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Optimization of

Liquid Crystals for Television


Detlef Pauluth and Kazuaki Tarumi
Optimization of liquid crystals for television

Detlef Pauluth Abstract — LCD TVs have dramatically improved in performance during the last 2 years. At the same
Kazuaki Tarumi time, the sale prices decreased by more than 50%. Together with the introduction of digital terrestrial
broadcasting, this resulted in increasing sales of LCD TVs. This paper gives an overview of the main
liquid-crystal display (LCD) technologies used for TVs. We discuss key materials, synthesis, structural
property relationships, and the optimization of LC mixture properties. For all technologies, we have
achieved fast-switching LC mixtures (16 msec). Novel materials for LC mixtures for the next generation
of superior performance LCD TVs with 8-msec switching times are shown.

Keywords — Nematic liquid crystals, super fluorinated materials, rotational viscosity, lateral fluori-
nated compounds, stability.

tor of the nematic phase.1 Depending on the molecular


1 Introduction
structure, the dielectric anisotropy can be positive (molecu-
The first LCD TVs appeared in the Japanese market in the lar dipole parallel to the long axis of the molecule) or nega-
late 80s. These TVs where based on passive-matrix technol- tive (molecular dipole perpendicular to the long axis of the
ogy and, due to screen diameters of about 5 in. and narrow molecule). Elastic constants Ki are the proportional con-
viewing angles, were suitable only for personal use. About
stants between the force (the electric field in case of LCDs)
10 years later, the first 15-in. TFT-LCD TVs became com-
and the deformation of director fields. The three elastic
mercially available. These TVs also suffered from narrow
constants Ki (i = 1,2,3) are dependent on the deformation of
viewing angles. Low switching speed and very high prices
prevented broader acceptance. The main research target at the director (splay, twist, bend).1 The operating voltage is
that time had been displays for desktop monitors. This proportional to the square root of the ratio between the elas-
changed after the realization of 15-in. TFT-LCD monitors tic constants and the dielectric anisotropy. The reorientation
for multimedia applications in 1998. Now, large-screen of the LCs during switching depends on the configuration
wide-viewing-angle fast-switching LCD TVs have become of the display and the switching mode. The basis of the vis-
the most important research target of the LCD industry. ible electro-optical effect is the birefringence (∆n), which is
Technically, the display of full moving pictures has been the defined as the difference between the extraordinary refrac-
most challenging point. Therefore, a switching time under tive index (light polarized parallel to the director) and the
the so-called frame time (see below) of 16 msec was ordinary refractive index (light polarized perpendicular to
required. This one-frame switching time can be achieved the director). Upon switching, the reorientation of the LC
together with high brightness, high contrast and good color molecules leads to an effective change in the optical path
quality. For this ambitious goal, the displays, electronics, which is defined as d∆n (d is the cell gap). This results in a
and materials had to be improved. In this article, we begin change in the transmission of the display between 0 and
with an overview of the basic requirements of TV applica-
100%. The switching time of an LCD is proportional to the
tion and the essential physical properties of liquid crystals.
rotational viscosity (γ1) of the liquid crystal.2 Recent results
We then concentrate on the LC-material development.
demonstrate, in addition, the importance of the flow effect.3
Low viscosity is the key material parameter for TV applica-
tion. Each pixel in a display is driven by a TFT charging the
2 Basic requirements and physical properties pixels by signal pulses. The voltage has to be sustained until
LCs for commercial application must have a broad nematic the next refresh signal pulse arrives. This time span is called
phase range from –40 to 100°C in order to guarantee the one frame time. The voltage drop during this time is char-
so-called operating temperature range of the display. The acterized by the voltage holding ratio (VHR), which is
clearing point of a liquid crystal is the temperature at which defined as the ratio of the voltages at a pixel at the end and
the liquid-crystal phase vanishes. It has to be at least 10°C the beginning of the frame time.5 A high VHR is prereq-
higher than the operating temperature of the device. To be uisite for a flicker-free picture.
able to respond to an applied electric field, LCs must exhibit All structural elements (side chain, rings, linking
a dielectric anisotropy (∆ε), defined as the difference of the groups, and terminal group) of a liquid-crystal molecule
dielectric constants parallel and perpendicular to the direc- contribute to the physical properties (Table 1). For example,

Received 04/7/05; accepted 6/15/05.


