Four kinds of poly(4-methacryloyloxychalcone) (PCEMA) photo-alignment materials were synthesized. The effect of the cinnamoyl group on liquid crystal (LC) aligning capabilities and electro-optical characteristics of photo-aligned twisted nematic (TN) liquid crystal displays (LCDs) was investigated by photo-dimerization. Uniform NLC alignment by linearly polarized UV exposure at normal incidence on the PCEMA surfaces having a high density of cinnamoyl groups was observed. Also, excellent voltage-transmittance (V-T) curves for the photo-aligned TN-LCDs on the PCEMA surfaces was achieved. We find that the V-T and response time characteristics can be improved by increasing the density of cinnamoyl groups.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics