We report that a chemical patterning technique based on local plasma modification of self-assembled monolayers has been utilized to fabricate surfaces for domain liquid crystal alignment.Highly hydrophobic octadecyltrichlorosilane monolayers deposited on glass substrates coated with Indium-Tin-Oxide were brought into contact with elastomeric stamps comprising trenches on a micro scale, and then exposed to an oxygen plasma.In the regions exposed to the plasma the monolayer was etched away leaving a patterned surface that exhibited surface energy differences between surface domains.The surfaces that bear the micropatterns have been shown to be capable of producing patterned alignment of nematic liquid crystal.
- Domain liquid crystal alignment
- Micropatterning surface
- Plasma modification
- Self assembled monolayer