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Recent Advances in Discotic Liquid Crystal-Assisted Nanoparticles

Soft Condensed Matter Group, Raman Research Institute, C.V. Raman Avenue, Sadashivnagar, Bangalore 560 080, India
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Materials 2018, 11(3), 382;
Received: 18 January 2018 / Revised: 22 February 2018 / Accepted: 1 March 2018 / Published: 5 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liquid Crystal-Assisted Advanced Functional Materials)
This article primarily summarizes recent advancement in the field of discotic liquid crystal (DLC) nanocomposites. Discotic liquid crystals are nanostructured materials, usually 2 to 6 nm size and have been recognized as organic semiconducting materials. Recently, it has been observed that the dispersion of small concentration of various functionalized zero-, one- and two-dimensional nanomaterials in the supramolecular order of mesophases of DLCs imparts negligible impact on liquid crystalline properties but enhances their thermal, supramolecular and electronic properties. Synthesis, characterization and dispersion of various nanoparticles in different discotics are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: discotic liquid crystal; columnar phase; nanoparticles; quantum dots; graphene; nanocomposites discotic liquid crystal; columnar phase; nanoparticles; quantum dots; graphene; nanocomposites
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Gowda, A.; Kumar, S. Recent Advances in Discotic Liquid Crystal-Assisted Nanoparticles. Materials 2018, 11, 382.

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