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Jong-Ho Son, Wang-Cheol Zin, Hideo Takezoe and Jang-Kun Song Alignment of Liquid Crystals Using a Molecular Layer with Patterned Molecular Density Advanced Materials 24

Article first published online: 4 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201201697

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The surface of self-constructed molecular density modulation (SDM) exhibits a wide range of liquid crystal alignment capabilities including planar, tilted, and homeotropic alignments, disclination-free uniform and heterogeneous alignments, and even spatially varying alignments through the single non-contact process. Alignment defects are eliminated by temporary lowering the frictional energy barrier via the open-boundary elastic stabilization (OES) treatment.

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