Fabrication and Mechanical Characterization of Thiol-ene Polymers and Thiol-acrylate Liquid Crystal Elastomers
This study's purpose was to synthesize and program thiol-acrylate and thiol-ene based polymeric materials. A Michael addition of dithiol and tetrathiol monomers with a diacrylate mesogen is the single crosslinking mechanism to form a polydomain. A room-temperature-nematic exhibiting local mesogenic alignment, termed polydomain. A strained polydomain with up to 45 mol% excess acrylate composition, allows photocrosslinking reaction forming monodomain elastomers. These polydomain and monodomain stages largely depend on the effects of increment in crosslink density, showing independent mechanical ...
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