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"Janus" supermolecular liquid crystals - Giant molecules with hemispherical architectures

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JournalChemistry - A European Journal
DatePublished - 17 Oct 2003
Issue number20
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)4869-4877
Original languageEnglish


Liquid crystals represent a unique class of self-organising systems, which although found in many day-today 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.

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  • chirality, dendrimers, liquid crystals, self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry, SHAPE-PERSISTENT, DENDRITIC MACROMOLECULES, BLOCK DENDRIMERS, MICELLES, DENDRONS, FUNCTIONALIZATION, POLYMERS, CHAINS

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