Ali R Tajbakhsh

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Samples of polymeric materials generally have no intrinsic shape; rather their macroscopic form is determined by external forces such as surface tension and memory of shear (for example, during extrusion, moulding or embossing). Hence, in the molten state, the thermodynamically most stable form for polymer (nano)particles is spherical. Here, we present the(More)
Molecular chirality, and the chiral symmetry breaking of resulting macroscopic phases, can be topologically imprinted and manipulated by cross-linking and swelling of polymer networks. We present a new experimental approach to stereo-specific separation of chiral isomers by using a cholesteric elastomer in which a helical director distribution has been(More)
The macroscopic shape of liquid-crystalline elastomers strongly depends on the order parameter of the mesogenic groups. This order can be manipulated if photo-isomerisable groups, e.g. containing N=N bonds, are introduced into the material. We have explored the large photo-mechanical response of such an azobenzene-containing nematic elastomer at different(More)
We demonstrate, for the first time, the large electromechanical response in ne-matic liquid crystalline elastomers filled with a very low (∼ 0.01%) concentration of carbon nanotubes, aligned along the nematic director at preparation. The nan-otubes create a very large effective dielectric anisotropy of the composite. Their local field-induced torque is(More)
A range of monodomain nematic liquid-crystal elastomers containing differing proportions of photoisomerizable mesogenic moieties, which turn from a rodlike to a kinked shape upon ultraviolet (uv) irradiation, was studied. Depending on the proportion and positional role of the photosensitive groups in the crosslinked polymer network, different types and(More)
We report a combined theoretical and experimental study of linear viscoelastic response in oriented monodomain nematic elastomers. The model predicts a dramatic decrease in the dynamic modulus in certain deformation geometries in an elastic medium with an independently mobile internal degree of freedom, the nematic director with its own relaxation dynamics.(More)
We study three monodomain (single-crystal) nematic elastomer materials, all side-chain siloxane polymers with the same mesogenic groups but with different types of cross linking: (i) short flexible siloxane linkage affine to the network backbone, (ii) short flexible aliphatic cross links miscible with mesogenic side-chain groups, and (iii) long segments of(More)
We study three monodomain (single-crystal) nematic elastomer materials, all side-chain siloxane polymers with the same mesogenic groups but with different types of crosslinking: (i) short flexible siloxane linkage affine to the network backbone, (ii) short flexible aliphatic crosslinks miscible with mesogenic side chain groups, and (iii) long segments of(More)
We study the monodomain (single-crystal) nematic elastomer materials , all side-chain siloxane polymers with the same mesogenic groups and crosslinking density, but differing in the type of crosslinking. Increasing the proportion of long di-functional segments of main-chain nematic polymer, acting as network crosslinking, results in dramatic changes in the(More)
Cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) application for tunable lasing devices has become a subject of study for many research groups. In particular, embedding the liquid crystal in an elastomer allows tunability by simple mechanical stretching. Here we report a study on the dependence of the selective reflection band on the stretching together with measurements(More)