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ISRN Nanomaterials

Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 596125, 5 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/596125

## Electrical Parameters of Different Concentrations of Methyl Red in Fullerene Doped Liquid Crystal

^{1}Department of Physics, Yildiz Technical University, 34210 Istanbul, Turkey^{2}Department of Physics, Düzce University, 81620 Düzce, Turkey^{3}Department of Physics, Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli, 41400 Gebze, Turkey^{4}Yeşilyurt Demir Çelik Vocational School, Ondokuz Mayıs University, 55330 Samsun, Turkey

Received 25 June 2012; Accepted 1 August 2012

Academic Editors: J. Bai and S. Bedanta

Copyright © 2012 M. Okutan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

Dielectric anisotropy and relaxation time of a liquid crystal (LC) system, containing fullerene and methyl red (MR) dye, were studied via impedance spectroscopy technique under a bias voltage. Dye concentration is tried to be 0.1%, 0.5%, and 1% in host nematic liquid crystal coded E7. Dielectric permittivity and dielectric anisotropy values of the samples were investigated between the frequency ranges of 100–10 MHz. It is seen that dielectric anisotropy is strongly affected by doping ratio and this value decreases with increasing dye. Also, relaxation time *τ* and critical frequency values were calculated depending on voltage of different dye ratios.

#### 1. Introduction

Liquid crystals (LC) are of primary importance in various device applications and their availability and compatibility with these applications are promising [1, 2]. Also various optimization works are carried out to acquire critical information about the device thickness, threshold voltage, cell geometry, and so forth [3]. Among the tried materials, methyl red (MR-) doped samples are exceptional due to the high nonlinearity of this dye and fullerene C_{60} balls are also shown to be efficiently compatible with this dye because of its strong impact on the charge carriers [4]. In the scope of this work, a further optimization is aimed for tailored MR + C_{60} doped LC systems according to the explicit effects of MR concentration on the electrical properties of the LC system. There are various works concentrating on the electro-optical characterization of LC [5]. Actually liquid crystals (LCs) are highly nonlinear materials due to their susceptible property activating under even relatively low frequency [6]. Electro-optical properties of any liquid crystal are important from the application point of view, because electro-optical properties are directly related to the structural and electronic properties [7]. Dielectric spectroscopy (DS) is the most preferred technique to understand molecular mechanisms and full electrical characterization to acquire and optimize device parameters such as relaxation time, dielectric anisotropy, and critical frequency at various bias voltage values. It this study, we have focused on the concentration effect of MR dye and fullerene doped nematic liquid crystal system. We have evaluated the dielectric character, relaxation parameter, and critical frequency as a function of frequency at various bias voltages.

#### 2. Experimental

The liquid crystal used in this experiment is E7 coded nematic LC, which was obtained from Merck. E7 is the commercial LC material, which has a positive dielectric anisotropy (). Actually E7 is the mixture of four nematogens (51% K15, 25% K21, 16% M24, and 8% T15). On the other hand, Methyl Red (2-(4-(dimethylamino) phenylazo) benzoic acid) is a famous dye and fullerene C_{60} is a highly electronegative carbon nanoparticle, which are purchased from Aldrich Chemical Company. Molecular structures of the E7, MR, and fullerene C_{60} are depicted in Figure 1. In this experimental work, ITO-(indium tin oxide)-coated planarly aligned LC cells were used, whose thicknesses are 5.1 *μ*m. Three samples were prepared: E7/C_{60}/MR 0.1% (w/w), E7/C_{60}/MR 0.5% (w/w), and E7/C_{60}/MR 1.0% (w/w). Samples were mixed in host LC E7 under the reinforcement of ultrasonic water-bath effect. Then doped samples of E7 were injected into cells with capillary action in isotropic phase. The measurements were performed at room temperature, where the material is in its nematic phase, by using HP 4194A Impedance Analyzer.

#### 3. Result and Discussion

The complex dielectric constant of the LC is expressed as [8], where is the real and is the imaginary parts of the dielectric constant. The first empirical expressions for was given by [9] and Cole-Cole equation; is the complex relative dielectric constant, and are the static and infinite frequency dielectric constants, times the frequency, and is a generalized relaxation time. The parameter is the absorption coefficient and takes values between 0 and 1, the real part of dielectric function is extracted from (1) as (3) for polar dielectrics and it is Debye type [10], We have calculated from (3) and it is fitted by the results given in Figure 2. Figure 3 shows this precise fit, which is arranged with respect to the angular frequency. The calculated and value are given in Table 1. In fact, and values are firstly decreasing with the MR doping from 0.1% till 0.5% (w/w) and then these values start to increase after 0.5% doping amount and this situation is actually in accordance with the optimization of dye concentration at 0.5%. The decrease in the relaxation times value of Cole-Cole equation is caused by doping dependency of molecular dynamism. In addition the radius of Cole-Cole plot is increased with the dye doping. This accordance is depicted in Figure 4. Briefly speaking and value depend on dye percentage in such a way that 0.5% makes minimum for these values and values are continuously increasing with doping. This is because, the dye causes larger amount of loss of energies due to the molecular density increase of the LC system, The imaginary part of the dielectric constant is shown in Figure 5. The critical frequency and relaxation time are determined from this graph and given in Table 2. If we read this table, we see that critical frequency is decreased with the doping in consistency with what happened in and . Also maximum point intensity of the peaks in Figure 5 is firstly shifted forward and then backward according to concentration. One can calculate the relaxation time from these peaks directly with the help of if we compare the relaxation time values with the previously obtained relaxation times acquired from Debye equation (3). In other words, if we compare of Table 1 and of Table 2, we observe a good consistency indeed.

The dielectric permittivity of the nematic liquid crystals is anisotropic due to long-range orientation order. Dielectric behavior of a nematic liquid crystal is described by two dielectric constants, and and the dielectric anisotropy is defined as [11]. Dielectric anisotropy () is one of the most important physical properties of liquid crystalline compounds, which in essence determines the lower threshold voltages of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) [12]. Real part of dielectric constant versus voltage was shown in Figure 6 and dielectric anisotropy values were calculated at 10 kHz spot frequency. These values are presented in Table 3. Variation of with respect to concentration can be attributed to impurity in such a way that as the impurity increases decreases.

#### 4. Conclusions

Concentration dependency of molecular orientation in dye-doped nematic LC was examined through a substantial sample LC system, which contains a famous dye MR as a doping agent. Optimization of dye concentration is monitored via different approaches of electrical characterizations and investigations. The accordance of these mentioned investigations are verified by comparing their outcomes. Actually, Debye type is an ideal situation for proposing efficient dye doped LCs. Ideal compatibility of the LC system to Debye type is realized in case of = 0. The lowest is attained with 0.5% MR doping in LC host in our design.

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