,6-bip). CP (I) was characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal structure features a unique two-dimensional (4,4) network with one-dimensional channels. The luminescence and nitrobenzene-sensing properties were explored in a DMF suspension, revealing that CP (I) shows a strong luminescence emission and is highly sensitive for nitrobenzene detection.

  2. A new series of lanthanide coordination polymers with 2,2‧-bipyridine and glutaric acid: Synthesis, crystal structures and properties of [Ln(bipy)(glut)(NO3)

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    Wang, Chunguang; Xing, Yongheng; Li, Zhangpeng; Li, Jing; Zeng, Xiaoqing; Ge, Maofa; Niu, Shuyun

    2009-08-01

    A series of new lanthanide coordination polymers, with the formula [Ln(bipy)(glut)(NO 3)] (Ln = Eu ( 1), Tb ( 2), Sm ( 3), Pr ( 4); bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine; H 2glut = glutaric acid), have been synthesized under the hydrothermal condition and characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Structural analyses reveal that all four complexes are isostructural and crystallized in monoclinic system, P2 1/ c space group. For these complexes, the Ln 3+ are all linked through glutaric acid ligands to form 1D chain-like polymeric structures, and bipy and NO3- are coordinated on two sides of the chains. The thermogravimetric analysis of 1 and photoluminescent properties of 1 and 2 are discussed in detail.

  3. 超支化预聚物的合成及对聚合物分散液晶膜电光性能的影响%Synthesis of Hyperbranched Pre-Polymers and Its Influence on Electro-Optical Properties of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals

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    杨志刚; 潘翠红; 汪映寒

    2011-01-01

    Polymer has a great influence on electro-optical properties of polymer dispersed liquid crystals(PDLC).In present work,different ratios of monovinyl monomer and divinyl monomer were adopted to synthesize series of hyperbranched polymers via reversible addition-fragmentation transfer(RAFT) polymerization.These hyperbranched polymers,served as "living" pre-polymers,then were used in photopolymerization induced phase separation(PIPS) process for preparing hyperbranched polymer matrix–based PDLC films.Different pre-polymers result in varied morphology of PDLC film and further affect threshold voltage.Meanwhile,the driving voltage shows certain dependence on molecular weight of polymer matrix.Moreover,it is found hysteresis and memory effect decrease with the increase of level of branching,this may be attributed to hyperbranched structure strengthening the interactions between liquid crystal molecules and polymer.%聚合物基体对聚合物分散液晶(PDLC)膜电光性能影响很大。文中,用不同比例单乙烯基和二乙烯基单体通过可逆加成-断裂链转移自由基聚合(RAFT)得到了一系列超支化聚合物。这些超支化聚合物可作为"活性"预聚物用于聚合诱导相分离(PIPS)来制备超支化树脂基PDLC膜。结果表明,添加不同预聚物导致不同的表面形貌,进而影响到阈值电压大小。驱动电压对聚合物基体分子量有一定的依赖性,分子量高的基体驱动电压相对较高。此外,滞后和记忆效应随基体支化度提高而减小,这可能与超支化结构增强了聚合物与液晶间的相互作用力有关。

  4. Adsorption Kinetics in Nanoscale Porous Coordination Polymers

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    Nune, Satish K.; Thallapally, Praveen K.; McGrail, Benard Peter; Annapureddy, Harsha V. R.; Dang, Liem X.; Mei, Donghai; Karri, Naveen; Alvine, Kyle J.; Olszta, Matthew J.; Arey, Bruce W.; Dohnalkova, Alice

    2015-10-07

    Nanoscale porous coordination polymers were synthesized using simple wet chemical method. The effect of various polymer surfactants on colloidal stability and shape selectivity was investigated. Our results suggest that the nanoparticles exhibited significantly improved adsorption kinetics compared to bulk crystals due to decreased diffusion path lengths and preferred crystal plane interaction.

  5. 高真空强静电场下聚合物薄膜微晶生长形态转变研究%STUDIES ON THE MORPHOLOGY TRANSITION OF MICRO-CRYSTAL GROWTH IN POLYMER FILMS IN HIGH VACUUM AND STRONG ELECTROSTATIC FIELD

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    肖学山; 徐晖; 董远达; 乔秀颖; 莫志深; 王献红; 王庆

    2001-01-01

    The morphology of films of isotactic polypropylene poly(3-dodecylthiophene) and iPP/P3DDT blend formed in electrostatic fields has been investigated by using scanning electron microscope. The experiment results show that the micro-crystal morphology of polymer films was strongly dependent on electrostatic fields. It was found that the effect of the electrostatic field led to the formation of dendrite crystals aligned in the field direction,and some branches of P3DDT ruptured. However,the micro-crystals in these films grew into spherulites without electrostatic field,and have no crystal orientation.

  6. Miscibility of Semi-flexible Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Copolyesteramide with Polyamide 66

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    2000-01-01

    Liquid crystalline polymer-polyamide 66 (LCP/PA66) blends were compounded by usingaBrabender mixing followed by compression moulding. The LCP employed was a semi-flexible liquid crystalline copolyesteramide based on 30% (molar fraction) of p-amino benzoic acid (ABA)and 70% (molar fraction) of poly (ethylene terephthalate)(PET). The LCP/PA66 blends wereinvestigated in terms of the thermal and dynamic mechanical properties. It was found that PA66and LCP components of the blends are miscible in the molten state, but are partially miscible inthe solid state. The inclusion of the semi-flexible LCP into PA66 retards the crystallization rateof PA66. Furthermore, the melting temperature and the degree of crystallinity of PA66 are reduced considerably due to the LCP addition.

