Special Issue "Ionic Liquid Crystals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018)
Dr. Giacomo Saielli
CNR Institute on Membrane Technology, Padua Unit and Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Padua. Via Marzolo, 1 - 35131, Padova, Italy
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Interests: ionic liquid crystals; ionic liquids; liquid crystals; viologens; density fuctional theory; molecular dynamics simulation; Gay-Berne models; nuclear magnetic resonance
Thermotropic Ionic Liquid Crystals (ILCs) are materials able to embed the extraordinary solvation and conductive properties of ionic liquids (ILs) within the partially-ordered phases of liquid crystals (LCs). They can be considered as belonging to a sort of Middle Earth, at the intersection between the realm of LCs and the kingdom of ILs. ILCs are normally composed of the same type of cation/anion combinations that can be found in ILs; however, often because of the presence of long alkyl chains, microsegregation drives the formation of ordered mesophases at the macroscopic level, usually of smectic type.
Applications of ILCs mostly tend to exploit the organized/anisotropic/partially ordered structure of the ionic fluid phase for enhancing the conduction of matter and or charge; thereofore they have been studied as electrolytes in batteries, dye sensitized solar cells, electrochemical sensors, electrofluorescence switches, membranes for water desalination, among others. However, because of the relatively large viscosity of ILCs, compared to ILs and LCs, both fundamental as well as application-oriented studies to improve the performace of ILC-based devices are timely and welcome by the scientific community. Moreover, the quest for an ionic nematic phase with a wide thermal range of stability at or around room temperature is still an open challenge and an ideal playground for the joint efforts of chemists, physicists and materials scientists .
Therefore, we invite researchers to submit their papers to this Special Issue of Crystals dedicated to “Ionic Liquid Crystals”. Manuscripts can be related to any aspect of ILCs science, for example (but not limited to):
- synthesis of novel ILC compounds;
- structure/property relationships in ILCs;
- novel types of ionic mesophases;
- applications of ILCs in devices;
- biotechnological applications of ILCs;
- physical properties of ionic mesophases;
- computer simulations of the phase behaviour of ILCs;
- theoretical models of ILCs
Dr. Giacomo Saielli
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- Ionic liquids
- Liquid crystals
- Ionic mesophases
- Quaternary ammonium salts
- Microphase segregation
- Electrochemical sensors
- Ionic electrolytes