Low Molar Mass Organosiloxane Liquid Crystalline Dyes for Dye Guest Host Ferroelectric Display Devices

D. Shoosmith, C. Carboni, S. Perkins, S. Meyer, H. J. Coles

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In low molar mass organosiloxane liquid-crystal materials the siloxane moieties micro-separate and aggregate in planes that could be regarded as an effective or virtual two-dimensional polymer backbone. We show that if a siloxane moiety is attached to a dichroic dye molecule, the micro-segregation of the siloxane moieties makes it possible to include a high concentration of the guest dye (more than 50%) in a host organosiloxane solution. This effect, combined with the temperature independent tilt angles achievable with ferroelectric organosiloxane liquid crystals, provide an ideal material for high-contrast surface-stabilised ferroelectric display devices. We present dyed ferroelectric materials with a temperature independent tilt angle greater than 42 degrees, a wide (room temperature to over 100°C) mesomorphic temperature range and a response time shorter than 500μs in the dye guest host mode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-188
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Science and Technology Section A: Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Publication statusPublished - 1999



  • Dye
  • Ferroelectric
  • Guest host
  • Organosiloxane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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