The authors are with Merck KGaA, Research Liquid Crystals Division, Frankfurter Landstrasse 250, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany;
telephone +49-(0)-615-72-6164, fax -2593, e-mail: detlef.pauluth@merck.de.
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TABLE 1 — Characteristic ∆n, ∆ε, and γ1 ranges4 for different core TABLE 2 — Overview material requirements for the most important
structures with polar substituents. R is an alkyl or alkenyl group. Z can active-matrix-addressed LCDs used in LCD TVs.
be a COO group, a CH2CH2 group, or a single bond.

molecular properties, such as dipole moments and polariza-


tion are often in good agreement with measured values of
LCs.7 Calculated electrostatic potentials give useful hints
for the so-called reliability parameters.8 Computer simula-
tion of bulk properties such as elastic constants, viscosities,
and melting points, on the other hand, are still in an early
stage.9
benzene rings with polar substituents significantly contrib- Single liquid-crystal compounds cannot fulfill the
ute to the dielectric anisotropy. complex requirements of displays. The wide operating
In addition, the aromatic ring contributes to higher temperature range in combination with other properties
values of the optical anisotropy compared to a cyclohexane requires mixtures of typically 10–20 compounds. Neverthe-
ring. As a consequence, we empirically found limitations for less, melting points of LC mixtures are not thermodynami-
highly polar liquid crystals with low ∆n values. Other con- cally defined phase transitions but metastable states with a
tradictory requirements are the coexistence of a high clear- very long lifetime.
ing point and low viscosity and the coexistence of high
polarity and low viscosity. Thus, it is very difficult to obtain
LCs with a high clearing point (broad operating tempera- 3 LCD technologies for TV application and
ture range) and low viscosity (fast switching) or LCs with their material requirements
high polarity (low operating voltage) and low viscosity. How-
ever, these are the decisive LC properties for LCD products 3.1 Vertically aligned mode
(Table 2). Recent breakthroughs to overcome these pheno- The vertically aligned (VA) mode LCDs (Fig. 1) was com-
menological limitations have been achieved by the introduc- mercially introduced in 199810 in a monitor display. This
tion of the CF2O linking group in dielectrically positive mode requires LCs with negative dielectric anisotropy. The
compounds and by dielectrically negative indane deriva- average molecular orientation (director orientation) without
tives. an electric field is perpendicular to the substrate of the dis-
In Table 1, characteristic property combinations for play. With this homeotropic orientation and crossed polariz-
the most important LC parameters (∆n, ∆ε, and γ1) for dif- ers, the VA mode works in the so-called normally black
ferent core structures are shown. Additional properties such mode. For incident light the liquid crystal in the off-state
as solubility, etc., play a decisive role for practical use. More- behaves like an isotropic medium (the light “sees” only the
over, liquid crystals must be chemically, photochemically, ordinary refractive index). As a consequence, very good
and electrochemically stable. Empirically, VHR values black states can be achieved independent of the wavelength
decrease with increasing dielectric anisotropy of the LCs. of the light and the operating temperature. Pixel and elec-
The combination of high polarity with high VHR is there- trode designs of VA displays allow for a high aperture ratio
fore another usually contradictory material requirement. (the fraction of transparent pixel area) resulting in high
Only a few super fluorinated materials (SFM) have suitable brightness. These two points are the main reason for the
property combinations.6 good contrast of VA LCDs. The first generation already
The main material research target is synthesis and achieved fast switching times of about 25 msec. Thus, the
identification of compounds with lower viscosity while VA mode was from the beginning a very promising technol-
maintaining or even improving the other properties. Com- ogy because of the combination of intrinsically good con-
puter simulations for the calculation of ∆ε and ∆n based on trast values and fast-switching times. Challenging points are

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TABLE 3 — Liquid Crystals with negative ∆ε and medium ∆n.