  7. Anion-directed assembly and crystal transformation of Ag(I) coordination polymers with a versatile tripyridyltriazole ligand 3,4-bis(2-pyridyl)-5-(4-pyridyl)-1,2,4-triazole

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    Li, Cheng-Peng; Chen, Jing; Guo, Wei; Du, Miao

    2015-03-01

    A series of distinct Ag(I) coordination polymers, namely {[Ag2(L224)(H2O)3](SiF6)(H2O)4}n (1), {[Ag2(L224)2(NO3)](NO3)(H2O)}n (3), {[Ag2(L224)(OOCC6H5)(H2O)](NO3)(H2O)2}n (4), and {[Ag(L224)2](CF3SO3)(H2O)0.25}n (5) have been synthesized by assembling a versatile ligand 3,4-bis(2-pyridyl)-5-(4-pyridyl)-1,2,4-triazole (L224) with different Ag(I) salts. Their diverse 1D and 2D coordination arrays indicate the critical role of counterions in structural assemblies. Interestingly, single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SC-SC) transformation from 1 to {[Ag2(L224)(CF3COO)2(H2O)](H2O)}n (2) will occur in the water solution of Ag(CF3COO). Structural comparison and mechanism of SC-SC transformation are discussed. These Ag(I) coordination polymers show enhanced ligand-based solid-state fluorescent emissions.

  8. Potential of a newly developed high-speed near-infrared (NIR) camera (Compovision) in polymer industrial analyses: monitoring crystallinity and crystal evolution of polylactic acid (PLA) and concentration of PLA in PLA/Poly-(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) blends.

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    Ishikawa, Daitaro; Nishii, Takashi; Mizuno, Fumiaki; Sato, Harumi; Kazarian, Sergei G; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2013-12-01

    This study was carried out to evaluate a new high-speed hyperspectral near-infrared (NIR) camera named Compovision. Quantitative analyses of the crystallinity and crystal evolution of biodegradable polymer, polylactic acid (PLA), and its concentration in PLA/poly-(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) blends were investigated using near-infrared (NIR) imaging. This NIR camera can measure two-dimensional NIR spectral data in the 1000-2350 nm region obtaining images with wide field of view of 150 × 250 mm(2) (approximately 100  000 pixels) at high speeds (in less than 5 s). PLA with differing crystallinities between 0 and 50% blended samples with PHB in ratios of 80/20, 60/40, 40/60, 20/80, and pure films of 100% PLA and PHB were prepared. Compovision was used to collect respective NIR spectra in the 1000-2350 nm region and investigate the crystallinity of PLA and its concentration in the blends. The partial least squares (PLS) regression models for the crystallinity of PLA were developed using absorbance, second derivative, and standard normal variate (SNV) spectra from the most informative region of the spectra, between 1600 and 2000 nm. The predicted results of PLS models achieved using the absorbance and second derivative spectra were fairly good with a root mean square error (RMSE) of less than 6.1% and a determination of coefficient (R(2)) of more than 0.88 for PLS factor 1. The results obtained using the SNV spectra yielded the best prediction with the smallest RMSE of 2.93% and the highest R(2) of 0.976. Moreover, PLS models developed for estimating the concentration of PLA in the blend polymers using SNV spectra gave good predicted results where the RMSE was 4.94% and R(2) was 0.98. The SNV-based models provided the best-predicted results, since it can reduce the effects of the spectral changes induced by the inhomogeneity and the thickness of the samples. Wide area crystal evolution of PLA on a plate where a temperature slope of 70-105 °C had occurred was also

  9. Synthesis, Characterization and Crystal Structure of a Three-dimensional Coordination Polymer {[Cd(1,5-nds)(Him)2(H2O)]·2H2O}n

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    A novel cadmium(Ⅱ) coordination polymer {[Cd(1,5-nds)(Him)2(H2O)]·2H2O}n (1,5-nds = naphthalene-1,5-disulfonate and Him = imidazole) was synthesized based on the reaction of cadmium oxide and 1,5-naphthalenedisulfonic acid firstly, and then mixed with imidazole in methanol medium. Its structure was characterized by elemental analysis, IR and TGA, respectively. The crystal structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal belongs to the triclinic system, space group P, with a = 8.5420(10), b = 10.2570(10), c = 13.361(2)(A), α = 100.704 (2), β = 100.195(2), γ = 108.873(3)°, C16H20Cd N4O9S2, Mr = 588.91, V = 1.0524(2) nm3, Dc = 1.858 g/cm3, Z = 2, F(000) = 592, μ= 1.294 mm-1, R = 0.0397 and wR = 0.1007 for 3180 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). Structural analysis shows that the cadmiun atom is coordinated with four oxygen atoms from three 1,5-nds and one water molecule together with two nitrogen atoms from two imidazoles, giving a distorted octahedral coordination geometry. The molecules are linked to form a two-dimensional coordination polymer based on bridging ligands of naphthalene-1,5-disulfonate anions, the sheets of which are then interacted via hydrogen bonds, leading to a three-dimensional network structure.

  10. Heterotrimetallic coordination polymers: {Cu(II)Ln(III)Fe(III)} chains and {Ni(II)Ln(III)Fe(III)} layers: synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties.

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    Alexandru, Maria-Gabriela; Visinescu, Diana; Andruh, Marius; Marino, Nadia; Armentano, Donatella; Cano, Joan; Lloret, Francesc; Julve, Miguel

