Title

Wettability of Nematic Liquid Crystals

Abstract

Organic liquids such as nematic liquid crystals should wet solids with high surface energies like mica, yet they generally do not. In the model proposed here, the affinity to wet the solid in form of Hamaker forces is opposed by elastic effects due to nematic order. Results predict correctly that such liquids show small contact angles and the formation of ultrathin liquid films ahead of the bulk drops.

Department(s)

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Article; Contact Angle; Crystallization; Elastic Effects; Film; Interfacial Energy; Liquid Crystal; Mica; Nematic Liquid Crystals; Optical Density; Priority Journal; Surface Property; Surface Tension; Thickness; Ultrathin Films; Wettability; Wetting

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2001 Elsevier, All rights reserved.


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