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  1. Liquid-crystalline ordering helps block copolymer self-assembly.

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    Yu, Haifeng; Kobayashi, Takaomi; Yang, Huai

    2011-08-01

    Interaction between liquid-crystalline elastic deformation and microphase separation in liquid-crystalline block copolymers enables them to supramolecularly assemble into ordered nanostructures with high regularity. With the help of liquid-crystalline alignment, parallel and perpendicular patterning of nanostructures is fabricated with excellent reproducibility and mass production, which provides nanotemplates and nanofabrication processes for preparing varieties of nanomaterials. Furthermore, nanoscale microphase separation improves the optical performance of block-copolymer fi lms by eliminating the scattering of visible light, leading to advanced applications in optical devices and actuators. Recent progress in liquid-crystalline block copolymers, including their phase diagram, structure-property relationship, nanostructure control and nanotemplate applications, is reviewed. PMID:21910267

  2. Liquid Crystalline Block Copolymers with Brush Type Architecture: Toward Functional Membranes by Magnetic Field Alignment

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    Choo, Youngwoo; Gopinadhan, Manesh; Mahajan, Lalit; Kasi, Rajeswari; Osuji, Chinedum

    2015-03-01

    We introduce a novel liquid crystalline block copolymer with brush type architecture for membrane applications by magnetic field directed self-assembly. Ring-opening metathesis of n-alkyloxy cyanobiphenyl and polylactide (PLA) functionalized norbornene monomers provides efficient polymerization yielding low polydispersity block copolymers. The molecular weight of the PLA side chains, spacer length of the cyanobiphenyl mesogens are systematically varied to form well-ordered BCP morphologies at varying volume fractions. Interestingly, the system features morphology dependent anchoring condition where mesogens adopt planar anchoring on cylindrical interface while homeotropic anchoring was preferred on a planar block interface. The minority PLA domains from highly aligned materials can be readily degraded by hydrolysis to produce vertically aligned nanoporous polymer films which exhibit reversible thermal switching behavior. The polymers introduced here provide a versatile platform for scalable fabrication of aligned membranes and further functional materials based on such templates. This work was supported by NSF(CCMI-1246804).

  3. Hydrogen-bonded side chain liquid crystalline block copolymer: Molecular design, synthesis, characterization and applications

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    Chao, Chi-Yang

    Block copolymers can self-assemble into highly regular, microphase-separated morphologies with dimensions at nanometer length scales. Potential applications such as optical wavelength photonic crystals, templates for nanolithographic patterning, or nanochannels for biomacromolecular separation take advantage of the well-ordered, controlled size microdomains of block copolymers. Side-chain liquid crystalline block copolymers (SCLCBCPs) are drawing increasing attention since the incorporation of liquid crystallinity turns their well-organized microstructures into dynamic functional materials. As a special type of block copolymer, hydrogen-bonded SCLCBCPs are unique, compositionally tunable materials with multiple dynamic functionalities that can readily respond to thermal, electrical and mechanical fields. Hydrogen-bonded SCLCBCPs were synthesized and assembled from host poly(styrene- b-acrylic acid) diblock copolymers with narrow molecular weight distributions as proton donors and guest imidazole functionalized mesogenic moieties as proton acceptors. In these studies non-covalent hydrogen bonding is employed to connect mesogenic side groups to a block copolymer backbone, both for its dynamic character as well as for facile materials preparation. The homogeneity and configuration of the hydrogen-bonded complexes were determined by both the molecular architecture of imidazolyl side groups and the process conditions. A one-dimensional photonic crystal composed of high molecular weight hydrogen-bonded SCLCBCP, with temperature dependent optical wavelength stop bands was successfully produced. The microstructures of hydrogen-bonded complexes could be rapidly aligned in an AC electric field at temperatures below the order-disorder transition but above their glass transitions. Remarkable dipolar properties of the mesogenic groups and thermal dissociation of hydrogen bonds are key elements to fast orientation switching. Studies of a wide range of mesogen and polymer

  4. Nanorods in functionalized block-copolymer gels: Flexible ladders and liquid crystalline order in curved geometries

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    Knorowski, C.; Travesset, A.

    2012-12-01

    Polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) hold great promise for designing novel materials. Current challenges in PNCs are achieving nanosized dispersion of the inorganic component as well as robust control of nanoparticle orientation. We show that a gel of multi-block polymers with functionalized end groups that have specific affinity towards nanorods provides a general example of a PNC where the inorganic component is dispersed at the nanometer scale and displays long range as well as orientation order. We find a novel type of liquid crystalline (LC) order consisting of thin nanorod strips, i.e., “flexible ladders” (FL). Depending on concentration and affinity, FL display positional long-range order and patch together into 2D smectic phases. We discuss implications for designing new PNCs and address possible realizations of our systems via DNA linkers. The problem of LC order on curved geometries is also discussed.

  5. Liquid-crystalline octopus dendrimers: block molecules with unusual mesophase morphologies.

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    Gehringer, Lionel; Bourgogne, Cyril; Guillon, Daniel; Donnio, Bertrand

    2004-03-31

    The synthesis and the mesomorphic properties of several new main-chain liquid-crystalline dendrimers, thereafter designated as octopus dendrimers in accordance with their eight sidearms, are reported. In these dendritic systems, the arborescence is ensured by anisotropic segments, acting as branching cells with a double multiplicity, which are incorporated at every node of the dendritic architecture. In such a way, these compounds radically differ from the classical end-functionalized liquid-crystalline dendrimers, the most commonly reported systems. Following our previous report on purely homolithic systems, that is, the building blocks constituting the dendritic matrix are all identical, several heterolithic systems made of different anisotropic blocks have been prepared. The dendritic branches and corresponding dendrimers were synthesized using a modular construction. Polarized optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction studies showed that all of these new octopus dendrimers exhibit either smectic-like or columnar phases with novel morphologies, the nature of the mesophases depending on the number of terminal chains attached to the peripheral groups. The mesomorphism of these heterolithic dendrimers is discussed in terms of their intrinsic architecture and compared to the analogous homolithic octopus systems. Models for the molecular organizations within both the smectic and the columnar phases are proposed on the basis of small Bragg angle X-ray diffraction studies and are supported by molecular modelizations. Moreover, this study showed that the mesophase stability is very sensitive to the nature and to the mutual arrangement (the spatial location) of the mesogenic segments within the dendritic matrix, illustrating the intimate relationships existing between the mesomorphic properties and the molecular architecture of these dendrimers. PMID:15038740

  6. Influence of Variations in Liquid-Crystalline Content upon the Self-Assembly Behavior of Siloxane-Based Block Copolymers

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    Verploegen,E.; Zhang, T.; Murlo, N.; Hammond, P.

    2008-01-01

    A series of well-defined smectic side chain liquid-crystalline (LC) block copolymers with a low glass transition (Tg) siloxane block has been synthesized via anionic polymerization; these systems consist of a glassy polystyrene block and a unique low glass transition temperature LC block based on poly(vinylmethylsiloxane) to which six different LCs have been synthesized and attached. The synthesis techniques used provide systematic control over covalent LC side chain content, allowing for a range of morphologies to be obtained from a single block copolymer backbone during a one-step LC attachment reaction. Variations in the LC structure and content significantly affect the morphology of the LC mesophase, allowing the smectic-to-isotropic transition temperature to be tuned from room temperature up to 150 C. There are two key driving forces in the self-assembly behavior of these materials that are significantly affected by the LC content. The first is the segmental interaction parameter (?) between the blocks, which is a function of the amount of LC attached to the siloxane block. The attachment percent of the LCs to the siloxane block determines the packing density, which affects the stability of the LC mesophase and its interactions with the inter-material dividing surface. The self-assembled morphologies are characterized as a function of LC content and the mechanisms for the observed behavior are detailed. Additional insights into the interactions between the LC and block copolymer mesophases are gained by investigating the morphologies in response to mechanical deformation. The elastic modulus of this system can be tailored over several orders of magnitude by controlling the LC content, and the thermo-mechanical behavior is also highly dependent. The ability to precisely control the degree of LC functionalization enables the custom design and tailoring of material properties for specific applications such as electro-mechanical, damping, and mechano

  7. Magnetic Field Alignment of PS-P4VP: a Non-Liquid Crystalline Coil-Coil Block Copolymer

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    Rokhlenko, Yekaterina; Zhang, Kai; Larson, Steven; Gopalan, Padma; O'Hern, Corey; Osuji, Chinedum

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic fields provide the ability to control alignment of self-assembled soft materials such as block copolymers. Most prior work in this area has relied on the presence of ordered assemblies of anisotropic liquid crystalline species to ensure sufficient magnetic anisotropy to drive alignment. Recent experiments with poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine), a non-liquid crystalline BCP, however, show field-induced alignment of a lamellar microstructure during cooling across the order-disorder transition. Using in situ x-ray scattering, we examine the roles of field strength and cooling rate on the alignment response of this low MW coil-coil BCP. Alignment is first observed at field strengths as low as 1 Tesla and improves markedly with both increasing field strength and slower cooling. We present a geometric argument to illustrate the origin of a finite, non-trivial magnetic susceptibility anisotropy for highly stretched surface-tethered polymer chains and corroborate this using coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. We rationalize the magnetic field response of the system in terms of the mobility afforded by the absence of entanglements, the intrinsic anisotropy resulting from the stretched polymer chains and sterically constrained conjugated rings, and the large grain size in these low molecular weight materials.

  8. End Groups of Functionalized Siloxane Oligomers Direct Block-Copolymeric or Liquid-Crystalline Self-Assembly Behavior.

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    Zha, R Helen; de Waal, Bas F M; Lutz, Martin; Teunissen, Abraham J P; Meijer, E W

    2016-05-01

    Monodisperse oligodimethylsiloxanes end-functionalized with the hydrogen-bonding ureidopyrimidinone (UPy) motif undergo phase separation between their aromatic end groups and dimethylsiloxane midblocks to form ordered nanostructures with domain spacings of <5 nm. The self-assembly behavior of these well-defined oligomers resembles that of high degree of polymerization (N)-high block interaction parameter (χ) linear diblock copolymers despite their small size. Specifically, the phase morphology varies from lamellar to hexagonal to body-centered cubic with increasing asymmetry in molecular volume fraction. Mixing molecules with different molecular weights to give dispersity >1.13 results in disorder, showing importance of molecular monodispersity for ultrasmall ordered phase separation. In contrast, oligodimethylsiloxanes end-functionalized with an O-benzylated UPy derivative self-assemble into lamellar nanostructures regardless of volume fraction because of the strong preference of the end groups to aggregate in a planar geometry. Thus, these molecules display more classically liquid-crystalline self-assembly behavior where the lamellar bilayer thickness is determined by the siloxane midblock. Here the lamellar nanostructure is tolerant to molecular polydispersity. We show the importance of end groups in high χ-low N block molecules, where block-copolymer-like self-assembly in our UPy-functionalized oligodimethylsiloxanes relies upon the dominance of phase separation effects over directional end group aggregation. PMID:27054381

  9. End Groups of Functionalized Siloxane Oligomers Direct Block-Copolymeric or Liquid-Crystalline Self-Assembly Behavior

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    2016-01-01

    Monodisperse oligodimethylsiloxanes end-functionalized with the hydrogen-bonding ureidopyrimidinone (UPy) motif undergo phase separation between their aromatic end groups and dimethylsiloxane midblocks to form ordered nanostructures with domain spacings of <5 nm. The self-assembly behavior of these well-defined oligomers resembles that of high degree of polymerization (N)–high block interaction parameter (χ) linear diblock copolymers despite their small size. Specifically, the phase morphology varies from lamellar to hexagonal to body-centered cubic with increasing asymmetry in molecular volume fraction. Mixing molecules with different molecular weights to give dispersity >1.13 results in disorder, showing importance of molecular monodispersity for ultrasmall ordered phase separation. In contrast, oligodimethylsiloxanes end-functionalized with an O-benzylated UPy derivative self-assemble into lamellar nanostructures regardless of volume fraction because of the strong preference of the end groups to aggregate in a planar geometry. Thus, these molecules display more classically liquid-crystalline self-assembly behavior where the lamellar bilayer thickness is determined by the siloxane midblock. Here the lamellar nanostructure is tolerant to molecular polydispersity. We show the importance of end groups in high χ–low N block molecules, where block-copolymer-like self-assembly in our UPy-functionalized oligodimethylsiloxanes relies upon the dominance of phase separation effects over directional end group aggregation. PMID:27054381

  10. Liquid-crystalline polymer and block copolymer domain alignment controlled by free-surface segregation.

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    Fukuhara, Kei; Fujii, Yasuyoshi; Nagashima, Yuki; Hara, Mitsuo; Nagano, Shusaku; Seki, Takahiro

    2013-06-01

    An orientational change from homeotropic to planar of liquid crystal (LC) mesogens and the microphase separation (MPS) domains is attained by the segregated skin layer at the free surface. This allows for an efficient in-plane photoalignment of the cylindrical domains. The surface segregation strategy is very simple and is therefore expected to open up new possibilities for the orientation control of various types of LC materials. PMID:23616365

  11. Liquid crystalline composites containing phyllosilicates

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    Chaiko, David J.

    2004-07-13

    The present invention provides phyllosilicate-polymer compositions which are useful as liquid crystalline composites. Phyllosilicate-polymer liquid crystalline compositions of the present invention can contain a high percentage of phyllosilicate while at the same time be transparent. Because of the ordering of the particles liquid crystalline composite, liquid crystalline composites are particularly useful as barriers to gas transport.

  12. Liquid crystalline composites containing phyllosilicates

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    Chaiko; David J.

    2007-05-08

    The present invention provides barrier films having reduced gas permeability for use in packaging and coating applications. The barrier films comprise an anisotropic liquid crystalline composite layer formed from phyllosilicate-polymer compositions. Phyllosilicate-polymer liquid crystalline compositions of the present invention can contain a high percentage of phyllosilicate while remaining transparent. Because of the ordering of the particles in the liquid crystalline composite, barrier films comprising liquid crystalline composites are particularly useful as barriers to gas transport.

  13. Liquid crystalline order in mucus

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    Viney, C.; Huber, A. E.; Verdugo, P.

    1993-01-01

    Mucus plays an exceptionally wide range of important biological roles. It operates as a protective, exchange, and transport medium in the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems of humans and other vertebrates. Mucus is a polymer hydrogel. It is secreted as discrete packages (secretory granules) by specialized secretory cells. Mucus hydrogel is stored in a condensed state inside the secretory granules. Depending upon the architecture of their constituent macromolecules and on the composition of the solvent, polymer gels can form liquid crystalline microstructures, with orientational order being exhibited over optically resolvable distances. Individual mucin molecules consist of alternating rigid segments (heavily glycosylated; hydrophilic) and flexible segments (nonglycosylated; hydrophobic). Polymer molecules consisting of rigid units linked by flexible spacers are frequently associated with liquid crystalline behavior, which again raises the possibility that mucus could form anisotropic fluid phases. Suggestions that mucins may be self-associating in dilute solution have previously been challenged on the basis of sedimentation-equilibrium studies performed on mucus in which potential sites of association were competitively blocked with inhibitors. However, the formation of stable liquid crystalline phases does not depend on the existence of inter- or intramolecular associations; these phases can form on the basis of steric considerations alone.

  14. Mesogen-jacketed liquid crystalline polymers.

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    Chen, Xiao-Fang; Shen, Zhihao; Wan, Xin-Hua; Fan, Xing-He; Chen, Er-Qiang; Ma, Yuguo; Zhou, Qi-Feng

    2010-08-01

    This critical review covers the recent progress in the research of mesogen-jacketed liquid crystalline polymers (MJLCPs), special side-on side-chain liquid crystalline polymers with very short spacers or without spacers. MJLCPs can self-organize into supramolecular columnar phases with the polymer chains aligned parallel to one another or smectic phases with the backbones embedded in the smectic layers. The semi-rigid rod-like MJLCP with a tunable rod shape in both length and diameter provides an excellent building block in designing novel rod-coil liquid crystalline block copolymers which can self-assemble into hierarchical supramolecular nanostructures depending on the competition between liquid crystal formation and microphase separation (229 references). PMID:20559597

  15. Liquid Crystalline Microemulsions

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    Huang, Chien-Yueh; Petschek, Rolfe G.

    2000-03-01

    If an isotropic component of an emulsion is replaced by one having liquid crystalline (e.g. nematic) order the equilibrium behavior can change dramatically. There are long range enthalpic effects which can result in either repulsive or attractive interactions between the surfaces of an emulsion and entropic effects which generally result in an attractive interaction between these surfaces. We review briefly the possibility of stable blue-phase like microemulsions in mixtures of chiral nematics, appropriate surfactants and an incompatible isotropic solvent. We discuss the entropic effects in a lamellar phase, including the effects of changes in elastic constants and surface-nematic coupling. The effects of fluctuations on blue phases will be briefly discussed.

  16. Liquid crystalline polymers

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    1990-01-01

    The remarkable mechanical properties and thermal stability of fibers fabricated from liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) have led to the use of these materials in structural applications where weight savings are critical. Advances in processing of LCPs could permit the incorporation of these polymers into other than uniaxial designs and extend their utility into new areas such as nonlinear optical devices. However, the unique feature of LCPs (intrinsic orientation order) is itself problematic, and current understanding of processing with control of orientation falls short of allowing manipulation of macroscopic orientation (except for the case of uniaxial fibers). The current and desirable characteristics of LCPs are reviewed and specific problems are identified along with issues that must be addressed so that advances in the use of these unique polymers can be expedited.

  17. Rotationally Molded Liquid Crystalline Polymers

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    Rogers, Martin; Stevenson, Paige; Scribben, Eric; Baird, Donald; Hulcher, Bruce

    2002-01-01

    Rotational molding is a unique process for producing hollow plastic parts. Rotational molding offers advantages of low cost tooling and can produce very large parts with complicated shapes. Products made by rotational molding include water tanks with capacities up to 20,000 gallons, truck bed liners, playground equipment, air ducts, Nylon fuel tanks, pipes, toys, stretchers, kayaks, pallets, and many others. Thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers are an important class of engineering resins employed in a wide variety of applications. Thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers resins are composed of semi-rigid, nearly linear polymeric chains resulting in an ordered mesomorphic phase between the crystalline solid and the isotropic liquid. Ordering of the rigid rod-like polymers in the melt phase yields microfibrous, self-reinforcing polymer structures with outstanding mechanical and thermal properties. Rotational molding of liquid crystalline polymer resins results in high strength and high temperature hollow structures useful in a variety of applications. Various fillers and reinforcements can potentially be added to improve properties of the hollow structures. This paper focuses on the process and properties of rotationally molded liquid crystalline polymers.

  18. Rotationally Molded Liquid Crystalline Polymers

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    Rogers, Martin; Scribben, Eric; Baird, Donald; Hulcher, Bruce

    2002-01-01

    Rotational molding is a unique process for producing hollow plastic parts. Rotational molding offers low cost tooling and can produce very large parts with complicated shapes. Products made by rotational molding include water tanks with capacities up to 20,000 gallons, truck bed liners, playground equipment, air ducts, Nylon fuel tanks, pipes, toys, stretchers, kayaks, pallets, and many others. Thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers are an important class of engineering resins employed in a wide variety of applications. Thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers resins are composed of semirigid, nearly linear polymeric chains resulting in an ordered mesomorphic phase between the crystalline solid and the isotropic liquid. Ordering of the rigid rod-like polymers in the melt phase yields microfibrous, self-reinforcing polymer structures with outstanding mechanical and thermal properties. Rotational molding of liquid crystalline polymer resins results in high strength and high temperature hollow structures useful in a variety of applications. Various fillers and reinforcements can potentially be added to improve properties of the hollow structures. This paper focuses on the process and properties of rotationally molded liquid crystalline polymers. This paper will also highlight the interactions between academia and small businesses in developing new products and processes.

  19. Freely Suspended Liquid Crystalline Films

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    Sonin, A. A.

    2003-05-01

    Freely Suspended Liquid Crystalline Films Andrei A. Sonin Centre d'Etudes Atomiques de Saclay, France and Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences with a Foreword by Professor Noel Clark University of Colorado, USA This book provides a brief introduction to the physics of liquid crystals and to macroscopic physical parameters characterising freely suspended liquid crystalline (FSLC) films, and then reviews the experimental techniques for preparing these films, measuring their thicknesses, and investigating their physical properties and structural aspects. Molecular structures and defects of FSLC films and the problems of film stability, thinning and rupture are discussed in later chapters. Physical phenomena, such as orientational and phase transitions, Frederick's and flexoelectric effects, hydroelectrodynamics, etc., are also analysed. Finally, some applications of FSLC films in industry and in various branches of science are discussed. Specialists working in the physics of liquid crystals and in surface physics will find this book of interest. Industrial firms and their research centres investigating liquid crystals, biological membranes, detergent/surfactant/biomedical areas; and graduates and postgraduates in solid state physics and crystallography will also benefit from this book. The book has an easy-to-read style with just the minimum amount of mathematics necessary to explain important concepts. This is the first book dedicated exclusively to the physics of FSLC in almost a century since their discovery and last twenty years of their active studies. Andrei Sonin, a scientist in the area of FSLC and author of many articles on surface phenomena in liquid crystals, the properties and behaviour of thin liquid crystalline and surfactant films, has a long standing reputation in liquid crystals and surfactant systems and has been particularly active in issues involving surface interactions.

  20. Nanosecond liquid crystalline optical modulator

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    Borshch, Volodymyr; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V.; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2016-07-26

    An optical modulator includes a liquid crystal cell containing liquid crystal material having liquid crystal molecules oriented along a quiescent director direction in the unbiased state, and a voltage source configured to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal material wherein the direction of the applied electric field does not cause the quiescent director direction to change. An optical source is arranged to transmit light through or reflect light off the liquid crystal cell with the light passing through the liquid crystal material at an angle effective to undergo phase retardation in response to the voltage source applying the electric field. The liquid crystal material may have negative dielectric anisotropy, and the voltage source configured to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal material whose electric field vector is transverse to the quiescent director direction. Alternatively, the liquid crystal material may have positive dielectric anisotropy and the voltage source configured to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal material whose electric field vector is parallel with the quiescent director direction.

  1. Liquid Crystalline Materials for Biological Applications

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    Lowe, Aaron M.; Abbott, Nicholas L.

    2012-01-01

    Liquid crystals have a long history of use as materials that respond to external stimuli (e.g., electrical and optical fields). More recently, a series of investigations have reported the design of liquid crystalline materials that undergo ordering transitions in response to a range of biological interactions, including interactions involving proteins, nucleic acids, viruses, bacteria and mammalian cells. A central challenge underlying the design of liquid crystalline materials for such applications is the tailoring of the interface of the materials so as to couple targeted biological interactions to ordering transitions. This review describes recent progress toward design of interfaces of liquid crystalline materials that are suitable for biological applications. Approaches addressed in this review include the use of lipid assemblies, polymeric membranes containing oligopeptides, cationic surfactant-DNA complexes, peptide-amphiphiles, interfacial protein assemblies and multi-layer polymeric films. PMID:22563142

  2. Stability of liquid crystalline bridges

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    Mahajan, Milind P.; Tsige, Mesfin; Taylor, P. L.; Rosenblatt, Charles

    1999-02-01

    The stability of cylindrical bridges of the liquid crystal octylcyanobiphenyl in an immiscible liquid bath was investigated in the nematic and smectic A phases. In the nematic phase the bridge was found to destabilize at a length-to-diameter (slenderness) ratio R similar to that of ordinary Newtonian fluids. On the other hand, the Bingham behavior of the smectic A phase, i.e., an apparent yield stress, enabled the formation of stable columns with R well in excess of π.

  3. Light-induced liquid crystallinity.

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    Kosa, Tamas; Sukhomlinova, Ludmila; Su, Linli; Taheri, Bahman; White, Timothy J; Bunning, Timothy J

    2012-05-17

    Liquid crystals are traditionally classified as thermotropic, lyotropic or polymeric, based on the stimulus that governs the organization and order of the molecular system. The most widely known and applied class of liquid crystals are a subset of thermotropic liquid crystals known as calamitic, in which adding heat can result in phase transitions from or into the nematic, cholesteric and smectic mesophases. Photoresponsive liquid-crystal materials and mixtures can undergo isothermal phase transitions if light affects the order parameter of the system within a mesophase sufficiently. In nearly all previous examinations, light exposure of photoresponsive liquid-crystal materials and mixtures resulted in order-decreasing photo-induced isothermal phase transitions. Under specialized conditions, an increase in order with light exposure has been reported, despite the tendency of the photoresponsive liquid-crystal system to reduce order in the exposed state. A direct, photo-induced transition from the isotropic to the nematic phase has been observed in a mixture of spiropyran molecules and a nematic liquid crystal. Here we report a class of naphthopyran-based materials that exhibit photo-induced conformational changes in molecular structure capable of yielding order-increasing phase transitions. Appropriate functionalization of the naphthopyran molecules leads to an exceedingly large order parameter in the open form, which results in a clear to strongly absorbing dichroic state. The increase in order with light exposure has profound implications in optics, photonics, lasing and displays and will merit further consideration for applications in solar energy harvesting. The large, photo-induced dichroism exhibited by the material system has been long sought in ophthalmic applications such as photochromic and polarized variable transmission sunglasses. PMID:22596158

  4. Liquid crystalline thermosetting polyimides. Final report

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    Hoyt, A.E.; Huang, S.J.

    1993-07-01

    Phase separation of rodlike reinforcing polymers and flexible coil matrix polymers is a common problem in formulating molecular composites. One way to reduce phase separation might be to employ liquid crystalline thermosets as the matrix material. In this work, functionally terminated polyimide oligomers which exhibit lyotropic liquid crystalline behavior were successfully prepared. Materials based on 2,2{prime}-bis(trifluoromethyl)-4,4{prime}-diaminobiphenyl and 3,3{prime},4,4{prime}-biphenylenetetra-carboxylic dianhydride have been synthesized and characterized.

  5. Multiscale Control of Hierarchical Structure in Crystalline Block Copolymer Nanoparticles Using Microfluidics.

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    Bains, Aman; Cao, Yimeng; Moffitt, Matthew G

    2015-11-01

    Hierarchical semicrystalline block copolymer nanoparticles are produced in a segmented gas-liquid microfluidic reactor with top-down control of multiscale structural features, including nanoparticle morphologies, sizes, and internal crystallinities. Control of multiscale structure on disparate length scales by a single control variable (flow rate) enables tailoring of drug delivery nanoparticle function including release rates. PMID:26305569

  6. Liquid Crystalline Compositions as Gas Sensors

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    Shibaev, Petr; Murray, John; Tantillo, Anthony; Wenzlick, Madison; Howard-Jennings, Jordan

    2015-03-01

    Droplets and films of nematic and cholesteric liquid crystalline mixtures were studied as promising detectors of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. Under increasing concentration of VOC in the air the detection may rely on each of the following effects sequentially observed one after the other due to the diffusion of VOC inside liquid crystalline matrix: i. slight changes in orientation and order parameter of liquid crystal, ii. formation of bubbles on the top of the liquid crystalline droplet due to the mass transfer between the areas with different order parameter, iii. complete isotropisation of the liquid crystal. All three stages can be easily monitored by optical microscopy and photo camera. Detection limits corresponding to the first stage are typically lower by a factor of 3-6 than detection limits corresponding to the beginning of mass transfer and isotropisation. The prototype of a compact sensor sensitive to the presence of organic solvents in the air is described in detail. The detection limits of the sensor is significantly lower than VOC exposure standards. The qualitative model is presented to account for the observed changes related to the diffusion, changes of order parameter and isotropisation.

  7. Stable liquid crystalline phases of colloidally dispersed exfoliated layered niobates.

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    Nakato, Teruyuki; Miyamoto, Nobuyoshi; Harada, Akiko

    2004-01-01

    Colloidally dispersed niobium oxide nanosheets obtained by exfoliation of layered niobates HNb(3)O(8) and HTiNbO(5) formed stable liquid crystalline phases; their liquid crystallinity was dependent on the niobate species exfoliated. PMID:14737341

  8. Mirrorless lasing in liquid crystalline materials

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    Cao, Wenyi; Finkelmann, Heino; Kim, Seok-Tae; Munoz, Antonio; Palffy-Muhoray, Peter; Taheri, Bahman; Twieg, Robert J.

    2002-06-01

    Cholesteric liquid crystals, because of their birefringence and periodic structure, and 1-d photonic band-gap materials. In the reflection band, classical light propagation is forbidden for one of the two eigenmodes; for this mode, the material acts as a distributed cavity host. This inherent distributed cavity effect modifies the fluorescence spectrum, and, if the material is optically pumped, allows population inversion and mirrorless lasing. We have studied emission from thin samples of liquid crystalline materials optically pumped by pico- and nanosecond laser pulses. We have observed laser emission, without an external cavity, from dye-doped liquid crystals, from pure cholesteric liquid crystals without dyes, and from cholesteric liquid crystal elastomers. We present the results of these experiments, discuss the relation between material properties and the lasing process, and consider promising materials and applications.

  9. Nanoparticle Solubility in Liquid Crystalline Defects

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    Whitmer, Jonathan K.; Armas-Perez, Julio C.; Joshi, Abhijeet A.; Roberts, Tyler F.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2013-03-01

    Liquid crystalline materials often incorporate regions (defects) where the orientational ordering present in the bulk phase is disrupted. These include point hedgehogs, line disclinations, and domain boundaries. Recently, it has been shown that defects will accumulate impurities such as small molecules, monomer subunits or nanoparticles. Such an effect is thought to be due to the alleviation of elastic stresses within the bulk phase, or to a solubility gap between a nematic phase and the isotropic defect core. This presents opportunities for encapsulation and sequestration of molecular species, in addition to the formation of novel structures within a nematic phase through polymerization and nanoparticle self-assembly. Here, we examine the solubility of nanoparticles within a coarse-grained liquid crystalline phase and demonstrate the effects of nanoparticle size and surface interactions in determining sequestration into defect regions.

  10. Photorefractivity in liquid crystalline composite materials

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    Wiederrecht, G.P.; Wasielewski, M.R.

    1997-09-01

    We report recent improvements in the photorefractive of liquid crystalline thin film composites containing electron donor and acceptor molecules. The improvements primarily result from optimization of the exothermicity of the intermolecular charge transfer reaction and improvement of the diffusion characteristics of the photogenerated ions. Intramolecular charge transfer dopants produce greater photorefractivity and a 10-fold decrease in the concentration of absorbing chromophores. The mechanism for the generation of mobile ions is discussed.

  11. Production of crystalline polymers via liquid crystal monomers

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    Labes, M.; Palos, C.

    1969-01-01

    Method produces crystalline polymers through a liquid crystalline phase of monomers. The monomer is polymerized while held in the liquid crystalline phase either thermally, photolytically, catalytically, or by X-ray or gamma ray irradiation, and can be performed in an electric or magnetic field that influences the molecular orientation.

  12. Highly crystalline covalent organic frameworks from flexible building blocks.

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    Xu, Liqian; Ding, San-Yuan; Liu, Junmin; Sun, Junliang; Wang, Wei; Zheng, Qi-Yu

    2016-03-28

    Two novel 2D covalent organic frameworks (TPT-COF-1 and TPT-COF-2) were synthesized from the flexible 2,4,6-triaryloxy-1,3,5-triazine building blocks on a gram scale, which show high crystallinity and large surface area. The controllable formation of highly ordered frameworks is mainly attributed to the self-assembly Piedfort unit of 2,4,6-triaryloxy-1,3,5-triazine. PMID:26954751

  13. Columnar Liquid-Crystalline Dibenzopentacenodithiophenes by Photocyclization.

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    Cabral, Marilia G Belarmino; Pereira de Oliveira Santos, Deise M; Bentaleb, Ahmed; Hillard, Elizabeth A; Cristiano, Rodrigo; Gallardo, Hugo; Durola, Fabien; Bock, Harald

    2016-06-01

    The twofold glyoxylic Perkin reaction of perylene-3,9-diglyoxylic acid with thiophene-diacetic acid followed by oxidative photocylization and reaction with α-branched primary alkylamines yields columnar liquid-crystalline diimides with two sulfur atoms in the condensed arene system. A broad temperature range of the hexagonal columnar mesophase is induced by racemic doubly branched alkyl chains. The HOMO and LUMO energy levels of these thiophene-derived diimides qualify them as electron donors with respect to perylene diimides. PMID:27141916

  14. Synthesis of new liquid crystalline diglycidyl ethers.

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    Mohammed, Issam Ahmed; Hamidi, Rashidah Mohamed

    2012-01-01

    The phenolic Schiff bases I-VI were synthesized by condensation reactions between various diamines, namely o-dianisidine, o-tolidine and ethylenediamine with vanillin or p-hydroxybenzaldehyde and subsequent reactions between these phenolic Schiff bases and epichlorohydrin to produce new diglycidyl ethers Ia-VIa. The structures of these compounds were confirmed by CHN, FT-IR, (1)H-NMR, and (13)C-NMR spectroscopy. Their thermotropic liquid crystalline behavior was studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM). All the diglycidyl ethers prepared exhibit nematic mesophases, except for Va and VIa, which did not show any transition mesophases, but simply flow to liquids. PMID:22233565

  15. Strong liquid-crystalline polymeric compositions

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    Dowell, F.

    1993-12-07

    Strong liquid-crystalline polymeric (LCP) compositions of matter are described. LCP backbones are combined with liquid crystalline (LC) side chains in a manner which maximizes molecular ordering through interdigitation of the side chains, thereby yielding materials which are predicted to have superior mechanical properties over existing LCPs. The theoretical design of LCPs having such characteristics includes consideration of the spacing distance between side chains along the backbone, the need for rigid sections in the backbone and in the side chains, the degree of polymerization, the length of the side chains, the regularity of the spacing of the side chains along the backbone, the interdigitation of side chains in sub-molecular strips, the packing of the side chains on one or two sides of the backbone to which they are attached, the symmetry of the side chains, the points of attachment of the side chains to the backbone, the flexibility and size of the chemical group connecting each side chain to the backbone, the effect of semiflexible sections in the backbone and the side chains, and the choice of types of dipolar and/or hydrogen bonding forces in the backbones and the side chains for easy alignment. 27 figures.

  16. Strong liquid-crystalline polymeric compositions

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    Dowell, Flonnie

    1993-01-01

    Strong liquid-crystalline polymeric (LCP) compositions of matter. LCP backbones are combined with liquid crystalline (LC) side chains in a manner which maximizes molecular ordering through interdigitation of the side chains, thereby yielding materials which are predicted to have superior mechanical properties over existing LCPs. The theoretical design of LCPs having such characteristics includes consideration of the spacing distance between side chains along the backbone, the need for rigid sections in the backbone and in the side chains, the degree of polymerization, the length of the side chains, the regularity of the spacing of the side chains along the backbone, the interdigitation of side chains in sub-molecular strips, the packing of the side chains on one or two sides of the backbone to which they are attached, the symmetry of the side chains, the points of attachment of the side chains to the backbone, the flexibility and size of the chemical group connecting each side chain to the backbone, the effect of semiflexible sections in the backbone and the side chains, and the choice of types of dipolar and/or hydrogen bonding forces in the backbones and the side chains for easy alignment.

  17. Templating gold nanorods with liquid crystalline DNA

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    De Sio, Luciano; Annesi, Ferdinanda; Placido, Tiziana; Comparelli, Roberto; Bruno, Vincenzo; Pane, Alfredo; Palermo, Giovanna; Curri, Maria Lucia; Umeton, Cesare; Bartolino, Roberto

    2015-02-01

    A liquid crystalline, negatively charged, whole-genome DNA is exploited to organize positively charged gold nanorods (GNRs) by means of electrostatic interaction. A mesoscopic alignment of the composite system along a preferred direction is obtained by casting a droplet of the DNA-nanorods solution onto an untreated glass substrate. Gel electrophoresis analysis enables evaluating the effective electric charge of the system, thus minimizing the DNA fragmentation. Polarized optical microscopy, combined with transmission and scanning electron microscopy, shows that, up to 20% in weight of GNR solution, the system exhibits both a long range order, induced by the liquid crystalline phase of the DNA, and a nanoscale organization, due to the DNA self-assembly. These evidences are confirmed by a polarized spectral analysis, which also points out that the optical properties of GNRs strongly depend on the polarization of the impinging probe light. The capability to organize plasmonic nanoparticles by means of DNA material represents a significant advance towards the realization of life science inspired optical materials.

  18. Liquid crystalline spinning of spider silk.

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    Vollrath, F; Knight, D P

    2001-03-29

    Spider silk has outstanding mechanical properties despite being spun at close to ambient temperatures and pressures using water as the solvent. The spider achieves this feat of benign fibre processing by judiciously controlling the folding and crystallization of the main protein constituents, and by adding auxiliary compounds, to create a composite material of defined hierarchical structure. Because the 'spinning dope' (the material from which silk is spun) is liquid crystalline, spiders can draw it during extrusion into a hardened fibre using minimal forces. This process involves an unusual internal drawdown within the spider's spinneret that is not seen in industrial fibre processing, followed by a conventional external drawdown after the dope has left the spinneret. Successful copying of the spider's internal processing and precise control over protein folding, combined with knowledge of the gene sequences of its spinning dopes, could permit industrial production of silk-based fibres with unique properties under benign conditions. PMID:11279484

  19. Synthesis of liquid crystalline epoxy monomers

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    Fabia, J.; Galina, H.; Mossety-Leszczak, B.; Ulanski, J.; Wojciechowski, Piotr; Wlochowicz, Andrzej

    2002-06-01

    A two-stage method of synthesis of liquid-crystalline diepoxy monomers has been developed. In the first stage, esterification of 4-hydroxyphenyl-4-hydroxybenzoate or 4,4'- biphenol or 4,4'-dihydroxyazobenzene was carried out using 4-penetenoic acid. The resulting olefinic precursors were oxidized with m-chloroperoxybenzoic acid to introduce the epoxy groups. The structure of products was confirmed by FT- IR and 1H NMR. Examinations on a polarization microscope with a hot plate confirmed the presence of mesomorphic phases in both the precursors and monomers. The phase transition temperatures were in the range of 73.5 (at cooling) to 128.0 degree(s)C for olefinic precursors and in the range 57.1 (at cooling) to 143 degree(s)C for epoxy compounds, as determined by DSC and thermo-optical analysis (TOA).

  20. Actuators Based on Liquid Crystalline Elastomer Materials

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    Jiang, Hongrui; Li, Chensha; Huang, Xuezhen

    2013-01-01

    Liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) exhibit a number of remarkable physical effects, including the unique, high-stroke reversible mechanical actuation when triggered by external stimuli. This article reviews some recent exciting developments in the field of LCEs materials with an emphasis on their utilization in actuator applications. Such applications include artificial muscles, industrial manufacturing, health and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). With suitable synthetic and preparation pathways and well-controlled actuation stimuli, such as heat, light, electric and magnetic field, excellent physical properties of LCE materials can be realized. By comparing the actuating properties of different systems, general relationships between the structure and the property of LCEs are discussed. How these materials can be turned into usable devices using interdisciplinary techniques is also described. PMID:23648966

  1. Switchable tackiness and wettability of a liquid crystalline polymer

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    de Crevoisier G; Fabre; Corpart; Leibler

    1999-08-20

    The spreading velocity of liquids on the surface of a liquid crystalline polymer can be tremendously affected by a slight temperature change. Indeed, a bulk transition between a highly ordered smectic and an isotropic phase induces a sharp change from a rigid to a soft behavior, with consequent effects on the tack properties of the liquid crystalline polymer and on the dewetting dynamics of a liquid on its surface. PMID:10455047

  2. Highly viscous liquid crystalline mixtures: the alternative to liquid crystalline elastomers

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    Shibaev, Petr; Schlesier, Cristina; Newman, Leah; McDonald, Scott

    2012-02-01

    Novel highly viscous liquid crystalline materials based on mixtures of glass forming oligomers and low molar mass liquid crystals were recently designed [1, 2] and studied. In this communication the novel data are presented, the analysis and discussion are extended. It is shown that viscoelastic properties of the materials are due to the physical entanglements between cyclic oligomers and low molar mass mesogens, not due to the chemical crosslinks between molecular moities. However, the mechanical properties of these viscoelastic materials resemble those of chemically crosslinked elastomers (elasticity and reversibility of deformations). The properties of chiral and non-chiral materials loaded with ferromagnetic nanoparticles are discussed in detail. Cholesteric materials undergo gigantic color changes in the wide spectral range under the deformation that allows distant detection of deformation and determination the anisotropy of deformation and its type. The materials doped with laser dyes become mechanically tunable lasers themselves and emit coherent light while pumped by external laser. A simple model is suggested to account for the observed effects; physical properties of the novel materials and liquid crystalline elastomers are compared and discussed. [4pt] [1] P.V. Shibaev, C. Schlesier, R. Uhrlass, S. Woodward, E. Hanelt, Liquid Crystals, 37:12, 1601-1604 [0pt] [2] P.V. Shibaev, P. Riverra, D. Teter, S. Marsico, M. Sanzari, V. Ramakrishnan, E. Hanelt, Optics Express, 16, 2965 (2008)

  3. Free-surface molecular command systems for photoalignment of liquid crystalline materials.

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    Fukuhara, Kei; Nagano, Shusaku; Hara, Mitsuo; Seki, Takahiro

    2014-01-01

    The orientation of liquid crystal molecules is very sensitive towards contacting surfaces, and this phenomenon is critical during the fabrication of liquid crystal display panels, as well as optical and memory devices. To date, research has focused on designing and modifying solid surfaces. Here we report an approach to control the orientation of liquid crystals from the free (air) surface side: a skin layer at the free surface was prepared using a non-photoresponsive liquid crystalline polymer film by surface segregation or inkjet printing an azobenzene-containing liquid crystalline block copolymer. Both planar-planar and homoeotropic-planar mode patterns were readily generated. This strategy is applicable to various substrate systems, including inorganic substrates and flexible polymer films. These versatile processes require no modification of the substrate surface and are therefore expected to provide new opportunities for the fabrication of optical and mechanical devices based on liquid crystal alignment. PMID:24534881

  4. Free-surface molecular command systems for photoalignment of liquid crystalline materials

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    Fukuhara, Kei; Nagano, Shusaku; Hara, Mitsuo; Seki, Takahiro

    2014-01-01

    The orientation of liquid crystal molecules is very sensitive towards contacting surfaces, and this phenomenon is critical during the fabrication of liquid crystal display panels, as well as optical and memory devices. To date, research has focused on designing and modifying solid surfaces. Here we report an approach to control the orientation of liquid crystals from the free (air) surface side: a skin layer at the free surface was prepared using a non-photoresponsive liquid crystalline polymer film by surface segregation or inkjet printing an azobenzene-containing liquid crystalline block copolymer. Both planar-planar and homoeotropic-planar mode patterns were readily generated. This strategy is applicable to various substrate systems, including inorganic substrates and flexible polymer films. These versatile processes require no modification of the substrate surface and are therefore expected to provide new opportunities for the fabrication of optical and mechanical devices based on liquid crystal alignment. PMID:24534881

  5. Wholly aromatic liquid crystalline polyetherimide (LC-PEI) resins

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    Weiser, Erik S. (Inventor); Dingemans, Theodorus J. (Inventor); St. Clair, Terry L. (Inventor); Hinkley, Jeffrey A. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    The benefits of liquid crystal polymers and polyetherimides are combined in an all-aromatic thermoplastic liquid crystalline polyetherimide. Because of the unique molecular structure, all-aromatic thermotropic liquid crystal polymers exhibit outstanding processing properties, excellent barrier properties, low solubilities and low coefficients of thermal expansion in the processing direction. These characteristics are combined with the strength, thermal, and radiation stability of polyetherimides.

  6. Metal nanoparticles with liquid-crystalline ligands: controlling nanoparticle superlattice structure and properties.

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    Lewandowski, Wiktor; Wójcik, Michał; Górecka, Ewa

    2014-05-19

    Nanoparticle ordered aggregates are promising candidates for future application in a variety of sensing, optical and electronic technologies, mainly based on collective interactions between individual nano-building blocks. Physicochemical properties of such assemblies depend on nanoparticle spacing, therefore a lot of effort throughout the last years was put on development of assembly methods allowing control over aggregates structure. In this minireview we describe efficient self-assembly process based on the utilization of liquid-crystalline ligands grafted onto nanoparticle surface. We show strategies used to synthesize liquid-crystalline nanoparticles as well as discuss parameters influencing structural and thermal characteristic of aggregates. It is also demonstrated that the liquid-crystalline approach offers access to dynamic self-assembly and metamaterials with anisotropic plasmonic properties, which makes this strategy unique among others. PMID:24789440

  7. Silylene-diethynyl-arylene polymers having liquid crystalline properties

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    Barton, T.J.; Yiwei Ding.

    1993-09-07

    The present invention provides linear organosilicon polymers including diethynyl-(substituted)arylene units, and a process for their preparation. These novel polymers possess useful properties including electrical conductivity, liquid crystallinity, and/or photoluminescence. These polymers possess good solubility in organic solvents. A preferred example is produced according to the following reaction scheme. ##STR1## These polymers can be solvent-cast to yield excellent films and can also be pulled into fibers from concentrated solutions. All possess substantial crystallinity as revealed by DSC analysis and observation through a polarizing microscope, and possess liquid crystalline properties.

  8. Development and evaluation of liquid embolic agents based on liquid crystalline material of glyceryl monooleate.

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    Du, Ling-Ran; Lu, Xiao-Jing; Guan, Hai-Tao; Yang, Yong-Jie; Gu, Meng-Jie; Zheng, Zhuo-Zhao; Lv, Tian-Shi; Yan, Zi-Guang; Song, Li; Zou, Ying-Hua; Fu, Nai-Qi; Qi, Xian-Rong; Fan, Tian-Yuan

    2014-08-25

    New type of liquid embolic agents based on a liquid crystalline material of glyceryl monooleate (GMO) was developed and evaluated in this study. Ternary phase diagram of GMO, water and ethanol was constructed and three isotropic liquids (ILs, GMO:ethanol:water=49:21:30, 60:20:20 and 72:18:10 (w/w/w)) were selected as potential liquid embolic agents, which could spontaneously form viscous gel cast when contacting with water or physiological fluid. The ILs exhibited excellent microcatheter deliverability due to low viscosity, and were proved to successfully block the saline flow when performed in a device to simulate embolization in vitro. The ILs also showed good cytocompatibility on L929 mouse fibroblast cell line. The embolization of ILs to rabbit kidneys was performed successfully under monitoring of digital subtraction angiography (DSA), and embolic degree was affected by the initial formulation composition and used volume. At 5th week after embolization, DSA and computed tomography (CT) confirmed the renal arteries embolized with IL did not recanalize in follow-up period, and an obvious atrophy of the embolized kidney was observed. Therefore, the GMO-based liquid embolic agents showed feasible and effective to embolize, and potential use in clinical interventional embolization therapy. PMID:24858389

  9. Sulfonated Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers.

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    Meek, Kelly M; Elabd, Yossef A

    2016-07-01

    The successful synthesis of a new diblock copolymer, referred to as sulfonated polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) block copolymer, poly(SS-Li-b-AEBIm-TFSI), is reported, which contains both sulfonated blocks (sulfonated styrene: SS) and PIL blocks (1-[(2-acryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium: AEBIm) with both mobile cations (lithium: Li(+) ) and mobile anions (bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide: TFSI(-) ). Synthesis consists of polymerization via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer, followed by post-functionalization reactions to covalently attach the imidazolium cations and sulfonic acid anions to their respective blocks, followed by ion exchange metathesis resulting in mobile Li(+) cations and mobile TFSI(-) anions. Solid-state films containing 1 m Li-TFSI salt dissolved in ionic liquid result in an ion conductivity of >1.5 mS cm(-1) at 70 °C, where small-angle X-ray scattering data indicate a weakly ordered microphase-separated morphology. These results demonstrate a new ion-conducting block copolymer containing both mobile cations and mobile anions. PMID:27125600

  10. Liquid crystallinity driven highly aligned large graphene oxide composites

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    Lee, Kyung Eun; Oh, Jung Jae; Yun, Taeyeong; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2015-04-15

    Graphene is an emerging graphitic carbon materials, consisting of sp{sup 2} hybridized two dimensinal honeycomb structure. It has been widely studied to incorporate graphene with polymer to utilize unique property of graphene and reinforce electrical, mechanical and thermal property of polymer. In composite materials, orientation control of graphene significantly influences the property of composite. Until now, a few method has been developed for orientation control of graphene within polymer matrix. Here, we demonstrate facile fabrication of high aligned large graphene oxide (LGO) composites in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) matrix exploiting liquid crystallinity. Liquid crystalline aqueous dispersion of LGO is parallel oriented within flat confinement geometry. Freeze-drying of the aligned LGO dispersion and subsequent infiltration with PDMS produce highly aligned LGO/PDMS composites. Owing to the large shape anisotropy of LGO, liquid crystalline alignment occurred at low concentration of 2 mg/ml in aqueous dispersion, which leads to the 0.2 wt% LGO loaded composites. - Graphical abstract: Liquid crystalline LGO aqueous dispersions are spontaneous parallel aligned between geometric confinement for highly aligned LGO/polymer composite fabrication. - Highlights: • A simple fabrication method for highly aligned LGO/PDMS composites is proposed. • LGO aqueous dispersion shows nematic liquid crystalline phase at 0.8 mg/ml. • In nematic phase, LGO flakes are highly aligned by geometric confinement. • Infiltration of PDMS into freeze-dried LGO allows highly aligned LGO/PDMS composites.

  11. Photoresponsive Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Networks with Shape Memory Behavior and Dynamic Ester Bonds.

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    Li, Yuzhan; Rios, Orlando; Keum, Jong K; Chen, Jihua; Kessler, Michael R

    2016-06-22

    Functional polymers are intelligent materials that can respond to a variety of external stimuli. However, these materials have not yet found widespread real world applications because of the difficulties in fabrication and the limited number of functional building blocks that can be incorporated into a material. Here, we demonstrate a simple route to incorporate three functional building blocks (azobenzene chromophores, liquid crystals, and dynamic covalent bonds) into an epoxy-based liquid crystalline network (LCN), in which an azobenzene-based epoxy monomer is polymerized with an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid to create exchangeable ester bonds that can be thermally activated. All three functional building blocks exhibited good compatibility, and the resulting materials exhibits various photomechanical, shape memory, and self-healing properties because of the azobenzene molecules, liquid crystals, and dynamic ester bonds, respectively. PMID:27245744

  12. Liquid crystallinity driven highly aligned large graphene oxide composites

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    Lee, Kyung Eun; Oh, Jung Jae; Yun, Taeyeong; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2015-04-01

    Graphene is an emerging graphitic carbon materials, consisting of sp2 hybridized two dimensinal honeycomb structure. It has been widely studied to incorporate graphene with polymer to utilize unique property of graphene and reinforce electrical, mechanical and thermal property of polymer. In composite materials, orientation control of graphene significantly influences the property of composite. Until now, a few method has been developed for orientation control of graphene within polymer matrix. Here, we demonstrate facile fabrication of high aligned large graphene oxide (LGO) composites in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) matrix exploiting liquid crystallinity. Liquid crystalline aqueous dispersion of LGO is parallel oriented within flat confinement geometry. Freeze-drying of the aligned LGO dispersion and subsequent infiltration with PDMS produce highly aligned LGO/PDMS composites. Owing to the large shape anisotropy of LGO, liquid crystalline alignment occurred at low concentration of 2 mg/ml in aqueous dispersion, which leads to the 0.2 wt% LGO loaded composites.

  13. [Structural nucleic acid nanotechnology: liquid-crystalline approach].

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    2013-01-01

    The properties of the particles of cholesteric liquid-crystalline dispersions formed by double-stranded DNA molecules obtained as a result of phase exclusion of these molecules from water-salt polymer-containing solutions are briefly described. Physicochemical properties of quasinematic layers of dispersion particles and double-stranded DNA molecules in their content are taken into account in the course of developing fundamental background of the liquid-crystalline approach to the DNA structural nanotechnology. According to different versions of this approach, which is based on intraparticle gelation of cholesteric liquid-crystalline dispersions, spatial structures (DNA nanoconstructions, "rigid" DNA particles) with unique properties, are created. By means of atomic force microscopy images of "rigid" DNA particles of different type are registered. Specific properties of metallic nanoparticles (in particular, gold nanoparticles) are considered while developing the other approach to DNA structural nanotechnology, which provides the basis for "metallized" DNA nanoconstructions. PMID:25508888

  14. [Structural nucleic acid nanotechnology: liquid-crystalline approach].

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    Evdokimov, Iu M; Salianov, V I; Kats, E I; Skuridin, S G

    2013-01-01

    The properties of the particles of cholesteric liquid-crystalline dispersions formed by double-stranded DNA molecules obtained as a result of phase exclusion of these molecules from water-salt polymer-containing solutions are briefly described. Physicochemical properties of quasinematic layers of dispersion particles and double-stranded DNA molecules in their content are taken into account in the course of developing fundamental background of the liquid-crystalline approach to the DNA structural nanotechnology. According to different versions of this approach, which is based on intraparticle gelation of cholesteric liquid-crystalline dispersions, spatial structures (DNA nanoconstructions, "rigid" DNA particles) with unique properties, are created. By means of atomic force microscopy images of "rigid" DNA particles of different type are registered. Specific properties of metallic nanoparticles (in particular, gold nanoparticles) are considered while developing the other approach to DNA structural nanotechnology, which provides the basis for "metallized" DNA nanoconstructions. PMID:25486757

  15. High magnetic field processing of liquid crystalline polymers

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    Smith, Mark E.; Benicewicz, Brian C.; Douglas, Elliot P.

    1998-01-01

    A process of forming bulk articles of oriented liquid crystalline thermoset material, the material characterized as having an enhanced tensile modulus parallel to orientation of an applied magnetic field of at least 25 percent greater than said material processed in the absence of a magnetic field, by curing a liquid crystalline thermoset precursor within a high strength magnetic field of greater than about 2 Tesla, is provided, together with a resultant bulk article of a liquid crystalline thermoset material, said material processed in a high strength magnetic field whereby said material is characterized as having a tensile modulus parallel to orientation of said field of at least 25 percent greater than said material processed in the absence of a magnetic field.

  16. High magnetic field processing of liquid crystalline polymers

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    Smith, M.E.; Benicewicz, B.C.; Douglas, E.P.

    1998-11-24

    A process of forming bulk articles of oriented liquid crystalline thermoset material, the material characterized as having an enhanced tensile modulus parallel to orientation of an applied magnetic field of at least 25 percent greater than said material processed in the absence of a magnetic field, by curing a liquid crystalline thermoset precursor within a high strength magnetic field of greater than about 2 Tesla, is provided, together with a resultant bulk article of a liquid crystalline thermoset material, said material processed in a high strength magnetic field whereby said material is characterized as having a tensile modulus parallel to orientation of said field of at least 25 percent greater than said material processed in the absence of a magnetic field.

  17. Liquid crystalline thermotropic and lyotropic nanohybrids

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    Saliba, Sarmenio; Mingotaud, Christophe; Kahn, Myrtil L.; Marty, Jean-Daniel

    2013-07-01

    This review is meant to give the reader an insight into hybrids incorporating different types of nanoparticles, e.g. metallic or metal oxides, within different types of lyotropic and thermotropic liquid crystals, from relatively small calamitic molecules to the larger discotics and polymers. In particular, this review highlights the importance of nanoparticle-liquid crystal interactions in accessing hybrid materials that exhibit synergetic properties.

  18. Liquid Crystalline Networks Composed of Pentagonal, Square, and Triangular Cylinders

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    Chen, Bin; Zeng, Xiangbing; Baumeister, Ute; Ungar, Goran; Tschierske, Carsten

    2005-01-01

    T-shaped molecules are designed in such a way that they self-organize into nanoscale liquid crystalline honeycombs based on polygons with any chosen number of sides. One of the phases reported here is a periodic organization of identical pentagonal cylinders; the other one is a structure composed of square-shaped and triangular cylinders in the ratio 2:1. These two different packing motifs represent duals of the same topological class. The generalization of the concept applied here allows the prediction of a whole range of unusual complex liquid crystalline phases.

  19. A liquid crystalline chirality balance for vapours

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    Ohzono, Takuya; Yamamoto, Takahiro; Fukuda, Jun-Ichi

    2014-04-01

    Chiral discrimination of vapours plays an important role in olfactory perception of biological systems and its realization by artificial sensors has been an intriguing challenge. Here, we report a simple method that tangibly visualizes the chirality of a diverse variety of molecules dissolved from vapours with high sensitivity, by making use of a structural change in a periodic microstructure of a nematic liquid crystal confined in open microchannels. This microstructure is accompanied by a topological line defect of a zigzag form with equal lengths of ‘zig’ and ‘zag.’ We find that a tiny amount of vapour of chiral molecules injected onto the liquid crystal induces the imbalance of ‘zig’ and ‘zag’ depending on its enantiomeric excess within a few seconds. Our liquid-crystal-based ‘chirality balance’ offers a simple, quick and versatile chirality-sensing/-screening method for gas-phase analysis (for example, for odours, environmental chemicals or drugs).

  20. Plateau borders of smectic liquid crystalline films

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    Trittel, Torsten; Aldred, Ruth; Stannarius, Ralf

    2011-06-01

    We investigate the geometrical properties of Plateau borders in an arrangement of connected smectic A free standing films. The geometry is chosen such that a circular Plateau border surrounds a planar smectic film and connects it with two smectic catenoids. It is demonstrated that, similar to soap films, the smectic film geometry can be described by a negative line tension of the circular contact region. Thus, the equilibrium angle between the films depends upon the liquid content in this region, and with increasing liquid content, deviations from Plateau's rule are observed. The experimental results are qualitatively comparable to soap films. A possible origin of slight quantitative differences is discussed.

  1. Crystalline, liquid crystalline, and isotropic phases of sodium deoxycholate in water

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    Su, Ziyang; Luthra, Suman; Krzyzaniak, Joseph F.; Agra-Kooijman, Dena M.; Kumar, Satyendra; Byrn, Stephen R.; Shalaev, Evgenyi Y.

    2012-09-06

    Sodium deoxycholate (NaDC) is an important example of bile salts, representing systems with complex phase behavior involving both crystalline and mesophase structures. In this study, properties of NaDC-water mixtures were evaluated as a function of composition and temperature via X-ray diffraction with synchrotron (sXRD) and laboratory radiation sources, water sorption, polarized light, hot-stage microscopy, and freezing-point osmometry. Several phases were detected depending on the composition and temperature, including isotropic solution phase, liquid crystalline (LC) phase, crystalline hydrate, and ice. The LC phase was identified as hexagonal structure by sXRD, with up to 14 high-order reflections detected. The crystalline phase was found to be nonstoichiometric hydrate, based on XRD and water sorption data. The phase diagram of NaDC-water system has been refined based on both results of this study and other reports in literature.

  2. [Circular dichroism of DNA liquid-crystalline dispersion particles].

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    Semenov, S V; Yevdokimov, Yu M

    2015-01-01

    The optical activity of DNA liquid-crystalline dispersions is being investigated based on a theory for absorption of electromagnetic waves by large molecular aggregates. The impact on the dispersions-optical properties, exerted by the interaction between the complexes of nucleic acid molecules and nanoparticles, is being considered. PMID:26016021

  3. Entropy Calculations for a Supercooled Liquid Crystalline Blue Phase

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    Singh, U.

    2007-01-01

    We observed, using polarized light microscopy, the supercooling of the blue phase (BPI) of cholesteryl proprionate and measured the corresponding liquid crystalline phase transition temperatures. From these temperatures and additional published data we have provided, for the benefit of undergraduate physics students, a nontraditional example…

  4. 21 CFR 524.2620 - Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor... NEW ANIMAL DRUGS § 524.2620 Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil. (a) Specifications—(1) Each gram of liquid or aerosol contains 0.12 milligram of crystalline trypsin, 87.0 milligrams of...

  5. Tribological properties of paraffin oil doped with liquid crystalline mezogenes

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    Ważyńska, B.; Okowiak, J.; Kołacz, S.; Małysa, A.

    2008-09-01

    The paper presents description and analysis of the results obtained in the investigation performed on a disc-ball tribotester T-11. Samples of 100Cr6 steel were tested, while as lubricant the mixtures of paraffin oil, with addition of 0.5%, 1%, and 2% of liquid crystalline compounds, from two homologous series defined with nOBCAB and nCBB symbols, were used. The friction force and wear of a sample and a counter-sample were measured. The improvement in tribological and anti-wear properties was found for all mixtures in relation to paraffin oil. The best tribological properties and the best wearability were obtained for mixtures with a compound 8CBB. This compound differs from the others in formation of different liquid crystalline phases.

  6. Originating super-strong liquid crystalline polymers (SSLCPs). Final report

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    1994-12-31

    The work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill focused on the experimental characterization of ring mobility in labeled polyaramides with deuterium Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Los Alamos National Laboratory prepared the deuterium-labeled analogs of Super-Strong (SS), Liquid Crystalline Polymers (LCPs) and oligomers. These materials were studied to ascertain the influence of substituent size (at the diacid moiety) on the mobility of the labeled diamine. The results are currently being finalized for publication.

  7. Birefringence and DNA Condensation of Liquid Crystalline Chromosomes ▿

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    Chow, Man H.; Yan, Kosmo T. H.; Bennett, Michael J.; Wong, Joseph T. Y.

    2010-01-01

    DNA can self-assemble in vitro into several liquid crystalline phases at high concentrations. The largest known genomes are encoded by the cholesteric liquid crystalline chromosomes (LCCs) of the dinoflagellates, a diverse group of protists related to the malarial parasites. Very little is known about how the liquid crystalline packaging strategy is employed to organize these genomes, the largest among living eukaryotes—up to 80 times the size of the human genome. Comparative measurements using a semiautomatic polarizing microscope demonstrated that there is a large variation in the birefringence, an optical property of anisotropic materials, of the chromosomes from different dinoflagellate species, despite their apparently similar ultrastructural patterns of bands and arches. There is a large variation in the chromosomal arrangements in the nuclei and individual karyotypes. Our data suggest that both macroscopic and ultrastructural arrangements affect the apparent birefringence of the liquid crystalline chromosomes. Positive correlations are demonstrated for the first time between the level of absolute retardance and both the DNA content and the observed helical pitch measured from transmission electron microscopy (TEM) photomicrographs. Experiments that induced disassembly of the chromosomes revealed multiple orders of organization in the dinoflagellate chromosomes. With the low protein-to-DNA ratio, we propose that a highly regulated use of entropy-driven force must be involved in the assembly of these LCCs. Knowledge of the mechanism of packaging and arranging these largest known DNAs into different shapes and different formats in the nuclei would be of great value in the use of DNA as nanostructural material. PMID:20400466

  8. The effect of graphene on liquid-crystalline blue phases

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    Lavrič, M.; Tzitzios, V.; Kralj, S.; Cordoyiannis, G.; Lelidis, I.; Nounesis, G.; Georgakilas, V.; Amenitsch, H.; Zidanšek, A.; Kutnjak, Z.

    2013-09-01

    The stabilization of liquid-crystalline blue phases is recently attracting considerable interest because of the envisioned applications in fast optical displays and tunable photonic crystals. We report on the effect of surface-functionalized graphene nanosheets on the blue phase range of a chiral liquid crystal. Calorimetric and optical measurements, reproducible on heating and cooling, demonstrate that the resulting soft nanocomposite exhibits an increased blue phase temperature stability range for a minute concentration of dispersed graphene. The impact is stronger on the ordered, cubic structured blue phase I. These findings suggest that anisotropic nanoparticles may be of great usefulness for stabilizing blue phases.

  9. Effects of molecular architecture on liquid crystalline thermosets

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    Gavrin, Arthur John

    This work incorporates three studies on the influence of molecular architecture on liquid crystalline phase transitions, physical transformations, and thermal stability for acetylene functionalized liquid crystalline thermosets (LCTs). The first study focuses on synthesis and liquid crystalline phase characterization of acetylene functionalized LCTs. The second examines architecture's influence on liquid crystalline phase transitions and physical transformations that occur during isothermal curing of LCTs. The third deals with architecture and the thermal stability of the uncured and fully cured thermosets. Two homologous series of LCT monomers, differing in mesogen length, were synthesized: with monomers composed of an aromatic mesogen based on either hydroquinone (nHQ) or biphenol (nBP), end-capped with acetylene functional groups, and terminated with flexible alkyl chains of 3 to 8 carbons in length. The nHQ monomers melt and clear at lower temperatures than the nBP series. The monomers were characterized with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and cross-polarized optical microscopy (POM). The monomers displayed liquid crystalline behavior similar to that of a related small molecule liquid crystal series. A related fully aromatic monomer was also synthesized (PEBP). It possesses higher melting and clearing temperatures, displays only a nematic phase, and has higher thermal stability. The monomers of the two series were isothermally cured in a rheometer. Gelation times were determined from the shear moduli crossover point. Both series display an odd-even effect for gel times, even though the entire nHQ series is isotropic during the isothermal cure. This is the first time such behavior has been seen for an unordered system. From POM, the monomers lose their molecular ordering during initial chain extension, but may regain some order at later extents of curing if at low enough temperatures. TGA and isothermal

  10. Experimental Results on Electrorheology of Liquid Crystalline Polymer Solutions

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    Neves, S.; Leal, C. R.; Cidade, M. T.

    2008-07-01

    The electrorheological (ER) effect is known as the enhancement of the apparent viscosity upon application of an external electric field. Suspensions of polarizable particles in non-conducting solvents are the most studied electrorheological fluids, however, liquid crystalline materials may also present ER effect as long as their dielectric anisotropy is positive. In the liquid crystalline state of a positive dielectric anisotropy, the application of the electric field makes the director align perpendicular to the flow direction, thus increasing the apparent viscosity. In this work results of two liquid crystalline polymer solutions, acetoxypropylcellulose (APC) in dimethylacetamide (DMAc) and poly-γ-benzyl-L-glutamate (PBLG) in 1,4-dioxane, presenting opposite behavior upon application of the electric field, will be presented. APC/DMAc (negative dielectric anisotropy) presents a decrease of the apparent viscosity upon application of the electric field, as expected, while PBLG/1,4-dioxane (positive dielectric anisotropy) presents the opposite behavior. For this last solution we will present the shear flow curves for different electric fields in function of polymer molecular weight and solution concentration.

  11. Self-assembly Morphology and Crystallinity Control of Di-block Copolymer Inspired by Spider Silk

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    Huang, Wenwen; Krishnaji, Sreevidhya; Kaplan, David; Cebe, Peggy

    2012-02-01

    To obtain a fuller understanding of the origin of self-assembly behavior, and thus be able to control the morphology of biomaterials with well defined amino acid sequences for tissue regeneration and drug delivery, we created a family of synthetic silk-based block copolymers inspired by the genetic sequences found in spider dragline, HABn and HBAn (n=1,2,3,6), where B = hydrophilic block, A = hydrophobic block, and H is a histidine tag. We assessed the secondary structure of water cast films by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The crystallinity was determined by Fourier self-deconvolution of amide I spectra and confirmed by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). Results indicate that we can control the self-assembled morphology and the crystallinity by varying the block length, and a minimum of 3 A-blocks are required to form beta sheet crystalline regions in water-cast spider silk block copolymers. The morphology and crystallinity can also be tuned by annealing. Thermal properties of water cast films and films annealed at 120 C were determined by differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetry. The sample films were also treated with 1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) to obtain wholly amorphous samples, and crystallized by exposure to methanol. Using scanning and transmission electron microscopies, we observe that fibrillar networks and hollow micelles are formed in water cast and methanol cast samples, but not in samples cast from HFIP.

  12. Structural Formation Process of Microphase Separated Films with Liquid Crystalline Phase Transition

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    Komura, Motonori; Iyoda, Tomokazu

    2008-03-01

    Ordered nanostructures arising from the microphase separation of block copolymers have driven one to fabricate nanofunctional materials as fundamental technology of the coming electronic and photonic materials. Thin films of a series of newly designed amphiphilic block copolymer consisting of hydrophilic polyethylene oxide (PEO) and hydrophobic polymethacrylate with azobenzene-mesogen in side-chain (PMA(Az)) show highly ordered microphase separation with PEO cylinders perpendicularly oriented to the film surface. In the present report, we investigated a structural formation process of the microphase separated films by temperature controlled atomic force microscopy (AFM) and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS). These measurements revealed that homeotropic alignments of Az liquid crystalline layers predominated the cylinder orientation, which corresponded to a <110> direction of body centered cubic structure under annealing condition, in disagreement with cylinder orientation of order-order transition of traditional block copolymers.

  13. Computational analysis of ordering in non-liquid crystalline versus liquid crystalline materials with special reference to nBAC

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    Lakshmi Praveen, P.; Veera Bhadra Reddy, K.; Ajeetha, N.; Ojha, D. P.

    2009-12-15

    A computational analysis of ordering in non-liquid crystalline p-n-alkyl benzoic acid, having 1 (1BAC), 2 (2BAC) and 3(3BAC) carbon atoms in the alkyl chain has been carried out with respect to translatory and orientational motions, but detailed results are reported only for 3BAC. The evaluation of net atomic charges and dipole moments at each atomic center has been carried out using complete neglect differential overlap (CNDO/2) method. The modified Rayleigh-Schrodinger perturbation theory along with the multicentered-multipole expansion method has been employed to evaluate long-range interactions, while a '6-exp' potential function has been assumed for short-range interactions. On the basis of stacking, in-plane and terminal interaction energy calculations, all possible arrangements of a molecular pair have been considered. A comparative picture of molecular parameters, such as total energy, binding energy, and total dipole moment of 3BAC with higher homologous series liquid crystalline compounds having 4(4BAC), 5(5BAC), and 6(6BAC) alkyl chain carbon atoms, has been given. It is found that, if a suitable functional group is attached to 3BAC, so that the length to breadth ratio is increased, the molecule will show a change in the long-range order, the phase transition temperature and other liquid crystalline properties.

  14. Non-lamellar lipid liquid crystalline structures at interfaces.

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    Chang, Debby P; Barauskas, Justas; Dabkowska, Aleksandra P; Wadsäter, Maria; Tiberg, Fredrik; Nylander, Tommy

    2015-08-01

    The self-assembly of lipids leads to the formation of a rich variety of nano-structures, not only restricted to lipid bilayers, but also encompassing non-lamellar liquid crystalline structures, such as cubic, hexagonal, and sponge phases. These non-lamellar phases have been increasingly recognized as important for living systems, both in terms of providing compartmentalization and as regulators of biological activity. Consequently, they are of great interest for their potential as delivery systems in pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic applications. The compartmentalizing nature of these phases features mono- or bicontinuous networks of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic domains. To utilize these non-lamellar liquid crystalline structures in biomedical devices for analyses and drug delivery, it is crucial to understand how they interact with and respond to different types of interfaces. Such non-lamellar interfacial layers can be used to entrap functional biomolecules that respond to lipid curvature as well as the confinement. It is also important to understand the structural changes of deposited lipid in relation to the corresponding bulk dispersions. They can be controlled by changing the lipid composition or by introducing components that can alter the curvature or by deposition on nano-structured surface, e.g. vertical nano-wire arrays. Progress in the area of liquid crystalline lipid based nanoparticles opens up new possibilities for the preparation of well-defined surface films with well-defined nano-structures. This review will focus on recent progress in the formation of non-lamellar dispersions and their interfacial properties at the solid/liquid and biologically relevant interfaces. PMID:25435157

  15. Properties of ER Fluids Comprised of Liquid Crystalline Polymers

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    Inoue, Akio; Ide, Yoichiroh; Maniwa, Shyunji; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Oda, Hiroji

    Side-chain liquid crystalline polysiloxanes (LCS) diluted with solvents show a large increase in viscosity and a newtonian flow under an electric field. Two types of solvent-diluted LCSs, A and B, are presented and their properties are described in this paper. Type A shows a large temperature-dependent ER effect a quick response of msec. order to an electric field and a dynamic behavior similar to that of a low molecular weight liquid crystal. Type B shows a stable ER effect throughout a wide range of temperatures up to 150°C, a two-step response of shear stress curve upon application of DC electric field and a micron-sized droplets structure which deforms with the electric field. The generation mechanisms of ER effect on the two types were discussed with the data of dynamic and morphological changes, referring those on a low molecular liquid crystal and a particle dispersion type ER fluid.

  16. Electrorheology of miscible blended liquid crystalline polymer: A dielectric property approach

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    Kawai, A.; Ide, Y.; Inoue, A.; Ikazaki, F.

    1998-09-01

    A miscible blended liquid crystalline polymer prepared by Asahi Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. was used to study the effect of temperature on electrorheology. The electrorheological (ER) effect was measured using a rotational viscometer at temperatures between 20 and 60 °C. The polymer showed no yield shear stress under an external electric field, and its ER effect increased with decreasing temperature. We explain the electrorheology of the miscible blended liquid crystalline polymer using our ER mechanism, based on Block's model. In our mechanism, for an ER fluid to have an appreciable ER effect, its relaxation frequency must be between 100 and 105 Hz and the difference in the dielectric constant must be large below and above the relaxation frequency. The relaxation frequency of the miscible blended liquid crystalline polymer increased with increasing temperature, and the difference in its dielectric constant below and above the relaxation frequency increased with decreasing temperature. These dielectric properties are explained by the Debye theory and account for the electrorheology of the polymer.

  17. Structure of nematic liquid crystalline elastomers under uniaxial deformation

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    Zhang Fan; Heiney, Paul A.; Srinivasan, Amritha; Naciri, Jawad; Ratna, Banahalli

    2006-02-15

    We have used in situ x-ray diffraction and calorimetry to study liquid crystalline elastomers prepared using a one-step photopolymerization method. We used suspended weights to stretch free-standing crystalline elastomer films. With the mechanical stress parallel to the initial director, we observed a gradual nematic to isotropic transition with increasing temperature. The thermal evolution of the nematic order parameter on cooling, together with the observation of isotropic-nematic coexistence over a broad temperature range, suggests that the heterogeneity in the samples introduces a distribution of transition temperatures. With the mechanical stress perpendicular to the initial director, we observed both uniform director rotation and stripe formation, depending on the details of sample preparation.

  18. A Molecular View of Liquid Crystalline Elastomers and Gels

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    de Pablo, Juan

    2011-03-01

    A combination of Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations is used to examine the order-disorder transitions that arise in model liquid crystalline elastomers and colloidal gels as a function of concentration and strain, respectively. Two models are considered. In the first, a lattice model is used to represent a colloidal gel of nematogens and nanoparticles. In the second, a cross-linked elastomer of Gay-Berne mesogens is adopted to examine the order-disroder transition that arises as a function of strain. The results of simulations are compared to those of recent experiments for these two classes of systems.

  19. Polymerization in the liquid crystalline state of vinyl ether monomers

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    Andersson, H.; Jonsson, H.; Gedde, U.W.; Hult, A.

    1993-12-31

    Liquid crystalline phenylbenzoate vinyl ether was polymerized cationically in both anisotropic and isotropic monomeric melts, using photochemical initiation by onium salts. High molecular mass polymers with a narrow molecular mass distribution (around 2) were produced by cationic polymerization at high temperatures ({<=}{degrees}C). The initial state of the monomer, nematic or isotropic, did not affect neither molecular mass, molecular mass distribution, nor polymerization rate. {sup 13}C-NMR studies show that the polymer formed is atactic. Ordered 30-50 {mu}m films were produced by polymerization of mesogenic vinyl ether monomers oriented in the nematic and smectic phase.

  20. Blends of thermoplastic and elastomeric matrices with liquid crystalline polymers

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    Roggero, A.; Pedretti, U.; La Mantia, F.P.

