Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2009)
Special Issue Editor
Guest Editor Prof. Dr. Kevin D. Belfield
Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida, P.O. Box 162366, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816, USA
Website: http://chemistry.cos.ucf.edu/people/belfield-kevin/ E-Mail: email@example.com Phone: +1 407 823 1028 Fax: +1 407 823 2252 Interests: multiphoton absorbing materials; two-photon photochemistry; in vivo and ex vivo two-photon fluorescence bioimaging; magnetic polymeric and sol-gel nanocomposites; site-specific fluorophore labeling; fluorescent-based sensors and bioimaging probes; photodynamic therapy agents; nanostructured functional organic and polymeric materials; two-photon based 3D high density optical data storage
Special Issue Information
Since the first reported observation of a liquid crystalline behavior by the Austrian botanist Friedrich Reinitzer in 1888, liquid crystals have attracted immense scientific interest. Scientists have been drawn to the study of liquid crystals by both their unusual mesomorphic properties, being intermediate between the solid, crystalline state and the isotropic liquid phase, and the relative aesthetics attained upon observing the often spectacular mesophases between cross polarizers on an optical microscope. Over the past three to four decades, a number of unique properties exhibited by liquid crystalline materials in response to external stimuli have been exploited in a number of important technologies. For example, ferroelectric liquid crystals have been key components in the digital age, leading a revolution in display technology. Thermotropic liquid crystalline materials continue to find their place in numerous products including the healthcare field. Lyotropic liquid crystalline polymers have propelled the field of high strength, light weight materials for a number of military and civilian applications, including their important contribution in body armor. It is fitting that we have special issues in the Journal of Molecular Sciences and Materials dedicated to this still very intriguing class of materials that promises to continue to be an integral part of emerging technologies.