Authors Ilnytski, Y. ; Neher, D. ; Grenzer, M. ; Wilson, M. R. ; Stimson, L.
Title Molecular dynamics simulations of various branched polymeric liquid crystals
Date 18.12.2008
Number 18542
Abstract We discuss molecular dynamics simulations for several types of polymeric liquid crystals. Dendrimers with a variety of mesogenic attachments are studied in isotropic, nematic and smectic A solvents, with an emphasize on the coupling between molecular shape and the structure of the phase. The structure and dynamics of liquid crystal side-chain polymers are studied within different bulk phases. Here, again a strong coupling is noted between molecular shape and molecular organisation within each phase. We also consider photo-induced deformation in azobenzene-containing polymers and demonstrate that the “opposite sign” of these deformations, observed experimentally in liquid crystalline and amorphous systems, can be explained solely by the reorientation of trans-isomers of azobenzene.
Publisher Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Citation Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals 496 (2008) 186-201

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