FIGURE 1 — Setup and basic principle of the VA switching mode in the


off (left) and on (right) state.

the controlled switching-on mechanism and gray-scale


switching. Because the directors are oriented homeotropi-
cally in the off-state, they can be tilted randomly in any
direction by an electric field. This leads to disclination lines
between domains of equal orientation, thus deteriorating
the optical performance. Several ideas have been developed
to overcome this problem. Additionally, these different
techniques allow the realization of multiple domains, which
lead to excellent viewing angles.11 The gray-scale switching
of VA LCDs is relatively slow compared to other LCD
modes such as TN or IPS because of the low rate of change
of transmission with voltage, especially near the black state.
Recently, this has been significantly improved by the
so-called over-driving technique.12
Regarding material properties, the following basic less, calculations predicted an increase of ∆ε values for com-
requirements must be fulfilled. The standard TFT driver pounds with additional lateral fluorine atoms at the cyclo-
requires an operating voltage under 6 V. As a consequence, hexane ring like that in 4. This was confirmed by the
the dielectric anisotropy of the LC mixture has to be at least experimental values given in Table 3. But γ1 of compound 4
around –3, taking the corresponding elastic constants into is even higher than that of compound 2. Obviously, lateral
consideration. The switching time from black to white of fluorination of the cyclohexane ring has a stronger impact on
25 msec is not sufficient to realize full moving pictures. The γ1 than on ∆ε.
slower gray-scale switching (about 50 msec especially near A significant improvement, but with higher ∆n, is cy-
black states) made the development of LCs with lower vis- clohexylbiphenyl derivative 5. Whereas ∆ε and the clearing
cosity necessary. The required optical path d∆n is slightly point are comparable to 2, γ1 is reduced by almost 50%.
less than 0.3. For currently used cell gaps, this results in ∆n The comparison of 5 and 6 demonstrates the influence
values for VA mixtures of around 0.08. Because the viscosity of different polar substituents. Substitution of one lateral
of LC mixtures in this ∆n range could not be sufficiently fluorine atom by the stronger electron-withdrawing CF3
reduced, smaller cell gaps were introduced; 3 µm or even group results in a desired ∆ε increase of 24%, but at the
lower values for the cell gap require higher ∆n values for the expense of a γ1 increase of 174%. As a conclusion, low γ1
liquid crystals. values cannot be found for compounds with bulky lateral
The common feature of dielectrically negative liquid substituents. It should also be noted that 6 no longer exhibit
crystals is that lateral polar substituents induce a dipole moment a liquid-crystalline phase.14
perpendicular to the long axis of the molecule. Commercial A further reduction in viscosity for compounds with
dielectrically negative liquid crystals are based on the 1,2- high ∆n is possible when using the terphenyl structure.13,15
difluoro-benzene building block.13 Difluorinated alkoxy 9 in Table 4 combines a moderate negative dielectric aniso-
compounds like 1 and 2 in Table 3 with extrapolated ∆ε tropy with a high clearing point and a viscosity of only 90 mPas.
values of about –6 are polar workhorses. But for fast-switch- As described above, additional lateral fluorination
ing TV mixtures, the viscosity of phenylbicyclohexyl deriva- results in an increase in the negative ∆ε. From 9 to 12, ∆ε
tives like 2 is too high. In the alkyl derivative 3, the viscosity goes from –2.5 to –7.2. On the other hand, the clearing point
is in the desired range, but ∆ε is too small. The rings in goes down from 9 to 12 by more than 130°C. The liquid-
phenylbicyclohexyl structures can freely rotate. Neverthe- crystalline phase gets lost in hexafluoroterphenyl 12. Even

