Title

Quantum Dots as Liquid Crystal Dopants

Publication Title

Journal of Materials Chemistry

Publication Date

11-14-2012

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

Liquid crystal nanoscience, a field exploring the mutually beneficial combination of the unique properties of nanoscale materials and fluid, yet ordered liquid crystalline phases, is increasingly focusing on semiconductor quantum dots. In one major research thrust, the anisotropic properties of the liquid crystal host are sought to facilitate the assembly of quantum dots into arrays, in another, both size-and shape-dependent optical and electronic properties of quantum dots are used to manipulate optical, electro-optical and alignment properties of liquid crystalline materials. This feature article reviews recent accomplishments and new insights in this fascinating area of soft matter nanocomposites including work from our laboratory on a series of CdSe and CdTe quantum dots as additives in nematic liquid crystal hosts.

Comments

Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2jm33274d.

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