Electrical and electro-optical properties of nematic-liquid-crystal- montmorillonite-clay nanocomposites

Yun Min Chang*, Tsung Yen Tsai, Yuan Pin Huang, Wen Shan Chen, Wei Lee

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We report a new organic-inorganic hybrid composite comprising both calamitic liquid crystal and nanoscale montmorillonite clay. The electrical and electro-optical properties of such a nanocomposite confined in a homogeneously-aligned cell were observed by voltage-capacitance, voltage-transmittance, and time-transmittance measurements when dc voltage was applied across the cell thickness. Experimental evidence suggested that the addition of a small amount of pristine clay substantially improves the electro-optical characteristics of pure liquid crystals by trapping impurity ion charges in the bulk and by promoting orientational order.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7368-7370
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number11
StatePublished - 6 Nov 2007


  • Electro-optical effect
  • Electronic transport
  • Liquid crystal
  • Montmorillonite clay

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