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dc.contributor.advisorMartinez-Miranda, Luz Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Jeffersonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-10T05:32:03Z
dc.date.available2013-10-10T05:32:03Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/14618
dc.description.abstractFunctionalized nanoparticles have a wide range of applications in liquid crystal systems, including displays, photovoltaics, and drug delivery. We need to understand the interactions between the nanoparticles and the liquid crystal molecules in order to utilize them fully and safely. We investigate the short-range interaction of coated nanoparticles with a liquid crystal membrane or bulk sample through the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray scattering techniques. We identify the role the functionalization plays in the phase behavior of the liquid crystal both as a thin film and in bulk. Our research produced three results. We identify differing behavior in thin film samples of liquid crystal and coated nanoparticles dependent upon particle functionalization using AFM. Using X-ray scattering we measure the alignment and smectic layer formation in the presence of coated nanoparticles, even above the smectic-A to nematic transition temperature. We find evidence of a "halo" that forms around coated nanoparticles, particularly with longer coating molecules.en_US
dc.titleNovel Interactions of Liquid Crystals with Coated Nanoparticlesen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMaterial Science and Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledMaterials Scienceen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEngineeringen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAFMen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledbiological membraneen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledfunctionalizationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledliquid crystalsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrollednanoparticlesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledX-ray scatteringen_US


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