    1995-12-01

    Liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) present a unique balance of properties and, when added to thermoplastic (TP) or elastomeric (EL) matrices, can impart to the relevant blends specific properties that can be utilized for specific applications. As regards TP/LCP blends, the proclivity of LCPs to form fibrous structures and their low melt viscositiy allowed to obtain blends reinforced and easier to process than the pure TPs: particularly, depending on the LCP-TP structures and on the processing parameters, materials with improved processability, high modulus, enhanced impact strength and creeping resistance were obtained. As regards EL/LCP blends, that based on fluoroelastomers were in depth investigated and offered outstanding properties.

  1. Optical pendulum generator based on photomechanical liquid-crystalline actuators.

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    Tang, Rong; Liu, Ziyi; Xu, Dandan; Liu, Jian; Yu, Li; Yu, Haifeng

    2015-04-29

    For converting light energy into electricity, an optical pendulum generator was designed by combining photomechanical movement of liquid-crystalline actuator (LCA) with Faraday's law of electromagnetic induction. Bilayer cantilever actuators were first fabricated with LDPE and LCA. Their photomechanical movement drove the attached copper coils to cut magnetic line of force generating electricity. The output electricity was proportional to the changing rate of the magnetic flux, which was greatly influenced by light intensity, film thickness, and sample size. Continuous electrical output was also achieved. This simple strategy may expand applications of photoactive materials in the capture and storage of light energy. PMID:25875214

  2. Phase behavior and local structure of liquid crystalline polymers

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    Fynewever, Herb

    In this work we use a combination of theory and computer simulation to study the phase behavior of liquid crystalline polymers and the local structure of polymer melts. We review experimental and simulation evidence which shows that long and stiff molecules form orientationally ordered phases at packing fractions intermediate between the liquid and the solid. With the aid of a two-molecule simulation, we are able to apply Onsager's theory [Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 51, 627 (1949)] for liquid crystal formation to flexible molecules without any additional approximations. Our results have a quantitative advantage over other theories in comparison with computer simulation data such as for the liquid-liquid crystal phase diagram. We also study the local structure of polymer melts using a two-molecule simulation to apply the density functional theories of Donley, Curro, and McCoy [J. Chem. Phys. 101 , 3205 (1994)1; and Yethiraj and Woodward [J. Chem. Phys 102 , 5499 (1995)]. The accuracy of these methods rivals that of integral equation theories in their predictions of local order. Further, the two-molecule simulation facilitates a more direct calculation of the equation of state via the monitoring of orientational correlations.

  3. Liquid water in the domain of cubic crystalline ice Ic

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    Jenniskens, P.; Banham, S. F.; Blake, D. F.; McCoustra, M. R.

    1997-01-01

    Vapor-deposited amorphous water ice when warmed above the glass transition temperature (120-140 K), is a viscous liquid which exhibits a viscosity vs temperature relationship different from that of liquid water at room temperature. New studies of thin water ice films now demonstrate that viscous liquid water persists in the temperature range 140-210 K. where it coexists with cubic crystalline ice. The liquid character of amorphous water above the glass transition is demonstrated by (1) changes in the morphology of water ice films on a nonwetting surface observed in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at around 175 K during slow warming, (2) changes in the binding energy of water molecules measured in temperature programmed desorption (TPD) studies, and (3) changes in the shape of the 3.07 micrometers absorption band observed in grazing angle reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) during annealing at high temperature. whereby the decreased roughness of the water surface is thought to cause changes in the selection rules for the excitation of O-H stretch vibrations. Because it is present over such a wide range of temperatures, we propose that this form of liquid water is a common material in nature. where it is expected to exist in the subsurface layers of comets and on the surfaces of some planets and satellites.

  4. Structure analysis methods for crystalline solids and supercooled liquids

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    Yu, Da-Qi; Chen, Min; Han, Xiu-Jun

    2005-11-01

    The three most widely used methods for analyzing atomic structures are evaluated by simulating crystalline solids and supercooled liquids. The local order parameter approach due to Volkov [Phys. Rev. E 66, 061401 (2002)] fails in randomly perturbed body-centered-cubic environments, while the pair analysis method behaves as an approximate approach depending on how the neighborhood is defined. As to the Voronoi analysis method, we improve the procedure of Brostow [Phys. Rev. B 57, 13448 (1998)] to eliminate distorted Voronoi faces and edges which originate from thermal vibrations and computational rounding errors. The improved procedure works robustly in face-centered-cubic, body-centered-cubic, and hexagonal close-packed environments. When the pair analysis technique and the Voronoi analysis method are applied to detect the microstructure and its evolution in supercooled liquids, qualitatively consistent results are attained.

  5. Textures in multiphase polymer-liquid crystalline materials

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    Das, Susanta Kumar; Rey, Alejandro D.

    2004-03-01

    Textures in multiphase polymer-liquid crystalline materials Susanta K. Das, Alejandro D. Rey Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2B2 Canada. Email: alejandro.rey@mcgill.ca Abstract: A nonlocal kinetic model for phase separation in the presence of liquid crystalline order has been formulated, and solved using high performance numerical methods. The model takes into account couplings between phase separation, phase ordering, and texture formation. The phase separation-phase ordering coupling leads to orientation normal concentration gradients, and curvature in the isotropic phase leads to defect nucleation in the nematic phase. The phase separation and phase ordering process is characterized by simulating quenches into unstable and metastable regions of the phase diagram. Emerging two-dimensional morphologies include nematic emulsions and filled nematics. Droplets in nematic emulsions display the classical bipolar director field. The director field in filled nematics display a stable defect polygonal network. The local density of defects is proportional to the ambient curvature of the isotropic droplet phase, such that defects accumulate near smaller groups of droplets. Morphological pinning by texture elasticity is discussed.

  6. Liquid crystalline human recombinant collagen: the challenge and the opportunity.

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    Yaari, Amit; Posen, Yehudit; Shoseyov, Oded

    2013-07-01

    Collagen is a key component of the extracellular matrix, and by far the most prominent constituent of all load-bearing tissues. Its abundance and self-assembly capacities render it a practical scaffold material for tissue repair and regeneration applications. However, some difficulties exist in artificially regenerating functional collagen structures to match native tissues and their respective performances. There are two major limitations of existing collagen-based scaffolds: The first one is poor mechanical performance, and the second one is the failure to closely mimic natural tissues as to provide the necessary topographic and mechanical cues required for cell propagation and differentiation. The complexity of inducing sufficient order and alignment stands at the base of the impediments to successful formation of artificial collagen scaffolds, which closely match native tissue strength and morphology. Recombinant human collagen produced in transgenic tobacco plants has the capacity of forming highly concentrated liquid crystalline dope that can be aligned by application of shear force. Leveraging shear alignment of liquid crystalline recombinant human collagen opens new possibilities toward obtaining scaffolds that may be able to provide the necessary mechanical support, while closely mimicking the molecular signals and mechanical cues displayed to natural cell milieu. Such scaffolds may prove advantageous in the development of improved medical devices in fields, such as ophthalmology, neurology, and orthopedics. PMID:23368756

  7. 21 CFR 524.2620 - Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil.

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    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor... NEW ANIMAL DRUGS § 524.2620 Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil. (a)(1) Specifications. The drug is a liquid for direct application or an aerosol preparation formulated so that each...

  8. 21 CFR 524.2620 - Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor... NEW ANIMAL DRUGS § 524.2620 Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil. (a)(1) Specifications. The drug is a liquid for direct application or an aerosol preparation formulated so that each...

  9. 21 CFR 524.2620 - Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor... NEW ANIMAL DRUGS § 524.2620 Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil. (a)(1) Specifications. The drug is a liquid for direct application or an aerosol preparation formulated so that each...

  10. Synthesis and characterization of liquid-crystalline supramolecular architecture by a combination of molecular recognition and polymerization reaction

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    Ahn, Cheol-Hee

    In nature, self-assembly with well defined shapes obtained from combinations of polymeric building blocks with complex architecture are abundant since they are responsible for the production of structural materials and for the generation of some of the most efficient mechanisms. One of the many roles liquid crystallinity plays in natural systems is in their self-assembly and organization. The assembly of these complex natural systems is largely under thermodynamic control which is manipulated by their liquid crystallinity. The goal of this thesis is to use Nature as a model for the development of new synthetic concepts and strategies in the field of polymer science. The two models selected are rod-like and icosahedral viruses. The strategy involved in this thesis requires the design of libraries of monodendritic building blocks with well defined flat tapered and conical shapes which self-assemble into cylindrical and respectively spherical shapes. By analogy with viruses these supermolecules will generated hexagonal columnar and spherical cubic thermotropic phases. These liquid crystalline phases allow the determination of their shape by X-ray diffraction and Scanning Force Microscopy. Libraries of flat tapered and conical monodendritic building blocks will be functionalized with polymerizable groups and polymerized to generate the first examples of polymers of cylindrical and spherical shapes with diameter and length, and diameter controlled at the nanoscale level. The organization of these dendritic monomers in a liquid crystalline assembly is also used to aggregate their polymerizable groups in a reactor of artificially enhanced concentration and restricted geometry during the polymerization process and therefore, generate a new approach to the control of polymerization. The resulting liquid crystallinity provides access to the thermodynamically controlled assembly and characterization of these newly developed polymers. With few exceptions, there is no precedent

  11. Synthesis, structure and phase behavior of liquid crystalline polyurethanes

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    Papadimitrakopoulos, F.

    1993-01-01

    This dissertation describes the synthesis, structure and phase behavior of polyurethanes based on the mesogenic biphenol 4,4'-bis (6-hydroxyhexoxy)biphenyl (BHHBP) and meta substituted tolylene/phenylene diisocynates. The structure-property relationships were determined as a function of hydrogen-bonding, the position of the methyl group in the tolylene diisocyanate moiety (TDI) and the biphenol moiety. The liquid crystalline phase (mesophase) and crystalline phase were investigated primarily with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) and infrared spectroscopy. The influence of H-bonding on the structure and phase behavior of 1,4-LCPU-6 was determined by the synthesis of high molecular weight N-Methyl2,4-LCPU-65, using a novel high temperature polymerization of a biscarbamoyl chloride with the BHHBP mesogenic diol. In contrast to the regular ([alpha], [omega]-hexane diol) based polyurethanes (PUs), BHHBP derived polyurethanes (LCPUs) crystallize rapidly from their melts. Hexafluoroisopropanol fast solvent-evaporation casting or rapid cooling from the melt resulted in thin films or bulk samples with a glassy mesophase morphology. During the subsequent heating scan, the mesophase to crystal transition occurs. Highly oriented fibers were obtained for the mesogenic polyurethanes. Atomistic molecular simulations coupled with X-ray intensity refinement allowed determination of the crystalline chain conformation and packing characteristics for the 2,6-LCPU-6 and 1,3-LCPU-6 (2,6-TDI and 1,3-Phenylene Diisocynate (1,3-PDI) derived LCPUs). On the basis of structural similarity and well resolved WAXS powder patterns similar analysis was extended to the regular polyurethanes as well (2,6-PU-6 and 1,3-PU-6). The good correlation polymers suggest that melting is primarily controlled by the dissociation of H-bonds in the ordered domains.

  12. Volume phase transitions of cholesteric liquid crystalline gels.

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    Matsuyama, Akihiko

    2015-05-01

    We present a mean field theory to describe anisotropic deformations of a cholesteric elastomer without solvent molecules and a cholesteric liquid crystalline gel immersed in isotropic solvents at a thermal equilibrium state. Based on the neoclassical rubber theory of nematic elastomers, we derive an elastic energy and a twist distortion energy, which are important to determine the shape of a cholesteric elastomer (or gel). We demonstrate that when the elastic energy dominates in the free energy, the cholesteric elastomer causes a spontaneous compression in the pitch axis and elongates along the director on the plane perpendicular to the pitch axis. Our theory can qualitatively describe the experimental results of a cholesteric elastomer. We also predict the first-order volume phase transitions and anisotropic deformations of a gel at the cholesteric-isotropic phase transition temperature. Depending on a chirality of a gel, we find a prolate or oblate shape of cholesteric gels. PMID:25956120

  13. Volume phase transitions of cholesteric liquid crystalline gels

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    Matsuyama, Akihiko

    2015-05-07

    We present a mean field theory to describe anisotropic deformations of a cholesteric elastomer without solvent molecules and a cholesteric liquid crystalline gel immersed in isotropic solvents at a thermal equilibrium state. Based on the neoclassical rubber theory of nematic elastomers, we derive an elastic energy and a twist distortion energy, which are important to determine the shape of a cholesteric elastomer (or gel). We demonstrate that when the elastic energy dominates in the free energy, the cholesteric elastomer causes a spontaneous compression in the pitch axis and elongates along the director on the plane perpendicular to the pitch axis. Our theory can qualitatively describe the experimental results of a cholesteric elastomer. We also predict the first-order volume phase transitions and anisotropic deformations of a gel at the cholesteric-isotropic phase transition temperature. Depending on a chirality of a gel, we find a prolate or oblate shape of cholesteric gels.

  14. Isotropic and nematic liquid crystalline phases of adaptive rotaxanes

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    He, Hao; Sevick, Edith M.; Williams, David R. M.

    2016-03-01

    We describe the thermodynamics of a solution of rotaxanes which can change their length from a short state of length L to a long state of length qL in response to their surrounding environment. We call these rotaxanes "adaptive." We show that such a system can exhibit both isotropic and nematic liquid crystalline phases. The system shows several interesting kinds of behaviour. First we predict that the fraction of short-length rotaxanes increases linearly with concentration and is a maximum at the critical concentration that marks the isotropic to nematic transition. Second, the critical concentration shows a minimum at a certain value of q. Our model suggests that the effect of adaptive length changes is most dramatic at small q and where the long state is slightly favoured.

  15. Volume phase transitions of cholesteric liquid crystalline gels

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    Matsuyama, Akihiko

    2015-05-01

    We present a mean field theory to describe anisotropic deformations of a cholesteric elastomer without solvent molecules and a cholesteric liquid crystalline gel immersed in isotropic solvents at a thermal equilibrium state. Based on the neoclassical rubber theory of nematic elastomers, we derive an elastic energy and a twist distortion energy, which are important to determine the shape of a cholesteric elastomer (or gel). We demonstrate that when the elastic energy dominates in the free energy, the cholesteric elastomer causes a spontaneous compression in the pitch axis and elongates along the director on the plane perpendicular to the pitch axis. Our theory can qualitatively describe the experimental results of a cholesteric elastomer. We also predict the first-order volume phase transitions and anisotropic deformations of a gel at the cholesteric-isotropic phase transition temperature. Depending on a chirality of a gel, we find a prolate or oblate shape of cholesteric gels.

  16. Orientational Phase Ordering in Disordered Liquid Crystalline Heteropolymers

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    Gutman, Lorin; Shakhnovich, Eugene I.

    2000-03-01

    Liquid-crystalline disordered heteropolymers (DLCPs) are studied by a novel creation-annihilation method and replica field theory. The 0 disorder limit of theory is the non-perturbative (A. M. Gupta and S. F. Edwards J. Chem. Phys., 98, 1588, (1993)) result for long homopolymer chains. Sequence disorder, alignment propensity, stiffness and lyotropic effects on orientational phase ordering and coexistence width are studied numerically by unconstrained iteration of principal axis of segment orientational tensors; It is shown that sequence heterogeneity impacts strongly the density order/disorder threshold and the Maxwell construction shows a three fold increase in coexistence width compared with the homopolymer analogue. The non-equilibrium meta-stable domain scale, obtained by calculation of Doring free energy from field theory and nucleation theory is of the order of μ m, in agreement with recent experiments on DLCPs.

  17. Orientational and Domain Ordering in Disordered Liquid Crystalline Heteropolymers

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    Gutman, Lorin; Shakhnovich, Eugene

    2001-03-01

    Liquid-crystalline disordered heteropolymers (DLCPs) are studied by a novel creation-annihilation method and replica field theory. The 0 disorder limit of theory is the non-perturbative (A. M. Gupta and S. F. Edwards J. Chem. Phys., 98, 1588, (1993)) result for long homopolymer chains. Sequence disorder, alignment propensity, stiffness and lyotropic effects on orientational phase ordering and coexistence width are studied numerically by unconstrained iteration of principal axis of segment orientational tensors; It is shown that sequence heterogeneity impacts strongly the density order/disorder threshold and the Maxwell construction shows a three fold increase in coexistence width compared with the homopolymer analogue. The non-equilibrium meta-stable domain scale, obtained by calculation of Doring free energy from field theory and nucleation theory is of the order of μ m, in agreement with recent experiments on DLCPs.

  18. Liquid crystalline state of some fatty acids and mixtures

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    Ghelmez, Mihaela A.; Honciuc, Maria; Piscureanu, Mihai C.

    1998-09-01

    The role of the fatty acids in the biological membrane structure and properties is partially known. They can exhibit a mesogenic feature and behavior in terms of the temperature, the presence of many acids of cholesterol, or other important substances for the metabolism, of external stimuli etc. We studied the arachidic, lauric, elaidic, arachidonic and butiric acids. The most important seems to be the arachidonic acid, a forerunner of phospholipids. This is an unsaturated fatty acid,with four double bounds. We found that it displayed liquid crystalline properties between 4-20 grades centrigrades; in mixture with other fatty acids or cholesterol, these properties change. The paper present considerations on the biological role of the fatty acids and mixtures, in interactions with some physical fields experimental results and some theoretical considerations.

  19. Dynamic-Mechanical Analysis of Monodomain Nematic Liquid Crystalline Elastomers

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    Hotta, Atsushi; Terentjev, Eugene

    2003-03-01

    Dynamic-mechanical analysis was performed in the glassy, nematic and isotropic states of several monodomain nematic liquid crystalline elastomers (LCE) which differ in their degrees of anisotropy and internal microstructure. It was found that the type of network crosslinker makes a significant difference in the equilibrium properties of these elastomers, in particular, in their effective anisotropy. In spite of these differences, the observed dynamic-mechanical behaviour was very similar. The fact that there is a consistently high and wide loss over the whole nematic region, where storage modulus G' behaves non-monotonically, is most likely an indicator of the fact that the dynamic-mechanical response is not linear. Master curves have been built between the glassy state and the nematic-isotropic phase transition, where the modulus reaches a low-level soft plateau. Above the nematic-isotropic transition temperature Tni, the modulus rises substantially, since internal relaxation is no longer able to reduce the elastic response - and further time-temperature superposition fails. The dynamics of these elastomers are dominated by power laws, which was confirmed by the successful procedure of the master curve inversion (time-frequency inversion) to describe the static stress relaxation. Interestingly, it was found that mechanical properties characterized by power laws (in time) of stress relaxation match very well with the dynamic properties, where power laws (in frequency) were also observed in the dynamic modulus in the appropriate range of temperatures. The work demonstrates the potential for the use of nematic liquid crystalline elastomers in many acoustic and vibration damping applications.

  20. 31 CFR 537.209 - Expenses of maintaining blocked property; liquidation of blocked account.

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    2011-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance:Treasury 3 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Expenses of maintaining blocked property; liquidation of blocked account. 537.209 Section 537.209 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE...

  1. 31 CFR 537.209 - Expenses of maintaining blocked property; liquidation of blocked account.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance: Treasury 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Expenses of maintaining blocked property; liquidation of blocked account. 537.209 Section 537.209 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and Finance (Continued) OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE...

  2. Thermal Characterization of Thermotropic Nematic Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers

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    Thomas, David; Cardarelli, Matt; Sanchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mbanga, Badel L.; Atherton, Timothy J.; Cebe, Peggy

    Nematic Liquid-Crystallline Elastomers (LCEs) are weakly crosslinked polymeric networks that exhibit rubber elasticity and liquid-crystalline orientational order due to the presence of mesogenic groups. Three end-on side-chain nematic LCEs were investigated using real-time synchrotron wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetry (TG) to correlate thermal behavior with structural and chemical differences among them. The elastomers differed in crosslinking density and mesogen composition. Thermally reversible glass transition temperature, Tg, and nematic-to-isotropic transition temperature, Tni, were observed upon heating and cooling for all samples. By varying the heating rate, Tg0 and Tni0 were determined at zero heating rate. The temperature dependence of the orientational order parameter was determined from the anisotropic azimuthal angular distribution of the equatorial reflection seen during real-time WAXS experiments. Our results show that the choice of crosslinking unit, its shape, density, as well as the structure of co-monomers, all influence the temperature range over which the thermal transitions take place.

  3. Giant lateral electrostriction in ferroelectric liquid-crystalline elastomers

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    Lehmann, W.; Skupin, H.; Tolksdorf, C.; Gebhard, E.; Zentel, R.; Krüger, P.; Lösche, M.; Kremer, F.

    2001-03-01

    Mechanisms for converting electrical energy into mechanical energy are essential for the design of nanoscale transducers, sensors, actuators, motors, pumps, artificial muscles, and medical microrobots. Nanometre-scale actuation has to date been mainly achieved by using the (linear) piezoelectric effect in certain classes of crystals (for example, quartz), and `smart' ceramics such as lead zirconate titanate. But the strains achievable in these materials are small-less than 0.1 per cent-so several alternative materials and approaches have been considered. These include grafted polyglutamates (which have a performance comparable to quartz), silicone elastomers (passive material-the constriction results from the Coulomb attraction of the capacitor electrodes between which the material is sandwiched) and carbon nanotubes (which are slow). High and fast strains of up to 4 per cent within an electric field of 150MVm-1 have been achieved by electrostriction (this means that the strain is proportional to the square of the applied electric field) in an electron-irradiated poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) copolymer. Here we report a material that shows a further increase in electrostriction by two orders of magnitude: ultrathin (less than 100nanometres) ferroelectric liquid-crystalline elastomer films that exhibit 4 per cent strain at only 1.5 MVm-1. This giant electrostriction was obtained by combining the properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals with those of a polymer network. We expect that these results, which can be completely understood on a molecular level, will open new perspectives for applications.

  4. "Liquid Knife" to Fabricate Patterning Single-Crystalline Perovskite Microplates toward High-Performance Laser Arrays.

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    Feng, Jiangang; Yan, Xiaoxu; Zhang, Yifan; Wang, Xuedong; Wu, Yuchen; Su, Bin; Fu, Hongbin; Jiang, Lei

    2016-05-01

    A facile and effective "liquid knife" is created by controlling the dewetting process of the liquid precursor, yielding patterning single-crystalline perovskite microplates with uniform size, precise positioning, high quality, and low lasing thresholds. The sizes and location of single-crystalline perovskite are controllable, leading to mode-tunable lasing emission and patterned lasers. PMID:27000628

  5. Theory of microphase separation on side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers with flexible spacers.

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    Hernández-Jiménez, M; Westfahl, H

    2007-05-01

    We model a melt of monodisperse side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers as a melt of comb copolymers in which the side groups are rod-coil diblock copolymers. We consider both excluded-volume and Maier-Saupe interactions. The first acts among any pair of segments while the latter acts only between rods. Using a free-energy functional calculated from this microscopic model, we study the spinodal stability of the isotropic phase against density and orientational fluctuations. The phase diagram obtained in this way predicts nematic and smectic instabilities as well as the existence of microphases or phases with modulated wave vector but without nematic ordering. Such microphases are the result of the competition between the incompatibility among the blocks and the connectivity constraints imposed by the spacer and the backbone. Also the effects of the polymerization degree and structural conformation of the monomeric units on the phase behavior of the side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers are studied. PMID:17541501

  6. Ion Transport in Nanostructured Block Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Membranes

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    Hoarfrost, Megan Lane

    Incorporating an ionic liquid into one block copolymer microphase provides a platform for combining the outstanding electrochemical properties of ionic liquids with a number of favorable attributes provided by block copolymers. In particular, block copolymers thermodynamically self-assemble into well-ordered nanostructures, which can be engineered to provide a durable mechanical scaffold and template the ionic liquid into continuous ion-conducting nanochannels. Understanding how the addition of an ionic liquid affects the thermodynamic self-assembly of block copolymers, and how the confinement of ionic liquids to block copolymer nanodomains affects their ion-conducting properties is essential for predictable structure-property control. The lyotropic phase behavior of block copolymer/ionic liquid mixtures is shown to be reminiscent of mixtures of block copolymers with selective molecular solvents. A variety of ordered microstructures corresponding to lamellae, hexagonally close-packed cylinders, body-centered cubic, and face-centered cubic oriented micelles are observed in a model system composed of mixtures of imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Im][TFSI]) and poly(styrene- b-2-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P2VP). In contrast to block copolymer/molecular solvent mixtures, the interfacial area occupied by each PS-b-P2VP chain decreases upon the addition of [Im][TFSI], indicating a considerable increase in the effective segregation strength of the PS-b-P2VP copolymer with ionic liquid addition. The relationship between membrane structure and ionic conductivity is illuminated through the development of scaling relationships that describe the ionic conductivity of block copolymer/ionic liquid mixtures as a function of membrane composition and temperature. It is shown that the dominant variable influencing conductivity is the overall volume fraction of ionic liquid in the mixture, which means there

  7. Observations on the development of the crystalline bacterial biofilms that encrust and block Foley catheters.

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    Stickler, D J; Morgan, S D

    2008-08-01

    The care of many patients undergoing long-term bladder catheterisation is complicated when the flow of urine through the catheter is blocked by encrustation. The problem results from infection by urease-producing bacteria, especially Proteus mirabilis, and the subsequent formation of crystalline biofilms on the catheter. The aim of this study was to discover how P. mirabilis initiates the development of these crystalline biofilms. The early stages in the formation of the biofilms were observed on a range of Foley catheters in a laboratory model of the catheterised bladder. Scanning electron micrographs revealed that when all-silicone, silicone-coated latex, hydrogel-coated latex, hydrogel/silver-coated latex and nitrofurazone silicone catheters were inserted into bladder models containing P. mirabilis and alkaline urine, their surfaces were rapidly coated with a microcrystalline foundation layer. X-ray microanalysis showed that this material was composed of calcium phosphate. Bacterial colonisation of the foundation layer followed and by 18h the catheters were encrusted by densely populated crystalline P. mirabilis biofilms. These observations have important implications for the development of encrustation-resistant catheters. In the case of silver catheters for example, bacterial cells can attach to the crystalline foundation layer and continue to grow, protected from contact with the underlying silver. If antimicrobials are to be incorporated into catheters to prevent encrustation, it is important that they diffuse into the urine and prevent the rise in pH that triggers crystal formation. PMID:18550219

  8. Liquid-Nitrogen Test for Blocked Tubes

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    Wagner, W. R.

    1984-01-01

    Nondestructive test identifies obstructed tube in array of parallel tubes. Trickle of liquid nitrogen allowed to flow through tube array until array accumulates substantial formation of frost from moisture in air. Flow stopped and warm air introduced into inlet manifold to heat tubes in array. Tubes still frosted after others defrosted identified as obstructed tubes. Applications include inspection of flow systems having parallel legs.

  9. Molecular dynamics simulation studies of liquid crystalline materials

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    Tian, Pu

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation studies of the phase behavior, the response to an applied field of nematic liquid crystalline (LC) materials and interactions of nanoparticles in isotropic mesogenic materials are presented in this work. Molecular models used include the rigid bead-necklace model and soft spherocylinders. Free energy calculations applying thermodynamic integration and the Gibbs-Duhem integration method were used to establish the (T, P) phase diagram of the repulsive bead-necklace model, subsequently the Gibbs-Duhem integration method was further utilized to investigate the influence of attractive interactions on the phase behavior of the bead-necklace model. Analysis of order and thermodynamics of LC phase transitions (Isotropic-Nematic transition and Nematic-Smectic A transition) demonstrate that this simple model can capture the basic physics of liquid crystalline phases, and good agreement with experimental results is obtained. Further addition of chemical details to this multiple interaction sites model is much easier than to the idealized models (Gay-Berne, Spherocylinders) while the computation cost increase with respect to these idealized models is minimal. With a mean field representation of field-molecules interaction, MD simulation studies of the switching behavior of nematic LC, which is the basis of many LC devices, were performed. The switching mechanisms were explained in terms of the compromise between the elastic energy and field-molecules interactions. Qualitative agreement with experiments confirmed the validity of the mean field approximation. Finally, using the standard umbrella sampling technique and MD simulations, the potential of mean force between two nanoparticles in solvent of spherocylinders is calculated. It is found that while dispersed nanoparticles will delay the Isotropic-Nematics transition to higher density (lower temperature), they can induce local ordering fluctuations (within a few molecular lengths of the

  10. Identification of crystalline elastic anisotropy in PZT ceramics from in-situ blocking stress measurements

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    Daniel, L.; Hall, D. A.; Withers, P. J.; Webber, K. G.; King, A.

    2014-05-07

    High energy x-ray diffraction measurements of lattice strains were performed on a rhombohedral Lead Zirconate Titanate ceramic (PZT 55-45) under combinations of applied electric field and compressive stress. These measurements allow the construction of blocking stress curves for different sets of crystallographic orientations which reflect the single crystal elastic anisotropy. A micro-mechanical interpretation of the results is then proposed. Assuming cubic symmetry for the crystalline elastic stiffness tensor and isotropy for the macroscopic elastic properties, the elastic properties of the single crystal are extracted from the measured data. An anisotropy ratio close to 0.3 is found (compared to 1 for isotropic materials). The high level of anisotropy found in this work suggests that crystalline elastic anisotropy should not be neglected in the modelling of ferroelectric materials.

  11. [Examination of liquid crystalline gel systems containing chlorhexidine on the structure and the drug release].

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    Farkas, E

    2001-10-01

    The aim of the thesis was to examine liquid crystalline gel systems as novel, locally applied drug delivery systems. For developing liquid crystalline vehicle, different ratio of Synperonic A7--water mixtures was prepared. Chlorhexidine, chlorhexidine acetate and chlorhexidine gluconate were used as model drugs. Liquid crystalline structure, drug release and drug release kinetic of the samples were studied at increasing surfactant concentration and the effect of the different drugs on the physicochemical properties of the samples and on the membrane transport was examined. For the analysis of the prepared liquid crystalline systems polarising microscopy, rheology test, differential scanning calorimetry, small-angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy were carried out. The drug release and membrane transport experiments were performed by Franz type vertical diffusion cell and Sartorius Resorptionsmodell apparatus. According to our results liquid crystalline vehicles of lamellar and hexagonal structure formed by increasing the surfactant concentration. The drug release studies indicated, that the kinetic of the release strongly depend on the liquid crystalline structure, zero order release occurs from hexagonal structures and anomalous transport occurs from lamellar structures. The addition of chlorhexidine species to the systems modified the structure of the liquid crystalline system. As a results of liquid crystal-drug interaction the solubility of chlorhexidine base and its diffusion through lipophilic membranes increased in comparison with those of the chlorhexidine salts. PMID:11961906

  12. Giant lateral electrostriction in ferroelectric liquid-crystalline elastomers.

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    Lehmann, W; Skupin, H; Tolksdorf, C; Gebhard, E; Zentel, R; Krüger, P; Lösche, M; Kremer, F

    2001-03-22

    Mechanisms for converting electrical energy into mechanical energy are essential for the design of nanoscale transducers, sensors, actuators, motors, pumps, artificial muscles, and medical microrobots. Nanometre-scale actuation has to date been mainly achieved by using the (linear) piezoelectric effect in certain classes of crystals (for example, quartz), and 'smart' ceramics such as lead zirconate titanate. But the strains achievable in these materials are small--less than 0.1 per cent--so several alternative materials and approaches have been considered. These include grafted polyglutamates (which have a performance comparable to quartz), silicone elastomers (passive material--the constriction results from the Coulomb attraction of the capacitor electrodes between which the material is sandwiched) and carbon nanotubes (which are slow). High and fast strains of up to 4 per cent within an electric field of 150 MV x m(-1) have been achieved by electrostriction (this means that the strain is proportional to the square of the applied electric field) in an electron-irradiated poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) copolymer. Here we report a material that shows a further increase in electrostriction by two orders of magnitude: ultrathin (less than 100 nanometres) ferroelectric liquid-crystalline elastomer films that exhibit 4 per cent strain at only 1.5 MV x m(-1). This giant electrostriction was obtained by combining the properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals with those of a polymer network. We expect that these results, which can be completely understood on a molecular level, will open new perspectives for applications. PMID:11260707

  13. Liquid Crystalline Properties of Amyloid Protein Fibers in Water

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    Mezzenga, Raffaele; Jung, Jin-Mi

    2010-03-01

    We have studied the liquid crystalline features of two colloidal systems consisting of food protein amyloid fibrils in water, obtained by heat-denaturation and aggregation of β-lactoglobulin, a globular dairy protein. The resulting fibrils, have a monodisperse cross section of about 4 nm and two groups of polydisperse contour lengths: (i) fibrils 1-10 μm long, showing semiflexible polyeletrolyte-like behaviour and (ii) rigid rods 100-200 nm long. In both systems, the fibers are highly charged (+5 e/nm) and stable in water at low ionic strength (0.01 M) and low pH (pH 2). The physical properties of these systems are studied using a polymer physics approach and phase diagrams of these two systems are obtained by changing concentration and pH. Both systems exhibit rich phase behaviours. Interestingly, the experimentally measured isotropic-nematic phase transition was found to occur at concentrations more than one order of magnitude lower than what expected based on Onsager theory. Experimental results are revisited in terms of the Flory theory developed for rigid polymers in solvent of varying conditions.

  14. A least squares closure approximation for liquid crystalline polymers

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    Sievenpiper, Traci Ann

    2011-12-01

    An introduction to existing closure schemes for the Doi-Hess kinetic theory of liquid crystalline polymers is provided. A new closure scheme is devised based on a least squares fit of a linear combination of the Doi, Tsuji-Rey, Hinch-Leal I, and Hinch-Leal II closure schemes. The orientation tensor and rate-of-strain tensor are fit separately using data generated from the kinetic solution of the Smoluchowski equation. The known behavior of the kinetic solution and existing closure schemes at equilibrium is compared with that of the new closure scheme. The performance of the proposed closure scheme in simple shear flow for a variety of shear rates and nematic polymer concentrations is examined, along with that of the four selected existing closure schemes. The flow phase diagram for the proposed closure scheme under the conditions of shear flow is constructed and compared with that of the kinetic solution. The study of the closure scheme is extended to the simulation of nematic polymers in plane Couette cells. The results are compared with existing kinetic simulations for a Landau-deGennes mesoscopic model with the application of a parameterized closure approximation. The proposed closure scheme is shown to produce a reasonable approximation to the kinetic results in the case of simple shear flow and plane Couette flow.

  15. In situ deuteron NMR investigations of sheared liquid crystalline polymers.

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    Siebert, Hartmut; Becker, Patrick; Quijada-Garrido, Isabel; Grabowski, David A; Schmidt, Claudia

    2002-01-01

    The flow behavior of nematic liquid crystalline polysiloxanes of the side-chain type is studied by in situ 2H NMR spectroscopy on samples under shear in a cone-and-plate cell. The director orientation as a function of applied shear rate is determined from the quadrupole splitting of the spectra. The data analysis yields the two Leslie viscosity coefficients alpha2 and alpha3 and the flow-alignment parameter lambda = -(alpha3 + alpha2)/(alpha3 - alpha2). The values of lambda were determined for several homopolymers with only one type of side chain and random copolymers containing two different side chains. The results show that the flow behavior is related to the phase structure of the polymers, which varies with their composition. Only polymers with large amounts of smectic clusters in the nematic state show the tumbling instability (absolute value(lambda) < 1); other polymers are flow aligning (absolute value(lambda) > or = 1). For some polymers, a transition from tumbling at low temperature to flow aligning at high temperatures was observed. PMID:12469817

  16. Oriented Liquid Crystalline Polymer Semiconductor Films with Large Ordered Domains.

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    Xue, Xiao; Chandler, George; Zhang, Xinran; Kline, R Joseph; Fei, Zhuping; Heeney, Martin; Diemer, Peter J; Jurchescu, Oana D; O'Connor, Brendan T

    2015-12-01

    Large strains are applied to liquid crystalline poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2yl)thieno(3,2-b)thiophene) (pBTTT) films when held at elevated temperatures resulting in in-plane polymer alignment. We find that the polymer backbone aligns significantly in the direction of strain, and that the films maintain large quasi-domains similar to that found in spun-cast films on hydrophobic surfaces, highlighted by dark-field transmission electron microscopy imaging. The highly strained films also have nanoscale holes consistent with dewetting. Charge transport in the films is then characterized in a transistor configuration, where the field effect mobility is shown to increase in the direction of polymer backbone alignment, and decrease in the transverse direction. The highest saturated field-effect mobility was found to be 1.67 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), representing one of the highest reported mobilities for this material system. The morphology of the oriented films demonstrated here contrast significantly with previous demonstrations of oriented pBTTT films that form a ribbon-like morphology, opening up opportunities to explore how differences in molecular packing features of oriented films impact charge transport. Results highlight the role of grain boundaries, differences in charge transport along the polymer backbone and π-stacking direction, and structural features that impact the field dependence of charge transport. PMID:26552721

  17. Proton Transport in Nanostructured Block Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Membranes

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    Hoarfrost, Megan; Tyagi, Madhu; Reimer, Jeffrey; Segalman, Rachel

    2011-03-01

    Nanostructured block copolymer/ionic liquid mixtures are of interest for creating membranes having high proton conductivity coupled with high thermal stability. In these mixtures, it is anticipated that nanoconfinement to block copolymer domains will affect ionic liquid proton transport properties. Using pulsed-field gradient NMR and quasi-elastic neutron scattering, this relationship has been investigated for mixtures of poly(styrene-b- 2-vinylpyridine) (S2VP) with ionic liquids composed of imidazole and bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide (HTFSI), where the ionic liquids selectively reside in the P2VP domains of the block copolymer. Proton mobility is highest in the neat ionic liquids when there is an excess of imidazole compared to HTFSI due to proton hopping between hydrogen-bonded imidazoles. As predicted, the amount of proton hopping can be tuned by nanoconfinement, as evidenced by the finding that a lamellar mixture of an imidazole- excess ionic liquid with S2VP has greater proton mobility than a corresponding disordered mixture of the ionic liquid with P2VP homopolymer.

