Towards the biaxial nematic phase through molecular design

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JournalCHEMICAL RECORD
DatePublished - 2004
Issue number1
Volume4
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)10-22
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this article, the search for the elusive biaxial nematic phase (N-B) in liquid crystals is considered. The structure of the phase is described along with theoretical and computational work which suggests how it might be realised. An overview of the work of the Exeter group in this area is then given showing the different approaches adopted and illustrating how one of these has led to a new type of amphiphilicity based on shape. (C) 2004 The Japan Chemical Journal Forum and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • liquid crystals, biaxial nematic phase, metallomesogens, shape amphiphile, LIQUID-CRYSTALLINE COMPOUNDS, CALAMITIC MESOPHASES, ANISOTROPIC SYSTEMS, COMPUTER-SIMULATION, ORIENTATIONAL ORDER, SCHLIEREN TEXTURES, PYRROLIC COMPOUNDS, ROD-LIKE, MIXTURES, PORPHYRINS

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