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SCHEME 1 — Synthesis of an indane derivative with negative ∆ε.
FIGURE 2 — Space-filling models of compounds 5 and 10. The color is
visualizing electrostatic potentials. Blue represents a positive
electrostatic potential (ESP) and red represents a negative electrostatic
though narrow cell gaps had been introduced in the produc- potential. In the oxygen-containing compound 5, the ESP is more
tion of VA displays, there is a need for fast switching in LC concentrated compared to tetrafluoroterphenyl 10.
mixtures with lower ∆n values. Because it was not possible
to make a significant step forward for cyclohexane-based
compounds, it was necessary to identify a novel core struc- promising candidates to improve both γ1 and VHR of VA
ture. Indane derivatives such as 7 and 816 combine high mixtures with ∆n values of 0.09 or higher.17 In 8 the nega-
negative ∆ε values with low viscosity and low ∆n. Compared tive charge is distributed over the indane ring system. This
to 1 especially 8 has a significantly higher clearing point, ∆ε indicates a potential for good VHR values despite a very
is more negative and γ1 is only slightly increased. The syn- negative ∆ε (Fig. 3).
thesis of 8 is shown in Scheme 1. Figure 4 is a typical comparative diagram between the
A disadvantage of the 2,3-difluoroethoxybenzene first generation of LC mixtures for monitor application and
building block is related to the relatively good ion complex- the recently developed LC mixtures for TV application. The
ing ability resulting in moderate VHR values. Empirically, switching times, which are proportional to γ1/∆n2 have been
VHR values are correlated to electrostatic potentials. Figure significantly improved for all important threshold voltages
2 shows space filling models of compounds 5 and 10. Elec- V0. The compounds of type 1, 2, and 3 are used for LC
trostatic potentials are visualized using a color code. Com- mixtures for monitor application mainly in order to meet the
pound 5 has two red centers with a strong negative specified ∆n (about 0.08) and ∆ε. In addition to these types
electrostatic potential allowing strong interactions with cat- of compounds, cyclohexylbiphenyl derivatives of type 5 and
ions. Compound 10 with a similar negative ∆ε shows only terphenyl derivatives such as 9 are very effective in improv-
yellow color with a moderate negative electrostatic potential ing γ1 for LCD TV mixtures, maintaining the operating volt-
distributed over the π system. age of mixtures with higher ∆n values. Fast switching
Higher VHR values for 10 were experimentally con- mixtures with low ∆ values contain indane derivatives such
firmed. Dielectrically negative terphenyl derivatives are as 8.

TABLE 4 — Liquid Crystals with negative ∆ε and high ∆n.

FIGURE 3 — The ESP of the oxygen-containing compound 1 with a ∆ε


of –6.2 has a more negative center compared to the indane derivative 8
with a ∆ε of –8.6.

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SCHEME 2 — Synthesis of a highly fluorinated compound with positive
FIGURE 4 — Dependence of switching-time parameter γ1/∆n2 on the ∆ε.
threshold-voltage V0 of reference (䊏) and new (䊉) VA-mixtures with TNI
= 80–85°C.
uid crystals with an improved relation of ∆ε to γ1. Since the
required d∆n for IPS is a slightly above 0.3, the necessary
3.2 In-plane-switching mode ∆n of LC mixtures is in the range of 0.08–0.09 for standard
In the IPS display the reorientation upon switching takes cell gaps. Up to now, only IPS displays using dielectrically
place in a plane parallel to the substrates18 (Fig. 5). This positive LCs have been commercialized.
requires both electrodes to be constructed on the same side ∆ε values of more than ten combined with ∆n values
of one substrate (referred to as inter-digital electrodes). As of 0.08 to 0.09 can practically not be realized by the use only
a consequence, the viewing-angle dependency of d∆n is of fluorinated benzene ring building blocks. An enhance-
homogeneous. For TV, this intrinsic advantage of good view- ment of ∆ε by polar linking groups or by other polar building
ing angles for IPS displays is very important to minimize the blocks is required (Table 5). The comparison of compounds
color shift that was of lower priority in monitor applications. 11 and 18 shows the effect of the ester group and the com-
Another advantage of IPS displays is the homogeneous gray- parison of compounds 12 and 18, the effect of a dioxane
scale switching behavior, which is the result of a flatter volt- ring.14 If the ester linking group is placed between two aro-
age versus transmission curve compared to VA and TN.
A disadvantage of the inter-digital electrodes is the
limitation of the aperture ratio resulting in lower brightness. TABLE 5 — Liquid Crystals with medium-to-high positive ∆ε.
Thus, one of the most challenging points is to achieve high
brightness in combination with good contrast. A feasible
method to increase the aperture ratio is to increase the dis-
tance between the inter-digital electrodes. But this gives
rise to an increase of the driving voltage. The compensation
requires higher ∆ε LC materials, which normally leads to
higher rotational viscosities, which in turn might deteriorate
the switching times. Consequently, this mode requires liq-

FIGURE 5 — Setup and basic principle of the IPS switching mode in the
off (left) and on (right) state.

