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liquid crystal (nematic), 98%

4′-Octyl-4-cyanobiphenyl, 4′-n -Octyl-4-cyanobiphenyl, 4′-Octyl[1,1′-biphenyl]-4-carbonitrile, 4-Cyano-4′-n -octylbiphenyl, p -n -Octyl-p ′-cyanobiphenyl, p -Cyano-p ′-octylbiphenyl, 4-Octyl-4′-cyanobiphenyl, 4′-Octyl-4-biphenylcarbonitrile, 4-n -Octyl-4′-cyanobiphenyl, 4-Cyano-4′-octyl-1,1′-biphenyl, 4-Cyano-4′-octylbiphenyl, p -Octyl-p ′-cyanobiphenyl
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liquid crystal (nematic)

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General description

4′-octyl-4-biphenylcarbonitrile (8CB) is a low molar mass liquid crystal (LC), which shows different liquid crystalline phases depending on temperature conditions. Under normal temperature conditions 8CB exists only as a bulk smectic-A phase. LCs are responsive to subtle changes in temperature, shear, electric (or magnetic) fields, and the structure of solid surfaces with which they are in contact.


Monolayer films of the LCs deposited onto highly ordered pyrolytic graphite, these self-assembled films display a wide variety of structural forms.


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Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 4 Dermal - Acute Tox. 4 Inhalation - Eye Irrit. 2 - Skin Irrit. 2 - STOT SE 3

Target Organs

Respiratory system

Storage Class Code

10 - Combustible liquids



Flash Point(F)

235.4 °F - closed cup

Flash Point(C)

113 °C - closed cup

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dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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  5. What is the anisotropy refractive index and anisotropy electric permittivity for product 338680, 4´-Octyl-4-biphenylcarbonitrile?

    Literature values for the anisotropy refractive index and anisotropy electric permittivity of product 338680, 4´-Octyl-4-biphenylcarbonitrile are as follows:ne=1.673no=1.516in 27oCe||=12.8e^=6.65De=6.15in 39.4oC

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Substrate defects and variations in interfacial ordering of monolayer molecular films on graphite.
Patrick DL, et al.
Langmuir, 10(1), 298-302 (1994)
Monirosadat Sadati et al.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139(10), 3841-3850 (2017-02-09)
Numerous applications of liquid crystals rely on control of molecular orientation at an interface. However, little is known about the precise molecular structure of such interfaces. In this work, synchrotron X-ray reflectivity measurements, accompanied by large-scale atomistic molecular dynamics simulations
Mechanism of molecular ordering in monolayer liquid crystal films.
Patrick DL, et al.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry, 100(20), 8478-8481 (1996)
Separation of nematic and smectic-A potential effects on solute ordering in a series of binary 6OCB-8OCB mixtures
Burnell EE, et al.
Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 89(7), 900-908 (2011)

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