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What makes a liquid crystal? The effect of free volume on soft matter

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JournalLIQUID CRYSTALS
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Jun 2015
DatePublished (current) - 23 Jun 2015
Issue number5-6
Volume42
Number of pages30
Pages (from-to)593-622
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this article, we probe the formation of liquid crystal and soft crystal phases as a consequence of minimising the free volume of the system either through design engineering of molecular shape or through deformation of molecular architecture. Following this concept, a number of realisations were made, for example, smectic A phases with variable layer spacing, smectic C phases without layer shrinkage, lattices of free space and fibres in N<inf>TB</inf> phases.

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  • free volume, liquid crystal, NTB, smectic, soft crystal, soft matter

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