A photopolymer based on N-(phenyl)maleimide was synthesized and the liquid crystal (LC) alignment effects of the photopolymer layer on homeotropic alignment were studied. Good LC alignment with UV exposure of PMI5CA (N-(phenyl)maleimide with a 5-carbon chain cinnamoyl group) was obtained. However, defective LC alignment was observed for PMI3CA (N-(phenyl)maleimide with a 3-carbon chain cinnamoyl group) and PMIF (N-(phenyl)maleimide including a fluoro-cinnamoyl group). Good LC alignment with UV exposure on the PMI5CA surface was observed with annealing temperature up to 150°C. It seems that the LC aligning ability of the photopolymer layers based on N-(phenyl)maleimide depends on the side chain length of the photopolymer.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics