We study phase separation from a nematic liquid crystal with spatially nonuniform director gradients. Particles of a phase-separated component, which is either an isotropic fluid (silicone oil) or a nonmesogenic photopolymer, accumulate in the regions with the strongest director distortions, thus reducing the overall energy of the system.
Physical Review E
Copyright 2002 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.65.060701
Voloschenko, D.; Pishnyak, Oleg P.; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V.; Lavrentovich, Oleg (2002). Effect of Director Distortions on Morphologies of Phase Separation in Liquid Crystals. Physical Review E 65(6) doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.65.060701. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/cpippubs/195