Nanotech 2004 Vol. 3
Nanotech 2004 Vol. 3
Technical Proceedings of the 2004 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 3

Atomic and Mesoscale Modelling of Nanoscale Phenomena Chapter 3

Kinetics of Microdomain Structures in Multi-Phase Polymer-Liquid Crystalline Materials

Authors: S.K. Das and A.D. Rey

Affilation: McGill University, Canada

Pages: 91 - 94

Keywords: multiphase, phase separation, microdomain structures, topological defects, phase diagram

A mesoscopic kinetic model for phase separation in the presence of liquid crystalline order has been formulated, and solved using high performance numerical methods. The thermodynamic phase diagram on temperature-polymer concentration plane indicates the presence of coexistence regions between isotropic and liquid crystalline phases. These regions are itself partition by the phase separation spinodal and the phase ordering spinodal. We characterize the morphologies following temperature quenches in the phase diagram. The scenario is completely different from isotropic mixing since the continuous phase exhibits liquid crystalline ordering. Microdomains of the dispersed phase induce long- and short-range forces affecting the kinetics of the separation and the emerging structures. Presence of topological defects and elastic distortions around the microdomains formed during the phase separation dominate the morphology. The free energy of the system establishes dynamics and correlations of the morphological structures.

ISBN: 0-9728422-9-2
Pages: 561
Hardcopy: $79.95

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