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FIGURE 7 — Setup and basic principle of the TN switching mode in the
off (left) and on (right) state.
FIGURE 6 — Dependence of the switching time parameter γ1/∆n2 on
the threshold-voltage parameter V0 ∆n of reference (䊏) and new (䊉) IPS
mixtures with TNI = 70–75°C.
3.3 Twisted-nematic mode
matic rings, the effect is even more pronounced. An addi- The conventional twisted-nematic (TN) mode is the most
tional benefit is the high clearing point of aromatic esters mature LCD mode.25 The first calculator utilizing this
like 13. A disadvantage for application in IPS mixtures is mode was in the marketplace before 1980. The reorienta-
that ∆n is almost doubled.19 tion of the LCs in the TN display upon switching is complex.
Liquid crystals with a CF2O linking group were first Whereas the molecules, without an applied electrical field,
described in 1990.20 At that time, only certain compounds lie in the plane of the display and form a chiral helical
with the CF2O group between two aromatic rings where structure,1,24 they are oriented perpendicular (the helix
accessible via laborious methods. A systematic investigation unwinds) when an electrical field is applied (Fig. 7).25
was not possible. But as the first examples already indicated, This leads to an effective change of the optical path
the potential for compounds with low viscosity existed and (d∆n ~ 0.5) of the LC material. The TN-LCD is driven in
therefore a systematic search for new synthesis methods was
started. In the late 1990s a broad structural variety of CF2O-
linked compounds had been made21 based on new proto- TABLE 6 — Liquid crystals with low-to-medium ∆n.
cols.22 Besides low viscosity another unexpected feature of
some CF2O-linked LCs is the good solubility of highly fluor-
inated compounds. Heptafluoro compound 16 (Table 5) is
well soluble and provides a ∆ε of 25 combined with low γ1
of 96 mPas. The analogous pentafluroro compound 17 with-
out the CF2O linking group has a melting point above 100°C
and poor solubility. By adding two more fluorine atoms to
16 an d in troducing an alkoxy side chain, the ∆ε o f
nonafluoro compound 18 reaches 35. However, compared
to 16, γ1 is more than doubled.
Another approach is the combination of a dioxane ring
with fluorinated benzene rings and the CF2O-linking group
resulting in 19. This four-ring compound combines a ∆ε of
almost 30 with a clearing point about 180°C higher than 16
with relatively low ∆n and acceptable γ1. Compounds based
on these structural features could be important in the
improvement of materials for fast-switching IPS TV dis-
plays.
Figure 6 is a typical comparative diagram between the
first generation of LC mixtures for monitor application and
the recently developed LC mixtures for TV application.
The standard-monitor LC mixtures consist of com-
pounds of type 13, 14, and 15. The combination of these
compounds with CF2O compound 16 and super low viscous
compound 2723 is very effective in achieving higher ∆ε and
lower γ1 for IPS TV mixtures.

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FIGURE 9 — Setup and basic principle of the OCB switching mode in
the off (left) and on (right) state.