  18. Azobenzene-based organic salts with ionic liquid and liquid crystalline properties

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    Stappert, Kathrin; Muthmann, Johanna; Spielberg, Eike T.; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-07-23

    Two sets of new azobenzene-based bromide salts are synthesized, and their thermal photochromic properties are studied. Both sets are based on the imidazolium cation. The first set (1) features a symmetric biscation where two imidazolium head groups (Im) with different alkyl chains (Cn) are connected to a central azobenzene unit (Azo): [Azo(C1-Im-Cn)2]; n = 6, 8, 10, 12, 14. The other one contains an n-alkyl-imidazolium cation (Cn-Im) bearing a terminal azobenzene unit (C1-Azo) substituted with an alkoxy chain (O-Cm) of either two (2) or six (3) carbon atoms: [C1-Azo-O-Cm-Im-Cn]; m = 2, n = 8, 10, 12 and m =more » 6, n = 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. For both cation classes, the influence of alkyl chains of varying length on the thermal phase behavior was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM). For five compounds (Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1d), Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1e), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C10 (2b), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C12 (2c), and C1-Azo-O-C6-Im-C16 (3e)), the formation of a liquid crystalline phase was observed. The biscationic salts (1) are all comparatively high melting organic salts (180–240 °C), and only the two representatives with long alkylchains (C12 and C14) exhibit liquid crystallinity. The monocationic salts with an O–C2 bridge (2) melt between 140 and 170 °C depending on the alkyl chain length, but from an alkyl chain of 10 and more carbon atoms on they form a smectic A liquid crystalline phase. The representatives of the third set with a O–C6 bridge qualify as ionic liquids with melting points less than 100 °C. However, only the representative with a hexadecyl chain forms a liquid crystalline phase. Representative single crystals for all sets of cations could be grown that allowed for single crystal structure analysis. Together with small-angle X-ray scattering experiments they allow for a more detailed understanding of the thermal properties. As a result, through irradiation with UV-light (320–366 nm) all

  19. Azobenzene-based organic salts with ionic liquid and liquid crystalline properties

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    Stappert, Kathrin; Muthmann, Johanna; Spielberg, Eike T.; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-07-23

    Two sets of new azobenzene-based bromide salts are synthesized, and their thermal photochromic properties are studied. Both sets are based on the imidazolium cation. The first set (1) features a symmetric biscation where two imidazolium head groups (Im) with different alkyl chains (Cn) are connected to a central azobenzene unit (Azo): [Azo(C1-Im-Cn)2]; n = 6, 8, 10, 12, 14. The other one contains an n-alkyl-imidazolium cation (Cn-Im) bearing a terminal azobenzene unit (C1-Azo) substituted with an alkoxy chain (O-Cm) of either two (2) or six (3) carbon atoms: [C1-Azo-O-Cm-Im-Cn]; m = 2, n = 8, 10, 12 and m = 6, n = 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. For both cation classes, the influence of alkyl chains of varying length on the thermal phase behavior was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM). For five compounds (Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1d), Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1e), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C10 (2b), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C12 (2c), and C1-Azo-O-C6-Im-C16 (3e)), the formation of a liquid crystalline phase was observed. The biscationic salts (1) are all comparatively high melting organic salts (180–240 °C), and only the two representatives with long alkylchains (C12 and C14) exhibit liquid crystallinity. The monocationic salts with an O–C2 bridge (2) melt between 140 and 170 °C depending on the alkyl chain length, but from an alkyl chain of 10 and more carbon atoms on they form a smectic A liquid crystalline phase. The representatives of the third set with a O–C6 bridge qualify as ionic liquids with melting points less than 100 °C. However, only the representative with a hexadecyl chain forms a liquid crystalline phase. Representative single crystals for all sets of cations could be grown that allowed for single crystal structure analysis. Together with small-angle X-ray scattering experiments they allow for a more detailed understanding of the thermal properties. As a result, through irradiation with UV

  20. Effects of alkaline or liquid-ammonia treatment on crystalline cellulose: changes in crystalline structure and effects on enzymatic digestibility

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    2011-01-01

    Background In converting biomass to bioethanol, pretreatment is a key step intended to render cellulose more amenable and accessible to cellulase enzymes and thus increase glucose yields. In this study, four cellulose samples with different degrees of polymerization and crystallinity indexes were subjected to aqueous sodium hydroxide and anhydrous liquid ammonia treatments. The effects of the treatments on cellulose crystalline structure were studied, in addition to the effects on the digestibility of the celluloses by a cellulase complex. Results From X-ray diffractograms and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra, it was revealed that treatment with liquid ammonia produced the cellulose IIII allomorph; however, crystallinity depended on treatment conditions. Treatment at a low temperature (25°C) resulted in a less crystalline product, whereas treatment at elevated temperatures (130°C or 140°C) gave a more crystalline product. Treatment of cellulose I with aqueous sodium hydroxide (16.5 percent by weight) resulted in formation of cellulose II, but also produced a much less crystalline cellulose. The relative digestibilities of the different cellulose allomorphs were tested by exposing the treated and untreated cellulose samples to a commercial enzyme mixture (Genencor-Danisco; GC 220). The digestibility results showed that the starting cellulose I samples were the least digestible (except for corn stover cellulose, which had a high amorphous content). Treatment with sodium hydroxide produced the most digestible cellulose, followed by treatment with liquid ammonia at a low temperature. Factor analysis indicated that initial rates of digestion (up to 24 hours) were most strongly correlated with amorphous content. Correlation of allomorph type with digestibility was weak, but was strongest with cellulose conversion at later times. The cellulose IIII samples produced at higher temperatures had comparable crystallinities to the initial cellulose I samples, but achieved

  1. Review of Crystalline Structures of Some Selected Homologous Series of Rod-Like Molecules Capable of Forming Liquid Crystalline Phases

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    Zugenmaier, Peter

    2011-01-01

    The crystal structures of four homologous series of rod-like molecules are reviewed, two of which form hydrogen bonds and two with a symmetric chemical constitution. Many of the compounds investigated turn into liquid crystalline phases upon temperature increase. It is of valuable interest to know possible conformations and possible packing arrangements as prerequisites to model liquid crystalline structures. The hydrogen bonds of homologous series of pure 4-(ω-hydroxyalkyloxy)-4′-hydroxybiphenyl (HnHBP, n the alkyloxy tail length) are realized through head to tail arrangements of the hydroxyl groups and crystallize except one compound in chiral space groups without the molecules containing any asymmetric carbon. The hydrogen bonds of the homologous series of 4-substituted benzoic acids with various lengths of the tail provide dimers through strong polar bonding of adjacent carboxyl groups and thus provide the stiff part of a mesogenic unit prerequisite for liquid crystalline phases. The homologous series of dialkanoyloxybiphenyls (BP-n, n = 1, 19), of which nine compounds could be crystallized, show liquid crystalline behavior for longer alkane chain lengths, despite the high mobility of the alkane chain ends already detectable in the crystal phase. A single molecule, half a molecule or two half molecules form the asymmetric unit in a centrosymmetric space group. The homologous series of 1,4-terephthalidene-bis-N-(4′-n-alkylaniline) (TBAA-n) exhibit a large variety of packing arrangements in the crystalline state, with or without relying on the symmetry center within the molecules. PMID:22174604

  2. Physics of liquid and crystalline plasmas: Future perspectives

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    Morfill, G. E.

    It has been shown that under certain conditions "complex plasmas" (plasma containing ions, electrons and charged microspheres) may undergo spontaneous phase changes to become liquid and crystalline, without recombination of the charge components. Hence these systems may be regarded as new plasma states "condensed plasmas". The ordering forces are mainly electrostatic, but dipolar effects, anisotropic pressure due shielding, ion flow focussing etc. may all play a role, too. Complex plasmas are of great interest from a fundamental research point of view because the individual particles of one plasma component (the charged microspheres) can be visualised and hence the plasma can be studied at the kinetic level. Also, the relevant time scales (e.g. 1/plasma frequency) are of order 0.1 sec, the plasma processes occur practically in "slow motion". We will discuss some physical processes (e.g. wave propagation, shocks, phase transitions) of these systems and outline the potential of the research for the understanding of strongly coupled systems. Technologically, it is expected that colloidal plasmas will also become very important, because both plasma technology and colloid technology are widely developed already. In this overview first the basic forces between the particles are discussed, then the phase transitions, the lattice structures and results from active experiments will be presented. Finally the future perspectives will be discussed, from the scientific potential point of view and the experimental approaches in the laboratory and in space. Experiments under microgravity conditions are of great importance, because the microspheres are 10's of billions times heavier than the ions.

  3. Multiscale modeling of liquid crystalline/nanotube composites

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    Patrale, Sharil

    The objective of this research is to synthesize structural composites designed with particular areas defined with custom modulus, strength and toughness values in order to improve the overall mechanical behavior of the composite. Such composites are defined and referred to as 3D-designer composites. These composites will be formed from liquid crystalline polymers and carbon nanotubes. The fabrication process is a variation of rapid prototyping process, which is a layered, additive-manufacturing approach. Composites formed using this process can be custom designed by apt modeling methods for superior performance in advanced applications. The focus of this research is on enhancement of Young's modulus in order to make the final composite stiffer. Strength and toughness of the final composite with respect to various applications is also discussed. We have taken into consideration the mechanical properties of final composite at different fiber volume content as well as at different orientations and lengths of the fibers. The orientation of the LC monomers is supposed to be carried out using electric or magnetic fields. A computer program is modeled incorporating the Mori-Tanaka modeling scheme to generate the stiffness matrix of the final composite. The final properties are then deduced from the stiffness matrix using composite micromechanics. Eshelby's tensor, required to calculate the stiffness tensor using Mori-Tanaka method, is calculated using a numerical scheme that determines the components of the Eshelby's tensor (Gavazzi and Lagoudas 1990). The numerical integration is solved using Gaussian Quadrature scheme and is worked out using MATLAB as well. MATLAB provides a good deal of commands and algorithms that can be used efficiently to elaborate the continuum of the formula to its extents. Graphs are plotted using different combinations of results and parameters involved in finding these results.

  4. Optical and topographic changes in water-responsive patterned cholesteric liquid crystalline polymer coatings

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    Stumpel, Jelle E.; Broer, Dirk J.; Bastiaansen, Cees W. M.; Schenning, Albert P. H. J.

    2014-05-01

    In this work, we present patterned water-responsive coatings, which alter both their topological and optical properties. The polymer coatings are based on a hydrogen-bonded cholesteric liquid crystalline polymer network. A two-step photopolymerization procedure leads to a patterned coating with repeating liquid crystalline and isotropic areas. The cholesteric liquid crystalline areas reflect green light, whilst the isotropic areas are transparent for visible light. Treatment with alkaline solution results in a hygroscopic polymer salt coating. When placed in demineralized water, the polymer films swells, leading to an enhancement of the surface topography structure in which the liquid crystalline areas swell more. Moreover, the pitch of the helical organization in the cholesteric areas increases due to this swelling leading to a color change from green to red.

  5. Liquid film flow in a fracture between two porous blocks

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    Dindoruk, B.; Firoozabadi, A. )

    1994-12-01

    Liquid film flow in a fracture between two porous bodies is mainly driven by pressure. The pressure drop across such a small distance could be significant. The flow of a liquid film is governed by the pressure drop across the fracture space, and therefore, understanding of liquid film flow in a single liquid bridge along a solid wall between two porous bodies is needed. The shape of the liquid bridge between the porous blocks is an unknown. The first step is to determine the shape of the free surface. Due to the nature of the problem, a boundary integral technique is found to provide the solution to the whole problem. Solutions are reported for a range of capillary numbers observed in cracked porous media. Pressure drop is correlated using a dimensionless capillary number group. Using analogy from the Darcy flow in porous media, a correlation for the equivalent Darcy permeability is developed.

  6. Selection of thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers for rotational molding

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    Scribben, Eric

    Thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers (TLCPs) possess a number of physical and mechanical properties such as: excellent chemical resistance, low permeability, low coefficient of thermal expansion, high tensile strength and modulus, and good impact resistance, which make them desirable for use in the storage of cryogenic fluids. Rotational molding was selected as the processing method for these containers because it is convenient for manufacturing large storage vessels from thermoplastics. Unfortunately, there are no reports of successful TLCP rotational molding in the technical literature. The only related work reported involved the static coalescence of two TLCP powders, where three key results were reported that were expected to present problems that preclude the rotational molding process. The first result was that conventional grinding methods produced powders that were composed of high aspect ratio particles. Secondly, coalescence was observed to be either slow or incomplete and speculated that the observed difficulties with coalescence may be due to large values of the shear viscosity at low deformation rates. Finally, complete densification was not observed for the high aspect ratio particles. However, the nature of these problems were not evaluated to determine if they did, in fact, create processing difficulties for rotational molding or if it was possible to develop solutions to the problems to achieve successful rotational molding. This work is concerned with developing a resin selection method to identify viable TLCP candidates and establish processing conditions for successful rotational molding. This was accomplished by individually investigating each of the phenomenological steps of rotational molding to determine the requirements for acceptable performance in, or successful completion of, each step. The fundamental steps were: the characteristics and behavior of the powder in solids flow, the coalescence behavior of isolated particles, and the

  7. Shape-Selectivity with Liquid Crystal and Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymer SAW Sensor Interfaces

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    FRYE-MASON,GREGORY CHARLES; OBORNY,MICHAEL C.; PUGH,COLEEN; RICCO,ANTONIO; THOMAS,ROSS C.; ZELLERS,EDWARD T.; ZHANG,GUO-ZHENG

    1999-09-23

    A liquid crystal (LC) and a side-chain liquid crystalline polymer (SCLCP) were tested as surface acoustic wave (SAW) vapor sensor coatings for discriminating between pairs of isomeric organic vapors. Both exhibit room temperature smectic mesophases. Temperature, electric-field, and pretreatment with self-assembled monolayers comprising either a methyl-terminated or carboxylic acid-terminated alkane thiol anchored to a gold layer in the delay path of the sensor were explored as means of affecting the alignment and selectivity of the LC and SCLCP films. Results for the LC were mixed, while those for the SCLCP showed a consistent preference for the more rod-like isomer of each isomer pair examined.

  8. Formation of a liquid-crystalline interpenetrating poly-(ionic liquid) network hydrogel.

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    Becht, G. A.; Sofos, M.; Seifert, S.; Firestone, M. A.

    2011-02-21

    Preparation of a liquid-crystalline ionic-liquid (IL)-based interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) is described. The IPN is prepared sequentially by first photopolymerizing a self-assembled aqueous mixture of an IL monomer (1-(10-(acryloyloxy)decyl)-3-methylimidazolium chloride) that possesses an acryloyl moiety at the terminus of a C{sub 10} alkyl chain of the IL cation. In the second step, an acrylate counteranion is introduced and then photopolymerized to yield a durable self-supporting network polymer. Thermal analysis indicates the formation of a homogeneous (well-blended constituent polymers) IPN. The IPN adopts a lamellar structure possessing some residual in-plane tetragonal perforations, as evidenced by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The IPN can absorb large quantities of water, swelling to nearly 60 times its original volume, but retains mechanical integrity making it a durable hydrogel.

  9. Liquid-crystalline elastomer-nanoparticle hybrids with reversible switch of magnetic memory.

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    Haberl, Johannes M; Sánchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mihut, Adriana M; Dietsch, Hervé; Hirt, Ann M; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2013-03-25

    A stimuli-responsive material is synthesized that combines the actuation potential of liquid-crystalline elastomers with the anisotropic magnetic properties of ellipsoidal iron oxide nanoparticles. The resulting nanocomposite exhibits unique shape-memory features with magnetic information, which can be reversibly stored and erased via parameters typical of soft materials, such as high deformations, low stresses, and liquid-crystalline smectic-isotropic transition temperatures. PMID:23359417

  10. Chain exchange kinetics of block copolymer micelles in ionic liquids

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    Ma, Yuanchi; Lodge, Timothy

    The chain exchange kinetics of block copolymer micelles has been studied using time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS), a key tool in determining the average micelle composition in contrast-matched solvents. In this work, PMMA-block-PnBMA was selected as the model block copolymer, which has a LCST behavior in the common ionic liquids, [EMIM][TFSI] and [BMIM][TFSI]. We examined the chain exchange kinetics of three PMMA-block-PnBMA copolymers, with identical PMMA block length (MPMMA = 25000) and different PnBMA block lengths (MPnBMA = 24000, 35000 and 53000); the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ) between the core (PnBMA) and the solvent were varied by mixing [EMIM][TFSI] and [BMIM][TFSI] in different ratios. We found that the relaxation of the initial segregation of h- and d- micelles followed the same form with the time as previously developed by our group. Assuming that single chain expulsion is the rate limiting step, the thermal barrier was found to depend linearly on the core block length (Ncore) . Furthermore, the effect of χ on the chain exchange kinetics will also be discussed.

  11. Structure and interactions in isotropic and liquid crystalline neurofilament networks

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    Jones, Jayna Bea

    2007-12-01

    Neurofilaments (NFs) are cytoskeletal proteins that are localized within nerve cells, which form long oriented bundles running the length of axons. While abnormal aggregations of these proteins have been implicated in several neurological disorders including Parkinson's disease and ALS, interfilament interactions in both the normal and diseased states are not well understood. In vivo, NFs are supramolecular structures composed of three subunit proteins of low (NF-L), medium (NF-M), and high molecular (NF-H) weight that assemble into a 10 nm diameter rod with radiating sidearms, forming a bottle-brush conformation. In this study we alter the subunit composition and probe the resulting networks with polarized microscopy and synchrotron small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), in order to isolate the role of each subunit in interfilament interactions. By reassembling NFs in vitro from varying ratios of the subunit proteins, purified from bovine spinal cord, we form filaments with controlled subunit compositions. The resulting filaments, at a high volume fraction, are nematic liquid crystalline gels with a well defined spacing, determined with SAXS. Upon dilution the difference between the subunits is realized with NF-M grafted filaments being dominated by attractive interactions and remaining aligned, while those flanked with NF-H sidearms repel and become isotropic gels. Interplay between these forces is seen in the ternary system composed of all three subunit proteins (NF-LMH). The polyampholytic subunits have a charge distribution that varies along the length of the sidearm, which forms the brush layer, and the distribution is different for each subunit. The interfilament interactions are highly dependent on environmental conditions including salt concentration, pH, and osmotic pressure. Increasing ionic strength induces attractive interactions and a stabilization of the nematic phase in filaments that were repulsive at lower monovalent salt concentration. The

  12. Gel formation in a mixture of a block copolymer and a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Khazimullin, Maxim; Müller, Thomas; Messlinger, Stephan; Rehberg, Ingo; Schöpf, Wolfgang; Krekhov, Alexei; Pettau, Robin; Kreger, Klaus; Schmidt, Hans-Werner

    2011-08-01

    The viscoelastic properties of a binary mixture of a mesogenic side-chain block copolymer in a low molecular weight nematic liquid crystal are studied for mass concentrations ranging from the diluted regime up to a liquid crystalline gel state at about 3%. In the gel state, the system does not flow, exhibits a polydomain structure on a microscopic level, and strongly scatters light. Below the gelation point, the system is homogeneous and behaves like a usual nematic, so the continuum theory of liquid crystals can be applied for interpreting the experimental data. Using the dynamic Fréedericksz transition technique, the dependence of the splay elastic constant and the rotational viscosity on the polymer concentration have been obtained. Comparing the dynamic behavior of block copolymer solutions with the respective homopolymer solutions reveals that, above a mass concentration of 1%, self-assembling of the block copolymer chain segments in clusters occurred, resulting in a gel state at higher concentrations. The effective cluster size is estimated as a function of the concentration, and a scaling-law behavior near the sol-gel transition is confirmed. This technique may serve as an alternative method for determining the gelation point. PMID:21929007

  13. Gel formation in a mixture of a block copolymer and a nematic liquid crystal

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    Khazimullin, Maxim; Müller, Thomas; Messlinger, Stephan; Rehberg, Ingo; Schöpf, Wolfgang; Krekhov, Alexei; Pettau, Robin; Kreger, Klaus; Schmidt, Hans-Werner

    2011-08-01

    The viscoelastic properties of a binary mixture of a mesogenic side-chain block copolymer in a low molecular weight nematic liquid crystal are studied for mass concentrations ranging from the diluted regime up to a liquid crystalline gel state at about 3%. In the gel state, the system does not flow, exhibits a polydomain structure on a microscopic level, and strongly scatters light. Below the gelation point, the system is homogeneous and behaves like a usual nematic, so the continuum theory of liquid crystals can be applied for interpreting the experimental data. Using the dynamic Fréedericksz transition technique, the dependence of the splay elastic constant and the rotational viscosity on the polymer concentration have been obtained. Comparing the dynamic behavior of block copolymer solutions with the respective homopolymer solutions reveals that, above a mass concentration of 1%, self-assembling of the block copolymer chain segments in clusters occurred, resulting in a gel state at higher concentrations. The effective cluster size is estimated as a function of the concentration, and a scaling-law behavior near the sol-gel transition is confirmed. This technique may serve as an alternative method for determining the gelation point.

  14. Liquid Crystalline Thermosets from Ester, Ester-imide, and Ester-amide Oligomers

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    Dingemans, Theodorus J. (Inventor); Weiser, Erik S. (Inventor); St. Clair, Terry L. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    Main chain thermotropic liquid crystal esters, ester-imides, and ester-amides were prepared from AA, BB, and AB type monomeric materials and end-capped with phenylacetylene, phenylmaleimide, or nadimide reactive end-groups. The end-capped liquid crystal oligomers are thermotropic and have, preferably, molecular weights in the range of approximately 1000-15,000 grams per mole. The end-capped liquid crystaloligomers have broad liquid crystalline melting ranges and exhibit high melt stability and very low melt viscosities at accessible temperatures. The end-capped liquid crystal oli-gomers are stable forup to an hour in the melt phase. They are highly processable by a variety of melt process shape forming and blending techniques. Once processed and shaped, the end-capped liquid crystal oigomers were heated to further polymerize and form liquid crystalline thermosets (LCT). The fully cured products are rubbers above their glass transition temperatures.

  15. Clustomesogens: Liquid Crystalline Hybrid Nanomaterials Containing Functional Metal Nanoclusters.

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    Molard, Yann

    2016-08-16

    Inorganic phosphorescent octahedral metal nanoclusters fill the gap between metal complexes and nanoparticles. They are finite groups of metal atoms linked by metal-metal bonds, with an exact composition and structure at the nanometer scale. As their phosphorescence internal quantum efficiency can approach 100%, they represent a very attractive class of molecular building blocks to design hybrid nanomaterials dedicated to light energy conversion, optoelectronic, display, lighting, or theragnostic applications. They are obtained as AnM6X(i)8X(a)6 ternary salt powders (A = alkali cation, M = Mo, Re, W, X(i): halogen inner ligand, X(a) = halogen apical ligand) by high temperature solid state synthesis (750-1200 °C). However, their ceramic-like behavior has largely restricted their use as functional components in the past. Since these last two decades, several groups, including ours, started to tackle the challenge of integrating them in easy-to-process materials. Within this context, we have extensively explored the nanocluster ternary salt specificities to develop a new class of self-organized hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials known as clustomesogens. These materials, combine the specific properties of nanoclusters (magnetic, electronic, luminescence) with the anisotropy-related properties of liquid crystals (LCs). This Account covers the research and development of clustomesogens starting from the design concepts and synthesis to their introduction in functional devices. We developed three strategies to build such hybrid super- or supramolecules. In the covalent approach, we capitalized on the apical ligand-metal bond iono-covalent character to graft tailor-made organic LC promoters on the {M6X(i)8}(n+) nanocluster cores. The supramolecular approach relies on the host-guest complexation of the ternary cluster salt alkali cations with functional crown ether macrocycles. We showed that the hybrid LC behavior depends on the macrocycles structural features

  16. An azobenzene-based photochromic liquid crystalline amphiphile for a remote-controllable light shutter.

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    Kim, Dae-Yoon; Lee, Sang-A; Kim, Huisu; Min Kim, Soo; Kim, Namil; Jeong, Kwang-Un

    2015-07-14

    By considering intramolecular conformations and intermolecular interactions, an azobenzene-based photochromic liquid crystalline amphiphile is synthesized for demonstrating a remote-controllable light shutter by the photo-induced isothermal phase transition between the highly ordered crystal phase and the isotropic liquid phase. PMID:26067781

  17. One-piece micropumps from liquid crystalline core-shell particles

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    Fleischmann, Eva-Kristina; Liang, Hsin-Ling; Kapernaum, Nadia; Giesselmann, Frank; Lagerwall, Jan; Zentel, Rudolf

    2012-11-01

    Responsive polymers are low-cost, light weight and flexible, and thus an attractive class of materials for the integration into micromechanical and lab-on-chip systems. Triggered by external stimuli, liquid crystalline elastomers are able to perform mechanical motion and can be utilized as microactuators. Here we present the fabrication of one-piece micropumps from liquid crystalline core-shell elastomer particles via a microfluidic double-emulsion process, the continuous nature of which enables a low-cost and rapid production. The liquid crystalline elastomer shell contains a liquid core, which is reversibly pumped into and out of the particle by actuation of the liquid crystalline shell in a jellyfish-like motion. The liquid crystalline elastomer shells have the potential to be integrated into a microfluidic system as micropumps that do not require additional components, except passive channel connectors and a trigger for actuation. This renders elaborate and high-cost micromachining techniques, which are otherwise required for obtaining microstructures with pump function, unnecessary.

  18. Self-assembled monolayers of alkanethiols on gold prepared in a hexagonal lyotropic liquid crystalline phase of Triton X-100/water system.

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    Ganesh, V; Lakshminarayanan, V

    2006-02-14

    In this paper, we have reported a new method of preparing self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of decanethiol and hexadecanethiol on gold surface by using a lyotropic liquid crystalline phase as an adsorbing medium. The stability and blocking ability of these SAMs were characterized using grazing angle Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The lyotropic liquid crystalline medium possesses a hexagonal structure consisting of a nonionic surfactant Triton X-100, water, and the corresponding thiol, which provides a highly hydrophobic environment to solubilize the alkanethiols and later to facilitate their delivery to the gold surface. We find that the SAMs formed from the hexagonal liquid crystalline phase are highly compact and have excellent electrochemical blocking ability towards the redox probes compared to conventional SAMs prepared from commonly used organic solvents such as ethanol. From the impedance studies, we have determined the capacitance of the monolayer-coated electrodes and the surface coverage of the SAM, which has been found to be >99.98% on gold surface. We have also estimated the extent of ionic permeability through the film and measured the rate constants for the redox reactions on the SAM-modified electrodes. Our results show that the rate constants of [Fe(CN)6](3-/4-) and [Ru(NH3)6](2+/3+) redox couples are very much lower in the case of monolayers prepared in liquid crystalline phase compared to the SAM formed in 1 mM thiol in ethanol solution, suggesting a better blocking ability of the SAMs in the former case. From the grazing angle FTIR spectroscopic studies and capacitance measurements, we have ruled out any coadsorption of surfactant molecules on the Au surface. These results suggest that SAMs of very low defect density and extremely low ionic permeability can be obtained when a hexagonal lyotropic liquid crystalline phase is used as

  19. Optical Behaviors of Cholesteric Liquid-Crystalline Polyester Composites with Various Chiral Photochromic Dopants.

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    Chien, Chih-Chieh; Liu, Jui-Hsiang

    2015-12-15

    New developments in the field of chiral nematic liquid crystals, such as color displays, are now being widely proposed. This article describes the tunable incident reflection band based on composite materials of low-molecular-weight chiroptical dopants and polymeric networks. These materials have advantages including easily manageable color according to a change in the helical pitch of the cholesteric liquid crystal upon exposure to light. A series of novel chiral dopants of isosorbide derivatives containing photochromic groups and three new main-chain liquid crystalline polyesters were synthesized and identified using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and elemental analyses. The phase-transition temperatures and the liquid-crystal phase determination of the synthesized polymers were estimated using DSC, WAXD, and POM analyses. The influence of the dopant concentrations and the solubility in a liquid crystalline polymer blend were also studied. The reflection band of the cholesteric liquid crystalline composites could be adjusted and tuned with a wide range of color variation across the entire visible region. A real image recording of the chiral photochromic liquid crystalline polymer blend was achieved by exposing it to UV light through a mask. PMID:26636344

  20. Mouldable liquid-crystalline elastomer actuators with exchangeable covalent bonds.

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    Pei, Zhiqiang; Yang, Yang; Chen, Qiaomei; Terentjev, Eugene M; Wei, Yen; Ji, Yan

    2014-01-01

    Liquid-crystal elastomers (LCEs) are a class of actively moving polymers with remarkable practical potential for converting external stimuli into mechanical actuation. However, real-world applications of LCEs are lacking because macroscopic orientation of liquid-crystal order, which is required for reversible actuations, is hard to achieve in practice. Here we show that the processing bottleneck of LCEs can be overcome by introducing exchangeable links in place of permanent network crosslinks, a concept previously demonstrated for vitrimers. Liquid-crystal elastomers with exchangeable links (xLCEs) are mouldable, allow for easy processing and alignment, and can be subsequently altered through remoulding with different stress patterns, thus opening the way to practical xLCE actuators and artificial muscles. Surprisingly, instead of external-stress relaxation through the creep of non-liquid-crystal transient networks with exchangeable links, xLCEs develop strong liquid-crystal alignment as an alternative mechanism of mechanical relaxation. PMID:24292422

  1. A study of the structure of the crystalline bacterial biofilms that can encrust and block silver Foley catheters.

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    Morgan, Sheridan D; Rigby, Deborah; Stickler, David J

    2009-04-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the structure of the crystalline bacterial biofilms that encrust and block silver/hydrogel-coated latex catheters. Scanning electron microscopy was used to examine the crystalline deposits that were found encrusting catheters obtained from six patients undergoing long-term catheterization in a community setting. Large populations of bacilli and cocci were seen on all catheters developing on a basal foundation layer of crystalline material. These observations show that in patients prone to catheter encrustation, crystalline material formed in the urine can cover the surfaces of silver catheters. Extensive bacterial biofilms then develop on the crystals, shielded from the underlying silver. It is suggested that if antimicrobials are to be incorporated into catheters to prevent encrustation, they must diffuse out from the catheter surface and reduce the viable cell populations of the urease producing bacteria that elevate the urinary pH and trigger crystal formation. PMID:19189089

  2. The effect of side-chain liquid crystalline concentration in liquid crystal on dielectric properties

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    Gökçen, M.; Köysal, O.; Yıldırım, M.; Altındal, Ş.

    2012-08-01

    As liquid crystal (LC), E63 and as doping material, side-chain liquid crystalline polymer (SLCP) were used in this study. In order to observe the effect of SLCP concentration in LC on the dielectric properties in a wide range of frequency and bias voltage, SLCP was doped into E63 with 0 (pure E63), 1 and 10 wt%. The bias voltage and frequency dependence of the dielectric properties of pure E63 and doped mixtures (E63/SCLP) have been investigated using the admittance spectroscopy method (C-V and G/ω-V) in the frequency range of 10 kHz-10 MHz at room temperature. The values of dielectric constant (ɛ‧) and real (M‧) and imaginary (M″) parts of electric modulus of the pure E63 and E63/SLCP (1 and 10%) were calculated using the measured admittance values. Moreover, dielectric anisotropy (Δɛ) was also obtained for each sample as a function of frequency. Results show that the values of dielectric parameters are strong functions of frequency and applied bias voltage depending on the concentration amount. Furthermore, dielectric anisotropy has negative values according to p/n type changing for each sample after a critical frequency value.

  3. Dynamic focusing microlens array using liquid crystalline polymer and a liquid crystal

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    Choi, Yoonseuk; Lee, Kwang-Ho; Kim, Hak-Rin; Kim, Jae-Hoon

    2006-09-01

    An active microlens device is demonstrated by using a stacked layer structure of UV curable polymer, liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) and a liquid crystal (LC). The incident linearly polarized light is focused after passing through the combined refractive type microlens array system of UV curable polymer and LCP. Because used LCP shows highly birefringent macroscopic property from the well-ordered molecular structure, the additional polarization state control layer was inserted to modulate the dynamic focusing characteristics of the device. From the additional twisted LC layer's electro-optic response, we obtained good focal switching characteristics of microlens array with a small operation voltage application. This enhanced dynamic focusing characteristic of device was originated from the separate operation of polymer lens structure's beam focusing and twisted LC layer's polarization control ability. The measured focal length was well matched to the calculated one. This proposed LC microlens array is expected to play a critical role in the various real photonic components such as highly reliable optical switch, beam modulator and key device for 3-D imaging system.

  4. Enhanced light absorption in graphene via a liquid-crystalline optical diode

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    Pantazi, Aikaterini Iria; Yannopapas, Vassilios

    2016-09-01

    We demonstrate theoretically that light absorption in graphene can be boosted via a light-trapping mechanism based on a liquid-crystalline optical diode. The optical diode consists of twisted-nematic and nematic liquid-crystalline slabs. In particular, we show that, using a proper optical-diode setup, the absorption in a single graphene layer can be enhanced by a factor of four. By varying the pitch of the twisted-nematic liquid-crystalline slabs comprising the diode, one can tune the operating spectral region of the diode and thus enhance the absorption of graphene within a desired spectral window. Our calculations are based on Berreman's 4×4 method which treats anisotropic, isotropic and/ or inhomogeneous layered systems on equal footing.

  5. Topological Control of Columnar Stacking Made of Liquid-Crystalline Thiophene-Fused Metallonaphthalocyanines.

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    Suzuki, Hiroyuki; Kawano, Koki; Ohta, Kazuchika; Shimizu, Yo; Kobayashi, Nagao; Kimura, Mutsumi

    2016-04-01

    The spontaneous organization of two-dimensional polyaromatic molecules into well-defined nanostructures through noncovalent interactions is important in the development of organic-based electronic and optoelectronic devices. Two regioisomers of thiophene-fused zinc naphthalocyanines ZnTNcendo and ZnTNcexo have been designed and synthesized to obtain photo- and electroactive liquid crystalline materials. Both compounds exhibited liquid crystalline behavior over a wide temperature range through intermolecular π-π interactions and local phase segregation between the aromatic cores and peripheral side chains. The structural differences between ZnTNcendo and ZnTNcexo affected the stacking mode in self-assembled columns, as well as symmetry of the two-dimensional rectangular columnar lattice. The columnar structure in liquid crystalline phase exhibited an ambipolar charge-transport behavior. PMID:27308226

  6. Viewing angle compensation of various LCD modes by using a liquid crystalline polymer film

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    Matsumoto, Takuya; Nishimura, Suzushi

    2013-09-01

    The authors have developed liquid crystalline retardation films to improve certain aspects of LCD image quality such as viewing angle performance and coloration. We have successfully created several types of optical retardation films using a rod-like liquid crystalline polymer. The resulting liquid crystalline polymer films have several advantages over conventional uni- or biaxially stretched retardation films. Precisely controlled structures such as twisted nematic, homogeneous nematic, hybrid nematic and homeotropic structures can provide ideal compensation of various LCD types, such as STN, TN, ECB, VA and IPS-LCDs. Twisted nematic film effectively prevents coloration of STN-LCDs, which is a critical flaw affecting color representation. Short pitch cholesteric film, which utilizes said rod-like liquid crystalline polymer and is the optical equivalent of a negative C-plate, can expand the viewing angle of VA-LCDs. Hybrid nematic film is quite unique in that the film functions not only as a wave plate but also as a viewing angle compensator for TN and ECB-LCDs. Homeotropic film, which acts as a positive-C plate, greatly improves the viewing angle performance of IPS and CPVA-LCDs. Our homeotropically aligned liquid crystalline film, called "NV film", is the world's thinnest retardation film. The thickness of the liquid crystalline layer is a mere 1 micrometer. Homeotropic film can be used to expand the viewing angle not only of LCDs but also OLED displays. And NV film, when used in in combination with a quarter wavelength plate, can expand the viewing angles of the circular polarizers used to prevent reflection in OLED displays.

  7. Supramolecular Liquid Crystallinity: Spherical Coils of Levan Surrounding Cylindrical Rods of DNA

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    Huber, Anne E.; Viney, Christopher

    1998-01-01

    Levan, which adopts a compact spherical conformation in aqueous solution, can form a liquid crystalline phase if DNA is also present. We propose that supramolecular rodlike structures, assembled by the noncovalent aggregation of levan around DNA, stabilize the lyotropic phase. We describe a geometric model for the aggregates. The model is quantitatively consistent with the relative amounts of DNA and levan needed for liquid crystallinity, and it agrees qualitatively with the shape of the boundary between the isotropic and heterogeneous fields on an experimentally determined phase diagram.

  8. Mechanisms of dielectric polarization in thermotropic liquid-crystalline complexes based on lanthanides

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    Dobrun, L. A.; Kovshik, A. P.; Ryumtsev, E. I.; Knyazev, A. A.; Galyametdinov, Yu. G.

    2016-06-01

    The components of the dielectric constant of a terbium-based liquid-crystalline complex have been measured in the frequency range of 350-5 × 106 Hz. The magnitude and sign of the dielectric anisotropy of the complex have been determined. Dispersion of the dielectric constants in the liquid-crystalline and isotropic phases has been found. The mechanisms responsible for the relaxation phenomena that appear in the studied sample have been determined. The time of dielectric relaxation, the activation energy, and the dipole moment of the complex have been obtained.

