A piezoelectric thermoplastic elastomer containing a bent-core liquid crystal

Andrea C. Charif, Nicholas Diorio, Katalin Fodor-Csorba, Judit E. Puskás, Antal Jákli

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A large (d33 ∼ 1 nm V-1) converse piezoelectric response of a polar smectic bent-core liquid crystal material confined in a biocompatible triblock copolymer was measured by Mirau interferometry. Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) results show that the liquid crystal-polymer composite becomes aligned during compression molding leading to a vitrified macroscopic polarization without electric poling. These materials are promising for practical applications such as in soft actuator technologies, and in biomedical devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17446-17452
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - Oct 14 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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