FIGURE 8 — Dependence of the switching time parameter γ1/∆n2 on medium ∆ε and acceptable γ1. But the broad smectic phase
the threshold-voltage Vo of reference (䊏) and new (䊉) TN-mixtures with
TNI = 80°C. limits the practical use. On the other hand, for the develop-
ment of TFT mixtures for one-frame switching, even the
viscosity of polar single compounds with a CF2O linking
the normally white mode (the switching-off state is white).
group is still too high. Neutral compounds with very low γ1
As already explained in the previous chapters, the quality of
such as 27 are essential in reducing the viscosity of mixtures.
the black state is decisive for the contrast. The first problem
Because it was very difficult to make further improvements
with the TN mode is that in principle infinitely large oper-
with the concept of mixing highly polar compounds with
ating voltages are needed in order to orient the molecules
dielectrically neutral low viscous compounds, recently
homeotropically. And even in this case, the perfect black
medium polar compounds have also become of interest
state cannot be achieved because the molecules at the align-
again. The combination of structural elements from the
ment layers are still oriented homogeneously as a conse-
most-efficient neutral compounds with the highly polar
quence of the strong anchoring between alignment layers
OCF3 terminal group (super fluorine) results in compound
and liquid crystals. Another disadvantage is the limited
26 with an excellent ratio of γ1 to clearing point.27 Figure 8
viewing angle due to the complex re-orientations between
shows the recent LC material development for TN applica-
the switching off- and on-states. This can be improved only
tion.
to a certain extent by compensation films,26 finally resulting
in the need for LCs with low-to-medium ∆n values com-
bined with high ∆ε and very low γ1 (Table 6).
Intensive research for materials for TN TFT applica- 3.4 High ∆n technology
tion has been performed since the late 1980s. A huge port- In 1993, the optically compensated bend (OCB)28 mode
folio of compounds is available. Polar workhorses for all low was proposed for fast switching TFT-LCDs (Fig. 9). There
∆n TFT applications are 1,2,3-trifluorobenzene derivatives have been two challenging points for this technology, to
such as 13, 14, and 20. Based on new protocols, compounds assure the transition from splay to bend orientation and to
with a CF2O-linking group between a cyclohexane ring and achieve the optical film compensation to the same level as
a benzene ring became easily accessible.22 The correspond- for IPS and VA. Because it was difficult to find practical
ing compound 21 has almost the same polarity as the ester solutions, it took until 2004 for the first OCB displays to
compound 13 but a significantly lower γ1 and better reliabil- appear in a commercial 23-in. LCD TV.29 This mode
ity. Computer simulations predicted an increase in ∆ε for requires liquid crystals with high positive ∆ε values and
the combination of a dioxane building block with a 1,2,3-tri- large ∆n values.
fluorobenzene building block and a CF2O-linking group. 22 The increase of the display size is one of the biggest
practically turned out not to be an improved “derivative” of challenges for the display makers. The largest direct-view
14 because the clearing point dropped by 24°C. LCD-TV prototype exhibited at conferences in 2004 had a
∆n values below 0.06 can only be achieved by com- diagonal of 65 in.30 Even larger sizes are possible with pro-
pounds with a core made up of saturated building blocks jection technology. Microdisplays of only 1–2-in. diameter,
such as in 23 (Table 6). The obvious disadvantage of this driven in the TN mode are the heart of LCD projectors. To
compound is a clearing point of –20.5°C. Substitution of the achieve short switching times the cell gap must be small,
terminal CF3 group by the difluorovinyloxy function results typically <2 µm. The operating temperature must be about
in 24 with a comparable ∆ε but with a clearing point 50° higher than that of direct-view LCD TVs, and high-
increased by 35°C and at the same time γ1 is reduced by power lamps are used to obtain sufficient brightness. As a
about 30%.14 Compounds containing three cyclohexane consequence, liquid crystals with high ∆n values, high clear-
rings like 25 combine a very high clearing point with ing points, and high thermal and light stability are required.

