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We studied the effects of polymer chain ordering in the alignment layer and resulting molecular interactions on the surface anchoring energy by introducing a reactive mesogen (RM) coating to the alignment layer. Directionally polymerized RMs on the rubbed alignment layer decrease the steric repulsion and increase the electronic interaction with liquid crystal molecules, and, as a result, the surface anchoring energy is enhanced in both the out-of plane and in-plane directions. We alsodoi:10.1063/1.4809746 fatcat:usnuydwavne4fkr6jo6tbj4izq