A method of preparing liquid crystal devices by phase separation of liquid crystal from its solution in a prepolymer, which results in adjacent layers of liquid crystal and polymer, is described. Liquid crystals in these phase-separated composite films exhibit electro-optical properties not observed in devices prepared by conventional methods, polymer dispersion, or polymer-stabilization methods. Devices incorporating ferroelectric liquid crystals have gray scale and switch 100 times faster at low fields than conventional surface-stabilized devices. This method makes it possible to prepare devices with liquid crystal film thickness comparable to optical wavelengths.
Vorflusev, Valery; Kumar, Satyendra (1999). Phase-Separated Composite Films for Liquid Crystal Displays. Science 283(5409) 1903-1905. doi: 10.1126/science.283.5409.1903. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/article/phase-separated-composite-films-liquid-crystal-displays