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∆n values of about 0.2 combined with high stability is a fea- TABLE 7 — Liquid crystals with positive ∆ε and high ∆n.
ture of terphenyl derivatives. The fluorinated terphenyl 28
combines a ∆n of 0.218 with a clearing point of almost 80°C,
medium ∆ε, and moderate viscosity. Compared to fluorine,
the polarizability of chlorine is higher. As a consequence,
the ∆n value of the chloroterphenyl 29 is increased to
0.248.31 On the other hand, γ1 of chloroterphenyls such as
29 is relatively high. Dielectrically neutral terphenyls could
be one possibility to reduce the viscosity. But their practical
use is limited by their smectic phases. This can be overcome
by using lateral fluorine as in 30.31 This compound is purely
nematic and combines a high clearing point with low viscos-
ity. High ∆ε compounds require more lateral fluorine sub-
stituents pointing in the direction of the fluorine in the
terminal position such as in 31.14 To compensate for the low
clearing point, polar quaterphenyls are attractive (Table 7).
An additional advantage of quaterphenyl derivatives is the
potential to improve the light stability of LC mixtures.32
Tetrafluoroquaterphenyl 32 offers quite well balanced
properties, a clearingpoint of almost 250°C, a ∆ε of 18, a ∆n
of almost 0.3, and an acceptable viscosity. Unfortunately, the
solubility is limited as a consequence of the high melting
point. So far it was not possible to overcome this problem.
Additional fluorination such as in 33 results in an even
higher melting point. The search for low-melting-point
emissive-display principle, there is almost no viewing-angle
derivatives is ongoing. Quaterphenyls are an ideal target
dependency and the switching time is very fast. One of the
for automated parallel synthesis. The recently developed
convergent synthesis strategy based on a sequence of Suzuki most serious drawbacks, lifetime problems, seems to have
couplings will speed up synthesis and the identification of been significantly improved. Small OLEDs are already used
compounds with better solubility.33 in cellular phones and digital cameras.39 In the second half
of 2004, a medium-sized PDA, which is mainly intended for
entertainment, was released in the Japanese market. The
question of whether OLEDs can also compete with large-
4 Outlook screen LCD-TV technologies already in the market will
LCDs and CRTs have different advantages and disadvan- become clear in the next years.
tages. But the overall picture is that LCD TVs have achieved
the same level of picture quality as CRTs. In the case of
high-definition TV (HDTV), LCD TVs are said to have bet- Acknowledgment
ter picture quality due to the capability of higher resolution. A part of the work reviewed in this article was supported by
To improve the weak points specially for LCD TVs larger
the German Bundesministerium für Bildung und For-
than 30 in., a further reduction of the response time is re-
quired combined with higher contrast of the display.34 The schung (01 B 621/1). We thank our colleagues M. Bremer,
most promising LCD technologies at the moment are VA P. Kirsch, M. Klasen-Memmer, L. Lietzau, A. Manabe,
and IPS due to their unique combination of very good con- E. Poetsch, V. Reiffenrath and A. Taugerbeck for their con-
trast, wide viewing angle, and fast switching times. These tributions and our collaborators in LC R&D for their tech-
technologies will dominate larger TV screens over 30 in. on nical assistance.
the diagonal. A significant growth for LCD TVs is fore-
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Detlef Pauluth received his Diploma in chemistry
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materials for active matrix displays with negative dielectric anisotropy in 1981 and his Ph.D. in 1984 both from the Uni-
and low rotational viscosity,” Jpn J Appl Phys 39, L1180–1182 (2000). versity of Hannover, Germany. In the same year,
14 P Kirsch and M Bremer, “Nematic liquid crystals for active matrix he joined the Central Research and Development
displays: molecular design and synthesis,” Angew Chem Int Ed 39, Department of Merck in Darmstadt where he
4216–4235 (2000). worked on the development of specialty chemi-
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87/00515, WO 89/02425 (1987).
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(2005). department. He has authored about 20 papers
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Kazuaki Tarumi received his M.S. degree from
Waseda University, Japan. After a scholarship
(Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), he
worked in a research group in Germany from
1981 to 1987. During this time, he received his
Ph.D. degree in the field of theoretical physics in
1985. From 1987 to 1990, Dr. Tarumi was engaged
at Gunma University, General Study, Department
of Physics in Japan as an assistant professor. He
joined Merck KGaA in 1991 and has been work-
ing in the Physical Liquid Crystal Research department. Since 1998, he
has been head of the physics department. He has published 70 research
papers and more than 100 patents. Dr. Tarumi has obtained several
awards (SID 1996, German Future Prize, 2003).

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