Design of Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymers
Much attention has been recently given to side-chain liquid crystalline polymers not only because of scientific interests but also because of their potential applications for electronic devices. Extensive researches have been carried out to combine the properties of polymers and electrooptic property of the low molecular mass mesogen. Polysiloxanes and polyacrylates are usually used as main chain components1–3. There are only limited numbers of examples in which other main chain structures like polyolefin, polyvinyl ether), polyphosphazene, or polyisocyanate are used. When an application for optical shutter or display material is considered, low refractive index of the polymer is important. For this purposes, polystyrene is of interest as a main chain component of a side-chain liquid crystalline polymer.
KeywordsMain Chain Liquid Crystalline Phase Olefinic Proton Liquid Crystal Polymer Smectic Phase
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