Mixing model colloidal particles with a thermotropic nematic liquid crystal results in a soft solid with significant storage modulus (G' similar to 10(3) - 10(5) Pa). The soft solid comprises a network of particle aggregates, formed by the exclusion of particles from emergent nematic domains as the mixture is cooled below the isotropic-nematic transition. The unusually high storage modulus of the colloid-liquid-crystal composites may be due to the local frustration of nematic order within the particle aggregates. The birefringent soft solid is potentially important as a switchable electro-optical material that can be readily handled and processed.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2000|
- NEMATIC EMULSIONS