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Liquid Crystals
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 36  |  Issue: 8  |  Page No.: 847 - 854

Side-chain cholesteric liquid crystalline elastomers containing isosorbide as chiral agent - synthesis and characterisation

Xiao-Zhi He, Bao-Yan Zhang, Wen-Wen Ma, Lin Zhang and Qiang- Mu    

Abstract: In this work the new-style nematic monomer M1, chiral crosslinking reagent MC and a series of new side-chain cholesteric liquid crystalline elastomers derived from M1 and MC were prepared. The effect of the content of the chiral crosslinking unit on phase behaviour of the elastomers has been discussed. Polymer P1 showed nematic phase, P2-P7 showed cholesteric phase, P3 formed Grandjean texture in the heating cycle and turned out a blue Grandjean texture in the cooling cycle, P2-P3 with less than 6 mol% of chiral crosslinking agent gave rise to selective reflection. The elastomers containing less than 15 mol% of the crosslinking units displayed elasticity, reversible phase transition and high thermal stability. Experimental results demonstrated that the glass transition temperatures reduced first and then increased, and the isotropisation temperatures and the mesophase temperature ranges decreased with increasing content of crosslinking unit.

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