Chiral Liquid Crystals: Structures, Phases, Effects
AbstractThe introduction of chirality, i.e., the lack of mirror symmetry, has a profound effect on liquid crystals, not only on the molecular scale but also on the supermolecular scale and phase. I review these effects, which are related to the formation of supermolecular helicity, the occurrence of novel thermodynamic phases, as well as electro-optic effects which can only be observed in chiral liquid crystalline materials. In particular, I will discuss the formation of helical superstructures in cholesteric, Twist Grain Boundary and ferroelectric phases. As examples for the occurrence of novel phases the Blue Phases and Twist Grain Boundary phases are introduced. Chirality related effects are demonstrated through the occurrence of ferroelectricity in both thermotropic as well as lyotropic liquid crystals. Lack of mirror symmetry is also discussed briefly for some biopolymers such as cellulose and DNA, together with its influence on liquid crystalline behavior. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Dierking, I. Chiral Liquid Crystals: Structures, Phases, Effects. Symmetry 2014, 6, 444-472.
Dierking I. Chiral Liquid Crystals: Structures, Phases, Effects. Symmetry. 2014; 6(2):444-472.Chicago/Turabian Style
Dierking, Ingo. 2014. "Chiral Liquid Crystals: Structures, Phases, Effects." Symmetry 6, no. 2: 444-472.