Dichroic Dyes and Liquid Crystalline Side Chain Polymers

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  • Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt

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    1. FB Physikalische Chemie–Polymere, Philipps-Universität, Hans-Meerwein-Strasse, D-3550 Marburg (FRG)
    • FB Physikalische Chemie–Polymere, Philipps-Universität, Hans-Meerwein-Strasse, D-3550 Marburg (FRG)
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  • The author is grateful to Dr. H. Eilingsfeld, Dr. K.-H. Etzbach, Dr. G. Wagenblast (BASF AG, Ludwigshafen) and to Dr. G. Baur, and Dr. R. Kiefer (Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik, Freiburg) for fruitful collaboration and to Prof. H. Ringsdorf (University of Mainz) for his continuous support.

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Review: The potential of LC side chain polymers is based on the unique combination of specific polymer properties with the anisotropic physical properties of conventional low molar mass liquid crystals. When dichroic dyes are incorporated as guests into the LC phases their molecular orientation can be controlled forming the basis of the electrooptical effect used for example in displays.

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