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Liquid Crystals and their Application
Russian Journal

Zhidkie kristally i ikh prakticheskoe ispol'zovanie

Жидкие кристаллы и их практическое использование

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Zhidk. krist. ikh prakt. ispol'z. = Liq. Cryst. and their Appl., 2010, 1, 6—22.

Liquid Crystals Stabilized by A Polymer Network

A. S. Sonin, N. A. Churochkina

Author affiliations
A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds. Russian Academy of Sciences
Vavilova Str. 28, 119991, Moscow, Russia

The review is dedicated to a new class of polymer composites – to the dispersions of chemical polymer network in liquid crystals. A polymer network, which stabilizes the crystalline structure, is being formed in the process of photopolymerization of different bifunctional monomer in the liquid crystalline medium. Fabrication methods for such composites, their structure and morphology, as well as their optical properties, are considered. Finally the application areas of such materials are shown.

Keywords: liquid crystals, composites, textures, UV polymerization

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