  9. Organic solar cells based on liquid crystalline and polycrystalline thin films

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    Yoo, Seunghyup

    This dissertation describes the study of organic thin-film solar cells in pursuit of affordable, renewable, and environmentally-friendly energy sources. Particular emphasis is given to the molecular ordering found in liquid crystalline or polycrystalline films as a way to leverage the efficiencies of these types of cells. Maximum efficiencies estimated based on excitonic character of organic solar cells show power conversion efficiencies larger than 10% are possible in principle. However, their performance is often limited due to small exciton diffusion lengths and poor transport properties which may be attributed to the amorphous nature of most organic semiconductors. Discotic liquid crystal (DLC) copper phthalocyanine was investigated as an easily processible building block for solar cells in which ordered molecular arrangements are enabled by a self-organization in its mesophases. An increase in photocurrent and a reduction in series resistance have been observed in a cell which underwent an annealing process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements suggest that structural and morphological changes induced after the annealing process are related to these improvements. In an alternative approach, p-type pentacene thin films prepared by physical vapor deposition were incorporated into heterojunction solar cells with C60 as n-type layers. Power conversion efficiencies of 2.7% under broadband illumination (350--900 nm) with a peak external quantum efficiency of 58% have been achieved with the broad spectral coverage across the visible spectrum. Analysis using an exciton diffusion model shows this efficient carrier generation is mainly due to the large exciton diffusion length of pentacene films. Joint XRD and AFM studies reveal that the highly crystalline nature of pentacene films can account for the observed large exciton diffusion length. In addition, the electrical characteristics are studied as a function of light intensity using

  10. Structure and mechanical properties of liquid crystalline filaments

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    Eremin, Alexey; Nemes, Alexandru; Stannarius, Ralf; Schulz, Mario; Nadasi, Hajnalka; Weissflog, Wolfgang

    2005-03-01

    The formation of stable freely suspended filaments is an interesting peculiarity of some liquid crystal phases. So far, little is known about their structure and stability. Similarly to free-standing smectic films, an internal molecular structure of the mesophase stabilizes these macroscopically well-ordered objects with length to diameter ratios of 10{sup 3} and above. In this paper, we report observations of smectic liquid crystal fibers formed by bent-shaped molecules in different mesophases. Our study, employing several experimental techniques, focuses on mechanical and structural aspects of fiber formation such as internal structure, stability, and mechanical and optical properties.

  11. Orientational energy of anisometric particles in liquid-crystalline suspensions

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    Burylov, S. V.; Zakhlevnykh, A. N.

    2013-07-01

    We obtain a general expression for the orientational energy of an individual anisometric particle suspended in uniform nematic liquid crystals when the main axis of the particle rotates with respect to the nematic director. We show that there is a qualitative and quantitative analogy between the internal and external problems for cylindrical volumes of nematic liquid crystals, and on this basis we obtain an estimate of the orientational energy of a particle of cylindrical (rodlike, needlelike, or ellipsoidal) shape. For an ensemble of such particles we propose a modified form of their orientational energy in the nematic matrix. This orientational energy has the usual second-order term, and additional fourth-order term in the scalar product of the nematic director and the vector which characterizes an average direction of the main axes of the particles. As an example we obtain the expression for the free energy density of ferronematics, i.e., colloidal suspensions of needlelike magnetic particles in nematic liquid crystals. Unlike previous models, the free energy density includes the proposed modified form of the particle orientational energy, and also a contribution describing the surface saddle-splay deformations of the liquid crystal matrix.

  12. Double-twist cylinders in liquid crystalline cholesteric blue phases observed by transmission electron microscopy.

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    Tanaka, Shu; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Kawata, Yuto; Kuwahara, Ryusuke; Nishi, Ryuji; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-01-01

    Cholesteric blue phases are liquid crystalline phases in which the constituent rod-like molecules spontaneously form three-dimensional, helical structures. Despite theoretical predictions that they are composed of cylindrical substructures within which the liquid crystal molecules are doubly twisted, real space observation of the arrangement of such structures had not been performed. Through transmission electron microscopy of photopolymerized blue phases with controlled lattice plane orientations, we report real space observation and comparison of the lattice structures of blue phases I and II. The two systems show distinctly different contrasts, reflecting the theoretically predicted, body centred and simple cubic arrangement of the double-twist cylinders. Transmission electron microscopy also reveals different tendencies of the two blue phases to align on unidirectionally rubbed surfaces. We thus show that TEM observation of alignment-controlled, photopolymerized liquid crystals can be a powerful tool to investigate complex liquid crystalline order. PMID:26530779

  13. Double-twist cylinders in liquid crystalline cholesteric blue phases observed by transmission electron microscopy

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    Tanaka, Shu; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Kawata, Yuto; Kuwahara, Ryusuke; Nishi, Ryuji; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-01-01

    Cholesteric blue phases are liquid crystalline phases in which the constituent rod-like molecules spontaneously form three-dimensional, helical structures. Despite theoretical predictions that they are composed of cylindrical substructures within which the liquid crystal molecules are doubly twisted, real space observation of the arrangement of such structures had not been performed. Through transmission electron microscopy of photopolymerized blue phases with controlled lattice plane orientations, we report real space observation and comparison of the lattice structures of blue phases I and II. The two systems show distinctly different contrasts, reflecting the theoretically predicted, body centred and simple cubic arrangement of the double-twist cylinders. Transmission electron microscopy also reveals different tendencies of the two blue phases to align on unidirectionally rubbed surfaces. We thus show that TEM observation of alignment-controlled, photopolymerized liquid crystals can be a powerful tool to investigate complex liquid crystalline order. PMID:26530779

  14. Double-twist cylinders in liquid crystalline cholesteric blue phases observed by transmission electron microscopy

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    Tanaka, Shu; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Kawata, Yuto; Kuwahara, Ryusuke; Nishi, Ryuji; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-11-01

    Cholesteric blue phases are liquid crystalline phases in which the constituent rod-like molecules spontaneously form three-dimensional, helical structures. Despite theoretical predictions that they are composed of cylindrical substructures within which the liquid crystal molecules are doubly twisted, real space observation of the arrangement of such structures had not been performed. Through transmission electron microscopy of photopolymerized blue phases with controlled lattice plane orientations, we report real space observation and comparison of the lattice structures of blue phases I and II. The two systems show distinctly different contrasts, reflecting the theoretically predicted, body centred and simple cubic arrangement of the double-twist cylinders. Transmission electron microscopy also reveals different tendencies of the two blue phases to align on unidirectionally rubbed surfaces. We thus show that TEM observation of alignment-controlled, photopolymerized liquid crystals can be a powerful tool to investigate complex liquid crystalline order.

  15. Liquid Crystalline Thermosets from Ester, Ester-Imide, and Ester-Amide Oligomers

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    Dingemans, Theodornus J. (Inventor); Weiser, Erik S. (Inventor); SaintClair, Terry L. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    Main chain thermotropic liquid crystal esters, ester-imides, and ester-amides were prepared from AA, BB, and AB type monomeric materials and were end-capped with phenylacetylene, phenylmaleimide, or nadimide reactive end-groups. The resulting reactive end-capped liquid crystal oligomers exhibit a variety of improved and preferred physical properties. The end-capped liquid crystal oligomers are thermotropic and have, preferably, molecular weights in the range of approximately 1000-15,OOO grams per mole. The end-capped liquid crystal oligomers have broad liquid crystalline melting ranges and exhibit high melt stability and very low melt viscosities at accessible temperatures. The end-capped liquid crystal oligomers are stable for up to an hour in the melt phase. These properties make the end-capped liquid crystal oligomers highly processable by a variety of melt process shape forming and blending techniques including film extrusion, fiber spinning, reactive injection molding (RIM), resin transfer molding (RTM), resin film injection (RFI), powder molding, pultrusion, injection molding, blow molding, plasma spraying and thermo-forming. Once processed and shaped, the end- capped liquid crystal oligomers were heated to further polymerize and form liquid crystalline thermosets (LCT). The fully cured products are rubbers above their glass transition temperatures. The resulting thermosets display many properties that are superior to their non-end-capped high molecular weight analogs.

  16. Liquid crystalline thermosets from ester, ester-imide, and ester-amide oligomers

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    Dingemans, Theodorous J. (Inventor); Weiser, Erik S. (Inventor); St. Clair, Terry L. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    Main chain thermotropic liquid crystal esters, ester-imides, and ester-amides were prepared from AA, BB, and AB type monomeric materials and were end-capped with phenylacetylene, phenylmaleimide, or nadimide reactive end-groups. The resulting reactive end-capped liquid crystal oligomers exhibit a variety of improved and preferred physical properties. The end-capped liquid crystal oligomers are thermotropic and have, preferably, molecular weights in the range of approximately 1000-15,000 grams per mole. The end-capped liquid crystal oligomers have broad liquid crystalline melting ranges and exhibit high melt stability and very low melt viscosities at accessible temperatures. The end-capped liquid crystal oligomers are stable for up to an hour in the melt phase. These properties make the end-capped liquid crystal oligomers highly processable by a variety of melt process shape forming and blending techniques including film extrusion, fiber spinning, reactive injection molding (RIM), resin transfer molding (RTM), resin film injection (RFI), powder molding, pultrusion, injection molding, blow molding, plasma spraying and thermo-forming. Once processed and shaped, the end-capped liquid crystal oligomers were heated to further polymerize and form liquid crystalline thermosets (LCT). The fully cured products are rubbers above their glass transition temperatures. The resulting thermosets display many properties that are superior to their non-end-capped high molecular weight analogs.

  17. Blue phase liquid crystalline polymers and its application in manned spacecraft

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    Zhang, Dongpu; Xu, Fang; Li, Wangling; Guo, Weiguo

    2014-11-01

    As novel Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) materials, blue phase liquid crystalline polymers have attracted considerable attention and interests, mainly because of their unique properties, including wide angle of view, fast response times and selective reflection of light. Blue phases are mesophases usually exhibited by highly chiral materials and commonly occur in a narrow temperature range below the isotropic phase.They are optically active and non-birefringent, while exhibit Bragg diffraction of light in the visible wavelength. So they can improve and enhance the performances of liquid crystal display in manned spacecraft. The development and recent advances are reviewed with a brief introduction of the history of the blue phase studies. Some special properties are analyzed especially the frustration in the double twist molecular alignment. The application prospect of blue phase liquid crystalline polymers in manned spacecraft are discussed. Because of high resolution, high response speed, low power, low weight and small footprint, blue phase liquid crystal displays can meet the technique requirements on displays in our future manned spacecrafts, especially space station. Blue phase liquid crystalline polymers have more superior performances on viewing angle. Thus, blue phase LCD is a better choice to improve the viewing angle in manned spacecrafts.

  18. Crystalline Oligo(ethylene sulfide) Domains Define Highly Stable Supramolecular Block Copolymer Assemblies.

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    Brubaker, Carrie E; Velluto, Diana; Demurtas, Davide; Phelps, Edward A; Hubbell, Jeffrey A

    2015-07-28

    With proper control over copolymer design and solvation conditions, self-assembled materials display impressive morphological variety that encompasses nanoscale colloids as well as bulk three-dimensional architectures. Here we take advantage of both hydrophobicity and crystallinity to mediate supramolecular self-assembly of spherical micellar, linear fibrillar, or hydrogel structures by a family of highly asymmetric poly(ethylene glycol)-b-oligo(ethylene sulfide) (PEG-OES) copolymers. Assembly structural polymorphism was achieved with modification of PEG-OES topology (linear versus multiarm) and with precise, monomer-by-monomer control of OES length. Notably, all three morphologies were accessed utilizing OES oligomers with degrees of polymerization as short as three. These exceptionally small assembly forming blocks represent the first application of ethylene sulfide oligomers in supramolecular materials. While the assemblies demonstrated robust aqueous stability over time, oxidation by hydrogen peroxide progressively converted ethylene sulfide residues to increasingly hydrophilic and amorphous sulfoxides and sulfones, causing morphological changes and permanent disassembly. We utilized complementary microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to confirm this chemical stimulus-responsive behavior in self-assembled PEG-OES colloidal dispersions and physical gels. In addition to inherent stimulus-responsive behavior, fibrillar assemblies demonstrated biologically relevant molecular delivery, as confirmed by the dose-dependent activation of murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells following fibril-mediated delivery of the immunological adjuvant monophosphoryl lipid A. In physical gels composed of either linear or multiarm PEG-OES precursors, rheologic analysis also identified mechanical stimulus-responsive shear thinning behavior. Thanks to the facile preparation, user-defined morphology, aqueous stability, carrier functionality, and stimuli-responsive behaviors of

  19. A bundled-stack discotic columnar liquid crystalline phase with inter-stack electronic coupling

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    Wang, Bin; Sun, Runkun; Günbaş, Duygu D.; Zhang, Hao; Grozema, Ferdinand C.; Xiao, Kai; Jin, Shi

    2015-06-15

    The first compound proving to be capable of forming a bundled-stack discotic columnar liquid crystalline (BSDCLC) phase was designed and synthesized. Finally, the unique perylene anhydride inter-stack interaction was found to be the key to the formation of the BSDCLC structure and inter-stack electronic coupling (ISEC).

  20. An electric-field-responsive discotic liquid-crystalline hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene/oligothiophene hybrid.

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    Hu, Nan; Shao, Renfan; Shen, Yongqiang; Chen, Dong; Clark, Noel A; Walba, David M

    2014-04-01

    A novel hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene/oligothiophene hybrid is shown to self-assemble into a hexagonal columnar liquid crystalline phase, and respond to applied electric fields resulting in uniform homeotropic or parallel alignment depending upon the electrode structure. Furthermore, the columnar orientation can be maintained even after removal of the electric field unless the material is heated above the clearing temperature. PMID:24818257

  1. Electrophoretic Deposition for Cholesteric Liquid-Crystalline Devices with Memory and Modulation of Reflection Colors.

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    Tokunaga, Shoichi; Itoh, Yoshimitsu; Yaguchi, Yuya; Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Araoka, Fumito; Takezoe, Hideo; Aida, Takuzo

    2016-06-01

    The first design strategy that allows both memorization and modulation of the liquid-crystalline reflection color is reported. Electrophoretic deposition of a tailored ionic chiral dopant is key to realizing this unprecedented function, which may pave the way for the development of full-color e-paper that can operate without the need of color filters. PMID:27027423

  2. Bundled Stack Discotic Columnar Liquid Crystalline Phase with Inter Stack Electronic Coupling

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    Wang, Bin; Sun, Runkun; Gunbas, Duygu; Zhang, Hao; Grozema, Ferdinand; Xiao, Kai; Jin, Shi

    2015-01-01

    The first compound capable of forming a bundled stack discotic columnar liquid crystalline (BSDCLC) phase was designed and synthesized. The unique perylene anhydride inter stack interaction was found to be the key to the formation of the BSDCLC structure and inter stack electronic coupling (ISEC).

  3. Effect of Liquid-Crystalline Epoxy Backbone Structure on Thermal Conductivity of Epoxy-Alumina Composites

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    Giang, Thanhkieu; Kim, Jinhwan

    2016-06-01

    In a series of papers published recently, we clearly demonstrated that the most important factor governing the thermal conductivity of epoxy-Al2O3 composites is the backbone structure of the epoxy. In this study, three more epoxies based on diglycidyl ester-terminated liquid-crystalline epoxy (LCE) have been synthesized to draw conclusions regarding the effect of the epoxy backbone structure on the thermal conductivity of epoxy-alumina composites. The synthesized structures were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR) and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, and optical microscopy were also employed to examine the thermal and optical properties of the synthesized LCEs and the cured composites. All three LCE resins exhibited typical liquid-crystalline behaviors: clear solid crystalline state below the melting temperature (T m), sharp crystalline melting at T m, and transition to nematic phase above T m with consequent isotropic phase above the isotropic temperature (T i). The LCE resins displayed distinct nematic liquid-crystalline phase over a wide temperature range and retained liquid-crystalline phase after curing, with high thermal conductivity of the resulting composite. The thermal conductivity values ranged from 3.09 W/m-K to 3.89 W/m-K for LCE-Al2O3 composites with 50 vol.% filler loading. The steric effect played a governing role in the difference. The neat epoxy resin thermal conductivity was obtained as 0.35 W/m-K to 0.49 W/m-K based on analysis using the Agari-Uno model. The results clearly support the objective of this study in that the thermal conductivity of the LCE-containing networks strongly depended on the epoxy backbone structure and the degree of ordering in the cured network.

  4. A liquid crystalline polymer microlens array with tunable focal intensity by the polarization control of a liquid crystal layer

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    Choi, Yoonseuk; Kim, Hak-Rin; Lee, Kwang-Ho; Lee, Yong-Min; Kim, Jae-Hoon

    2007-11-01

    We propose a focal intensity tunable microlens array by using a birefringent liquid crystalline polymer for lensing action. Due to the difference of effective refractive indices, it acts as a positive or negative microlens with respect to the polarization state. As we control the incident polarization by adding a liquid crystal layer, the focal intensity can be tuned by an applied voltage. Twisted nematic and bistable ferroelectric liquid crystal modes were applied to demonstrate the possibility of various driving features such as a continuously tunable focal intensity or fast switching with memory effect.

  5. Electrically Induced Twist in Smectic Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers.

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    Spillmann, Christopher M; Naciri, Jawad; Ratna, B R; Selinger, Robin L B; Selinger, Jonathan V

    2016-07-01

    As an approach for electrically controllable actuators, we prepare elastomers of chiral smectic-A liquid crystals, which have an electroclinic effect, i.e., molecular tilt induced by an applied electric field. Surprisingly, our experiments find that an electric field causes a rapid and reversible twisting of the film out of the plane, with a helical sense that depends on the sign of the field. To explain this twist, we develop a continuum elastic theory based on an asymmetry between the front and back of the film. We further present finite-element simulations, which show the dynamic shape change. PMID:27096378

  6. Bacterial transport of colloids in liquid crystalline environments.

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    Trivedi, Rishi R; Maeda, Rina; Abbott, Nicholas L; Spagnolie, Saverio E; Weibel, Douglas B

    2015-11-21

    We describe the controlled transport and delivery of non-motile eukaryotic cells and polymer microparticles by swimming bacteria suspended in nematic liquid crystals. The bacteria push reversibly attached cargo in a stable, unidirectional path (or along a complex patterned director field) over exceptionally long distances. Numerical simulations and analytical predictions for swimming speeds provide a mechanistic insight into the hydrodynamics of the system. This study lays the foundation for using cargo-carrying bacteria in engineering applications and for understanding interspecies interactions in polymicrobial communities. PMID:26382153

  7. Spontaneous dislocation of a crystalline lens to the anterior chamber with pupillary block glaucoma in Noonan Syndrome: a case report

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    Mukhopadhyaya, Udayaditya; Chakraborti, Chandana; Mondal, Anindita; Pattyanayak, Ujjal; Agarwal, Rajesh Kumar; Tripathi, Partha

    2014-01-01

    We report a 13-year-old child with Noonan Syndrome who developed spontaneous dislocation of the crystalline lens in anterior chamber leading to pupillary block glaucoma in the left eye and subluxation of lens in right eye. Intracapsular extraction of the dislocated lens was done in the left eye. Prompt diagnosis and management is needed in such cases to avoid glaucoma and corneal endothelial cell damage. We could not find any such case after thorough Medline search. PMID:25374640

  8. Synchronization and liquid crystalline order in soft active fluids.

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    Leoni, M; Liverpool, T B

    2014-04-11

    We introduce a phenomenological theory for a new class of soft active fluids with the ability to synchronize. Our theoretical framework describes the macroscopic behavior of a collection of interacting anisotropic elements with cyclic internal dynamics and a periodic phase variable. This system can (i) spontaneously undergo a transition to a state with macroscopic orientational order, with the elements aligned, a liquid crystal, (ii) attain another broken symmetry state characterized by synchronization of their phase variables, or (iii) a combination of both types of order. We derive the equations describing a spatially homogeneous system and also study the hydrodynamic fluctuations of the soft modes in some of the ordered states. We find that synchronization can promote or inhibit the transition to a state with orientational order, and vice versa. We provide an explicit microscopic realization: a suspension of microswimmers driven by cyclic strokes. PMID:24766022

  9. Nanoparticle-induced widening of the temperature range of liquid-crystalline blue phases

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    Karatairi, Eva; Rožič, Brigita; Kutnjak, Zdravko; Tzitzios, Vassilios; Nounesis, George; Cordoyiannis, George; Thoen, Jan; Glorieux, Christ; Kralj, Samo

    2010-04-01

    Liquid-crystalline blue phases exhibit exceptional properties for applications in the display and sensor industry. However, in single component systems, they are stable only for very narrow temperature range between the isotropic and the chiral nematic phase, a feature that severely hinders their applicability. Systematic high-resolution calorimetric studies reveal that blue phase III is effectively stabilized in a wide temperature range by mixing surface-functionalized nanoparticles with chiral liquid crystals. This effect is present for two liquid crystals, yielding a robust method to stabilize blue phases, especially blue phase III. Theoretical arguments show that the aggregation of nanoparticles at disclination lines is responsible for the observed effects.

  10. Optically Active Liquid Crystalline Polyoxometalates via Electrostatic Encapsulation with Cholesterol-Containing Amphiphile.

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    Zhang, Jing; Li, Jingfang; Yuan, Hong; Zhang, Guohua; Li, Bao; Li, Wen; Wei, Xuehong; Duan, Xin-E; Wu, Lixin

    2016-07-20

    A novel cholesterol-containing amphiphile was designed and prepared in the study, which is a room-temperature ionic liquid crystal over a broad temperature range with pronounced chiroptical properties. Four types of inorganic polyoxometalates (PMs) with different numbers of charges were encapsulated by the chiral amphiphile. The incorporation of chiral organic cations triggers achiral PMs in the complexes to show induced chirality through intermolecular interactions, as demonstrated by circular dichroism spectroscopy. The electrostatic encapsulation with mesomorphic promoters provides the inorganic PMs with liquid crystalline behavior, characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, polarized optical microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The strategy applied herein represents a unique example of liquid crystalline PM complexes with optical activity. PMID:27197844

  11. Bio-based ionic liquid crystalline quaternary ammonium salts: properties and applications.

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    Sasi, Renjith; Rao, Talasila P; Devaki, Sudha J

    2014-03-26

    In the present work, we describe the preparation, properties, and applications of novel ionic liquid crystalline quaternary ammonium salts (QSs) of 3-pentadecylphenol, a bio-based low-cost material derived from cashew nut shell liquid. Amphotropic liquid crystalline phase formation in QSs was characterized using a combination of techniques, such as DSC, PLM, XRD, SEM, and rheology, which revealed the formation of one, two, and three dimensionally ordered mesophases in different length scales. On the basis of these results, a plausible mechanism for the formation of specific modes of packing in various mesophases was proposed. Observation of anisotropic ionic conductivity and electrochemical stability suggests their application as a solid electrolyte. PMID:24571658

  12. Polarization axis-selective realignment of a photoreactive liquid crystalline composite with homogeneous alignment

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    Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Shoho, Takashi; Goto, Kohei; Sakamoto, Moritsugu; Noda, Kohei; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro; Ono, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    We investigated the photoalignment properties of a liquid crystalline composite. The composite consisted of a low molecular weight nematic liquid crystal (LC) and a photoreactive liquid crystalline polymer containing 4-(4-methoxycinnamoyloxy)biphenyl side groups. Homogeneously aligned LC composite cells were fabricated using rubbed substrates and were then exposed to a linearly polarized (LP) ultraviolet (UV) laser beam. The alignment states of the LC composites were characterized using a LP visible laser beam. The LC composite in the cell was realigned by LP UV exposure and subsequent annealing. The direction of the realignment could be controlled by the polarization direction of the LP UV beam. The relationship between the realignment direction and the rubbing strength of the substrates was also investigated. A large realignment was induced in the LC composite cell when the azimuthal anchoring strength of the rubbed substrates was relatively weak.

  13. Lyotropic liquid crystalline L3 phase silicated nanoporous monolithic composites and their production

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    McGrath, Kathryn M.; Dabbs, Daniel M.; Aksay, Ilhan A.; Gruner, Sol M.

    2003-10-28

    A mesoporous ceramic material is provided having a pore size diameter in the range of about 10-100 nanometers produced by templating with a ceramic precursor a lyotropic liquid crystalline L.sub.3 phase consisting of a three-dimensional, random, nonperiodic network packing of a multiple connected continuous membrane. A preferred process for producing the inesoporous ceramic material includes producing a template of a lyotropic liquid crystalline L.sub.3 phase by mixing a surfactant, a co-surfactant and hydrochloric acid, coating the template with an inorganic ceramic precursor by adding to the L.sub.3 phase tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) or tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and then converting the coated template to a ceramic by removing any remaining liquids.

  14. Nonionic diethanolamide amphiphiles with isoprenoid-type hydrocarbon chains: thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystalline phase behaviour

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    Sagnella, Sharon M.; Conn, Charlotte E.; Krodkiewska, Irena; Drummond, Calum J.

    2014-09-24

    The thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystalline phase behaviour of a series of diethanolamide amphiphiles with isoprenoid-type hydrocarbon chains (geranoyl, H-farnesoyl, and phytanoyl) has been investigated. When neat, both H-farnesoyl and phytanoyl diethanolamide form a smectic liquid crystalline structure at sub-zero temperatures. In addition, all three diethanolamides exhibit a glass transition temperature at around -73 C. Geranoyl diethanolamide forms a lamellar crystalline phase with a lattice parameter of 17.4 {angstrom} following long term storage accompanied by the loss of the glass transition. In the presence of water, H-farnesoyl and phytanoyl diethanolamide form lyotropic liquid crystalline phases, whilst geranoyl diethanolamide forms an L{sub 2} phase. H-farnesoyl diethanolamide forms a fluid lamellar phase (L{sub {alpha}}) at room temperature and up to {approx} 40 C. Phytanoyl diethanolamide displays a rich mesomorphism forming the inverse diamond (Q{sub II}{sup D}) and gyroid (Q{sub II}{sup G}) bicontinuous cubic phases in addition to an L{sub {alpha}} phase.

  15. Solution-based synthesis of crystalline silicon from liquid silane through laser and chemical annealing.

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    Iyer, Ganjigunte R S; Hobbie, Erik K; Guruvenket, Srinivasan; Hoey, Justin M; Anderson, Kenneth J; Lovaasen, John; Gette, Cody; Schulz, Douglas L; Swenson, Orven F; Elangovan, Arumugasamy; Boudjouk, P

    2012-05-01

    We report a solution process for the synthesis of crystalline silicon from the liquid silane precursor cyclohexasilane (Si(6)H(12)). Polysilane films were crystallized through thermal and laser annealing, with plasma hydrogenation at atmospheric pressure generating further structural changes in the films. The evolution from amorphous to microcrystalline is characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy and impedance spectroscopy. A four-decade enhancement in the electrical conductivity is attributed to a disorder-order transition in a bonded Si network. Our results demonstrate a potentially attractive approach that employs a solution process coupled with ambient postprocessing to produce crystalline silicon thin films. PMID:22545711

  16. Design of Functional Materials based on Liquid Crystalline Droplets

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    Miller, Daniel S.; Wang, Xiaoguang; Abbott, Nicholas L.

    2014-01-01

    This brief perspective focuses on recent advances in the design of functional soft materials that are based on confinement of low molecular weight liquid crystals (LCs) within micrometer-sized droplets. While the ordering of LCs within micrometer-sized domains has been explored extensively in polymer-dispersed LC materials, recent studies performed with LC domains with precisely defined size and interfacial chemistry have unmasked observations of confinement-induced ordering of LCs that do not follow previously reported theoretical predictions. These new findings, which are enabled in part by advances in the preparation of LCs encapsulated in polymeric shells, are opening up new opportunities for the design of soft responsive materials based on surface-induced ordering transitions. These materials are also providing new insights into the self-assembly of biomolecular and colloidal species at defects formed by LCs confined to micrometer-sized domains. The studies presented in this perspective serve additionally to highlight gaps in knowledge regarding the ordering of LCs in confined systems. PMID:24882944

  17. Three-dimensional colloidal crystals in liquid crystalline blue phases

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    Ravnik, Miha; Alexander, Gareth P.; Yeomans, Julia M.; Žumer, Slobodan

    2011-01-01

    Applications for photonic crystals and metamaterials put stringent requirements on the characteristics of advanced optical materials, demanding tunability, high Q factors, applicability in visible range, and large-scale self-assembly. Exploiting the interplay between structural and optical properties, colloidal lattices embedded in liquid crystals (LCs) are promising candidates for such materials. Recently, stable two-dimensional colloidal configurations were demonstrated in nematic LCs. However, the question as to whether stable 3D colloidal structures can exist in an LC had remained unanswered. We show, by means of computer modeling, that colloidal particles can self-assemble into stable, 3D, periodic structures in blue phase LCs. The assembly is based on blue phases providing a 3D template of trapping sites for colloidal particles. The particle configuration is determined by the orientational order of the LC molecules: Specifically, face-centered cubic colloidal crystals form in type-I blue phases, whereas body-centered crystals form in type-II blue phases. For typical particle diameters (approximately 100 nm) the effective binding energy can reach up to a few 100 kBT, implying robustness against mechanical stress and temperature fluctuations. Moreover, the colloidal particles substantially increase the thermal stability range of the blue phases, for a factor of two and more. The LC-supported colloidal structure is one or two orders of magnitude stronger bound than, e.g., water-based colloidal crystals. PMID:21368186

  18. Polycontinuous Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Network Phases from Gemini Dicarboxylate Surfactants

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    Mahanthappa, Mahesh; Sorenson, Gregory; Schmitt, Adam

    2015-03-01

    Arising from the water concentration-dependent self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules, lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) form a wide variety of structurally periodic nanoscale morphologies including discontinuous micellar phases (I), hexagonally-packed cylinders (C), and lamellar (L) phases. In intermediate amphiphile concentration windows between the L and C phases, one typically observes three bicontinuous cubic network phases: gyroid (G), diamond (D), and primitive (P). Recent theoretical work has suggested the possible stability of a variety of non-cubic network phase LLCs, yet none of these phases have been previously observed. In this presentation, we describe the experimental discovery of the first triply periodic network phase LLC with 3D-hexagonal symmetry (space group #193) in binary mixtures of water with a simple gemini dicarboxylate surfactant based on dodecanoic acid. Using a combination of SAXS and rheological methods, we structurally characterize this new phase and show that it is comprised of three interpenetrating lipidic networks of 3-fold connectors in a matrix of water. This finding highlights the unusual aqueous phase behavior of gemini surfactants and suggests new methods for discovering and stabilizing new network phase LLCs beyond the gyroid.

  19. In situ polarized micro-Raman investigation of periodic structures realized in liquid-crystalline composite materials.

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    Castriota, Marco; Fasanella, Angela; Cazzanelli, Enzo; De Sio, Luciano; Caputo, Roberto; Umeton, Cesare

    2011-05-23

    In situ polarized micro-Raman Spectroscopy has been utilized to determine the liquid crystal configuration inside a periodic liquid crystalline composite structure made of polymer slices alternated to films of liquid crystal. Liquid crystal, Norland Optical Adhesive (NOA-61) monomer and its polymerized form have been investigated separately. The main Raman features, used as markers for the molecular orientation estimation, have been identified. In situ polarized Raman spectra indicate that the orientation of the liquid crystal director inside the structure is perpendicular to its polymeric slices. Results show the usefulness of in situ polarized micro-Raman spectroscopy to investigate liquid crystalline composite structures. PMID:21643304

  20. Fluorescence and lasing in liquid crystalline photonic bandgap materials

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    Cao, Wenyi

    Cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs) and cholesteric blue phases (BPs) are one-dimensional and three-dimensional photonic bandgap (PGB) materials. In this work, fluorescence and lasing are experimentally studied in dye-doped CLC films and BPs, together with the calculations of density of states rho in CLC films. The normal modes of light propagation in a CLC film in the direction along the helical axis have been obtained analytically, using transfer matrix method. Two normal modes are elliptically polarized and their rho differ greatly. The value and wavelength of the largest rho depend on the CLC film thickness. The fluorescence spectra of dye DCM in CLC films are greatly altered: suppressed in the stop band and enhanced at band edges with intensity oscillations. The altered fluorescence spectra are in good agreement with the calculated spectra from rho. The fluorescence lifetimes, however, have no measurable difference. At high dye concentration, the fluorescence intensity is quenched by the formation of dye excimers. Mirrorless lasing in CLC films has been studied systematically. The lasing wavelengths and thresholds are in good agreement with the calculated values from rho. The threshold is optimized over CLC film thickness and dye concentration. Lasing at defect modes has been observed in CLC composite structures. Photon-counting statistics confirms the transition from the incoherent fluorescence to coherent laser emission with increasing pump energy. The totally coherent emitting area is estimated from the diffraction pattern of the CLC laser emission. The structures of BPs are characterized through textures and reflection measurements. In BP I, the stimulated emission is due to the multiple reflection of the fluorescence by small BP I crystals. In large BP II single crystals, the fluorescence is altered and lasing occurs at edges of the reflection peak or at defect modes. Lasing in three dimensions has been observed for the first time in PGB materials, and

  1. A bicontinuous tetrahedral structure in a liquid-crystalline lipid

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    Longley, William; McIntosh, Thomas J.

    1983-06-01

    The structure of most lipid-water phases can be visualized as an ordered distribution of two liquid media, water and hydrocarbons, separated by a continuous surface covered by the polar groups of the lipid molecules1. In the cubic phases in particular, rod-like elements are linked into three-dimensional networks1,2. Two of these phases (space groups Ia3d and Pn3m) contain two such three-dimensional networks mutually inter-woven and unconnected. Under the constraints of energy minimization3, the interface between the components in certain of these `porous fluids' may well resemble one of the periodic minimal surface structures of the type described mathematically by Schwarz4,5. A structure of this sort has been proposed for the viscous isotropic (cubic) form of glycerol monooleate (GMO) by Larsson et al.6 who suggested that the X-ray diagrams of Lindblom et al.7 indicated a body-centred crystal structure in which lipid bilayers might be arranged as in Schwarz's octahedral surface4. We have now found that at high water contents, a primitive cubic lattice better fits the X-ray evidence with the material in the crystal arranged in a tetrahedral way. The lipid appears to form a single bilayer, continuous in three dimensions, separating two continuous interlinked networks of water. Each of the water networks has the symmetry of the diamond crystal structure and the bilayer lies in the space between them following a surface resembling Schwarz's tetrahedral surface4.

  2. X-ray diffraction study of thermotropic liquid crystalline polyesters and diester model compounds

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    Chin, H. H.; Azaroff, L. V.; Griffin, A. C.

    1987-10-01

    Two nematic liquid crystalline polyesters were examined by X-ray diffraction following quenching from the nematic temperature in a magnetic field of 15 tesla. It was not possible to quench an aligned nematic glass; instead a polycrystalline phase showing some preferred orientation or an unoriented nematic melt yielded monodomain nematic diffraction patterns with one resembling that of a fiber (crystalline) photograph while the other showed good nematic alignment which could be enhanced slightly by annealing. A series of Siamese-twin diester model compounds also examined at their respective nematic temperatures in a magnetic field of compounds also were examined at their crystalline phase at room temperature. All displayed well-aligned nematic monodomains above the crystallization point.

  3. Single cell-gap transflective liquid crystal device created by controlling the pretilt angle using a liquid crystalline reactive monomer.

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    Jeon, Eun-Young; Kim, Ki-Han; Lee, Ji-Hoon; Yoon, Tae-Hoon

    2011-12-01

    We present a single cell-gap transflective liquid crystal (LC) device using a homogeneous alignment polyimide (H-PI) mixed with a liquid crystalline reactive monomer that is able to vertically align the LC. We obtain two different pretilt angles in each pixel through the region by region control of the UV exposure time. The smaller pretilt angle is used to obtain a half-wave phase retardation for the transmissive part, whereas the larger pretilt angle is used to obtain a quarter-wave phase retardation for the reflective part. PMID:22273954

  4. Shear Flow Induced Transition from Liquid-Crystalline to Polymer Behavior in Side-Chain Liquid Crystal Polymers

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    Noirez, L.; Lapp, A.

    1997-01-01

    We determine the structure and conformation of side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers subjected to shear flow in the vicinity of the smectic phase by neutron scattering on the velocity gradient plane. Below the nematic-smectic transition we observe a typical liquid-crystal behavior; the smectic layers slide, leading to a main-chain elongation parallel to the velocity direction. In contrast, a shear applied above the transition induces a tilted main-chain conformation which is typical for polymer behavior.

  5. Xanthan Gum-a lyotropic, liquid crystalline polymer and its properties as a suspending agent

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    Salamone, J.C.; Clough, S.B.; Jamison, D.E.; Reid, K.I.G.; Salamone, A.B.

    1982-08-01

    Studies a variety of xanthan solutions of various polymer concentrations in the presence and absence of various salts under a polarized light microscope (100X) in order to test xanthan gum for liquid crystalline order. Xanthan gum, a polysaccharide used in drilling fluids and in tertiary recovery, has relatively stable viscosity properties as a function of salt concentration, pH, temperature, and shear degradation. With solutions from 2 to 10% (wt/vol) xanthan gum in distilled water at room temperature, birefringent, ordered domains were observed at 10% concentration, with a decrease in birefringence as the polymer concentration decreased. When the xanthan solution is sheared between a glass slide and a cover slip, the optic axis (chain direction) aligns using the shear direction (as determined by the colors displayed using a first-order red plate). Examines liquid crystalline behavior of other naturally occurring polymers.

  6. Induced birefringence and dichroism in azo polymers. Comparison between amorphous and liquid crystalline polymers

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    Natansohn, A.; Brown, D.; Rochon, P.

    1993-12-31

    Macroscopic order can be induced in amorphous high-Tg azo polymers (usually containing electron-donor - electron-acceptor substituted azobenzene moieties) by exposure to polarized light. The phenomenon is based on a series of trans-cis-trans isomerization cycles and the induced birefringence is typically of 2x10{sup {minus}2}. The ordered domains can be returned to randomness ({open_quotes}erased{close_quotes}) using circularly polarized light. This paper will present a comparison between amorphous and liquid crystalline azo polymers. The most significant difference between these two types of polymers is that any other type of concert with the azo moiety. Consequently the dichroism and birefringence induced in the liquid crystalline polymers can be one order of magnitude higher than in the amorphous polymers. At the same time, however, the time required to achieve saturation also increases by at least one order of magnitude.

  7. REVIEWS OF TOPICAL PROBLEMS: Supermolecular liquid-crystalline structures in solutions of amphiphilic molecules

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    Vedenov, A. A.; Levchenko, E. B.

