Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2009, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (07): 1249-1253.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB20090746

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Organization of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals froma Liquid Bridge

BYUN Myunghwan, WANG Jun, LIN Zhiqun   

  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA
  • Received:2009-03-09 Revised:2009-05-07 Published:2009-06-26
  • Contact: LIN Zhiqun


We report the organization of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) into ordered concentric rings over large areas by drying a drop of bound PDLC toluene solution (i.e., confined between a spherical lens and an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrate; sphere-on-ITOgeometry). The formation of regular ring-like deposits was a direct consequence of controlled "stick-slip" cycles of three-phase contact line during the course of solvent evaporation, which was effectively regulated through the use of the sphere-on-ITO geometry. This simple approach based on controlled evaporative organization may provide a new means of processing polymer/LC mixture to produce ordered surface patterns in one step, where microscopic LCs are dispersed within the polymer matrix.

Key words: Liquid bridge, Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal, Controlled evaporative organization, "Stick-slip", motion