    2015-03-27

    The use of the [Fe(III) (AA)(CN)4](-) complex anion as metalloligand towards the preformed [Cu(II) (valpn)Ln(III)](3+) or [Ni(II) (valpn)Ln(III) ](3+) heterometallic complex cations (AA=2,2'-bipyridine (bipy) and 1,10-phenathroline (phen); H2 valpn=1,3-propanediyl-bis(2-iminomethylene-6-methoxyphenol)) allowed the preparation of two families of heterotrimetallic complexes: three isostructural 1D coordination polymers of general formula {[Cu(II) (valpn)Ln(III) (H2O)3 (μ-NC)2 Fe(III) (phen)(CN)2 {(μ-NC)Fe(III) (phen)(CN)3}]NO3 ⋅7 H2O}n (Ln=Gd (1), Tb (2), and Dy (3)) and the trinuclear complex [Cu(II) (valpn)La(III) (OH2 )3 (O2 NO)(μ-NC)Fe(III) (phen)(CN)3 ]⋅NO3 ⋅H2O⋅CH3 CN (4) were obtained with the [Cu(II) (valpn)Ln(III)](3+) assembling unit, whereas three isostructural heterotrimetallic 2D networks, {[Ni(II) (valpn)Ln(III) (ONO2 )2 (H2 O)(μ-NC)3 Fe(III) (bipy)(CN)]⋅2 H2 O⋅2 CH3 CN}n (Ln=Gd (5), Tb (6), and Dy (7)) resulted with the related [Ni(II) (valpn)Ln(III) ](3+) precursor. The crystal structure of compound 4 consists of discrete heterotrimetallic complex cations, [Cu(II) (valpn)La(III) (OH2)3 (O2 NO)(μ-NC)Fe(III) (phen)(CN)3 ](+), nitrate counterions, and non-coordinate water and acetonitrile molecules. The heteroleptic {Fe(III) (bipy)(CN)4} moiety in 5-7 acts as a tris-monodentate ligand towards three {Ni(II) (valpn)Ln(III)} binuclear nodes leading to heterotrimetallic 2D networks. The ferromagnetic interaction through the diphenoxo bridge in the Cu(II)-Ln(III) (1-3) and Ni(II)-Ln(III) (5-7) units, as well as through the single cyanide bridge between the Fe(III) and either Ni(II) (5-7) or Cu(II) (4) account for the overall ferromagnetic behavior observed in 1-7. DFT-type calculations were performed to substantiate the magnetic interactions in 1, 4, and 5. Interestingly, compound 6 exhibits slow relaxation of the magnetization with maxima of the out-of-phase ac signals below 4.0 K in the lack of a dc field, the values of the pre

  11. Aerogels of 1D Coordination Polymers: From a Non-Porous Metal-Organic Crystal Structure to a Highly Porous Material

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The processing of an originally non-porous 1D coordination polymer as monolithic gel, xerogel and aerogel is reported as an alternative method to obtain novel metal-organic porous materials, conceptually different to conventional crystalline porous coordination polymer (PCPs or metal-organic frameworks (MOFs. Although the work herein reported is focused upon a particular kind of coordination polymer ([M(μ-ox(4-apy2]n, M: Co(II, Ni(II, the results are of interest in the field of porous materials and of MOFs, as the employed synthetic approach implies that any coordination polymer could be processable as a mesoporous material. The polymerization conditions were fixed to obtain stiff gels at the synthesis stage. Gels were dried at ambient pressure and at supercritical conditions to render well shaped monolithic xerogels and aerogels, respectively. The monolithic shape of the synthesis product is another remarkable result, as it does not require a post-processing or the use of additives or binders. The aerogels of the 1D coordination polymers are featured by exhibiting high pore volumes and diameters ranging in the mesoporous/macroporous regions which endow to these materials the ability to deal with large-sized molecules. The aerogel monoliths present markedly low densities (0.082–0.311 g·cm−3, an aspect of interest for applications that persecute light materials.

  12. Polymer fractionation

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    Hadermann, A. F.

    1985-04-09

    Soluble polymers are fractionated according to molecular weight by cryogenically comminuting the polymer and introducing the polymer particles, while still in the active state induced by cryogenic grinding, into a liquid having a solvent power selected to produce a coacervate fraction containing high molecular weight polymer species and a dilute polymer solution containing lower molecular weight polymer species. The coacervate may be physically separated from the solution and finds use in the production of antimisting jet fuels and the like.

  13. Biodegradable Polymers

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    Isabelle Vroman; Lan Tighzert

    2013-01-01

    Biodegradable materials are used in packaging, agriculture, medicine and other areas. In recent years there has been an increase in interest in biodegradable polymers. Two classes of biodegradable polymers can be distinguished: synthetic or natural polymers. There are polymers produced from feedstocks derived either from petroleum resources (non renewable resources) or from biological resources (renewable resources). In general natural polymers offer fewer advantages than synthetic polymers. ...

  14. Electroactive polymers for sensing

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    2016-01-01

    Electromechanical coupling in electroactive polymers (EAPs) has been widely applied for actuation and is also being increasingly investigated for sensing chemical and mechanical stimuli. EAPs are a unique class of materials, with low-moduli high-strain capabilities and the ability to conform to surfaces of different shapes. These features make them attractive for applications such as wearable sensors and interfacing with soft tissues. Here, we review the major types of EAPs and their sensing mechanisms. These are divided into two classes depending on the main type of charge carrier: ionic EAPs (such as conducting polymers and ionic polymer–metal composites) and electronic EAPs (such as dielectric elastomers, liquid-crystal polymers and piezoelectric polymers). This review is intended to serve as an introduction to the mechanisms of these materials and as a first step in material selection for both researchers and designers of flexible/bendable devices, biocompatible sensors or even robotic tactile sensing units. PMID:27499846

  15. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Electrochemical Properties of One-dimensional Chain Coordination Polymer [Co(Ⅱ)(C6H5CH=CHCOOH)2(4,4'-bipy)(H2O)5]n

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    A one-dimensional chain coordination polymer [Co(Ⅱ)(C6H5CH=CHCOOH)2(4,4'-bipy)(H2O)5]n has been synthesized with cinnamylic acid, 4,4'-bipy and cobaltous chloride as raw materials. Crystal data for this complex: monoclinic, space group P21/c, a - 1.1481(3), b =1.1230(2), c = 1.1759(3) nm, β = 97.054(4)°, V = 1.5046(6) nm3, Mr= 617.50, Dc = 1.363 g/cm3, Z= 2, μ(MoKα) = 0.627 mm-1, F(000) = 646, S = 1.062, R 0.0443 and wR = 0.1178. The crystal structure shows that two neighboring cobalt(Ⅱ) ions are linked together by one 4,4'-bipy, and the whole complex molecule adopts a one-dimensional chain structure. Each cobalt(Ⅱ) ion is coordinated with two nitrogen atoms from two 4,4'-bipy molecules and four oxygen atoms from four water molecules, giving a distorted octahedral coordination geometry. The electrochemical properties were analyzed by combining with the crystal structure.

