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Nanoscale Engineering of Dyes for Liquid Crystal Device Applications

Posted on 20 May 2015

EPSRC Award “Nanoscale Engineering of Dyes for Liquid Crystal Device Applications”

Dyes for Liquid Crystal Device Applications

Professor John Goodby and Drs John Moore, Stephen Cowling and Isabel Saez have been awarded £878,071 (full economic cost) for a 3-year EPSRC-funded project entitled “Nanoscale Engineering of Dyes for Liquid Crystal Device Applications” (EP/M020584/1).

This adventurous scientific programme is aimed at the rational design and controlled molecular engineering of dichroic dyes to create new classes of functional soft materials for a variety of applications. A specific outcome of the research will be the creation of new dichroic dyes by rational design strategies, including computer simulations, that will ultimately drive the synthesis of target materials and their incorporation into liquid crystal hosts. The design methodology is aimed at producing new insights into the processes of self-organisation and self-assembly in condensed fluids, which are expected to be generally applicable to molecular materials and devices. In particular, the research is targeted towards materials for applications in light scattering displays for use outdoors and in bistable devices, which can display information without the need for continuously applied electric fields.