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Polysiloxane-Based Side Chain Liquid Crystal Polymers: From Synthesis to Structure–Phase Transition Behavior Relationships

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Key Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry and Physics of Ministry of Education, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China
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Polymers 2018, 10(7), 794; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10070794
Received: 11 June 2018 / Revised: 11 July 2018 / Accepted: 11 July 2018 / Published: 19 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liquid Crystalline Polymers)
Organosilicon polymer materials play an important role in certain applications due to characteristics of much lower glass transition temperatures (Tg), viscosities, surface energy, as well as good mechanical, thermal stabilities, and insulation performance stemming from the higher bond energy and the larger bond angles of the adjacent silicon-oxygen bond. This critical review highlights developments in the synthesis, structure, and phase transition behaviors of polysiloxane-based side chain liquid crystal polymers (PSCLCPs) of linear and cyclic polysiloxanes containing homopolymers and copolymers. Detailed synthetic strategies are elaborated, and the relationship between molecular structures and liquid crystalline phase transition behaviors is systematically discussed, providing theoretical guidance on the molecular design of the materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: linear and cyclic polysiloxanes; side chain liquid crystal polymers; synthetic strategies; phase structure linear and cyclic polysiloxanes; side chain liquid crystal polymers; synthetic strategies; phase structure
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Zhang, L.; Yao, W.; Gao, Y.; Zhang, C.; Yang, H. Polysiloxane-Based Side Chain Liquid Crystal Polymers: From Synthesis to Structure–Phase Transition Behavior Relationships. Polymers 2018, 10, 794.

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