Liquid crystal alignment induced by controllable surface wettability of BiFeO3 bumps thin layer

Yang Liu, Kaihua Liu, Pushan Wen, Byeong Yun Oh, Hong Gyu Park, Dae Shik Seo

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The alignment of liquid crystals (LCs) in LC-based optical devices determines the visual quality of devices, and a simple pretreatment is necessary for LC alignment. Here, we present a BiFeO3 (BFO) thin layer working as an alignment layer, homogeneously aligning LCs after a pre-thermal annealing treatment. Dramatic BFO bumps were observed during the thermal annealing process, and a corresponding enhancement in wettability was detected from measurement of tunable contact angles. LCs in the BFO bump thin layer sandwiched TN cell were found to be perfectly homogeneously aligned due to the enhanced anisotropy and wettability caused by the morphology change of the thin layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-326
Number of pages7
JournalLiquid Crystals
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 19

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Yang Liu thanks the China Scholarship Council (CSC) [no. [2015]3022] for fellowship support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Taylor & Francis.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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