  16. Ion implantation in polymers

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    Wintersgill, M. C.

    1984-02-01

    An introductory overview will be given of the effects of ion implantation on polymers, and certain areas will be examined in more detail. Radiation effects in general and ion implantation in particular, in the field of polymers, present a number of contrasts with those in ionic crystals, the most obvious difference being that the chemical effects of both the implanted species and the energy transfer to the host may profoundly change the nature of the target material. Common effects include crosslinking and scission of polymer chains, gas evolution, double bond formation and the formation of additional free radicals. Research has spanned the chemical processes involved, including polymerization reactions achievable only with the use of radiation, to applied research dealing both with the effects of radiation on polymers already in commercial use and the tailoring of new materials to specific applications. Polymers are commonly divided into two groups, in describing their behavior under irradiation. Group I includes materials which form crosslinks between molecules, whereas Group II materials tend to degrade. In basic research, interest has centered on Group I materials and of these polyethylene has been studied most intensively. Applied materials research has investigated a variety of polymers, particularly those used in cable insulation, and those utilized in ion beam lithography of etch masks. Currently there is also great interest in enhancing the conducting properties of polymers, and these uses would tend to involve the doping capabilities of ion implantation, rather than the energy deposition.

  17. Permittivity disorder induced Anderson localization in magnetophotonic crystals

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    Abdi-Ghaleh, R., E-mail: r.abdi@bonabu.ac.ir [Department of Laser and Optical Engineering, University of Bonab, 5551761167 Bonab (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Namdar, A. [Faculty of Physics, University of Tabriz, 5166614766 Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-11-15

    This theoretical study was carried out to investigate the permittivity disorder induced Anderson localization of light in one-dimensional magnetophotonic crystals. It was shown that the disorder create the resonant transmittance modes associated with enhanced Faraday rotations inside the photonic band gap. The average localization length of the right- and left-handed circular polarizations (RCP and LCP), the total transmittance together with the ensemble average of the RCP and LCP phases, and the Faraday rotation of the structure were also investigated. For this purpose, the off-diagonal elements of the permittivity tensor were varied for various wavelengths of incident light. The obtained results revealed the nonreciprocal property of circular eigen modes. This study can potentially open up a new aspect for utilizing the disorder magnetophotonic structures in nonreciprocal systems such as isolators and circulators. - Highlights: • We theoretically investigated the permittivity disorder induced Anderson localization of light in magnetophotonic crystals. • The disorder considered in the diagonal elements of the permittivity tensor of magneto-optical layers. • The disorder create the resonant transmittance modes associated with enhanced Faraday rotations in the photonic band gap. • The average localization length of the circular polarizations and the ensemble average of their phases were investigated. • The obtained results revealed the nonreciprocal property of circular eigen modes.

  18. Métodos no destructivos de estimación del área foliar por tallo en la variedad LCP 85-384 de caña de azúcar Non-destructive methods for estimating leaf area per stalk in LCP 85-384 sugarcane variety

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se ajustan métodos no destructivos para estimar el área foliar por tallo (AFT de caña de azúcar en la variedad LCP 85-384. Se midió durante el ciclo del cañaveral, en 1031 tallos, la altura de tallo al anillo de la hoja +1 (ALT+1 y se contó el número de hojas verdes liguladas por tallo (NHVt, determinando también la superficie foliar individual (AFi de todas las hojas verdes. El área foliar observada por tallo (AFTO resultó de la sumatoria del AFi de las hojas liguladas por tallo. Se evaluaron tres alternativas de estimación del AFT: en el Método 1, x= ALT+1 * NHVt; en el Método 2, x= AFi(hoja+3 * NHVt y en el Método 3, x= AFi(hoja+3* NHVt * ALT+1. Las ecuaciones de regresión se seleccionaron considerando el coeficiente de determinación (R², su significación estadística y la observación gráfica de los valores observados y calculados. Para el Método 1 se eligió la ecuación potencial AFT= 6,791 x 0,811 (R²:0,951; para el Método 2, el modelo lineal AFT= 0,930 x (R²: 0,955 y para el Método 3, la ecuación AFT= 2,267 x0,522 (R²: 0,958. Conociendo el número de hojas verdes liguladas por tallo y su altura al anillo de la hoja +1, y/o midiendo el área individual de la hoja+3, se puede estimar, durante todo el ciclo del cultivo, el área foliar por tallo de la variedad LCP 85-384, de manera no destructiva, rápida y precisa.Non-destructive methods for estimating leaf area per stalk (AFT in LCP 85-384 sugarcane variety were adjusted. During crop cycle, 1031 stalks were studied in terms of height with respect of leaf +1 dewlap (ALT+1 and number of green ligulated leaves (NHVt, and individual foliar surface (AFi of all green leaves per stalk was determined. The observed leaf area per stalk (AFTO turned out to be the sum of AFi values of all green ligulated leaves per stalk. Three alternatives for estimating AFT were evaluated: in Method 1, x= ALT+1 * NHVt; in Method 2, x= AFi(leaf +3 * NHVt and in Method 3, x

  19. Images analysis in the simultaneous study of the growing speed of spherulitic and polymers crystallization; Analisis de imagenes en el estudio simultaneo de la velocidad de crecimiento esferulitico y la velocidad de cristalizacion de polimeros

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    Gonzalez Gonzalez, Virgilio A; Zamora, Josefina [Centro de Investigacion en Quimica Aplicada, Saltillo, Coahuila (Mexico)

    1995-06-01

    Considering the importance that has the kinetic characteristics of polymers crystallization, to evaluate quickly and simultaneously the speed of crystallization (1/t{sub 0}.5: seconds {sup -1}) and growth spherulitic (G:nm/min) a methodology was developed; for this was used an analyzer of images connected to a microscope with platen of heating. G was determined measuring the increase of the radius of the spherulite in stored images consecutively during isothermal crystallization and 1/t{sub 0}.5 using the changes in intensities of gray average (IGm) of the same images. As relation between IGm and the crystallinity degree (1-{lambda}) considers as a model of the equation: (1-{lambda}) =(1/Q)In (IGo/(IGo-IGm )), where Q is a constant that includes the absorption coefficient of light and the thickness of the sample, and Go is the intensity of gray corresponding to the incident beam. Thus it was possible to obtain the kinetic crystallization of three polymers (nylon 6, polypropylene and polyethylene of low density); these results were reproducible and coincident with the reported in literature. [Spanish] Considerando la importancia que tienen las caracteristicas cineticas de cristalizacion de los polimeros, se desarrollo una metodologia para evaluar rapidamente y en forma simultanea la velocidad de cristalizacion (1/t{sub 0}.5: segundos{sup -1}) y la velocidad de crecimiento esferulitico (G:nm/min); para esto se utilizo un analizador de imagenes acopladas a un microscopio con platina de calentamiento. G se determino midiendo el incremento del radio de las esferulitas en imagenes almacenadas consecutivamente durante cristalizaciones isotermicas y 1/t{sub 0}.5 utilizando los cambios en intensidades de gris media (IGm) de las mismas imagenes. Como relacion entre IGm y el grado de cristalinidad (1-{lambda}) se plantea como modelo de la ecuacion: (1-{lambda})(1/Q)In (IGo/(IGo-IGm)), donde Q es una constante que incluye el coeficiente de absorcion de luz y el espesor de la

  20. Biodegradable Polymers

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    Isabelle Vroman

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Biodegradable materials are used in packaging, agriculture, medicine and other areas. In recent years there has been an increase in interest in biodegradable polymers. Two classes of biodegradable polymers can be distinguished: synthetic or natural polymers. There are polymers produced from feedstocks derived either from petroleum resources (non renewable resources or from biological resources (renewable resources. In general natural polymers offer fewer advantages than synthetic polymers. The following review presents an overview of the different biodegradable polymers that are currently being used and their properties, as well as new developments in their synthesis and applications.

  1. Polymer electronics

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    Hsin-Fei, Meng

    2013-01-01

    Polymer semiconductor is the only semiconductor that can be processed in solution. Electronics made by these flexible materials have many advantages such as large-area solution process, low cost, and high performance. Researchers and companies are increasingly dedicating time and money in polymer electronics. This book focuses on the fundamental materials and device physics of polymer electronics. It describes polymer light-emitting diodes, polymer field-effect transistors, organic vertical transistors, polymer solar cells, and many applications based on polymer electronics. The book also disc

  2. A one-dimensional polyoxometalate-based polymer [Cu(DMF)₆][PMo(V)Mo(VI)₁₁O₄₀Cu(DMF)₄]·DMF: crystal structure and luminescent properties.

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    Bai, Yan; Zheng, Guang-Shui; Dang, Dong-Bin; Gao, Hui; Qi, Ze-Yan; Niu, Jing-Yang

    2010-11-01

    The polyoxometalate-based 1D coordination polymer [[Cu(DMF)₆][PMo(V)Mo(VI)₁₁O₄₀Cu(DMF)₄]·DMF1 was synthesized and characterized by IR, UV spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Each Cu(II) center has a distorted octahedral coordination geometry. Cu(1) center interconnects with two [PMo(V)Mo(VI)₁₁O₄₀]⁴⁻ anion subunits and each [PMo(V)Mo(VI)(11)O(40)]⁴⁻ polyoxoanion acts as a didentate ligand to link two Cu centers through two terminal oxygen atoms to form a one-dimensional chain structure. The luminescent properties of 1 in the solution and in the solid state were investigated, respectively. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Inulin crystal initiation via a glucose-fructose cross-link of adjacent polymer chains: atomic force microscopy and static molecular modelling.

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    Cooper, Peter D; Rajapaksha, K Harinda; Barclay, Thomas G; Ginic-Markovic, Milena; Gerson, Andrea R; Petrovsky, Nikolai

    2015-03-06

    Semi-crystalline microparticles of inulin (MPI) have clinical utility as potent human vaccine adjuvants but their relevant surface structure and crystal assembly remain undefined. We show inulin crystal surfaces to resemble multi-layered, discoid radial spherulites resulting from very rapid formation of complex tertiary structures, implying directed crystal initiation. Physical and in silico molecular modelling of unit cells confirm steric feasibility of initiation by hydrogen-bonded cross-linking of terminal glucose to a fructose of another chain, mimicking bonding in sucrose crystals. A strong, chelate-like dual H-bond is proposed to compel the known antiparallel alignment of inulin chains. Such cross-linking would require one extra fructose per chain in the native inulin crystal, as observed. Completion of five H-bonded internal ring-domains would 'lock in' each new 6-fructose structural unit of each antiparallel helix pair to create a new isoform. All known properties of inulin isoforms follow readily from these concepts.

  4. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a New One-dimensional Double Helical-chain Polymer, {Zn(O2CC12H8CO2)(H2O)}n

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    2005-01-01

    A new zinc polymer, {Zn(O2CC12H8CO2)(H2O)}n or {Zn(DPHA)(H2O)}n (O2CC12-H8CO2, DPHA = 1,1 ′-biphenyl-2,2′-dicarboxylate dianion) has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. The crystal is of monoclinic, space group P21/c with a = 12.8418(5), b = 5.9505(2),c = 17.2989(5) (A), β = 104.020(2)°, V= 1282.52(8)(A)3, C14H10O5Zn, Mr= 323.61, Z = 4, Dc = 1.676g/cm3,μ = 1.930 mm- 1, F(000) = 656, R = 0.0766 and wR = 0.1871 for 1775 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). It consists of Zn2(DPHA)2(H2O)2 units, which are further extended into a one-dimensional double helical-chain polymer via Zn-O bonding. The hydrogen bonding interactions extend the helical chains into a two-dimensional layer structure.

