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Title: Imaging of liquid crystals confined in carbon nanopipes
Authors: Fontecchio, Adam K.
Shah, Hemang J.
Rossi, Maria Pia
Mattia, Davide
Gogotsi, Yury G.
Keywords: Nanotubes;Particles
Issue Date: 24-Jul-2006
Publisher: Applied Physics Letters
Citation: Applied Physics Letters, 89(4), 3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2240739
Abstract: This letter investigates the unexplored phenomenon of the wetting of liquid crystals inside carbon nanopipes. Carbon nanopipes are similar to carbon nanotubes but are open ended with straight walls. Using environmental scanning electron microscopy, the authors have observed liquid crystal menisci inside the nanopipes. Raman spectroscopy was used to confirm the presence of liquid crystals confined in the nanopipes and verify the physical interaction between the two materials. In addition, observations from reflection polarized optical microscopy experiments suggest the use of liquid crystals inside carbon nanotubes to develop electro-optic switches.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1184
Appears in Collections:Faculty Research and Publications (ECE)

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