Isotropic–nematic transition in liquid crystals confined between rough walls

David Cheung, Friederike Schmid

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The effect of rough walls on the phase behaviour of a confined liquid crystal (LC) fluid is studied using constant pressure Monte Carlo simulations. The LC is modelled as a fluid of soft ellipsoidal molecules and the rough walls are represented as a hard wall with a number of molecules randomly embedded in them. It is found that the isotropic–nematic (IN) transition is shifted to higher pressures for rougher walls.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-396
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2006


  • rough walls
  • liquid crystal
  • fluid phase behaviour


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