  5. Syntheses, crystal structures, and luminescence of two lanthanide coordination polymers based on 5-(3‧,4‧-bis(tetrazol-5″-yl)phenoxy)isophthalic acid and 1,10-phenanthroline

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    Chen, Xiaoli; Li, Congcong; Ai, Fengfeng; Qu, Xu; Liu, Kang

    2017-04-01

    Two new lanthanide coordination polymers, [Ln(btpa)(phen)2(OH)]n·nH2O (Ln= Tb 1, Pr 2) (H2btpa=5-(3‧,4‧-bis(tetrazol-5″-yl)phenoxy)isophthalic acid, phen=1,10-phenanthroline), have been successfully synthesized and structurally characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, TGA and powder X-ray diffraction analyses. Coordination polymers 1-2 are isomorphism structures, showing a 1D chain bearing hooks structure. LnⅢ ion in 1-2 adopt nine-coordinated mode to construct a tricapped trigonal prism configuration. The adjacent chains form a 2D supramolecular network via π … π stacking interactions between the pyridine rings of phen ligands. Then the neighbouring 2D supramolecular networks recognizing each other form a 3D supramolecular structure through π … π interaction between benzene rings of (btpa)2- ligands. The luminescence experiments show that TbIII complex exhibits typical metal-centered emissions in the visible region in the solid state.

  6. Polymer crystallization as a tool to pattern hybrid nanostructures: growth of 12 nm ZnO arrays in poly(3-hexylthiophene).

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    Saberi Moghaddam, Reza; Huettner, Sven; Vaynzof, Yana; Ducati, Caterina; Divitini, Giorgio; Lohwasser, Ruth H; Musselman, Kevin P; Sepe, Alessandro; Scherer, Maik R J; Thelakkat, Mukundan; Steiner, Ullrich; Friend, Richard H

    2013-09-11

    Well-ordered hybrid materials with a 10 nm length scale are highly desired. We make use of the natural length scale (typically 10-15 nm) of the alternating crystalline and amorphous layers that are generally found in semicrystalline polymers to direct the growth of a semiconducting metal oxide. This approach is exemplified with the growth of ZnO within a carboxylic acid end-functionalized poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT-COOH). The metal-oxide precursor vapors diffuse into the amorphous parts of the semicrystalline polymer so that sheets of ZnO up to 0.5 μm in size can be grown. This P3HT-ZnO nanostructure further functions as a donor-acceptor photovoltaic system, with length scales appropriate for charge photogeneration.

  7. Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Electroconducting Properties of a 1D Mixed-Valence Cu(I–Cu(II Coordination Polymer with a Dicyclohexyl Dithiocarbamate Ligand

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    Kenji Nakatani

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A new mixed-valence Cu(I–Cu(II 1D coordination polymer, [CuI4CuIIBr4(Cy2dtc2]n, with an infinite chain structure is synthesized by the reaction of Cu(Cy2dtc2 (Cy2dtc− = dicyclohexyl dithiocarbamate, C13H22NS2 with CuBr·S(CH32. The as-synthesized polymer consists of mononuclear copper(II units of CuII(Cy2dtc2 and tetranuclear copper(I cluster units, CuI4Br4. In the cluster unit, all the CuI ions have distorted trigonal pyramidal coordination geometries, and the CuI–CuI or CuI–CuII distances between the nearest copper ions are shorter than the sum of van der Waals radii for Cu–Cu.

  8. In situ ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering study under uniaxial stretching of colloidal crystals prepared by silica nanoparticles bearing hydrogen-bonding polymer grafts

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    Ryohei Ishige

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available A molded film of single-component polymer-grafted nanoparticles (SPNP, consisting of a spherical silica core and densely grafted polymer chains bearing hydrogen-bonding side groups capable of physical crosslinking, was investigated by in situ ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS measurement during a uniaxial stretching process. Static USAXS revealed that the molded SPNP formed a highly oriented twinned face-centered cubic (f.c.c. lattice structure with the [11−1] plane aligned nearly parallel to the film surface in the initial state. Structural analysis of in situ USAXS using a model of uniaxial deformation induced by rearrangement of the nanoparticles revealed that the f.c.c. lattice was distorted in the stretching direction in proportion to the macroscopic strain until the strain reached 35%, and subsequently changed into other f.c.c. lattices with different orientations. The lattice distortion and structural transition behavior corresponded well to the elastic and plastic deformation regimes, respectively, observed in the stress–strain curve. The attractive interaction of the hydrogen bond is considered to form only at the top surface of the shell and then plays an effective role in cross-linking between nanoparticles. The rearrangement mechanism of the nanoparticles is well accounted for by a strong repulsive interaction between the densely grafted polymer shells of neighboring particles.

  9. Synthesis,Crystal Structure and Electrochemical Properties of a One-dimensional Chain Coordination Polymer[Cu(phen)(2,4,6-TMBA)2(H2O)]n

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    LI Wei; LI Chang-Hong; YANG Ying-Qun; KUANG Yun-Fei

    2008-01-01

    A one-dimensional chain coordination polymer[Cu(phen)(2,4,6-TMBA)2(H2O)]n has been synthesized by reacting 2,4,6-trimethyl-benzoic acid,1,10-phenanthroline and Cu(Ⅱ)per-chlorate and its structure Was characterized.Crystal data for this complex:tetragonal,space group I41,a=2.0293(3),b=2.0293(3),c=113758(2)nm,a=β=γ=90°,V=5.6657(13)nm3,Dc=1.379g/cm3,Z=8,μ(MoKa)=0.815mm-1,Mr=588.14,F(000)=2456,S=1.047,R=0.0459 and wR=O.1053.The crystal structure shows that two neighboring Cu(Ⅱ)ions are linked together by one bridging-chelating 2,4,6-trimethyl-benzoic group,forming a one-dimensional chain structure.Each Cu(Ⅱ)ion is coordinated with two nitrogen atoms from one 1,10-phenanthroline molecule,three oxygen atoms from three 2,4,6-trimethyl-benzoic acid molecules and one oxygen atom from one water molecule,giving a six-coordinate distorted octahedral coordination geometry.The cyclic voltamrnetry behavior of the complex was also investigated.

