Special Issue "Liquid Crystalline Polymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2011)
Dr. Patrick Keller (Website)
Institut Curie-Centre De Recherche, CNRS UMR 168, 26 rue d\'Ulm 75248 Paris Cedex 05, France
Interests: liquid crystalline polymers and elastomers; biomimetic responsive surfaces; self-assembly; amphiphilic block copolymers; actuators
Classically, liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) have been divided in lyotropic LCPs and thermotropic LCPs. Over the years, we have noticed a marked shift in the development of new LCPs, based on new potential applications in domains like actuators, organic photovoltaic or renewable energy. Beside historical families of LCPs (main-chain, side-chain, side-on, combined), new macromolecular architectures have been explored like liquid crystalline elastomers, dendritic LCPs or block copolymers. This special issue aims to provide a channel to showcase the recent developments in liquid crystalline polymer domain: synthesis, characterization, physical properties and applications.
Dr. Patrick Keller
- main-chain LCP
- side-chain LCP
- jacketed LCP
- LC elastomer
- dendritic LCP
- azo polymer
- smart materials