Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Phases from Anisotropic Nanomaterials
AbstractLiquid crystals are an integral part of a mature display technology, also establishing themselves in other applications, such as spatial light modulators, telecommunication technology, photonics, or sensors, just to name a few of the non-display applications. In recent years, there has been an increasing trend to add various nanomaterials to liquid crystals, which is motivated by several aspects of materials development. (i) addition of nanomaterials can change and thus tune the properties of the liquid crystal; (ii) novel functionalities can be added to the liquid crystal; and (iii) the self-organization of the liquid crystalline state can be exploited to template ordered structures or to transfer order onto dispersed nanomaterials. Much of the research effort has been concentrated on thermotropic systems, which change order as a function of temperature. Here we review the other side of the medal, the formation and properties of ordered, anisotropic fluid phases, liquid crystals, by addition of shape-anisotropic nanomaterials to isotropic liquids. Several classes of materials will be discussed, inorganic and mineral liquid crystals, viruses, nanotubes and nanorods, as well as graphene oxide. View Full-Text
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Dierking, I.; Al-Zangana, S. Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Phases from Anisotropic Nanomaterials. Nanomaterials 2017, 7, 305.
Dierking I, Al-Zangana S. Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Phases from Anisotropic Nanomaterials. Nanomaterials. 2017; 7(10):305.Chicago/Turabian Style
Dierking, Ingo; Al-Zangana, Shakhawan. 2017. "Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Phases from Anisotropic Nanomaterials." Nanomaterials 7, no. 10: 305.
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