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Getting organized at the nanoscale with thermotropic liquid crystal solvents
Author(s): David L. Patrick; F. Scott Wilkinson; Tiffany L. Fegurgur
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Paper Abstract

This paper summarizes recent progress toward an emerging, unconventional application of thermotropic liquid crystals (LCs) - their use as solvents for controlling the assembly of non-LC nanoscale building blocks. LCs offer a number of potential advantages compared to conventional isotropic solvents, including the ability to influence building block orientation and other structural properties. Strategies are reviewed for the exploitation of LC media to engineer order in a range of systems, including oriented organic monolayers, chiral films, and nanometer-scale particles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5936, Liquid Crystals IX, 59360A (22 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.613665
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Patrick, Western Washington Univ. (United States)
F. Scott Wilkinson, Western Washington Univ. (United States)
Tiffany L. Fegurgur, Western Washington Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5936:
Liquid Crystals IX
Iam-Choon Khoo, Editor(s)

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