  10. Preparation, Crystal Structure and Enthalpy Change of Formation of the Reaction in Liquid Phase of a New Three-Dimensional Mixed-Ligand Holmium(Ⅲ) Coordination Polymer Based on Strong π-π Stacking Interactions

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    REN,Yi-Xia; CHEN,San-Ping; GAO,Sheng-Li

    2007-01-01

    A new three-dimensional coordination polymer, [Ho(5-nip)(phen)(NO3)(DMF)] (5-nip=5-nitroisophthalic acid and phen=1,10-phenanthroline), was prepared and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, elemental analysis, IR spectrum and DTG-DSC techniques. The results show that the title complex crystallizes in space group P2/m with a= 1.0906(3) nm, b=1.2804 (3) nm, c= 1.6987(4) nm,β=91.400(5)°, Z=4, Dc= 1.931 Mg/m3, F(000)=1352. Each Ho(Ⅲ) ion is nine-coordinated by one chelating bidentate and two monodentate bridging carboxylate groups, one chelating bidentate NO3- anion, one DMF molecule and one 1,10-phenanthroline molecule. The complex is constructed with one-dimensional ribbons featuring dinuclear units and the one-dimensional ribbons are further assembled into two-dimensional networks by strong π-π stacking interactions with the distance of 0.327 nm,then the networks are arranged into three-dimensional structure according to ABAB fashion. The complex exhibits high stability up to 600 ℃. Its enthalpy change of formation of the reaction in liquid-phase in solvent DMF was measured using an RD496-Ⅲ type microcalorimeter with a value of (-11.016±0.184) kJ·mol-1.

  11. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a New Dinuclear Copper(Ⅱ) Polymer: [Cu2(bipy)2(Hbtc)2(H2O)2]·(H2O)1/2

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    CHEN Pang-Kuan; CHE Yun-Xia; ZHENG Ji-Min

    2006-01-01

    A new dinuclear copper(Ⅱ) polymer [Cu2(bipy)2(Hbtc)2(H2O)2]·(H2O)1/2 1 (bipy=2,2'-bipyridine, H3btc = benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylic acid) was obtained by the hydrothermal single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and identified using elemental analysis and IR spectrum.The title complex crystallizes in monoclinic system, space group P21/c with a = 7.2880(5), b =18.4778(13), c = 13.5465(10)(A), β = 95.9580(10)°, C19H14.50CuN2O7.25, Mr = 450.37, V= 1814.4(2)(A)3, Z=4, Dc = 1.649 g/cm3, μ = 1.253 mm-1, F(000) = 918, Rint = 0.0185, the final R = 0.0271and wR = 0.0710 for 2773 observed reflections (I>2σ(I)). The study results reveal that a pair of distorted square-pyramidal Cu2+ ions are interlinked by bis-monodentate bridging Hbtc2- ligands to constitute a 16-membered ring.

  12. Role of organoclay in controlling the morphology and crystal-growth behavior of biodegradable polymer-blend thin films studied using atomic force microscopy

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    Malwela, T

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available clays, their organic modifications and their initial d(sub001)-spacing on the morphology and crystal growth behavior of the PLA/PBSA blend were studied. An atomic force microscopy equipped with a hot-stage scanner was used to examine the crystalline...

  13. Synthesis, crystal structure determination of two-dimensional supramolecular co-ordination polymer of silver(I) with 1,2-Bis(phenylthio)ethane and its Hirshfeld surface analysis

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    Rahul K Mudsainiyan; Amanpreet K Jassal; Meenu Arora; Sukhvinder K Chawla

    2015-05-01

    The 2-D polymeric complex (I) has the formula [Ag(phSE)(NO3)]n, which has been crystallized from methanol-acetonitrile mixture and characterized by elemental analysis and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. In this polymer, each Ag(I) ion occupies distorted trigonal pyramidal geometry coordinating with two sulphur atoms from two different ligands and two oxygen atoms from two NO33 groups. Each NO3 acts as a bridging ligand coordinating through its two oxygen atoms to different Ag(I) ions. The Ag(I) ion and NO3 group are in plane with torsion angle 176.43°. All the ligands adopt anti-conformation but the relative orientation of two -S-C-C-S units is perpendicular to one another such that two phenyl rings attached to the two sulphur atoms coordinating to a particular Ag ion lie on the same side. Each NO3 bridges two neighbouring Ag ions belonging to two different -S-Ag-S-C-C-S-Ag-S- tapes running along -axis where two phenyl rings are not parallel to each other to reduce the steric hindrance and maximize packing. The adjacent chains are fused to form 2D sheet by bridging both through bidentate phSE ligand and NO3 anion stacking in plane. The structure consists of 4-c uninodal net where Point symbol for Ag (I) ion and net is (44.62) with sql type topology. X-ray diffraction analysis and Hirshfeld surface analysis give rise to comparable results but in Hirshfeld surface analysis, twothird times more close contacts are obtained. The fingerprint plots demonstrate that these weak non-bonding interactions are important for stabilizing the crystal packing.

  14. Synthesis, characterization and crystal structure determination of Mn (II) ion based 1D polymer constructed from 2, 2‧ bipyridyl and azide group, its thermal stability, magnetic properties and Hirshfeld surface analysis

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    Mudsainiyan, R. K.; Jassal, Amanpreet Kaur; Chawla, S. K.

    2015-05-01

    The 1-D polymeric complex (I) is having formula [Mn(2,2‧-BP).(N3)2]n, which has been crystallized in distilled water and characterized by elemental analyses, FT-IR spectrum, powder X-ray diffraction analyses and single-crystal diffraction analysis. This polymer possesses 1D helical chains or coils where Mn-azide-Mn forms the base of the coil which is alternatively garlanded by rigid bi-pyridine rings, where coordinates are in anti-fashion. The Mn (II) ions in the repeating units are linked by two end-on azide groups which extend through the two end-to-end azide ligands to the next unit forming a 1-D polymeric chain. The present study suggests that the use of this rigid and neutral building block leads to give better arrangement of the polymeric motif with [010] chains in 2-c uninodal net. During investigation of strong or weak intermolecular interactions, X-ray diffraction analysis and Hirshfeld surface analysis give rise to comparable results but in Hirshfeld surface analysis, two-third times more results of close contacts are obtained. The fingerprint plots demonstrate that these weak non-bonding interactions are important for stabilizing the crystal packing. Magnetic properties of the complex (I) were analyzed on the basis of an alternating ferro- and antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain of Mn (II) ions. The J-exchange parameters found are J1=64.3 K (45.3 cm-1), and J2=-75.7 K (-53.3 cm-1). Magnetic properties are discussed in comparison with those of other similar molecular magnets of [Mn(L-L)(N3)2]n type.

