Advanced Materials

Ferroelectric liquid-crystalline elastomers

Authors

  • Prof. Rudolf Zentel,

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    1. Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Mainz J.-J.-Becher Weg 18–20, D-55099 Mainz (FRG)
    • Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Mainz J.-J.-Becher Weg 18–20, D-55099 Mainz (FRG)
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  • Martin Brehmer

    1. Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Mainz J.-J.-Becher Weg 18–20, D-55099 Mainz (FRG)
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Abstract

Liquid-crystalline (LC) elastomers, which combine the properties of LC phases and the rubber-like elasticity of polymer networks, are of particular interest when the LC phases exhibit ferroelectric properties. Recent work is described on monodomains of chiral smectic C elastomers produced by photo-crosslinking. These materials are being investigated for potential applications as self-poling piezoelements and pyrodetectors.

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