    1983-09-01

    This paper reviews the physical properties of liquid-crystalline phases arising in solutions containing molecules of amphiphilic substances. The basic characteristics of micelle formation in dilute solutions, models of sphere-disk or sphere-cylinder structural transformations, as well as phase transitions related to the appearance of lyotropic mesophases in the system, including nematic, lamellar, hexagonal, and others, are examined. The results of experimental and theoretical investigation of "solvation" forces acting between micelles in the solvent, as well as recently studied models of swelling of lamellar phases are presented. The phenomena occurring near the inversion point of microemulsions in amphiphile-oil-water systems are examined briefly. The role of liquid-crystalline ordering in some biological systems is discussed.

  8. Photogeneration and enhanced charge transport in aligned smectic liquid crystalline organic semiconductor

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    Paul, Sanjoy; Ellman, Brett; Tripathi, Suvagata; Twieg, Robert J.

    2015-10-01

    Liquid crystalline organic semiconductors are emerging candidates for applications in electronic and photonic devices. One of the most attractive aspects of such materials is the potential, in principle, to easily control and manipulate the molecular alignment of the semiconductor over large length scales. Here, we explore the consequences of alignment in a model smectic liquid crystalline semiconductor, and find that the photogeneration efficiency is a strong function of incident polarization in aligned samples. A straightforward theory shows that such behavior is a general feature of aligned materials, regardless of the details of photophysics. Furthermore, we uncover tentative evidence that the mobility of aligned samples is substantially enhanced. Both of these phenomena are of significant technological importance.

  9. Photogeneration and enhanced charge transport in aligned smectic liquid crystalline organic semiconductor

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    Paul, Sanjoy; Ellman, Brett; Tripathi, Suvagata; Twieg, Robert J.

    2015-10-07

    Liquid crystalline organic semiconductors are emerging candidates for applications in electronic and photonic devices. One of the most attractive aspects of such materials is the potential, in principle, to easily control and manipulate the molecular alignment of the semiconductor over large length scales. Here, we explore the consequences of alignment in a model smectic liquid crystalline semiconductor, and find that the photogeneration efficiency is a strong function of incident polarization in aligned samples. A straightforward theory shows that such behavior is a general feature of aligned materials, regardless of the details of photophysics. Furthermore, we uncover tentative evidence that the mobility of aligned samples is substantially enhanced. Both of these phenomena are of significant technological importance.

  10. Depolymerization of crystalline cellulose catalyzed by acidic ionic liquids grafted onto sponge-like nanoporous polymers.

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    Liu, Fujian; Kamat, Ranjan K; Noshadi, Iman; Peck, Daniel; Parnas, Richard S; Zheng, Anmin; Qi, Chenze; Lin, Yao

    2013-10-01

    The acidic ionic liquid (IL) functionalized polymer (PDVB-SO3H-[C3vim][SO3CF3]) possesses abundant nanoporous structures, strong acid strength and unique capability for deconstruction of crystalline cellulose into sugars in ILs. The polymer shows much improved catalytic activities in comparison with mineral acids, homogeneous acidic ionic liquids and the acidic resins such as Amberlyst 15. The enhanced catalytic activity found in the polymer is attributed to synergistic effects between the strongly acidic group and the ILs grafted onto the polymer, which by itself is capable of breaking down the crystalline structures of cellulose. This study may help develop cost-effective and green routes for conversion of biomass to fuels. PMID:23958800

  11. Tunable structures of mixtures of magnetic particles in liquid-crystalline matrices.

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    Peroukidis, Stavros D; Lichtner, Ken; Klapp, Sabine H L

    2015-08-14

    We investigate the self-organization of a binary mixture of similar sized rods and dipolar soft spheres by means of Monte-Carlo simulations. We model interparticle interactions by employing anisotropic Gay-Berne, dipolar and soft-sphere interactions. In the limit of vanishing magnetic moments we obtain a variety of fully miscible liquid crystalline phases including nematic, smectic and lamellar phases. For the magnetic mixture, we find that the liquid crystalline matrix supports the formation of orientationally ordered ferromagnetic chains. Depending on the relative size of the species the chains align parallel or perpendicular to the director of the rods forming uniaxial or biaxial nematic, smectic and lamellar phases. As an exemplary external perturbation we apply a homogeneous magnetic field causing uniaxial or biaxial ordering to an otherwise isotropic state. PMID:26041553

  12. Rheology of a viscoelastic emulsion with a liquid crystalline polymer dispersed phase

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    Lee, H.S.; Denn, M.M. |

    1999-11-01

    The steady-shear viscosity and first normal stress difference and the dynamic storage and loss moduli have been measured for a blend consisting of a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer dispersed in a thermoplastic fluoropolymer matrix. The components are immiscible and nonreacting. Consistency with the Palierne emulsion theory for viscoelastic blends is possible if and only if the interfacial tension contribution is negligible for droplets that are comparable in size to a liquid crystalline domain or smaller, while retaining the effect for larger droplets. Steady shear results are approximately described by the scaling of the Doi{endash}Ohta theory, but there is a significant reduction in the excess shear stress over a finite shear-rate range for the lowest concentration, which contains the smallest droplets. {copyright} {ital 1999 Society of Rheology.}

  13. Selective Sequence for the Peptide-Triggered Phase Transition of Lyotropic Liquid-Crystalline Structures.

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    Liu, Qingtao; Dong, Yao-Da; Boyd, Ben J

    2016-05-24

    A novel concept of using mixed lipids to construct selective peptide-sequence-sensing lyotropic liquid-crystalline (LLC) dispersion systems was investigated. The LLC systems were constructed using a mixture of phytantriol, a lipid that forms lyotropic liquid-crystalline phases, and a novel synthesized peptide-lipid (peplipid) for sensing a target peptide with the RARAR sequence. The internal structure of the dispersed LLC particles was converted from the lamellar structure (liposomes) to the inverse bicontinuous cubic phase (cubosomes) in the presence of the target peptide. The addition of common human proteins did not induce any structural change, indicating a high selectivity of interaction with the target peptide. The concept has potential for the design of targeted controlled release drug delivery agents. PMID:27148806

  14. Shape-memory effect of nanocomposites based on liquid-crystalline elastomers

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    Marotta, A.; Lama, G. C.; Gentile, G.; Cerruti, P.; Carfagna, C.; Ambrogi, V.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, nanocomposites based on liquid crystalline (LC) elastomers were prepared and characterized in their shape memory properties. For the synthesis of materials, p-bis(2,3-epoxypropoxy)-α-methylstilbene (DOMS) was used as mesogenic epoxy monomer, sebacic acid (SA) as curing agent and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and graphene oxide (GO) as fillers. First, an effective compatibilization methodology was set up to improve the interfacial adhesion between the matrix and the carbonaceous nanofillers, thus obtaining homogeneous distribution and dispersion of the nanofillers within the polymer phase. Then, the obtained nanocomposite films were characterized in their morphological and thermal properties. In particular, the effect of the addition of the nanofillers on liquid crystalline behavior, as well as on shape-memory properties of the realized materials was investigated. It was found that both fillers were able to enhance the thermomechanical response of the LC elastomers, making them good candidates as shape memory materials.

  15. Investigations on the liquid crystalline phases of cation-induced condensed DNA

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    Pillai, C. K. S.; Sundaresan, Neethu; Radhakrishnan Pillai, M.; Thomas, T.; Thomas, T. J.

    2005-10-01

    Viral and nonviral condensing agents are used in gene therapy to compact oligonucleotides and plasmid DNA into nanostructures for their efficient transport through the cell membranes. Whereas viral vectors are best by the toxic effects on the immune system, most of the nonviral delivery vehicles are not effective for use in clinical system. Recent investigations indicate that the supramolecular organization of DNA in the condensed state is liquid crystalline. The present level of understanding of the liquid crystalline phase of DNA is inadequate and a thorough investigation is required to understand the nature, stability, texture and the influence of various environmental conditions on the structure of the phase. The present study is mainly concerned with the physico-chemical investigations on the liquid crystalline transitions during compaction of DNA by cationic species such as polyamines and metallic cations. As a preliminary to the above investigation, studies were conducted on the evolution of mesophase transitions of DNA with various cationic counterion species using polarized light microscopy. These studies indicated significant variations in the phase behaviour of DNA in the presence of Li and other ions. Apart from the neutralization of the charges on the DNA molecule, these ions are found to influence selectively the hydration sphere of DNA that in turn influences the induction and stabilization of the LC phases. The higher stability observed with the liquid crystalline phases of Li--DNA system could be useful in the production of nanostructured DNA. In the case of the polyamine, a structural specificity effect depending on the nature, charge and structure of the polyamine used has been found to be favoured in the crystallization of DNA.

  16. Electrooptical properties of hybrid liquid crystalline systems containing CdSe quantum dots

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    Dradrach, K. Bartkiewicz, S.; Miniewicz, A.

    2014-12-08

    In this paper, we present electrooptical properties of hybrid liquid crystalline systems, which contained CdSe quantum dots (QDs). We have shown by experiments of degenerated two-wave mixing and transverse conductivity measurements that liquid crystal cells filled with nematic and doped with semiconductor nanoparticles exhibit photorefractive effect associated with photoconductivity appearing in the system. We also present the mathematical model, which explains the relationship between the photoconductivity of the layer on which the QDs reside and the generation of holographic gratings. Our research may help to develop better understanding of processes observed in such systems and create more efficient materials for holographic data storage.

  17. Electrooptical properties of hybrid liquid crystalline systems containing CdSe quantum dots

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    Dradrach, K.; Bartkiewicz, S.; Miniewicz, A.

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, we present electrooptical properties of hybrid liquid crystalline systems, which contained CdSe quantum dots (QDs). We have shown by experiments of degenerated two-wave mixing and transverse conductivity measurements that liquid crystal cells filled with nematic and doped with semiconductor nanoparticles exhibit photorefractive effect associated with photoconductivity appearing in the system. We also present the mathematical model, which explains the relationship between the photoconductivity of the layer on which the QDs reside and the generation of holographic gratings. Our research may help to develop better understanding of processes observed in such systems and create more efficient materials for holographic data storage.

  18. Crystalline and liquid Si3 N4 characterization by first-principles molecular dynamics simulations

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    Mauri, Aurelio; Celino, Massimo; Castellani, Niccoló; Erbetta, Davide

    2011-05-01

    Silicon nitride (Si3 N4) has a wide range of engineering applications where its mechanical and electronic properties can be effectively exploited. In particular, in the microelectronics field, the amorphous silicon nitride films are widely used as charge storage layer in metal-alumina-nitrideoxide nonvolatile memory devices. Atomic structure of amorphous silicon nitride is characterized by an high concentration of traps that control the electric behavior of the final device by the trappingde-trapping mechanism of the electrical charge occurring in its traps. In order to have a deep understanding of the material properties and, in particular, the nature of the electrical active traps a detailed numerical characterization of the crystalline and liquid phases is mandatory. For these reasons first-principles molecular dynamics simulations are extensively employed to simulate the crystalline Si3 N4 in its crystalline and liquid phases. Good agreement with experimental results is obtained in terms of density and formation entalpy. Detailed characterization of c-Si3 N4 electronic properties is performed in terms of band structure and band gap. Then constant temperature and constant volume first-principles molecular dynamics is used to disorder a stoichiometric sample of Si3 N4 . Extensive molecular dynamics simulations are performed to obtain a reliable liquid sample whose atomic structure does not depend on the starting atomic configuration. Detailed characterization of the atomic structure is achieved in terms of radial distribution functions and total structure factor.

  19. Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Poly(meth)acrylates with Bent-Core Mesogens

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    Chen,X.; Tenneti, K.; Li, C.; Bai, Y.; Wan, X.; Fan, X.; Zhou, Q.; Rong, L.; Hsiao, B.

    2007-01-01

    We report the design, synthesis, and characterization of side-chain liquid crystalline (LC) poly(meth)acrylates with end-on bent-core liquid crystalline (BCLC) mesogens. Both conventional free radical polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization have been used to synthesize these liquid crystalline polymers (LCP). The resulting polymers exhibit thermotropic LC behavior. Differential scanning calorimetry, thermopolarized light microscopy, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, and small-angle X-ray scattering were used to characterize the LC structure of both monomers and polymers. The electro-optic (EO) measurement was carried out by applying a triangular wave and measuring the LC EO response. SmCP (Smectic C indicates the LC molecules are tilted with respect to the layer normal; P denotes polar ordering) phases were observed for both monomers and polymers. In LC monomers, typical antiferroelectric switching was observed. In the ground state, SmCP{sub A} (A denotes antiferroelectric) was observed which switched to SmCP{sub F} (F denotes ferroelectric) upon applying an electric field. In the corresponding LCP, a unique bilayer structure was observed, which is different from the reported BCLC bilayer SmCG (G denotes generated) phase. Most of the LCPs did not switch upon applying electric field while weak AF switching was observed in a low molecular weight poly{l_brace}3'-[4-(4-n-dodecyloxybenzoyloxy)benzoyloxy]-4-(12-acryloyloxydodecyloxy)benzoyloxybiphenyl{r_brace} sample.

  20. Synthesis of a liquid-crystalline resin monomer with the property of low shrinkage polymerization.

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    Liu, Wenwen; Chen, Su; Liu, Yiran; Ma, Yuanping; Wang, Na; Zhang, Zhenting; Yang, Yuzhe

    2013-01-01

    To reduce the polymerization shrinkage of the dental resin composites, a new liquid-crystalline resin monomer was developed. The acrylate liquid crystalline resin monomer (ALCRM), (4-3-(acryloyloxy)-2-hydroxypropoxy) phenyl 4-(3-(acryloyloxy)-2-hydroxypropoxy) benzoate, was synthesized by a three-step method. Using the ALCRM as the main monomer, the degree of conversion (DC) and the volume shrinkage of the resin matrix were compared with the traditional composite resin monomer (Bis-GMA), 2,2-bis[4-(2-hydroxy-3-methacryloyloxy-propoxy)-phenyl] propane. The new monomer showed liquid crystalline characteristics with a mesomorphic phasetransition temperature between 18ºC and 42ºC. When copolymerized with triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) at a weight ratio of 7:3, the DC of ALCRM was higher and the volume shrinkage was 3.62±0.26%, which was less than that of the Bis-GMA. The ALCRM exhibits promising potential for the development of superior dental resins with low volume shrinkage. PMID:23903635

  1. High-Fidelity Replica Molding of Glassy Liquid Crystalline Polymer Microstructures.

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    Zhao, Hangbo; Wie, Jeong Jae; Copic, Davor; Oliver, C Ryan; Orbaek White, Alvin; Kim, Sanha; Hart, A John

    2016-03-01

    Liquid crystalline polymers have recently been engineered to exhibit complex macroscopic shape adaptivity, including optically- and thermally driven bending, self-sustaining oscillation, torsional motion, and three-dimensional folding. Miniaturization of these novel materials is of great interest for both fundamental study of processing conditions and for the development of shape-changing microdevices. Here, we present a scalable method for high-fidelity replica molding of glassy liquid crystalline polymer networks (LCNs), by vacuum-assisted replica molding, along with magnetic field-induced control of the molecular alignment. We find that an oxygen-free environment is essential to establish high-fidelity molding with low surface roughness. Identical arrays of homeotropic and polydomain LCN microstructures are fabricated to assess the influence of molecular alignment on the elastic modulus (E = 1.48 GPa compared to E = 0.54 GPa), and side-view imaging is used to quantify the reversible thermal actuation of individual LCN micropillars by high-resolution tracking of edge motion. The methods and results from this study will be synergistic with future advances in liquid crystalline polymer chemistry, and could enable the scalable manufacturing of stimuli-responsive surfaces for applications including microfluidics, tunable optics, and surfaces with switchable wetting and adhesion. PMID:26943057

  2. Monodomain and polydomain helicoids in chiral liquid-crystalline phases and their biological analogues

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    de Luca, G.; Rey, A. D.

    2003-10-01

    Many natural composites exhibit an architecture known as twisted plywood which imparts to them a superior set of physical properties. The origin of this structure is complex and not yet understood. However, it is thought to involve a lyotropic chiral nematic liquid-crystalline mesophase. Indeed, striking structural similarities have been observed and reported between biological fibrous composites and ordered fluids. In this work, a mathematical model based on the Landau-de Gennes theory has been developed to investigate the role played by constraining surfaces in the structural development of a composite material that experiences a liquid-crystalline state during the early steps of its morphogenesis. The goal of this study is to verify the need for an initial constraining surface in the formation of monodomain twisted plywoods as hypothesized by Neville (Tissue & Cell 20, 133 (1988); Biology of Fibrous Composites (Cambridge University Press, 1993)). The numerical simulations qualitatively confirm this theory and highlight the important role that modelling of liquid-crystalline self-assembly plays in the study of tissue morphogenesis.

  3. Crystallization induced block copolymer assembly at curved liquid-liquid interface

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    Qi, Hao; Zhou, Tian; Zhou, Hao; Li, Christopher; Soft Materials Lab Team

    In a selected solvent, amphiphilic block copolymers can self-assemble into various micelle structures which find widespread applications in nanomedicine. Herein we report a directed assembly of poly (l-lactide acid)-b-poly (ethylene glycol) (PLLA-b-PEG) at curved oil/water interfaces. Oil droplets were dispersed in water phase upon sonication with amphiphilic PLLA-b-PEG as the surfactant. Subsequent crystallization of PLLA segments resulted in the formation of lamellasomes consisting of crystalline PLLA shell and densely-grafted (approx.1chain/nm2) PEG layer. The structure, morphology, and mechanical properties of these unique polymer ensembles were investigated using transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Detailed formation mechanism will be discussed in detail.

  4. Disposition and association of the steric stabilizer Pluronic® F127 in lyotropic liquid crystalline nanostructured particle dispersions.

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    Tilley, Adam J; Drummond, Calum J; Boyd, Ben J

    2013-02-15

    Liquid crystalline nanostructured particles, such as cubosomes and hexosomes, are most often colloidally stabilised using the tri-block co-polymer Pluronic® F127. Although the effect of F127 on the internal particle nanostructure has been well studied, the associative aspects of F127 with cubosomes and hexosomes are poorly understood. In this study the quantitative association of F127 with phytantriol-based cubosomes and hexosomes was investigated. The amount of free F127 in the dispersions was determined using pressure ultra-filtration. The percentage of F127 associated with the particles plateaued with increasing F127 concentration above the critical aggregation concentration. Hence the free concentration of F127 in the dispersion medium was proposed as a key factor governing association below the CMC, and partitioning of F127 between micelles and particles occurred above the CMC. The association of F127 with the particles was irreversible on dilution. The F127 associated with both the external and internal surfaces of the phytantriol cubosomes. The effects of lipid and F127 concentration, lipid type, dilution of the dispersions and internal nanostructure were also elucidated. A greater amount of F127 was associated with cubosomes comprised of glyceryl monooleate (GMO) than those prepared using phytantriol. Hexosomes prepared using a mixture of phytantriol and vitamin E acetate (vitEA) had a greater amount of F127 associated with them than phytantriol cubosomes. Hexosomes prepared using selachyl alcohol had less F127 associated with them than phytantriol:vitEA-based hexosomes and GMO-based cubosomes. This indicated that both the lipid from which the particles are composed and the particle internal nanostructure have an influence on the association of F127 with lyotropic liquid crystalline nanostructured particles. PMID:23137909

  5. Using dislocations to probe surface reconstruction in thick freely suspended liquid crystalline films

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    Collett, J. A.; Martinez Zambrano, Daniel

    2015-10-01

    Surface interactions can cause freely suspended thin liquid crystalline films to form phases different from the bulk material, but it is not known what happens at the surface of thick films. Edge dislocations can be used as a marker for the boundary between the bulk center and the reconstructed surface. We use noncontact mode atomic force microscopy to determine the depth of edge dislocations below the surface of freely suspended thick films of 4-n -heptyloxybenzylidene-4-n -heptylaniline (7O.7) in the crystalline B phase. Here, 3.0 ±0.1 nm high steps are found with a width that varies with temperature between 56 and 59 ∘C. Using a strain model for the profile of liquid crystalline layers above an edge dislocation to estimate the depth of the dislocation, we find that the number of reconstructed surface layers increases from 4 to 50 layers as the temperature decreases from 59 to 56 ∘C . This trend tracks the behavior of the phase boundary in the thickness dependent phase diagram of freely suspended films of 7O.7, suggesting that the surface may be reconstructed into a smectic F region.

  6. Crystalline monolayer surface of liquid Au-Cu-Si-Ag-Pd: Metallic glass former

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    Mechler, S; Yahel, E; Pershan, P S; Meron, M; Lin, B

    2012-02-06

    It is demonstrated by means of x-ray synchrotron reflectivity and diffraction that the surface of the liquid phase of the bulk metallic glass forming alloy Au49Cu26.9Si16.3Ag5.5Pd2.3 consists of a two-dimensional crystalline monolayer phase for temperatures of up to about 50 K above the eutectic temperature. The present alloy as well as glass forming Au82Si18 and Au-Si-Ge alloys containing small amounts of Ge are the only metallic liquids to exhibit surface freezing well above the melting temperature. This suggests that the phenomena of surface freezing in metallic liquids and glass forming ability are related and probably governed by similar physical properties.

  7. Quantitation of liquid-crystalline ordering in F-actin solutions.

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    Coppin, C M; Leavis, P C

    1992-09-01

    Actin filaments (F-actin) are important determinants of cellular shape and motility. These functions depend on the collective organization of numerous filaments with respect to both position and orientation in the cytoplasm. Much of the orientational organization arises spontaneously through liquid crystal formation in concentrated F-actin solutions. In studying this phenomenon, we found that solutions of purified F-actin undergo a continuous phase transition, from the isotropic state to a liquid crystalline state, when either the mean filament length or the actin concentration is increased above its respective threshold value. The phase diagram representing the threshold filament lengths and concentrations at which the phase transition occurs is consistent with that predicted by Flory's theory on solutions of noninteracting, rigid cylinders (Flory, 1956b). However, in contrast to other predictions based on this model, we found no evidence for the coexistence of isotropic and anisotropic phases. Furthermore, the phase transition proved to be temperature dependent, which suggests the existence of orientation-dependent interfilament interactions or of a temperature-dependent filament flexibility. We developed a simple method for growing undistorted fluorescent acrylodan-labeled F-actin liquid crystals; and we derived a simple theoretical treatment by which polarization-of-fluorescence measurements could be used to quantitate, for the first time, the degree of spontaneous filament ordering (nematic order parameter) in these F-actin liquid crystals. This order parameter was found to increase monotonically with both filament length and concentration. Actin liquid crystals can readily become distorted by a process known as "texturing." Zigzaging and helicoidal liquid crystalline textures which persisted in the absence of ATP were observed through the polarizing microscope. Possible texturing mechanisms are discussed. PMID:1330036

  8. Method for forming single phase, single crystalline 2122 BCSCO superconductor thin films by liquid phase epitaxy

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    Pandey, Raghvendra K. (Inventor); Raina, Kanwal (Inventor); Solayappan, Narayanan (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A substantially single phase, single crystalline, highly epitaxial film of Bi.sub.2 CaSr.sub.2 Cu.sub.2 O.sub.8 superconductor which has a T.sub.c (zero resistance) of 83 K is provided on a lattice-matched substrate with no intergrowth. This film is produced by a Liquid Phase Epitaxy method which includes the steps of forming a dilute supercooled molten solution of a single phase superconducting mixture of oxides of Bi, Ca, Sr, and Cu having an atomic ratio of about 2:1:2:2 in a nonreactive flux such as KCl, introducing the substrate, e.g., NdGaO.sub.3, into the molten solution at 850.degree. C., cooling the solution from 850.degree. C. to 830.degree. C. to grow the film and rapidly cooling the substrate to room temperature to maintain the desired single phase, single crystalline film structure.

  9. Solution-Based Synthesis of Crystalline Silicon from Liquid Silane through Laser and Chemical Annealing

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    Iyer, Ganjigunte R. S.; Hobbie, Erik K.; Guruvenket, Srinivasan; Hoey, Justin M.; Anderson, Kenneth J.; Lovaasen, John; Gette, Cody; Schulz, Douglas L.; Swenson, Orven F.; Elangovan, Arumugasamy; Boudjouk, P.

    2012-05-23

    We report a solution process for the synthesis of crystalline silicon from the liquid silane precursor cyclohexasilane (Si6H12). Polysilane films were crystallized through thermal and laser annealing, with plasma hydrogenation at atmospheric pressure generating further structural changes in the films. The evolution from amorphous to microcrystalline is characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy and impedance spectroscopy. A four-decade enhancement in the electrical conductivity is attributed to a disorder-order transition in a bonded Si network. Lastly, our results demonstrate a potentially attractive approach that employs a solution process coupled with ambient post-processing to produce crystalline silicon thin films.

  10. Low temperature Raman study of a liquid crystalline system 4-Decyloxy benzoic acid (4DBA)

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    Vikram, K.; Nandi, Rajib; Singh, Ranjan K.

    2013-08-01

    The Raman spectra of a liquid crystalline system, 4-Decyloxy benzoic acid (4DBA) have been recorded at different temperatures within the interval 300-78 K in order to identify the structural changes in crystalline state of a nematogen and to understand the molecular alignment therein. The earlier predicted dimer structure of 4DBA was optimized with DFT method and the theoretical Raman spectra of dimer as well as monomer have been calculated for comparison with the experimental spectra. The mode specific quartic coupling coefficient; Ai,ω and phonon frequency; ωi have been calculated using temperature dependent anharmonic perturbation theory. The precise band shape analysis of Raman bands at ˜807, ˜881, ˜1255, ˜1282, ˜1436, ˜1576, ˜1604, ˜2881 and ˜3081 cm-1 gives signature of temperature induced slow crystal modification. The structural changes leading to crystal modification have been discussed.

  11. Vitrified chiral-nematic liquid crystalline films for selective reflection and circular polarization

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    Katsis, D.; Chen, P.H.M.; Mastrangelo, J.C.; Chen, S.H.; Blanton, T.N.

    1999-06-01

    Nematic and left-handed chiral-nematic liquid crystals comprising methoxybiphenylbenzoate and (S)-(-)-1-phenylethylamine pendants to a cyclohexane core were synthesized and characterized. Although pristine samples were found to be polycrystalline, thermal quenching following heating to and annealing at elevated temperatures permitted the molecular orders characteristic of liquid crystalline mesomorphism to be frozen in the glassy state. Left at room temperature for 6 months, the vitrified liquid crystalline films showed no evidence of recrystallization. An orientational order parameter of 0.65 was determined with linear dichroism of a vitrified nematic film doped with Exalite 428 at a mole fraction of 0.0025. Birefringence dispersion of a blank vitrified nematic film was determined using a phase-difference method complemented by Abbe refractometry. A series of vitrified chiral-nematic films were prepared to demonstrate selective reflection and circular polarization with a spectral region tunable from blue to the infrared region by varying the chemical composition. The experimentally measured circular polarization spectra were found to agree with the Good-Karali theory in which all four system parameters were determined a priori: optical birefringence, average refractive index, selective reflection wavelength, and film thickness.

  12. A liquid crystalline supramolecular complex of C60 with a cyclotriveratrylene derivative

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    Felder; Heinrich; Guillon; Nicoud; Nierengarten

    2000-10-01

    Cyclotriveratrylene (CTV) derivatives substituted with 9 (1) or 18 (2) long alkyl chains have been prepared. Whereas no liquid crystalline behavior has been observed for 1, the CTV derivative 2 has mesomorphic properties. Indeed, at room temperature compound 2 exhibits a nematic phase characterized by cybotactic groups with a local lamello-columnar order. Both CTV derivatives 1 and 2 are able to form supramolecular complexes with C60 in the solid state. In both cases, the 2:1 host-guest species have been obtained as brown compounds. No liquid crystalline behavior was observed for the supramolecular complex [C60 is included in (1)2]. In contrast, observation of the brown product obtained from C60 and the CTV derivative 2 directly after preparation by polarized optical microscopy revealed a fluid birefringent phase at room temperature. When the sample is heated above 70 degrees C, the birefringence of the texture under the microscope disappears and the X-ray diffraction pattern is transformed into a pattern characteristic of a cubic phase. For the first time in thermotropic liquid crystals, the space group of this cubic phase can be assigned as I4(1)32. PMID:11072814

  13. Dynamical Study of Guest-Host Orientational Interaction in LiquidCrystalline Materials

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    Truong, Thai Viet

    2005-12-20

    Guest-host interaction has long been a subject of interest in many disciplines. Emphasis is often on how a small amount of guest substance could significantly affect the properties of a host material. This thesis describe our work in studying a guest-host effect where dye-doping of liquid crystalline materials greatly enhances the optical Kerr nonlinearity of the material. The dye molecules, upon excitation and via intermolecular interaction, provides an extra torque to reorient the host molecules, leading to the enhanced optical Kerr nonlinearity. We carried out a comprehensive study on the dynamics of the photoexcited dye-doped liquid crystalline medium. Using various experimental techniques, we separately characterized the dynamical responses of the relevant molecular species present in the medium following photo-excitation, and thus were able to follow the transient process in which photo-excitation of the dye molecules exert through guest-host interaction a net torque on the host LC material, leading to the observed enhanced molecular reorientation. We also observed for the first time the enhanced reorientation in a pure liquid crystal system, where the guest population is created through photoexcitation of the host molecules themselves. Experimental results agree quantitatively with the time-dependent theory based on a mean-field model of the guest-host interaction.

  14. Self-Assembled Cubic Liquid Crystalline Nanoparticles for Transdermal Delivery of Paeonol

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    Li, Jian-Chun; Zhu, Na; Zhu, Jin-Xiu; Zhang, Wen-Jing; Zhang, Hong-Min; Wang, Qing-Qing; Wu, Xiao-Xiang; Wang, Xiu; Zhang, Jin; Hao, Ji-Fu

    2015-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to optimize the preparation method for self-assembled glyceryl monoolein-based cubosomes containing paeonol and to characterize the properties of this transdermal delivery system to improve the drug penetration ability in the skin. Material/Methods In this study, the cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles loaded with paeonol were prepared by fragmentation of glyceryl monoolein (GMO)/poloxamer 407 bulk cubic gel by high-pressure homogenization. We evaluated the Zeta potential of these promising skin-targeting drug-delivery systems using the Malvern Zeta sizer examination, and various microscopies and differential scanning calorimetry were also used for property investigation. Stimulating studies were evaluated based on the skin irritation reaction score standard and the skin stimulus intensity evaluation standard for paeonol cubosomes when compared with commercial paeonol ointment. In vitro tests were performed on excised rat skins in an improved Franz diffusion apparatus. The amount of paeonol over time in the in vitro penetration and retention experiments both was determined quantitatively by HPLC. Results Stimulating studies were compared with the commercial ointment which indicated that the paeonol cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles could reduce the irritation in the skin stimulating test. Thus, based on the attractive characteristics of the cubic crystal system of paeonol, we will further exploit the cosmetic features in the future studies. Conclusions The transdermal delivery system of paeonol with low-irritation based on the self-assembled cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles prepared in this study might be a promising system of good tropical preparation for skin application. PMID:26517086

  15. Interferometric Sensor of Wavelength Detuning Using a Liquid Crystalline Polymer Waveplate

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    Wierzba, Paweł

    2016-01-01

    Operation of a polarization interferometer for measurement of the wavelength changes of a tunable semiconductor laser was investigated. A λ/8 waveplate made from liquid crystalline polymer is placed in one of interferometers’ arms in order to generate two output signals in quadrature. Wavelength was measured with resolution of 2 pm in the wavelength range 628–635 nm. Drift of the interferometer, measured in the period of 500 s, was 8 nm, which corresponded to the change in the wavelength of 1.3 pm. If needed, wavelength-dependent Heydemann correction can be used to expand the range of operation of such interferometer. PMID:27171082

  16. Subwavelength modulation of surface relief and refractive index in preirradiated liquid-crystalline polymer films

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    Yu Haifeng; Shishido, Atsushi; Ikeda, Tomiki

    2008-03-10

    We present a simple method to record subwavelength gratings (SWGs) in an azobenzene (AZ)-containing liquid-crystalline polymer by preirradiation. Since the cooperative motions of mesogens are eliminated in a cis-AZ-rich isotropic phase by the pretreatment, the subwavelength modulation of surface relief and refractive index (RI) was obtained. The surface relief of less than 10 nm and the RI modulation were detected by atomic force microscopy. A large phase retardation and formed birefringence were obtained in the recorded SWGs in which a possible schematic illustration of AZ was proposed.

  17. Novel biaxial nematic phases of side-chain liquid crystalline polymers

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    Matsuyama, Akihiko

    2012-12-01

    We present a mean field theory to describe biaxial nematic phases of side-chain liquid crystalline polymers, in which rigid side-chains (mesogens) and rigid-backbone chains favor mutually perpendicular orientations. Taking into account both excluded volume and attractive interactions between rigid rods, novel biaxial nematic phases are theoretically predicted. We calculate uniaxial and biaxial orientational order parameters as a function of temperature and the length of backbone chains. We find a first-order biaxial-biaxial phase transition and a first (or second)-order uniaxial-biaxial one, depending on the length of mesogens and backbone chains.

  18. Highly polarized emission of the liquid crystalline conjugated polymer by controlling the surface anchoring energy

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    In Jo, Soo; Kim, Youngsik; Baek, Ji-Ho; Yu, Chang-Jae; Kim, Jae-Hoon

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated a highly polarized organic light-emitting diode (OLED) through the enhancement of the orientational ordering of the emitting polymer with a nematic liquid crystalline (LC) phase. The highly ordered state of the conjugate polymer was obtained by thermal annealing at the nematic temperature and strong azimuthal anchoring energy of the underlying polyimide. The order parameter of the conjugate polymer was analyzed using a second-harmonic generation model and the dichroic ratio was measured to be 22 : 1. Also, we applied our optimized OLED with high optical polarizability to an effective light source for a twisted nematic LC display.

  19. Electronic structure and charge injection at interface between electrode and liquid-crystalline semiconductor

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    Toda, Tohru; Hanna, Jun-ichi; Tani, Tadaaki

    2007-01-01

    The measurement and analysis of the current-voltage characteristics of a liquid-crystalline organic semiconductor 2-(4'-octyphenyl)-6-dodecyloxynaphthalene (8-PNP-O12) in contact with electrodes of Pt, Au, ITO, Cr, and Al (in the order of work function) have revealed that the injection of holes from the electrodes of Pt, Au, and indium tin oxide to 8-PNP-O12 takes place according to the Richardson-Schottky model and that an electric double layer is formed at the interface between each of these electrodes and 8-PNP-O12, making it difficult to inject holes from the former to the latter.

  20. Alignment engineering in liquid crystalline elastomers: Free-form microstructures with multiple functionalities

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    Zeng, Hao; Cerretti, Giacomo; Wiersma, Diederik S. E-mail: wiersma@lens.unifi.it; Wasylczyk, Piotr; Martella, Daniele; Parmeggiani, Camilla E-mail: wiersma@lens.unifi.it

    2015-03-16

    We report a method to fabricate polymer microstructures with local control over the molecular orientation. Alignment control is achieved on molecular level in a structure of arbitrary form that can be from 1 to 100 μm in size, by fixing the local boundary conditions with micro-grating patterns. The method makes use of two-photon polymerization (Direct Laser Writing) and is demonstrated specifically in liquid-crystalline elastomers. This concept allows for the realization of free-form polymeric structures with multiple functionalities which are not possible to realize with existing techniques and which can be locally controlled by light in the micrometer scale.

  1. Prediction and Observation of Sustained Oscillations in a Sheared Liquid Crystalline Polymer

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    Grosso, M.; Crescitelli, S.; Somma, E.; Vermant, J.; Moldenaers, P.; Maffettone, P. L.

    2003-03-01

    Experimental observations of sustained oscillations of both shear stress and first normal stress differences are reported in flowing liquid crystalline polymers in a limited range of shear rates. The results can be described by considering the response of a rigid-rod model. Depending on the initial conditions, the frequency spectrum of the stress signal contains either one or two characteristic frequencies. This can be explained by the occurrence of either pure “wagging” or the coexistence of wagging and “log-rolling” behavior of the director.

  2. Interferometric Sensor of Wavelength Detuning Using a Liquid Crystalline Polymer Waveplate.

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    Wierzba, Paweł

    2016-01-01

    Operation of a polarization interferometer for measurement of the wavelength changes of a tunable semiconductor laser was investigated. A λ/8 waveplate made from liquid crystalline polymer is placed in one of interferometers' arms in order to generate two output signals in quadrature. Wavelength was measured with resolution of 2 pm in the wavelength range 628-635 nm. Drift of the interferometer, measured in the period of 500 s, was 8 nm, which corresponded to the change in the wavelength of 1.3 pm. If needed, wavelength-dependent Heydemann correction can be used to expand the range of operation of such interferometer. PMID:27171082

  3. Finite-difference time-domain analysis of light propagation in cholesteric liquid crystalline droplet array

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    Yamamoto, Kaho; Iwai, Yosuke; Uchida, Yoshiaki; Nishiyama, Norikazu

    2016-08-01

    We numerically analyzed the light propagation in cholesteric liquid crystalline (CLC) droplet array by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. The FDTD method successfully reproduced the experimental light path observed in the complicated photonic structure of the CLC droplet array more accurately than the analysis of CLC droplets by geometric optics with Bragg condition, and this method help us understand the polarization of the propagating light waves. The FDTD method holds great promise for the design of various photonic devices composed of curved photonic materials like CLC droplets and microcapsules.

  4. Photomobile polymer materials: photoresponsive behavior of cross-linked liquid-crystalline polymers with mesomorphic diarylethenes.

