Meeting at interfaces: liquid crystals and carbon nanotubes

SCHEME: CORE

CALL: 2015

DOMAIN: MS - New Functional and Intelligent Materials and Surfaces

FIRST NAME: Giusy

LAST NAME: Scalia

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP / PPP: No

INDUSTRY / PPP PARTNER:

HOST INSTITUTION: University of Luxembourg

KEYWORDS: Liquid crystals, carbon nanotubes, dispersion, order, surfaces

START: 2015-12-01

END: 2018-11-30

WEBSITE: https://www.uni.lu

Submitted Abstract

The project is based on two functional materials, liquid crystals (LCs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Liquid crystals are known for the successful use in displays while carbon nanotubes stand out among the nanoparticles for their exceptionally high electrical, thermal and mechanical properties. The self-assembly ability and the responsiveness of liquid crystals to external stimuli are very attractive properties that are behind their successful use in displays but offer many other application possibilities. Due to the LC cooperative response even tiny external actions can be macroscopically visualized. This project is based on the combination of carbon nanotubes and liquid crystals focusing on the effect of carbon nanotube surface on the order of liquid crystal molecules at the interface. Understanding and optimizing this interaction would allow better dispersion of carbon nanotubes in LCs and more performing composites therefore of great interest also for applications. All the above aspects match perfectly the theme “New Functional and Intelligent Materials and Surfaces”.

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