  15. A CLINICAL STUDY OF PROXIMAL FEMUR LOCKING COMPRESSION PLATE (LCP - PF IN THE MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITED INTERTROCHANTERIC AND SUBTROCHANTERIC FRACTURES OF THE FEMUR

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    Hari Babu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Fractures of proximal femur and hip are relatively common injuries in elderly individuals . The incidence of peritrochanteric and intertrochanteric fracture is also increasing among young population, who sustain high energy trauma Rigid Internal fixation and early mobilization has been the standard method of treatment. A combination of orthopaedic surgery and early postoperative physiotherapy and ambulation is the best approach. The overall goal in the treatment of hip fractures is to return the patient to pre - morbid level of function. AIMS & OBJECTIVE : To analyse the anatomical and f unctional outcome of the treatment with LCP - Proximal femur. METHODOLOGY : The present study consists of 12 adult patients of peritrochanteric factures of femur satisfying the inclusion criteria , treated with Proximal Femoral Locking Compression Plate at S. V. R. R . Govt . General Hospital, Tirupati during the period of nov 2013 to Oct 2015. INCLUSION CRITERIA : Age >18years , comminuted trochanteric and sub trochanteric fractures , Signed written informed consent . EXCLUSION CRITERIA: Inter trochanteric fractures involving piriformis fossa , Compound fractures . Pathological fractures . Any displacement of a femoral neck fracture . A ssociated malignancy. RESULTS : Average age incidence in the present study was 62.7 years. , Predominantly males (75% were affected. , Most cases occurred after a fall 10 (50% cases which was statistically significant , Right side involvement was more common. , Average post - operative stay was 13.5 days. , Out of the 12 cases, evaluated using Salvati - Wilson scoring : 3 cases (25% had good, 8 cases (66.67% fair, 1 case (8.33% had poor score , Average weight bearing time was14.5 weeks , Average union rate was 19.45 weeks.

  16. 2010 POLYMER PHYSICS - JUNE 27 - JULY 2, 2010

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    2010-07-02

    The 2010 Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics will provide outstanding lectures and discussions in this critical field that impacts every industrial sector from electronics to transportation to medicine to textiles to energy generation and storage. Fundamental topics range from mechanical properties of soft gels to new understanding in polymer crystallization to energy conversion and transmission to simulating polymer dynamics at the nanoscale. This international conference will feature 22 invited lectures, wherein the opening 10 minutes are specifically designed for a general polymer physics audience. In addition, poster sessions and informal activities provide ample opportunity to discuss the latest advances in polymer physics. The technical content of the meeting will include new twists on traditional polymer physics topics, recent advances in previously underrepresented topics, and emerging technologies enabled by polymer physics. Here is a partially listing of targeted topics: (1) electrically-active and light-responsive polymers and polymer-based materials used in energy conversion and storage; (2) polymers with hierarchical structures including supramolecular assemblies, ion-containing polymers, and self-assembled block polymers; (3) mechanical and rheological properties of soft materials, such as hydrogels, and of heterogeneous materials, particularly microphase separated polymers and polymer nanocomposites; and (4) crystallization of polymers in dilute solutions, polymer melts, and miscible polymer blends.

  17. PHOTOREFRACTIVE POLYMERS

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    Morichere, D; Malliaras, G.G; Krasnikov, V.V.; Bolink, H.J; Hadziioannou, G

    1995-01-01

    The use of polymers as photorefractive materials offers many advantages : flexibility in synthesis, doping, processing and low cost. The required functionalities responsible for photorefractivity, namely charge generation, transport, trapping and linear electrooptic effect are given in the polymer w

  18. PHOTOREFRACTIVE POLYMERS

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    Morichere, D; Malliaras, G.G; Krasnikov, V.V.; Bolink, H.J; Hadziioannou, G

    1995-01-01

    The use of polymers as photorefractive materials offers many advantages : flexibility in synthesis, doping, processing and low cost. The required functionalities responsible for photorefractivity, namely charge generation, transport, trapping and linear electrooptic effect are given in the polymer w

  19. A novel coordination polymer of Ni(II) based on 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid synthesis, characterization, crystal structure, thermal study, and luminescent properties

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    Saheli, Sania; Rezvani, Alireza

    2017-01-01

    A new metal-organic framework (MOF) formulated as [Ni(H2btc)(OH)(H2O)2] (1) (H3btc = 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid) was synthesized using the hydrothermal technique. The complex 1 was characterized by elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, and powder X-ray diffraction in addition to single crystal X-ray diffraction. X-ray crystal structural analysis displayed that the compound belonged to the monoclinic space group P21/n with cell parameters a = 6.8658(14) Å, b = 18.849(4) Å, c = 8.5608(17) Å. In the title complex, ligand is linked to metal centers through two μ-oxo bridges and forming a 2D layer which is led to form an interesting geometry. The thermal stability and fluorescence property of 1 have also been investigated.

  20. Liquid crystalline order in polymers

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    Blumstein, Alexandre

    1978-01-01

    Liquid Crystalline Order in Polymers examines the topic of liquid crystalline order in systems containing rigid synthetic macromolecular chains. Each chapter of the book provides a review of one important area of the field. Chapter 1 discusses scattering in polymer systems with liquid crystalline order. It also introduces the field of liquid crystals. Chapter 2 treats the origin of liquid crystalline order in macromolecules by describing the in-depth study of conformation of such macromolecules in their unassociated state. The chapters that follow describe successively the liquid crystalli