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    Mamiya, Jun-ichi; Kuriyama, Akito; Yokota, Naoki; Yamada, Munenori; Ikeda, Tomiki

    2015-02-16

    Cross-linked liquid-crystalline (LC) polymers with a mesomorphic diarylethene were prepared to demonstrate a versatile strategy for cross-linked photochromic LC polymers as photomobile materials. Upon exposure to UV light to cause photocyclization of the diarylethene chromophore, the cross-linked polymer films bend toward an actinic light source. By irradiation with visible light to cause a closed-ring to open-ring isomerization, the bent films revert to the initial flat state. Without visible-light irradiation, the bent films remain bent even at 120 °C, indicating high thermal stability of the cross-linked diarylethene LC polymers. PMID:25581255

  5. Preparation of ordered and crosslinked films from liquid crystalline vinyl ether monomers

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    Andersson, H.; Sahlen, F.; Gedde, U.W.; Hult, A.

    1993-12-31

    Highly ordered densely crosslinked liquid crystalline poly(vinyl ether) films have been prepared by in-situ photopolymerization of oriented bifunctional mesogenic vinyl ether monomers. Orientation was achieved either by a simple surface treatment, using an unidirectionally rubbed polyimide film or by a magnetic field. Polymerization from various monomer phases resulted in LC polymer network films with different molecular organizations. The films were analyzed with small-angle X-ray scattering, polarized light microscopy and infrared-dichroism measurements. It was shown that films with nematic, smectic A and smectic B structures were obtained, the latter having a very high degree of orientation.

  6. Spatially resolved charge transport study in discotic liquid crystalline organic semiconductors

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    Paul, Sanjoy; Semyonov, Alexander; Dawson, Nathan J.; Singer, Kenneth D.; Twieg, Robert J.; Ellman, Brett

    Spatially resolved time-of-flight photogeneration and mobility have been measured on a discotic liquid crystalline organic semiconductor using scanning time-of-flight microscopy (STOFm). STOFm simultaneously obtains time-of-flight transients and polarized transmittance across the sample. Various shapes in time-of-flight transients were observed and extracted charge transport parameters such as photogeneration efficiency, mobility, and trapping show significant spatial variation. In some cases these can be linked to electrode surface inhomogeneities. Detailed measurement methodology, experimental results and challenges in their analysis will be discussed.

  7. Crystalline Structure in Thin Films of DEH-PPV Homopolymer And PPV-B-PI Rod-Coil Block Copolymers

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    Olsen, B.D.; Alcazar, D.; Krikorian, V.; Toney, M.F.; Thomas, E.L.; Segalman, R.A.; /UC, Berkeley /LBL, Berkeley /MIT /SLAC, SSRL

    2009-04-30

    The rod orientation and crystalline packing of a model semiconducting rodlike polymer, poly(2,5-di(2{prime}-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (DEH-PPV), is shown to affect the self-assembly of weakly segregated rod-coil block copolymers. The in-plane packing of DEH-PPV rods in lamellar poly(2,5-di(2{prime}-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene-b-isoprene) (DEH-PPV-b-PI) diblock copolymers is nearly identical to that observed in DEH-PPV homopolymers for compositions ranging from 0.42 to 0.82 vol % coil block. The crystal structure of DEH-PPV, characterized by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction, consists of a tetragonal unit cell having c = 0.665 nm with a = b = 1.348 nm. The polymer chain axis is aligned along the [001] direction, and the nearest neighbor rod-rod spacing along 110 is 1.0 nm. As-cast thin films of DEH-PPV homopolymer demonstrate chain alignment primarily perpendicular to the substrate in 5100 g/mol homopolymer, while for 3500 g/mol homopolymer the chains align both perpendicular and parallel to the substrate. For the DEH-PPV-b-PI block copolymers, a sharper 001 reflection is observed due to the effect of microphase separation, improving alignment and stacking of the rods. The lamellar phases have a smectic A-like packing structure with the rods oriented parallel to the lamellar normal regardless of coil fraction; however, at coil fractions above about 0.8 the crystalline lattice of the rods becomes rapidly disordered as evidenced by loss of all but the two strongest Bragg reflections. This suggests that the constraints of packing into the unit cell outweigh the chain stretching and segment-segment repulsion energies that are predicted to lead to a transition from normal (smectic A) to tilted (smectic C) rod orientation within the lamellae at high coil fraction; increasing coil fraction breaks apart the crystalline lattice rather than distorting it into a tilted polymorph.

  8. A liquid-crystalline hexagonal columnar phase in highly-dilute suspensions of imogolite nanotubes

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    Paineau, Erwan; Krapf, Marie-Eve M.; Amara, Mohamed-Salah; Matskova, Natalia V.; Dozov, Ivan; Rouzière, Stéphan; Thill, Antoine; Launois, Pascale; Davidson, Patrick

    2016-01-01

    Liquid crystals have found wide applications in many fields ranging from detergents to information displays and they are also increasingly being used in the ‘bottom-up' self-assembly approach of material nano-structuration. Moreover, liquid-crystalline organizations are frequently observed by biologists. Here we show that one of the four major lyotropic liquid-crystal phases, the columnar one, is much more stable on dilution than reported so far in literature. Indeed, aqueous suspensions of imogolite nanotubes, at low ionic strength, display the columnar liquid-crystal phase at volume fractions as low as ∼0.2%. Consequently, due to its low visco-elasticity, this columnar phase is easily aligned in an alternating current electric field, in contrast with usual columnar liquid-crystal phases. These findings should have important implications for the statistical physics of the suspensions of charged rods and could also be exploited in materials science to prepare ordered nanocomposites and in biophysics to better understand solutions of rod-like biopolymers. PMID:26728415

  9. A liquid-crystalline hexagonal columnar phase in highly-dilute suspensions of imogolite nanotubes

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    Paineau, Erwan; Krapf, Marie-Eve M.; Amara, Mohamed-Salah; Matskova, Natalia V.; Dozov, Ivan; Rouzière, Stéphan; Thill, Antoine; Launois, Pascale; Davidson, Patrick

    2016-01-01

    Liquid crystals have found wide applications in many fields ranging from detergents to information displays and they are also increasingly being used in the `bottom-up' self-assembly approach of material nano-structuration. Moreover, liquid-crystalline organizations are frequently observed by biologists. Here we show that one of the four major lyotropic liquid-crystal phases, the columnar one, is much more stable on dilution than reported so far in literature. Indeed, aqueous suspensions of imogolite nanotubes, at low ionic strength, display the columnar liquid-crystal phase at volume fractions as low as ~0.2%. Consequently, due to its low visco-elasticity, this columnar phase is easily aligned in an alternating current electric field, in contrast with usual columnar liquid-crystal phases. These findings should have important implications for the statistical physics of the suspensions of charged rods and could also be exploited in materials science to prepare ordered nanocomposites and in biophysics to better understand solutions of rod-like biopolymers.

  10. Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of crystalline and liquid InSb

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    Sano, Haruyuki; Mizutani, Goro

    2015-11-01

    Ab initio calculations of the electronic and optical properties of InSb were performed for both the crystalline and liquid states. Two sets of atomic structure models for liquid InSb at 900 K were obtained by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. To reduce the effect of structural peculiarities in the liquid models, an averaging of the two sets of the calculated electronic and optical properties corresponding to the two liquid models was performed. The calculated results indicate that, owing to the phase transition from crystal to liquid, the density of states around the Fermi level increases. As a result, the energy band gap opening near the Fermi level disappears. Consequently, the optical properties change from semiconductor to metallic behavior. Namely, owing to the melting of InSb, the interband transition peaks disappear and a Drude-like dispersion is observed in the optical dielectric functions. The optical absorption at a photon energy of 3.06 eV, which is used in Blu-ray Disc systems, increases owing to the melting of InSb. This increase in optical absorption is proposed to result from the increased optical transitions below 2 eV.

  11. Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of crystalline and liquid InSb

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    Sano, Haruyuki; Mizutani, Goro

    2015-11-15

    Ab initio calculations of the electronic and optical properties of InSb were performed for both the crystalline and liquid states. Two sets of atomic structure models for liquid InSb at 900 K were obtained by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. To reduce the effect of structural peculiarities in the liquid models, an averaging of the two sets of the calculated electronic and optical properties corresponding to the two liquid models was performed. The calculated results indicate that, owing to the phase transition from crystal to liquid, the density of states around the Fermi level increases. As a result, the energy band gap opening near the Fermi level disappears. Consequently, the optical properties change from semiconductor to metallic behavior. Namely, owing to the melting of InSb, the interband transition peaks disappear and a Drude-like dispersion is observed in the optical dielectric functions. The optical absorption at a photon energy of 3.06 eV, which is used in Blu-ray Disc systems, increases owing to the melting of InSb. This increase in optical absorption is proposed to result from the increased optical transitions below 2 eV.

  12. Nature-inspired light-harvesting liquid crystalline porphyrins for organic photovoltaics

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    Li, Lanfang; Kang, Shin-Woong; Harden, John; Sun, Qingjiang; Zhou, Xiaoli; Dai, Liming; Jakli, Antal; Kumar, Satyendra; Li, Quan

    2008-12-22

    A new class of nanoscale light-harvesting discotic liquid crystalline porphyrins, with the same basic structure of the best photoreceptor in nature (chlorophyll), was synthesized. These materials can be exceptionally aligned into a highly ordered architecture in which the columns formed by intermolecular {pi}-{pi} stacking are spontaneously perpendicular to the substrate. The homeotropic alignment, well confirmed by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, could not only provide the most efficient pathway for hole conduction along the columnar axis crossing the device thickness, but also offer the largest area to the incident light for optimized light harvesting. Their preliminary photocurrent generation and photovoltaic performances were also demonstrated. The results provide new and efficient pathways to the development of organic photovoltaics by using homeotropically aligned liquid crystal thin films.

  13. Carrier transport simulation in a model liquid crystalline system with the biaxial Gay-Berne potential.

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    Goto, Masanao; Takezoe, Hideo; Ishikawa, Ken

    2010-02-01

    In this paper, we performed carrier transport simulation to understand the unusual temperature dependence of the carrier mobility observed in nematic liquid crystals. For this purpose, we made a model liquid crystalline system consisting of biaxial Gay-Berne particles, and then we simulated hopping transport between these particles. The hopping rate was formulated suitably for the biaxial Gay-Berne particles based on the investigation of the electronic overlaps between actual aromatic molecules. The carrier transport simulation was performed by master equation method on the model system prepared by N-P-T ensemble Monte Carlo simulation. We reproduced gradual mobility increase in the nematic phase as a result of the change in the short range molecular order. PMID:20136321

  14. Carrier transport simulation in a model liquid crystalline system with the biaxial Gay-Berne potential

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    Goto, Masanao; Takezoe, Hideo; Ishikawa, Ken

    2010-02-01

    In this paper, we performed carrier transport simulation to understand the unusual temperature dependence of the carrier mobility observed in nematic liquid crystals. For this purpose, we made a model liquid crystalline system consisting of biaxial Gay-Berne particles, and then we simulated hopping transport between these particles. The hopping rate was formulated suitably for the biaxial Gay-Berne particles based on the investigation of the electronic overlaps between actual aromatic molecules. The carrier transport simulation was performed by master equation method on the model system prepared by N-P-T ensemble Monte Carlo simulation. We reproduced gradual mobility increase in the nematic phase as a result of the change in the short range molecular order.

  15. Towards photo-induced swimming: actuation of liquid crystalline elastomer in water

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    Cerretti, Giacomo; Martella, Daniele; Zeng, Hao; Parmeggiani, Camilla; Palagi, Stefano; Mark, Andrew G.; Melde, Kai; Qiu, Tian; Fischer, Peer; Wiersma, Diederik S.

    2016-04-01

    Liquid Crystalline Elastomers (LCEs) are very promising smart materials that can be made sensitive to different external stimuli, such as heat, pH, humidity and light, by changing their chemical composition. In this paper we report the implementation of a nematically aligned LCE actuator able to undergo large light-induced deformations. We prove that this property is still present even when the actuator is submerged in fresh water. Thanks to the presence of azo-dye moieties, capable of going through a reversible trans-cis photo-isomerization, and by applying light with two different wavelengths we managed to control the bending of such actuator in the liquid environment. The reported results represent the first step towards swimming microdevices powered by light.

  16. More than one way to spin a crystallite: multiple trajectories through liquid crystallinity to solid silk.

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    Walker, Andrew A; Holland, Chris; Sutherland, Tara D

    2015-06-22

    Arthropods face several key challenges in processing concentrated feedstocks of proteins (silk dope) into solid, semi-crystalline silk fibres. Strikingly, independently evolved lineages of silk-producing organisms have converged on the use of liquid crystal intermediates (mesophases) to reduce the viscosity of silk dope and assist the formation of supramolecular structure. However, the exact nature of the liquid-crystal-forming-units (mesogens) in silk dope, and the relationship between liquid crystallinity, protein structure and silk processing is yet to be fully elucidated. In this review, we focus on emerging differences in this area between the canonical silks containing extended-β-sheets made by silkworms and spiders, and 'non-canonical' silks made by other insect taxa in which the final crystallites are coiled-coils, collagen helices or cross-β-sheets. We compared the amino acid sequences and processing of natural, regenerated and recombinant silk proteins, finding that canonical and non-canonical silk proteins show marked differences in length, architecture, amino acid content and protein folding. Canonical silk proteins are long, flexible in solution and amphipathic; these features allow them both to form large, micelle-like mesogens in solution, and to transition to a crystallite-containing form due to mechanical deformation near the liquid-solid transition. By contrast, non-canonical silk proteins are short and have rod or lath-like structures that are well suited to act both as mesogens and as crystallites without a major intervening phase transition. Given many non-canonical silk proteins can be produced at high yield in E. coli, and that mesophase formation is a versatile way to direct numerous kinds of supramolecular structure, further elucidation of the natural processing of non-canonical silk proteins may to lead to new developments in the production of advanced protein materials. PMID:26041350

  17. Polarization-Sensitive Two-Photon Microscopy Study of the Organization of Liquid-Crystalline DNA

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    Mojzisova, Halina; Olesiak, Joanna; Zielinski, Marcin; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna; Chauvat, Dominique; Zyss, Joseph

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Highly concentrated DNA solutions exhibit self-ordering properties such as the generation of liquid-crystalline phases. Such organized domains may play an important role in the global chromatin topology but can also be used as a simple model for the study of more complex 3D DNA structures. In this work, using polarized two-photon fluorescence microscopy, we report on the orientation of DNA molecules in liquid-crystalline phases. For this purpose, we analyze the signal emitted by fluorophores that are noncovalently bound to DNA strands. In nonlinear processes, excitation occurs exclusively in the focal volume, which offers advantages such as the reduction of photobleaching of out-of-focus molecules and intrinsic 3D sectioning capability. Propidium iodide and Hoechst, two fluorophores with different DNA binding modes, have been considered. Polarimetric measurements show that the dyes follow the alignment with respect to the DNA strands and allow the determination of the angles between the emission dipoles and the longitudinal axis of the DNA double strand. These results provide a useful starting point toward the application of two-photon polarimetry techniques to determine the local orientation of condensed DNA in physiological conditions. PMID:19843467

  18. Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase-catalyzed hydrolysis of the lipid cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles.

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    Barauskas, Justas; Anderberg, Hanna; Svendsen, Allan; Nylander, Tommy

    2016-01-01

    In this study well-ordered glycerol monooleate (GMO)-based cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNPs) have been used as substrates for Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase in order to establish the relation between the catalytic activity, measured by pH-stat titration, and the change in morphology and nanostructure determined by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron small angle X-ray diffraction. The initial lipase catalyzed LCNP hydrolysis rate is approximately 25% higher for large 350nm nanoparticles compared to the small 190nm particles, which is attributed to the increased number of structural defects on the particle surface. At pH 8.0 and 8.4 bicontinuous Im3m cubic LCNPs transform into "sponge"-like assemblies and disordered multilamellar onion-like structures upon exposure to lipase. At pH 6.5 and 7.5 lipolysis induced phase transitions of the inner core of the particles, following the sequence Im3m cubic → reversed hexagonal → reversed micellar Fd3m cubic → reversed micelles. These transitions to the liquid crystalline phases with higher negative curvature of the lipid/water interface were found to trigger protonation of the oleic acid produced during lipase catalyzed reaction. The increase curvature of the reversed discrete micellar cubic phase was suggested to cause an increase in the oleic acid pKa to a larger value observed by pH-stat titration. PMID:26047576

  19. Surface and liquid-crystalline properties of FmHnFm triblock semifluorinated n-alkanes.

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    Chachaj-Brekiesz, Anna; Górska, Natalia; Osiecka, Natalia; Makyła-Juzak, Katarzyna; Dynarowicz-Łątka, Patrycja

    2016-05-01

    A series of triblock semifluorinated n-alkanes of the general formula: F(CF2)m(CH2)n(CF2)mF, (in short FmHnFm), where m=10, 12, and n=6, 8, and 12 have been synthesized and employed for liquid crystalline studies and Langmuir monolayer characterization. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements together with texture observation with polarizing microscope (POM) revealed the presence of liquid crystalline smectic phases for all the investigated homologs. The behavior of the studied molecules spread at the free water surface has also been investigated. Our results show for the first time that these unusual film-forming materials, which are completely hydrophobic in nature and do not possess any polar group in their structure, are surface active and form insoluble (Langmuir) monolayers at the air/water interface. Due to the fact that these molecules are chemically inert and, similar to the semifluorinated diblocks, are not toxic, they may be destined for biomedical uses as gas carriers and contrast agents, as well as in drug delivery systems. PMID:26952494

  20. Effects of temperature on the alignment and electrooptical responses of a nematic nanoscale liquid crystalline film.

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    Lee, Lay Min; Kwon, Hye J; Nuzzo, Ralph G; Schweizer, Ken S

    2006-08-17

    The surface-induced alignment and electrooptical (EO) dynamics of a 50-nm-thick liquid crystalline (4-n-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl; 5CB) film were studied at three temperatures: 25 and 33 degrees C (near the crystalline-nematic and nematic-isotropic transition temperatures, respectively) and 29 degrees C (a median temperature in the stability region of the nematic phase). The ZnSe surfaces that entrap the liquid crystal (LC) film have been polished unidirectionally to produce a grooved surface presenting nanometer-scale corrugations, a structure that induces a planar and homogeneous orientation in the nematic phase. The present work attempts to understand the influences of temperature on the surface-induced alignment and corresponding EO dynamics of the material. Step-scan time-resolved spectroscopy measurements were made to determine the rate constants for the electric-field-induced orientation and thermal relaxation of the 5CB film. The field-driven orientation rates vary sensitively with temperature across a range that spans the stability limits of the nematic phase; the relaxation rates, however, vary very little across this same temperature range. We propose that these differences in LC behavior arise as consequence of the interplay of the temperature dependence of the elastic constants, viscosity, and degree of orientational order of the LC medium. A simple theoretical model provides some understanding of these behaviors. PMID:16898726

  1. Synthesis, characterization, and gelation and development of liquid crystalline order during isothermal cure of rigid rod epoxy

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    Cho, Seunghyun

    The liquid crystalline thermoset monomers 4,4'-diglycidyloxy-alpha-methylstilbene (DOMS) and D2A1 that resulted from reaction between DOMS and aniline were synthesized. The monomers were characterized with cross-polarized optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). DOMS showed monotropic liquid crystalline mesophase and D2A1 showed smectic phase even at room temperature and turned into nematic then cleared upon heating. DOMS was cured with sulfanilamide (SAA) and D2A1 was cured with catalytic curing agent, 1-methyl imidazole (MI). Thermal stability tests of DOMS-SAA, D2A1-MI and commercial nonliquid crystalline epoxy, diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) SAA system via dynamic TGA shows that the factor that most influences thermal stability is the molecular structure of the material itself rather than liquid crystalline phases. The %conversion data were determined from dynamic DSC scan to examine the applicability of Flory's gelation theory. The results reveal that even though the amount of reaction that occurs in the liquid crystalline phase is different at different cure temperatures, the isoconversion theory of gelation fits quite well. The actual average value of the conversion at the gel point is 0.677, which is slightly higher than the calculated theoretical value of 0.577 because of the failed assumptions of this theory. That is, there might be reactivity differences among the same types of functional groups and intramolecular connections are possible. The phase transitions do not show isoconversion behavior in contrast to gelation. Instead, the conversion where phase changes from isotropic to a liquid crystalline phase tends to increase with temperature because the critical length of the molecules needed for the liquid crystallinity increases with temperature.

  2. Silica nanoparticle stabilization of liquid crystalline lipid dispersions: impact on enzymatic digestion and drug solubilization.

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    Bhatt, Achal B; Barnes, Timothy J; Prestidge, Clive A

    2015-01-01

    The high internal surface area and drug solubilizing capacity of liquid crystal lipids makes them promising oral drug delivery systems. Pluronic F127 is typically used to disperse highly viscous cubic liquid crystal lipids into cubosomes; however, such copolymers alter the internal structure and provide little control over enzymatic digestion. This study aimed to use hydrophilic silica nanoparticles to stabilize glyceryl monooleate (GMO) cubosomes prepared by ultrasonication. We investigate the influence of silica nanoparticles size and concentration on the physical (colloidal) and chemical (enzymatic digestion) stability, as well as in vitro solubilization of cinnarizine as a poorly soluble model drug. Silica stabilized nanostructured liquid crystal dispersions (120 nm to150 nm in diameter and zeta potentials of-30 mV to -60 mV) were successfully prepared with excellent long-term stability (<10% size change after 30 days). Silica stabilized GMO cubosomes demonstrated reduced enzymatic digestion compared to pluronic F127 stabilized cubosomes. This reduced digestion was attributed to a combination of adsorbed silica nanoparticles acting as a physical barrier and excess dispersed silica adsorbing/scavenging the lipase enzyme. Under simulated intestinal digestion conditions, silica stabilized GMO cubosomes showed a greater solubilization capacity for cinnarizine, which precipitated in non-crystalline form, in comparison to pure drug suspensions or pluronic F127 stabilized GMO cubosomes. Silica nanoparticle stabilized GMO liquid crystal dispersions are a promising oral delivery vehicle. PMID:25176029

  3. On the molecular anisotropy of liquid crystalline and flexible polymer systems

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    van Horn, Brett L.

    The demand for products of ever increasing quality or for novel applications has required increasing attention to or manipulation of the anisotropy of manufactured parts. Oriented plastics are used everywhere from recording film to automotive body parts to monofilament fishing line. Liquid crystals are also used in a wide array of applications including their dominance in the flat panel display industry, color changing temperature sensors, and woven bullet resistant fabrics. Anisotropy can also be detrimental, for instance sometimes leading to poor fracture resistance or low yield stress along specific directions. Controlling and measuring anisotropy of materials has become increasingly important, but doing so is wrought with challenges. Measuring physical properties of isotropic liquids, such as water or most oils can be done in a straightforward fashion. Their viscosities and densities, for example, have unique values under a given set of conditions. With anisotropic fluids, like liquid crystals, the viscosity, for instance, will not only depend upon temperature, concentration, etc. but also upon the direction of observation, degree of anisotropy, source of anisotropy, and so forth. This added degree of complexity complicates our ability to define the state of the material at which the measurements are made and generally necessitates the use of more sophisticated measurement strategies or techniques. This work presents techniques and tools for investigating anisotropy in liquid crystalline and stretched polymeric systems. Included are the use of conoscopy for the determination of birefringence and orientation of nematic liquid crystals and stretched polymers, the shear response of flow aligning nematic liquid crystal monodomains, and the design of a novel linear rheometer that allows for in situ optical or scattering investigations.

  4. More than one way to spin a crystallite: multiple trajectories through liquid crystallinity to solid silk

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    Walker, Andrew A.; Holland, Chris; Sutherland, Tara D.

    2015-01-01

    Arthropods face several key challenges in processing concentrated feedstocks of proteins (silk dope) into solid, semi-crystalline silk fibres. Strikingly, independently evolved lineages of silk-producing organisms have converged on the use of liquid crystal intermediates (mesophases) to reduce the viscosity of silk dope and assist the formation of supramolecular structure. However, the exact nature of the liquid-crystal-forming-units (mesogens) in silk dope, and the relationship between liquid crystallinity, protein structure and silk processing is yet to be fully elucidated. In this review, we focus on emerging differences in this area between the canonical silks containing extended-β-sheets made by silkworms and spiders, and ‘non-canonical’ silks made by other insect taxa in which the final crystallites are coiled-coils, collagen helices or cross-β-sheets. We compared the amino acid sequences and processing of natural, regenerated and recombinant silk proteins, finding that canonical and non-canonical silk proteins show marked differences in length, architecture, amino acid content and protein folding. Canonical silk proteins are long, flexible in solution and amphipathic; these features allow them both to form large, micelle-like mesogens in solution, and to transition to a crystallite-containing form due to mechanical deformation near the liquid–solid transition. By contrast, non-canonical silk proteins are short and have rod or lath-like structures that are well suited to act both as mesogens and as crystallites without a major intervening phase transition. Given many non-canonical silk proteins can be produced at high yield in E. coli, and that mesophase formation is a versatile way to direct numerous kinds of supramolecular structure, further elucidation of the natural processing of non-canonical silk proteins may to lead to new developments in the production of advanced protein materials. PMID:26041350

  5. Novel spiropyran amphiphiles and their application as light-responsive liquid crystalline components.

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    Tangso, Kristian J; Fong, Wye-Khay; Darwish, Tamim; Kirby, Nigel; Boyd, Ben J; Hanley, Tracey L

    2013-09-01

    Light-responsive materials formed by liquid crystalline lipids in water have potential application to drug delivery through inclusion of photochromic additives such as spiropyran. A series of novel analogues of spiropyran (SP) have been synthesized with an SP headgroup that possess a C8 (SP-OC), C12 (SP-L), and C16 (SP-P) tail to probe the influence of the length of the hydrophobic tail on their physicochemical properties and effect on behavior in liquid crystal matrices with a view to application as stimulus-responsive elements on ultraviolet irradiation. In addition, compounds possessing an oleyl (SP-OL) and phytanyl (SP-PHYT) tail, to mimic those of the "parent" reverse bicontinuous cubic (V2) phase forming lipids, glyceryl monooleate (GMO) and phytantriol, were also prepared. The photochromic compounds were characterized by their melting points and photophysical behavior in solution using techniques including hot stage microscopy (HSM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and UV-visible spectroscopy. Their effect on the equilibrium nanostructure of bulk V2 phases and phase-switching kinetics after exposure to UV light was assessed using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The melting point of the SP derivatives decreased linearly with increasing chain length, which suggests that interactions between the head groups governed their melting point, rather than the van der Waals interactions between the tails. Changing the R group did not influence the equilibrium rate constants for the isomerization of SP. Phase transition temperatures of liquid crystalline (LC) matrices were influenced significantly by incorporation of the SP derivatives and were greatest when the photochromic compound possessed an intermediate tail length substituent compared to the short alkyl or bulkier moieties. The level of disruption of lipid packing, and hence phase structure, were dependent on the duration of UV exposure. PMID:23909814

  6. Building a nano-crystalline α-alumina layer at a liquid metal/sapphire interface by ultrasound.

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    Cui, Wei; Yan, Jiuchun; Dai, Yan; Li, Dandan

    2015-01-01

    Transitional layers at the metal/ceramic interface play an very important role in ceramic joining. In this study, sapphire blocks were ultrasonically dipped in liquid Sn-Zn-Al alloy. It is found that the ultrasound promoted rapid oxidation reaction of aluminum at the Sn-Zn-Al/sapphire interface at 230°C in the ambient atmosphere, resulting in the formation of a nano-crystalline α-Al2O3 layer (NCAL). In a ∼2nm boundary layer of the NCAL, the lattice matches the sapphire substrate well. Thus, a smooth transition of the lattice from sapphire to metal was formed through the NCAL. Ultrasonically soldered sapphire joints were made with Sn-Zn-Al as the filler alloy. Compressive shear strength of the joints reached 43-48MPa, which is relatively high comparing to other Al2O3 joints made of Sn alloys doped with Ti or Rear Earth elements. Thus, a new mechanism of ultrasonic soldering, i.e. building an oxide transitional layer on the surface of the solid, was revealed. We expect this sonochemical process to be applicable to other metal/oxide systems. PMID:24882591

  7. Peptide KSL-W-Loaded Mucoadhesive Liquid Crystalline Vehicle as an Alternative Treatment for Multispecies Oral Biofilm.

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    Bernegossi, Jéssica; Calixto, Giovana Maria Fioramonti; Sanches, Paulo Ricardo da Silva; Fontana, Carla Raquel; Cilli, Eduardo Maffud; Garrido, Saulo Santesso; Chorilli, Marlus

    2015-01-01

    Decapeptide KSL-W shows antibacterial activities and can be used in the oral cavity, however, it is easily degraded in aqueous solution and eliminated. Therefore, we aimed to develop liquid crystalline systems (F1 and F2) for KSL-W buccal administration to treat multispecies oral biofilms. The systems were prepared with oleic acid, polyoxypropylene (5) polyoxyethylene (20) cetyl alcohol (PPG-5-CETETH-20), and a 1% poloxamer 407 dispersion as the oil phase (OP), surfactant (S), and aqueous phase (AP), respectively. We characterized them using polarized light microscopy (PLM), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), rheology, and in vitro bioadhesion, and performed in vitro biological analysis. PLM showed isotropy (F1) or anisotropy with lamellar mesophases (F2), confirmed by peak ratio quantification using SAXS. Rheological tests demonstrated that F1 exhibited Newtonian behavior but not F2, which showed a structured AP concentration-dependent system. Bioadhesion studies revealed an AP concentration-dependent increase in the system's bioadhesiveness (F2 = 15.50 ± 1.00 mN·s) to bovine teeth blocks. Antimicrobial testing revealed 100% inhibition of multispecies oral biofilm growth after KSL-W administration, which was incorporated in the F2 aqueous phase at a concentration of 1 mg/mL. Our results suggest that this system could serve as a potential vehicle for buccal administration of antibiofilm peptides. PMID:26712726

  8. Tea Flavanols Block Advanced Glycation of Lens Crystallins Induced by Dehydroascorbic Acid.

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    Zhu, Yingdong; Zhao, Yantao; Wang, Pei; Ahmedna, Mohamed; Ho, Chi-Tang; Sang, Shengmin

    2015-01-20

    Growing evidence has shown that ascorbic acid (ASA) can contribute to protein glycation and the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), especially in the lens. The mechanism by which ascorbic acid can cause protein glycation probably originates from its oxidized form, dehydroascorbic acid (DASA), which is a reactive dicarbonyl species. In the present study, we demonstrated for the first time that four tea flavanols, (-)-epigallocatechin 3-O-gallate (EGCG), (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC), (-)-epicatechin 3-O-gallate (ECG), and (-)-epicatechin (EC), could significantly trap DASA and consequently form 6C- or 8C-ascorbyl conjugates. Among these four flavanols, EGCG exerted the strongest trapping efficacy by capturing approximate 80% of DASA within 60 min. We successfully purified and identified seven 6C- or 8C-ascorbyl conjugates of flavanols from the chemical reaction between tea flavanols and DASA under slightly basic conditions. Of which, five ascorbyl conjugates, EGCGDASA-2, EGCDASA-2, ECGDASA-1, ECGDASA-2 and ECDASA-1, were recognized as novel compounds. The NMR data showed that positions 6 and 8 of the ring A of flavanols were the major active sites for trapping DASA. We further demonstrated that tea flavanols could effectively inhibit the formation of DASA-induced AGEs via trapping DASA in the bovine lens crystallin-DASA assay. In this assay, 8C-ascorbyl conjugates of flavanols were detected as the major adducts using LC-MS. This study suggests that daily consumption of beverages containing tea flavanols may prevent protein glycation in the lens induced by ascorbic acid and its oxidized products. PMID:25437149

  9. Formulation of an oral dosage form utilizing the properties of cubic liquid crystalline phases of glyceryl monooleate.

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    Sallam, Al-Sayed; Khalil, Enam; Ibrahim, Hussain; Freij, Ibtisam

    2002-05-01

    Glyceryl monooleate is a Food and Drug Administration-approved food additive which has the ability to form various liquid crystalline phases in the presence of various amounts of water. The unique properties of the cubic liquid crystalline phase that result upon the presence of excess body fluids at body temperature were utilized to formulate an oral dosage form containing furosemide as the model drug. The aim was to develop a formula, which has both bioadhesive and sustained release properties of the resultant cubic phase, so that increasing gastric residence time to improve bioavailability of the drug and at the same time obtaining a sustained action. The system was found to be affected by the limited solubility of furosemide in both the carrier system and the pH of surrounding medium. As a consequence, the addition of some solubility modifiers was investigated in order to obtain the desired properties of the expected liquid crystalline system. PMID:11976023

  10. Hierarchically structured free-standing hydrogels with liquid crystalline domains and magnetic nanoparticles as dual physical cross-linkers.

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    Zhou, Yuxiang; Sharma, Nitin; Deshmukh, Prashant; Lakhman, Rubinder Kaur; Jain, Menka; Kasi, Rajeswari M

    2012-01-25

    Here we report a modular strategy for preparing physically cross-linked and mechanically robust free-standing hydrogels comprising unique thermotropic liquid crystalline (LC) domains and magnetic nanoparticles both of which serve as the physical cross-linkers resulting in hydrogels that can be used as magnetically responsive soft actuators. A series of amphiphilic LC pentablock copolymers of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), poly(5-cholesteryloxypentyl methacrylate) (PC5MA), and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) blocks in the sequence of PAA-PC5MA-PEO-PC5MA-PAA were prepared using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. These pentablock copolymers served as macromolecular ligands to template Fe(3)O(4) magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), which were directly anchored to the polymer chains through the coordination bonds with the carboxyl groups of PAA blocks. The resulting polymer/MNP nanocomposites comprised a complicated hierarchical structure in which polymer-coated MNP clusters were dispersed in a microsegregated pentablock copolymer matrix that further contained LC ordering. Upon swelling, the hierarchical structure was disrupted and converted to a network structure, in which MNP clusters were anchored to the polymer chains and LC domains stayed intact to connect solvated PEO and PAA blocks, leading to a free-standing LC magnetic hydrogel (LC ferrogel). By varying the PAA weight fraction (f(AA)) in the pentablock copolymers, the swelling degrees (Q) of the resulting LC ferrogels were tailored. Rheological experiments showed that these physically cross-linked free-standing LC ferrogels exhibit good mechanical strength with storage moduli G' of around 10(4)-10(5) Pa, similar to that of natural tissues. Furthermore, application of a magnetic field induced bending actuation of the LC ferrogels. Therefore, these physically cross-linked and mechanically robust LC ferrogels can be used as soft actuators and artificial muscles. Moreover, this design strategy is a

  11. Deuterium magnetic resonance study of the gel and liquid crystalline phases of dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine.

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    Davis, J H

    1979-01-01

    Deuterium magnetic resonance is applied to the study of the liquid crystalline and gel phases, and of the phase transition, of a multilamellar dispersion of chain perdeuterated (d62)-dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine/H2O. Analysis of the deuterium spectra in terms of the moments of the spectra allows one to make quantitative statements concerning the distribution of quadrupolar splittings even in complicated situations, e.g., when using perdeuterated sampled or when there are mixed phases. This analysis indicates that d62-dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine in excess H2O undergoes a sharp phase transition (with a width of less than 1 degree C) at approximately 37 degrees C and that there appears to be hysteresis in the phase transition of approximately 1 degree C. In the lamellar liquid crystalline phase above 37 degrees C the spectra show a number of well-resolved features whose quadrupolar splittings can be followed as the temperature is varied. The gel phase near 20 degrees C possesses a very broad, almost featureless spectrum that does not seem to support a model of the gel phase wherein the hydrocarbon chains are fully extended in the all-trans conformation. At temperatures near 0 degrees C the spectra clearly indicate that a large fraction of the lipid molecules cease the rotation about their long axes, giving a spectrum more characteristic of a rigid or solid sample. These results give a picture of the gel phase as a phase characterized by considerable hydrocarbon chain disorder near 20 degrees C and becoming a more solid-like phase near 0 degrees C. The spin-lattice relaxation time, T1, has been measured at 20 degrees C in the gel phase, and at 37 and 45 degrees C in the liquid crystalline phase. The values of T1 obtained for each of the resolvable peaks in the spectrum at 37 degrees C are compared to the values (for each peak) of T2e, the decay time of the quadrupolar echo, obtained at the same temperature. These results are discussed in terms of a simple two

  12. The influence of liquid crystalline structure and ceramic nanoparticles inclusion on thermal conductivity of epoxy based thermosets

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    Scamardella, A. M.; Iacono, S. Dello; Carfagna, C.; Ho, C. H.; Kornmann, X.; Amendola, E.

    2012-07-01

    Epoxy nanocomposites with ceramic nanoparticles and liquid crystalline epoxy thermosets have been prepared and characterized with the aim to improve thermal conductivity of polymeric networks, without sacrificing processibility of reactive mixture and electrical insulation of final products. The influence of mesogenic liquid crystalline structure and fillers addition on thermal, mechanical and dielectric properties have been investigated by means of Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Dynamic-mechanical analysis (DMA) and volume resistivity. Morphological investigations by Optical Microscopy (OM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) has been also performed.

  13. Photolithographically patternable electroluminescent liquid crystalline materials for full-colour organic light emitting displays

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    McGlashon, Andrew J.; Whitehead, Katherine S.; Bradley, Donal D. C.; Heeney, Martin; McCulloch, Iain; Zhang, Weimin; Campbell, Alasdair J.

    2006-02-01

    Displays based on polymer light emitting diodes are attractive due to their emissive nature, their wide viewing angles and the ability of electroluminescent conjugated polymers to be solution processable at room temperature and pressure. It is difficult, however, to deposit separate red, green and blue (RGB) pixels and to maximize performance by making the devices multi-layered. Here we present recent results on a semiconducting conjugated reactive-mesogen OLED material which is solution processable, can be potentially cured and patterned by photolithography and used in multi-layer devices. This material consists of a conjugated pentathiophene core with reactive endgroups. Spectroscopy, calorimetry and microscopy show that it forms crystalline, aggregate, liquid-crystalline and isotropic phases at a range of different temperatures. The material is deposited by spincoating from solution. Low density doping with a cationic photointiator and exposure to a specific UV wavelength to avoid damage to the conjugated core leads to cross-linking into an insoluble network. Current-voltage-luminousity and spectral measurements in standard OLED device structures show the effect of cross-linking on the transport and injection properties of the material. Quenching of fluorescence and electroluminescence is discussed. Insertion of lower-energy gap, fluorescent small molecules can potentially be used to tune the emission to any desired colour but material limitations to this technique due to dopant removal during the washing procedure were observed.

