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Janus supermolecular liquid crystals- giant molecules with hemispherical architectures

Saez, I.M. and Goodby, J.W. (2003) Janus supermolecular liquid crystals- giant molecules with hemispherical architectures. Chemistry - A European Journal, 9 (20). pp. 4869-4877. ISSN 0947-6539

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Liquid crystals represent a unique class of self-organising systems, which although found in many day-to-day practical material applications, such as displays, are also intimately entwined with living processes. They have the potential, just like living systems, to provide us with a unique vehicle for the development of self-ordering nano- and mesoscopic-engineered materials with specific functional properties. In this article we describe a new concept for the design of self-assembling functional liquid crystals as segmented or Janus liquid-crystalline supermolecular materials in the form of structures that contain two different types of mesogenic units, which favour different types of mesophase structure, grafted onto the same star-shaped scaffold to create supermolecules that contain different hemispheres. The materials exhibit chiral nematic and chiral smectic C phases.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Chemistry (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2009 10:08
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2009 10:08
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.200305100
Status: Published
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Identification Number: 10.1002/chem.200305100
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5875

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