Professor Corrie Imrie
BSc, PhD (S'Hampton)
Chair in Chemistry
Liquid CrystalsLiquid crystals are a fascinating state of matter having certain properties characteristic of liquids with others typical of crystals. This duality of properties has important implications for the applications of liquid crystals which range from the familiar electro-optic displays to new types of fabrics whose colour changes depending on the mood of the wearer. Current research focuses on polymeric liquid crystals and, in particular, side chain liquid crystal polymers (SCLCP). The considerable application potential of SCLCPs in advanced electro-optic technologies, including information storage and non-linear optics, stems from the combination of macromolecular properties (mechanical integrity and ease of processibility) with the electro-optic characteristics of low molar mass mesogens. To realise such potential, however, materials having well-defined properties are required. Our research therefore involves: (a) the design and synthesis of novel polymers, (b) their thermal characterisation, and (c) micro- and macrostructural investigations. Other interests include polymer- dispersed liquid crystal displays and the synthesis of model compounds for liquid crystal polymers.
The scope of our studies will be greatly extended by the award of over Â£750k from SHEFC (Scottish Higher Education Funding Council) to set up SOMC (Scottish Offshore Materials Centre) which is a consortium of chemists, engineers and geologists at Aberdeen to examine the behaviour of real-size components under down-hole conditions (upto 2 kbar and 250Â° C).Â Our particular interest here is the Thermal Analysis Service.The availability of "almost unique" high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) facilities will enable us to carry out in situ investigations of a wide range of materials.
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Helical phases assembled from achiral molecules: Twist-bend nematic and helical filamentary B4 phases formed by mesogenic dimersJournal of molecular liquids, vol. 346, 118180Contributions to Journals: Articles
Multiple Polar and Non-polar Nematic PhasesChemPhysChemContributions to Journals: Articles
Combined electric and photocontrol of selective light reflection at an oblique helicoidal cholesteric liquid crystal doped with azoxybenzene derivativePhysical Review E, vol. 104, no. 4, 044702Contributions to Journals: Articles
Photo-driven effects in twist-bend nematic phases: dynamic and memory response of liquid crystalline dimersJournal of molecular liquids, 117680Contributions to Journals: Articles
Photonic Bandgap in Achiral Liquid Crystals—A Twist on a TwistAdvanced Materials, 2103288Contributions to Journals: Articles
Photocontrol of selective light reflection by oblique helicoidal cholestericLiquid Crystals XXV. Khoo, I. C. (ed.). [118070X] SPIE. 8 pages.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Chalcogen bonding and liquid crystallinity: Understanding the anomalous behaviour of the 4′-(alkylthio)[1,1′-biphenyl]-4-carbonitriles (nSCB)Journal of molecular liquids, 117094Contributions to Journals: Articles
Understanding the remarkable difference in liquid crystal behaviour between secondary and tertiary amides: the synthesis and characterisation of new benzanilide-based liquid crystal dimersPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 23, no. 22, pp. 12600-12611Contributions to Journals: Articles
Remarkable smectic phase behaviour in odd-membered liquid crystal dimers: The CT6O.mseriesJournal of Materials Chemistry C, vol. 9, no. 15, pp. 5167-5173Contributions to Journals: Articles
Twist-Bend Nematic Glasses: The Synthesis and Characterisation of Pyrene-based Nonsymmetric DimersChemPhysChem, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 461-470Contributions to Journals: Articles