Special Issue "Liquid Crystal-Assisted Advanced Functional Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2018).
Interests: bent-core liquid crystals; liquid crystal-based materials, supramolecular functional materials; biomaterials
Interests: self-assembled functional materials; liquid crystals; responsive materials; supramolecular electronics
Interests: liquid crystals; supramolecular chirality; supramolecular electronics; self-assembled materials; dendrimers; drug-delivery
The combination of mobility and order in liquid crystals allows them to respond to a variety of external stimuli, and this is undoubtedly an inspiring feature for the design of smart materials. In the last few years, liquid crystals have emerged as a vehicle to control the organization of matter, from the micro- to the nanoscale, through the exploitation of mesogenic driving forces to self-organize molecules into defined arrangements. As a matter of fact, the diversity of liquid crystals, calamitic, discotic, bent-core or lyotropic mesophases, and their special responses to light, temperature, electric field, magnetic field or mechanical stress, among others, provide a myriad of opportunities in the field of functional materials. Both attributes, organization and responsiveness, situate liquid crystalline materials at the forefront of the investigation and progress of those materials that rely on a well-organized internal structure to display advanced functional properties.
Nowadays, optoelectronics, membranes or nanoparticles are employing mesophases as arranging media for the preparation of innovative materials with tuneable properties. Additionally, liquid crystalline materials endowed with photoactive abilities have arisen as very appealing and multi-stimuli responsive systems and actuators. In addition to this, processing materials through mesophases yields high performance materials and devices.
With this Special Issue, we aim to highlight some new stimulating reports on liquid crystals paving the way toward advanced functional materials, focussing from fundamental aspects through applications and future perspectives. We would like to take this opportunity to invite contributions from experts working on the design, synthesis, preparation, characterization or application of functional materials that have identified and selected liquid crystals as a smart and elegant working tool for their purposes, welcoming both original research papers, as well as review articles.
Prof. M. Blanca Ros
Dr. Raquel Giménez
Dr. Teresa Sierra
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Stimuli-responsive liquid crystals
Sensing and detecting
Other LC-based functional materials