Phase behavior of symmetric rod-plate mixtures revisited: Biaxiality versus demixing

Szabolcs Varga, Amparo Galindo, George Jackson

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Abstract

The phase behavior of symmetric rod-plate mixtures was studied using the Parsons-Lee theory. It was shown that for this molecular model, a symmetric phase diagram can only be obtained when the two components are of very different shape, and have equal molecular volume. By exploiting the symmetry of the system, relatively simple equations were derived for the isotropic-nematic bifurcation and demixing transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10412-10424
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume117
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 8 2002

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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