Special Issue "Nano-Structured Liquid Crystals"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. João Paulo Borges
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i3N/CENIMAT, Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516, Caparica, Portugal
Interests: biopolymers and biocomposites; polymeric liquid crystals (and its biomedical applications); development and characterization of new biomaterials for tissue engineering based on polysaccharides (chitin/chitosan and cellulose) or other biocompatible and biodegradable polymers; development of magnetic nanoparticles for cancer theranostics; hyperthermia; electrospinning
Dr. Susete Nogueira Fernandes
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i3N/CENIMAT, Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516, Caparica, Portugal
Tel. +351 212 948 564 (ext. 10618)
Interests: cellulose nanocrystals; biomimetic materials; synthesis; cellulosic liquid crystalline based polymers; liquid crystals; optical properties
Dr. Paula Isabel Soares
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i3N/CENIMAT, Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516, Caparica, Portugal
Interests: production and characterization of magnetic and composite nanoparticles and their application in magnetic hyperthermia; MRI and drug delivery; thermosensitive microgels; colloidal electrospinning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Liquid crystalline mesophases or liquid crystals are intermediate states of matter between the liquid and solids. This state of matter originates from a particular arrangement of molecules or nanoscale units. Nano-structured liquid crystals, either synthetic of derived from natural sources, have in the past decade become a very important field of research covering a wide range of applications, from biomedicine to optics. Biomimetic design based on the supramolecular organization of mesophases is an innovative approach for the development of new functional materials and is a subject of broad and current scientific interest.

This Special Issue of Nanomaterials on “Nano-Structured Liquid Crystals” aims to collect the current developments in mesomorphic nanomaterials covering synthetic and physical processing, chemical and/or physical functionalization, biomimetic design, properties and applications. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue and contribute to the advances in this field.

Prof. Dr. João Paulo Borges
Dr. Susete Nogueira Fernandes
Dr. Paula Isabel Soares
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • liquid crystals
  • chemical synthesis
  • hybrid mesomorphic nanomaterials
  • biological mesomorphic nanomaterials
  • biomimetic design

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Silver Nanoparticles with Liquid Crystalline Ligands Based on Lactic Acid Derivatives
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(8), 1066; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9081066 - 25 Jul 2019
Abstract
We have prepared and studied silver nanoparticles functionalized with ligands based on lactic acid derivatives. Several types of hybrid systems that differed in the size of silver nanoparticles as well as the length of surface ligands were analyzed. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation [...] Read more.
We have prepared and studied silver nanoparticles functionalized with ligands based on lactic acid derivatives. Several types of hybrid systems that differed in the size of silver nanoparticles as well as the length of surface ligands were analyzed. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation provided information about the size and shape of nanoparticles and proved good homogeneity of studied systems. By dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, we have measured the size distribution of nanoparticle systems. Plasmonic resonance was detected at around 450 nm. For two hybrid systems, the mesomorphic behaviour has been demonstrated by x-ray measurements. The observed thermotropic liquid crystalline phases reveal lamellar character. We have proposed a model based on self-assembly of intercalated liquid crystalline ligands. Full article
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