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MSC Colloquium R.J.M. Nolte


07 December 2006 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Prof. R.J.M. Nolte
Prof. R.J.M. Nolte
Speaker: Prof. R.J.M. Nolte
Affiliation: Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Title: The development of self-assembled LCD alignment layers
Date: Thu Dec 7, 2006
Start: 16.00 (Doors open and coffee available at 15.30)
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


From simple pocket calculators, to mobile telephones and LCD-TV, over the past few decades devices based on liquid crystal display technology have proliferated into just about all conceivable aspects of everyday life. Although used in cutting-edge technology, it is surprising that a vital part in the construction of such displays, namely the alignment layer, relies essentially on a mechanical rubbing process, invented almost 100 years ago.

In this lecture I will discuss efforts to develop alignment layers (also called command layers) by other processes than rubbing, namely self-assembly of molecular and macromolecular components. Two examples will be presented: (i) tunable command layers formed by stepwise assembling siloxane oligomers and phthalocyanine dyes on ITO surfaces and (ii) command layers formed by self-assembly of porphyrin trimers. The potential use of these layers in sensor devices will be discussed.


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