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Smectic ordering in polymer liquid crystal-silica aerogel nanocomposites. studies of DSC and SAXS

Abstract : Two series of side chain liquid crystal (SCLC) polyacrylate-silica aerogel nanocomposites have been investigated by small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The first series (ex-situ nanocomposite) was obtained by infiltration of a smectic SCLC polyacrylate prepared by polymerisation in solution into monolithic aerogel slabs. The second one (in-situ nanocomposite) was prepared by photopolymerisation of the monomer infiltrated in the aerogel. The results are compared with those obtained for bulk polyacrylates. It is shown that the smectic ordering is not destroyed by confinement in the aerogel. Spacing of the smectic layers and smectic correlation lengths were deduced from the fit of the SAXS profiles to a Lorentzian function with a quadratic correction. The principal results suggest that in-situ polymerisation enhances the degree of order and the stability of the smectic phase in the nanocomposite. © 2009 American Institute of Physics.
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Nadya P. da Silveira, Françoise Ehrburger-Dolle, Cyrille Rochas, Arnaud Rigacci, Fabiano V. Pereira, et al.. Smectic ordering in polymer liquid crystal-silica aerogel nanocomposites. studies of DSC and SAXS. 6th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science, Jul 2008, Campinas, Brazil. pp.Pages 180-184 - ISSN: 0094243X, ⟨10.1063/1.3086223⟩. ⟨hal-00490212⟩

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