  14. Synthesis, characterization, and rheology of functional and heterocyclic liquid crystalline polymers

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    Huang, Wenyi

    Three segmented main-chain thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers (TLCPs) functionalized with nitrogen-containing heterocyclic groups were synthesized; namely PyHQ12 having pendent pyridyl group, PABP having side-chain azopyridyl group with flexible spacer, and PTBP containing side-chain terpyridine group with flexible spacer. The principles of specific interactions were applied to prepare supramolecular structures and organoclay or clay nanocomposites based on these functional TLCPs. Three combined main-chain/side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers (MCSCLCPs) were prepared via hydrogen bonding or ionic interactions based on PyHQ12 and PABP. The presence of hydrogen bonds in self-assembled PyHQ12-7CNCOOH and PABP-AA, and the presence of ionic interactions in self-assembled PABP-TSA, which exist above their respective clearing temperatures, were confirmed using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, the thermal transitions in each MCSCLCP were determined using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and the mesophase structures of each self-assembled MCSCLCP were characterized using polarized optical microscopy (POM) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). PyHQ12 was observed to be very effective in exfoliating organoclay (Cloisite 30B) aggregates, because of the formation of hydrogen bonds, as determined by in situ FTIR spectroscopy, between the pendent pyridyl group in PyHQ12 and the hydroxyl groups in the surfactant MT2EtOH residing at the surface of Cloisite 30B. Thus, functionality in TLCP is necessary to obtain highly dispersed organoclay nanocomposites, but at the same time there is a possibility to lose some degree of liquid crystallinity in the TLCP, due to the proximity of the pendent pyridyl group to the mesogenic main-chain backbone. Thus, another functional TLCP, PABP having side-chain azopyridyl group with flexible spacer, was synthesized. It has been found that the liquid crystallinity of PABP in the organoclay nanocomposites was more or

  15. Synthesis, characterization of azobenzene and cinnamate ester based calamitic liquid crystalline compounds and their photoresponsive properties

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    Selvarasu, Chinnaiyan; Kannan, Palaninathan

    2015-07-01

    A series of azobenzene-containing mesogens end-capped with cinnamoyl esters were synthesized and investigated its mesogenic and photochemical properties. Terminal substituents of the molecules were changed with various substituents like CN, Cl, H, CH3, and OCH3. Liquid crystalline properties of the synthesized compounds were studied and confirmed using differential scanning calorimetry, polarising optical microscopy. Compounds (4a-4e) exhibited a thermotropic mesomorph behaviour viz., nematic and smectic phases that depends on the terminal substituents. The thermal transition temperatures and the mesophase types are depend on the terminal substituents which are ascribed with the increasing cohesive forces between molecules as the conjugation length increases. These photochromic compounds exhibited strong UV-vis absorption maxima between 330 and 340 nm. Upon irradiation with selective UV light produces the trans-cis isomerization producing new maxima at 450 nm due to cis configuration.

  16. Solution-Based Synthesis of Crystalline Silicon from Liquid Silane through Laser and Chemical Annealing

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    Iyer, Ganjigunte R. S.; Hobbie, Erik K.; Guruvenket, Srinivasan; Hoey, Justin M.; Anderson, Kenneth J.; Lovaasen, John; Gette, Cody; Schulz, Douglas L.; Swenson, Orven F.; Elangovan, Arumugasamy; et al

    2012-05-23

    We report a solution process for the synthesis of crystalline silicon from the liquid silane precursor cyclohexasilane (Si6H12). Polysilane films were crystallized through thermal and laser annealing, with plasma hydrogenation at atmospheric pressure generating further structural changes in the films. The evolution from amorphous to microcrystalline is characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy and impedance spectroscopy. A four-decade enhancement in the electrical conductivity is attributed to a disorder-order transition in a bonded Si network. Lastly, our results demonstrate a potentially attractive approach that employs a solution process coupled with ambient post-processing to produce crystallinemore » silicon thin films.« less

  17. Compliant random fields in gels formed from side-chain liquid crystalline polymers

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    Goldbart, Paul; Ye, Fangfu; Lu, Bing; Xing, Xiangjun

    2013-03-01

    Localized polymer-chain backbones in gels formed from side-chain liquid crystalline polymers serve to create random fields that induce local orientational order of the nematogenic pendants of the side chains. These random fields differ, however, from conventional ones, in that they are compliant, and thus themselves undergo thermal fluctuations. We develop a free energy that describes local nematic ordering in presence of such compliant random fields. In particular, we show that, as a result of this compliance, the free energy has a qualitatively new structure, unattainable via truly static random fields. We discuss the physical implications this free energy, focusing on the consequences of the compliant nature of the random fields.

  18. EPR spectroscopy of protein microcrystals oriented in a liquid crystalline polymer medium

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    Caldeira, Jorge; Figueirinhas, João Luis; Santos, Celina; Godinho, Maria Helena

    2004-10-01

    Correlation of the g-tensor of a paramagnetic active center of a protein with its structure provides a unique experimental information on the electronic structure of the metal site. To address this problem, we made solid films containing metalloprotein ( Desulfovibrio gigas cytochrome c3) microcrystals. The microcrystals in a liquid crystalline polymer medium (water/hydroxypropylcellulose) were partially aligned by a shear flow. A strong orientation effect of the metalloprotein was observed by EPR spectroscopy and polarizing optical microscopy. The EPR spectra of partially oriented samples were simulated, allowing for molecular orientation distribution function determination. The observed effect results in enhanced sensitivity and resolution of the EPR spectra and provides a new approach towards the correlation of spectroscopic data, obtained by EPR or some other technique, with the three-dimensional structure of a protein or a model compound.

  19. Light Responsive Microstructured Surfaces of Liquid Crystalline Network with Shape Memory and Tunable Wetting Behaviors.

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    Wu, Zi Liang; Wang, Zhi Jian; Keller, Patrick; Zheng, Qiang

    2016-02-01

    Using adaptive soft materials to fabricate microstructured surfaces renders them with tunable topographic feature and thus controllable physical properties. Here, light responsive microstructured surfaces are reported with shape memory and tunable wetting behaviors; the surfaces are covered with micropillar arrays and constructed by lightly crosslinked azo-containing liquid crystalline network (LCN). UV light irradiation induces 25% contraction in length of the micropillars along their long axes and, as a consequence, the variations of topographic feature and wetting behavior of the surfaces. In addition, the LCNs exhibit shape memory properties, which can freeze the temporary topographic feature of microstructured surfaces (formed under UV irradiation and relatively high temperature) and enable application of their functionalities at mild conditions. This light responsiveness makes it feasible to remotely and precisely tune the local regions of microstructured surfaces, which should broaden the applications of adaptive surfaces in regulating the wetting, optical, and adhesion properties in selected regions. PMID:26676211

  20. Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Cubic Phases as Versatile Host Matrices for Membrane-Bound Enzymes.

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    Sun, Wenjie; Vallooran, Jijo J; Fong, Wye-Khay; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2016-04-21

    Lyotropic liquid crystalline cubic mesophases can function as host matrices for enzymes because of their biomimetic structural characteristics, optical transparency, and capability to coexist with water. This study demonstrates that the in meso immobilized membrane-bound enzyme d-fructose dehydrogenase (FDH) preserves its full activity, follows ideal Michaelis-Menten kinetics, and shows improved stability compared to its behavior in solution. Even after 5 days, the immobilized FDH retained its full activity in meso, whereas a model hydrophilic enzyme, horseradish peroxidase, maintained only 21% of its original activity. We reason that the lipidic bilayers in the three-dimensional structures of cubic mesophases provide an ideal environment for the reconstitution of a membrane-bound enzyme. The preserved activity, long-term stability, and reusability demonstrate that these hybrid nanomaterials are ideal matrices for biosensing and biocatalytic fuel cell applications. PMID:27050734

  1. Liquid-like pseudoelasticity of sub-10-nm crystalline silver particles

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    Sun, Jun; He, Longbing; Lo, Yu-Chieh; Xu, Tao; Bi, Hengchang; Sun, Litao; Zhang, Ze; Mao, Scott X.; Li, Ju

    2014-11-01

    In nanotechnology, small-volume metals with large surface area are used as electrodes, catalysts, interconnects and antennae. Their shape stability at room temperature has, however, been questioned. Using in situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, we find that Ag nanoparticles can be deformed like a liquid droplet but remain highly crystalline in the interior, with no sign of dislocation activity during deformation. Surface-diffusion-mediated pseudoelastic deformation is evident at room temperature, which can be driven by either an external force or capillary-energy minimization. Atomistic simulations confirm that such highly unusual Coble pseudoelasticity can indeed happen for sub-10-nm Ag particles at room temperature and at timescales from seconds to months.

  2. Self-aggregation and liquid crystalline behavior of new ester-functionalized quinuclidinolium surfactants.

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    Bhadani, Avinash; Endo, Takeshi; Koura, Setsuko; Sakai, Kenichi; Abe, Masahiko; Sakai, Hideki

    2014-08-01

    A new type of ester-based cationic surfactant having a quinuclidinolium headgroup has been synthesized starting from linear fatty alcohols and has been characterized using spectroscopic techniques. The self-aggregation and thermodynamic properties of these surfactants have been investigated by pendant-drop surface tensiometry and conductivity measurements. The liquid crystalline behaviors of these surfactants were investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) technique. The quinuclidinolium headgroup demonstrated a unique ability to interlock among themselves thus affecting the physicochemical properties of surfactants in aqueous solution. The current research finding supports the new concept of headgroup interlocking which is supported by 1D and 2D NMR studies. PMID:25058797

  3. Flow Induced Structures in Liquid Crystalline Polymers as Studied by Neutron Scattering

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    Dadmun, Mark

    2000-03-01

    Small angle neutron scattering has been utilized to examine the orientation of liquid crystalline polymer systems during and after the application of a flow field. Thermotropic systems show unique behavior including perpendicular orientation to the flow direction at low temperature and a temperature dependence of the molecular orientation within in the nematic regime. It is also found that the orientation is long-lived after the removal of the shear field in the thermotropic system. In lyotropic systems, however, an interesting dependence on solvent is found. The alignment behavior of poly(benzyl L-glutamate) (PBLG) in deuterated benzyl alcohol (DBA) differs significantly from the alignment of PBLG in deuterated m-cresol (DMC) during shear and upon shear cessation. This is unexpected, as DMC is an isomer of DBA. Possible explanations for this behavior will be discussed.

  4. High diffraction efficiency polarization gratings recorded by biphotonic holography in an azobenzene liquid crystalline polyester

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    Sanchez, C.; Alcala, R.; Hvilsted, S.; Ramanujam, P. S.

    2001-06-18

    High diffraction efficiencies have been achieved with polarization gratings recorded in thin films of an azobenzene side-chain liquid crystalline polyester by means of biphotonic processes. Efficiency values up to 30% have been reached after an induction period of 300 s and subsequent evolution with the sample in darkness. These values are at least two orders of magnitude higher than those previously reported for biphotonic recording. The gratings can be erased with unpolarized blue light and partial recovery of the diffraction efficiency has been observed after the erasure process when the sample is kept in darkness. Red light illumination of the erased film increases the recovered efficiency value and the recovery rate. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  5. Photomobile polymer materials with crosslinked liquid-crystalline structures: molecular design, fabrication, and functions.

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    Ube, Toru; Ikeda, Tomiki

    2014-09-22

    Crosslinked liquid-crystalline polymer materials that macroscopically deform when irradiated with light have been extensively studied in the past decade because of their potential in various applications, such as microactuators and microfluidic devices. The basic motions of these materials are contraction-expansion and bending-unbending, which are observed mainly in polysiloxanes and polyacrylates that contain photochromic moieties. Other sophisticated motions such as twisting, oscillation, rotation, and translational motion have also been achieved. In recent years, efforts have been made to improve the photoresponsive and mechanical properties of this novel class of materials through the modification of molecular structures, development of new fabrication methods, and construction of composite structures. Herein, we review structures, functions, and working mechanisms of photomobile materials and recent advances in this field. PMID:25196371

  6. The influence of intraannular templates on the liquid crystallinity of shape-persistent macrocycles

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    Vollmeyer, Joscha

    2014-01-01

    Summary A series of shape-persistent phenylene–ethynylene–naphthylene–butadiynylene macrocycles with different extraannular alkyl groups and intraannular bridges is synthesized by oxidative Glaser-coupling of the appropriate precursors. The intraannular bridges serve in this case as templates that reduce the oligomerization even when the reaction is not performed under pseudo high-dilution conditions. The extraannular as well as the intraannular substituents have a strong influence on the thermal behavior of the compounds. With branched alkyl chains at the periphery, the macrocycles exhibit liquid crystalline (lc) phases when the interior is empty or when the length of the alkyl bridge is just right to cross the ring. With a longer alkyl or an oligoethylene oxide bridge no lc phase is observed, most probably because the mesogene is no longer planar. PMID:24991240

  7. Immune cell activation from multivalent interactions with liquid-crystalline polycation-DNA complexes

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    Schmidt, Nathan; Jin, Fan; Lande, Roberto; Curk, Tine; Xian, Wujing; Frasca, Loredana; Dobnikar, Jure; Frenkel, Daan; Gilliet, Michel; Wong, Gerard

    2014-03-01

    Microbial DNA can trigger type I interferon (IFN) production in plasmacytoid cells (pDCs) by binding to endosomal toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9). TLR9 in pDCs do not normally respond to self-DNA, but in certain autoimmune diseases self-DNA can complex with the polycationic antimicrobial peptide LL37 into condensed structures which allow DNA to access endosomal compartments and stimulate TLR9 in pDCs. We use x-ray studies and cell measurements of IFN secretion by pDCs to show that a broad range of polycation-DNA complexes stimulate pDCs and elucidate the criterion for high IFN production. Furthermore, we show via experiments and computer simulations that the distinguishing factor for why certain complexes activate pDCs while others do not is the self-assembled structure of the liquid-crystalline polycation-DNA complex.

  8. Cellulose-based liquid crystalline photoresponsive films with tunable surface wettability.

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    Pinto, L F V; Kundu, S; Brogueira, P; Cruz, C; Fernandes, S N; Aluculesei, A; Godinho, M H

    2011-05-17

    We report on a new type of liquid crystalline cellulosic films with light controllable reversible wettability. The films are prepared from a thermotropic cellulose derivative functionalized with azo-containing groups. These groups exhibit dynamic changes in interfacial properties in response to UV irradiation. The UV irradiation induces trans-to-cis isomerization in the azobenzene moiety, which causes a conformational change in the upper molecular layers of the thin films. These changes originate a hydrophobic to comparatively hydrophilic transformation of the surface. The reversible wettability of the surface results from the cis/trans photo and thermal isomerization. The UV-vis absorption spectra, as well as contact angle measurements with UV irradiation, clearly support the understanding of the phenomenon. This type of surface design enables the amplification of molecular level conformational transitions to macroscopic changes in interface properties using the means of isomerism. This opens new opportunities in surface engineering using eco-friendly cellulose manipulation. PMID:21491848

  9. Elementary statistical models for nematic transitions in liquid-crystalline systems

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    Liarte, Danilo B.; Salinas, Silvio R.

    2014-03-01

    We introduce a simple Maier-Saupe-Zwanzig (MSZ) model to describe the well-known first-order nematic-isotropic transition in liquid-crystalline systems. We then use the MSZ model, with the addition of disorder degrees of freedom, to investigate the stability of a biaxial nematic phase in a mixture of rods and disks. There is a biaxial nematic structure if we consider a fixed distribution of rods and disks. For a thermalized distribution of shapes, however, this biaxial structure becomes thermodynamically unstable. We then resort to a formalism that accounts for two sets of relaxation times, and show that a small departure from complete thermalization is enough to recover a stable biaxial structure. As another application of the MSZ model, we report an investigation of some properties of nematic elastomers. We point out the possibility of continuous nematic transitions, and reproduce a characteristic stress-strain response, with a plateau that indicates a polydomain-monodomain transition.

  10. Kinetic theory for flows of nonhomogeneous rodlike liquid crystalline polymers with a nonlocal intermolecular potential.

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    Wang, Qi; E, Weinan; Liu, Chun; Zhang, Pingwen

    2002-05-01

    The Doi kinetic theory for flows of homogeneous, rodlike liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) is extended to model flows of nonhomogeneous, rodlike LCPs through a nonlocal (long-range) intermolecular potential. The theory features (i) a nonlocal, anisotropic, effective intermolecular potential in an integral form that is consistent with the chemical potential, (ii) short-range elasticity as well as long-range isotropic and anisotropic elasticity, (iii) a closed-form stress expression accounting for the nonlocal molecular interaction, and (iv) an extra elastic body force exclusively associated with the integral form of the intermolecular potential. With the effective intermolecular potential, the theory is proven to be well posed in that it warrants a positive entropy production and thereby the second law of thermodynamics. Approximate theories are obtained by gradient expansions of the number density function in the free energy density. PMID:12059561

  11. Evidence of molecular alignment fluctuations in aqueous dilute liquid crystalline media

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    Otten, Renee; Salminen, Tapio; Annila, Arto

    2007-01-01

    Protein dynamics can be studied by NMR measurements of aqueous dilute liquid crystalline samples. However, the measured residual dipolar couplings are sensitive not only to internal fluctuations but to all changes in internuclear vectors relative to the laboratory frame. We show that side-chain fluctuations and bond librations in the ps–ns time scale perturb the molecular shape and charge distribution of a small globular protein sufficiently to cause a noticeable variation in the molecular alignment. The alignment variation disperses the bond vectors of a conformational ensemble even further from the dispersion already caused by internal fluctuations of a protein. Consequently RDC-probed order parameters are lower than those obtained by laboratory frame relaxation measurements. PMID:17701275

  12. Reversible Morphological Evolution of Responsive Giant Vesicles to Nanospheres by the Self-Assembly of Crystalline-b-Coil Polyphosphazene Block Copolymers.

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    Suárez-Suárez, Silvia; Carriedo, Gabino A; Presa Soto, Alejandro

    2016-03-18

    The preparation of long-term-stable giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs, diameter ≥1000 nm) and large vesicles (diameter ≥500 nm) by self-assembly in THF of the crystalline-b-coil polyphosphazene block copolymers [N=P(OCH2 CF3 )2 ]n -b-[N=PMePh]m (4 a: n=30, m=20; 4 b: n=90, m=20; 4 c: n=200, m=85), which combine crystalline [N=P(OCH2 CF3 )2 ] and amorphous [N=PMePh] blocks, both of which are flexible, is reported. SEM, TEM, and wide-angle X-ray scattering experiments demonstrated that the stability of these GUVs is induced by crystallization of the [N=P(OCH2 CF3 )2 ] blocks at the capsule wall of the GUVS, with the [N=PMePh] blocks at the corona. Higher degrees of crystallinity of the capsule wall are found in the bigger vesicles, which suggests that the crystallinity of the [N=P(OCH2 CF3 )2 ] block facilitates the formation of large vesicles. The GUVs are responsive to strong acids (HOTf) and, after selective protonation of the [N=PMePh] block, they undergo a morphological evolution to smaller spherical micelles in which the core and corona roles have been inverted. This morphological evolution is totally reversible by neutralization with a base (NEt3 ), which regenerates the original GUVs. The monitoring of this process by dynamic light scattering allowed a mechanism to to be proposed for this reversible morphological evolution in which the block copolymer 4 a and its protonated form 4 a(+) are intermediates. This opens a route to the design of reversibly responsive polymeric systems in organic solvents. This is the first reversibly responsive vesicle system to operate in organic media. PMID:26880712

  13. Rational Concept for Designing Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth of Single Crystalline Metal Oxide Nanowires.

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    Klamchuen, Annop; Suzuki, Masaru; Nagashima, Kazuki; Yoshida, Hideto; Kanai, Masaki; Zhuge, Fuwei; He, Yong; Meng, Gang; Kai, Shoichi; Takeda, Seiji; Kawai, Tomoji; Yanagida, Takeshi

    2015-10-14

    Metal oxide nanowires hold great promise for various device applications due to their unique and robust physical properties in air and/or water and also due to their abundance on Earth. Vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth of metal oxide nanowires offers the high controllability of their diameters and spatial positions. In addition, VLS growth has applicability to axial and/or radial heterostructures, which are not attainable by other nanowire growth methods. However, material species available for the VLS growth of metal oxide nanowires are substantially limited even though the variety of material species, which has fascinating physical properties, is the most interesting feature of metal oxides. Here we demonstrate a rational design for the VLS growth of various metal oxide nanowires, based on the "material flux window". This material flux window describes the concept of VLS nanowire growth within a limited material flux range, where nucleation preferentially occurs only at a liquid-solid interface. Although the material flux was previously thought to affect primarily the growth rate, we experimentally and theoretically demonstrate that the material flux is the important experimental variable for the VLS growth of metal oxide nanowires. On the basis of the material flux window concept, we discover novel metal oxide nanowires, composed of MnO, CaO, Sm2O3, NiO, and Eu2O3, which were previously impossible to form via the VLS route. The newly grown NiO nanowires exhibited stable memristive properties superior to conventional polycrystalline devices due to the single crystallinity. Thus, this VLS design route offers a useful guideline for the discovery of single crystalline nanowires that are composed of functional metal oxide materials. PMID:26372675

  14. Liquid crystalline polymers in good nematic solvents: Free chains, mushrooms, and brushes

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    Williams, D.R.M. . Lab. de Physique de la Matiere Condensee); Halperin, A. . Dept. of Materials)

    1993-08-02

    The swelling of main chain liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) in good nematic solvents is theoretically studied, focusing on brushes of terminally anchored, grafted LCPs. The analysis is concerned with long LCPs, of length L, with n[sub 0] >> 1 hairpin defects. The extension behavior of the major axis, R[parallel], of these ellipsoidal objects gives rise to an Ising elasticity with a free energy penalty of F[sub el](R[parallel])/kT [approx] n[sub 0] [minus] n[sub 0](1 [minus] R[parallel][sup 2]/L[sup 2])[sup 1/2]. The theory of the extension behavior enables the formulation of a Flory type theory of swelling of isolated LCPs yielding R[parallel] [approx] exp(2U[sub h]/5kT)N[sup 3/5] and R [perpendicular] [approx] exp([minus]U[sub h]/10kT)N[sup 3/5], with N the degree of polymerization and U[sub h] the hairpin energy. It also allows the generalization of the Alexander model for polymer brushes to the case of grafted LCPs. The behavior of LCP brushes depends on the alignment imposed by the grafting surface and the liquid crystalline solvent. A tilting phase transition is predicted as the grafting density is increased for a surface imposing homogeneous, parallel anchoring. A related transition is expected upon compression of a brush subject to homeotropic, perpendicular alignment. The effect of magnetic or electric fields on these phase transitions is also studied. The critical magnetic/electric field for the Frederiks transition can be lowered to arbitrarily small values by using surfaces coated by brushes of appropriate density.

  15. Liquid crystalline phase nanodispersions enable skin delivery of siRNA.

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    Vicentini, Fabiana Testa Moura de Carvalho; Depieri, Lívia Vieira; Polizello, Ana Cristina Morseli; Del Ciampo, José Orestes; Spadaro, Augusto César Cropanese; Fantini, Márcia C A; Vitória Lopes Badra Bentley, Maria

    2013-01-01

    The ability of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to potently but reversibly silence genes in vivo has made them particularly well suited as a new class of drugs that interfere with disease-causing or disease-promoting genes. However, the largest remaining hurdle for the widespread use of this technology in skin is the lack of an effective delivery system. The aim of the present study was to evaluate nanodispersed systems in liquid crystalline phases that deliver siRNA into the skin. The proposed systems present important properties for the delivery of macromolecules in a biological medium, as they are formed by substances that have absorption-enhancing and fusogenic effects; additionally, they facilitate entrapment by cellular membranes due to their nano-scale structure. The cationic polymer polyethylenimine (PEI) or the cationic lipid oleylamine (OAM) were added to monoolein (MO)-based systems in different concentrations, and after dispersion in aqueous medium, liquid crystalline phase nanodispersions were obtained and characterized by their physicochemical properties. Then, in vitro penetration studies using diffusion cell and pig ear skin were carried out to evaluate the effect of the nanodispersions on the skin penetration of siRNA; based on these results, the nanodispersions containing MO/OA/PEI/aqueous phase (8:2:5:85, w/w/w/w) and MO/OA/OAM/aqueous phase (8:2:2:88, w/w/w/w) were selected. These systems were investigated in vivo for skin penetration, skin irritation, and the ability to knockdown glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) protein levels in animal models. The results showed that the studied nanodispersions may represent a promising new non-viral vehicle and can be considered highly advantageous in the treatment of skin disorders; they were effective in optimizing the skin penetration of siRNA and reducing the levels of the model protein GAPDH without causing skin irritation. PMID:23010565

  16. Thin film polarizer based on photo-curable chromonic liquid crystalline solutions

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    Yang, Hye-Jin; Yoon, Sora; Bae, Yun-Ju; Shin, Seung-Han; Jeong, Kwang-Un; Lee, Myong-Hoon

    2012-03-01

    Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) form a columnar discotic liquid crystalline (LC) phase in aqueous solution due to the disc-like or plank-like molecular shape of chromonic dyes and their ionic peripheries. Such columnar structures in the chromonic columnar N phase can be coated on a glass substrate, and aligned in one direction by applying external forces. The resulting thin crystalline film (TCF) can absorb a polarized light parallel to the molecular axis while transmitting a polarized light parallel to the columnar axis, which constructs an E-polarizer. Although the concept of the coatable polarizer known, it has not been commercially successful due to numerous problems mainly originated from the use of aqueous solution. It is extremely difficult to coat the aqueous solution on most of substrates, especially on plastic substrates. Large volume shrinkage occurs during the crystallization process generating unfavorable defects. Also, weak adhesion becomes an important issue when a TCF is applied to a flexible substrate. In this presentation, we demonstrate a novel preparation method of coatable polarizer from a photo-curable organicbased LCLC solution. Lyotropic LC solutions were prepared by dissolving amino-functional chromonic dye in acrylic acid containing photoinitiator and crosslinking agents. The solution was shear-coated with subsequent UV irradiation to provide a thin film polarizer. The coating processibility of this organic-based solution was outstanding, particularly on a plastic substrate. The maximum polarization efficiency was measured to be > 98 %. The resulting thin film polarizer showed excellent film characteristics, such as good adhesion strength to various substrates, superior surface hardness, good solvent resistance and decent thermal stability.

  17. Self-assembled liquid-crystalline folate nanoparticles for in vitro controlled release of doxorubicin.

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    Misra, Rahul; Mohanty, Sanat

    2015-02-01

    Liquid-crystalline folate nanoparticles are ordered in structure which offers several advantages like high encapsulation of drugs, controlled release rates, biocompatible in nature. Moreover, it facilitates the cellular uptake of nanodrugs without any extra step of folate ligand based targeting. The size of these nanocarriers as well as the release profiles of drugs from these nano-carriers can be controlled precisely. Folate molecules self-assemble in ordered stacks and columns even at low concentration of 0.1wt%. Doxorubicin molecules get intercalated within the folate stacks and are developed into nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are composed of highly ordered folate self-assembly which encapsulate doxorubicin molecules. These drug molecules can be released in a controlled manner by disrupting this assembly in the environment of monovalent cations. The ordered structure of folate nanoparticles offers low drug losses of about 4-5%, which is significant in itself. This study reports the size-control method of forming doxorubicin encapsulated folate nanoparticles as well as the parameters to control the release rates of doxorubicin through liquid-crystalline folate nanoparticles. It has been demonstrated that doxorubicin release rates can be controlled by controlling the size of the nanoparticles, cross-linking cation and cross-linking concentration. The effect of different factors like drug loading, release medium, and pH of the medium on doxorubicin release rates was also studied. Moreover, this study also addresses the comparative in vitro cytotoxic performance of Doxorubicin loaded folate nanoparticles and cellular uptake of nano-carriers on cancer and normal cell line. PMID:25661378

  18. Electrodeposition of crystalline GaAs on liquid gallium electrodes in aqueous electrolytes.

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    Fahrenkrug, Eli; Gu, Junsi; Maldonado, Stephen

    2013-01-01

    Crystalline GaAs (c-GaAs) has been prepared directly through electroreduction of As(2)O(3) dissolved in an alkaline aqueous solution at a liquid gallium (Ga(l)) electrode at modest temperatures (T ≥ 80 °C). Ga(l) pool electrodes yielded consistent electrochemical behavior, affording repetitive measurements that illustrated the interdependences of applied potential, concentration of dissolved As(2)O(3), and electrodeposition temperature on the quality of the resultant c-GaAs(s). Raman spectra indicated the composition of the resultant film was strongly dependent on both the electrodeposition temperature and dissolved concentration of As(2)O(3) but not to the applied bias. For electrodepositions performed either at room temperature or with high (≥0.01 M) concentrations of dissolved As(2)O(3), Raman spectra of the electrodeposited films were consistent with amorphous As(s). X-ray diffractograms of As(s) films collected after thermal annealing indicated metallurgical alloying occurred only at temperatures in excess of 200 °C. Optical images and Raman spectra separately showed the composition of the as-electrodeposited film in dilute (≤0.001 M) solutions of dissolved As(2)O(3)(aq) was pure c-GaAs(s) at much lower temperatures than 200 °C. Diffractograms and transmission electron microscopy performed on as-prepared films confirmed the identity of c-GaAs(s). The collective results thus provide the first clear demonstration of an electrochemical liquid-liquid-solid (ec-LLS) process involving a liquid metal that serves simultaneously as an electrode, a solvent/medium for crystal growth, and a coreactant for the synthesis of a polycrystalline semiconductor. The presented data serve as impetus for the further development of the ec-LLS process as a controllable, simple, and direct route for technologically important optoelectronic materials such as c-GaAs(s). PMID:23265429

  19. Electropolymerization of a bifunctional ionic liquid monomer yields as electroactive liquid-crystalline polymer.

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    Lee, S.; Becht, G. A.; Lee, B.; Burns, C. T.; Firestone, M. A.

    2010-07-09

    The preparation and polymerization of a bifunctional imidazolium-based ionic liquid (IL) monomer that incorporates both a vinyl group and a thiophene moiety is reported. Potentiodynamic electropolymerization of the monomer produces an optically birefringent polymer film that strongly adheres to the electrode surface. Fourier transform IR spectroscopy shows that polymerization occurs through both the vinyl and thienyl groups. Cylic voltammetry (CV) is used to determine the polymer oxidation potential (1.66 V) and electrochemical bandgap, Eg, of 2.45 eV. The polymer exhibits electrochromism, converting from yellow in the neutral form ({lambda}{sub max} = 380 nm) to blue in the polaronic state at 0.6 V ({lambda}{sub max} = 672 nm) and to blue-grey in the bipolaronic state at 1.2 V ({lambda}{sub max} > 800 nm). Topographic atomic force microscopy (AFM) images reveal isolated (separated) fibrils. Grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) studies indicate a lamellar structure with a lattice spacing of 3.2 nm. Wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) studies further suggest that the polymerized thiophene sheets are oriented perpendicular to the polymerized vinylimidazolium. The electrical conductivity, as determined by four-probe dc conductivity measurements was found to be 0.53 S cm{sup -1} in the neutral form and 2.36 S cm{sup -1} in the iodine-doped state, values higher than typically observed for polyalkylthiophenes. The structural ordering is believed to contribute to the observed enhancement of the electrical conductivity.

  20. PEGylation of phytantriol-based lyotropic liquid crystalline particles--the effect of lipid composition, PEG chain length, and temperature on the internal nanostructure.

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    Nilsson, Christa; Østergaard, Jesper; Larsen, Susan Weng; Larsen, Claus; Urtti, Arto; Yaghmur, Anan

    2014-06-10

    Poly(ethylene glycol)-grafted 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamines (DSPE-mPEGs) are a family of amphiphilic lipopolymers attractive in formulating injectable long-circulating nanoparticulate drug formulations. In addition to long circulating liposomes, there is an interest in developing injectable long-circulating drug nanocarriers based on cubosomes and hexosomes by shielding and coating the dispersed particles enveloping well-defined internal nonlamellar liquid crystalline nanostructures with hydrophilic PEG segments. The present study attempts to shed light on the possible PEGylation of these lipidic nonlamellar liquid crystalline particles by using DSPE-mPEGs with three different block lengths of the hydrophilic PEG segment. The effects of lipid composition, PEG chain length, and temperature on the morphology and internal nanostructure of these self-assembled lipidic aqueous dispersions based on phytantriol (PHYT) were investigated by means of synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering and Transmission Electron Cryo-Microscopy. The results suggest that the used lipopolymers are incorporated into the water-PHYT interfacial area and induce a significant effect on the internal nanostructures of the dispersed submicrometer-sized particles. The hydrophilic domains of the internal liquid crystalline nanostructures of these aqueous dispersions are functionalized, i.e., the hydrophilic nanochannels of the internal cubic Pn3m and Im3m phases are significantly enlarged in the presence of relatively small amounts of the used DSPE-mPEGs. It is evident that the partial replacement of PHYT by these PEGylated lipids could be an attractive approach for the surface modification of cubosomal and hexosomal particles. These PEGylated nanocarriers are particularly attractive in designing injectable cubosomal and hexosomal nanocarriers for loading drugs and/or imaging probes. PMID:24833115

  1. Flow-Induced Assembly of Colloidal Liquid Crystalline Nanosheets Toward Unidirectional Macroscopic Structures.

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    Nono, Yoshihiro; Mouri, Emiko; Nakata, Munetaka; Nakato, Teruyuki

    2016-03-01

    Multiscale structures of anisotropic nanoparticles up to macroscopic scales are important in order to produce practical materials through nanotechnology. As an example of such structures, hierarchical organization of colloidal liquid crystals of niobium oxide nanosheets yields stripe textures observable by naked eyes. The stripes are generated by the growth of liquid crystalline domains (tactoids) and the alignment of the tactoids under an electric field and gravity applied in the directions orthogonal to each other. The nanosheets forming the tactoids are unidirectionally aligned along the flow induced by gravity, and the aligned tactoids are stretched to be connected each other to form the stripes. Time evolution of the stripes indicates that they are generated during the settlement of the nanosheets. The nanosheets are debundled with the settlement, and thus the stripes are gradually degenerated during the settlement. Larger tactoids cause faster nanosheet settlement and stripe degeneration. The electric field applied orthogonally to gravity has roles of pinning the nanosheets to slow down their settlement and retains the stripes for several hours. PMID:27455743

  2. Evaluation of Microemulsion and Lamellar Liquid Crystalline Systems for Transdermal Zidovudine Delivery.

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    Carvalho, André Luis Menezes; Silva, José Alexsandro da; Lira, Ana Amélia Moreira; Conceição, Tamara Matos Freire; Nunes, Rogéria de Souza; de Albuquerque Junior, Ricardo Luiz Cavalcanti; Sarmento, Victor Hugo Vitorino; Leal, Leila Bastos; de Santana, Davi Pereira

    2016-07-01

    This study proposed to investigate and to compare colloidal carrier systems containing Zidovudine (3'-azido-3'-deoxythymidine) (AZT) for transdermal administration and optimization of antiretroviral therapy. Microemulsion (ME) and lamellar phase (LP) liquid crystal were obtained and selected from pseudoternary diagrams previously developed. Small-angle X-ray scattering and rheology analysis confirmed the presence of typical ME and liquid crystalline structures with lamellar arrangement, respectively. Both colloidal carrier systems, ME, and LP remained stable, homogeneous, and isotropic after AZT addition. In vitro permeation study (using pig ear skin) showed that the amount of permeated drug was higher for ME compared to the control and LP, obtaining a permeation enhancing effect on the order of approximately 2-fold (p < 0.05). Microscopic examination after in vivo skin irritation studies using mice suggested few histological changes in the skin of animals treated with the ME compared to the control group (hydrogel). Thus, ME proved to be adequate and have promising effects, being able to promote the drug permeation without causing apparent skin irritation. On the order hand, LP functioned as a drug reservoir reducing AZT partitioning into the skin. PMID:27220471

  3. Reversible Switching of Liquid Crystalline Order Permits Synthesis of Homogeneous Populations of Dipolar Patchy Microparticles

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    Wang, Xiaoguang; Miller, Daniel S.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2014-01-01

    The spontaneous positioning of colloids on the surfaces of micrometer-sized liquid crystalline droplets and their subsequent polymerization offers the basis of a general and facile method for the synthesis of patchy microparticles. The existence of multiple local energetic minima, however, can generate kinetic traps for colloids on the surfaces of the liquid crystal (LC) droplets and result in heterogeneous populations of patchy microparticles. To address this issue, here we demonstrate that adsorbate-driven switching of the internal configurations of LC droplets can be used to sweep colloids to a single location on the LC droplet surfaces, thus resulting in the synthesis of homogeneous populations of patchy microparticles. The surface-driven switching of the LC can be triggered by addition of surfactant or salts, and permits the synthesis of dipolar microparticles as well as “Janus-like” microparticles. By using magnetic colloids, we illustrate the utility of the approach by synthesizing magnetically-responsive patchy microdroplets of LC with either dipolar or quadrupolar symmetry that exhibit distinct optical responses upon application of an external magnetic field. PMID:25484850

  4. Generation of liquid crystallinity from a Td-symmetry central unit.

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    Sayed, Sayed Mir; Lin, Bao-Ping; Yang, Hong

    2016-07-13

    A series of new columnar liquid crystals containing an adamantane central unit with its four bridgehead positions partially or fully decorated with different numbers (1-4) of 3,4,5-tris(dodecyloxy)phenyl carbamoyl groups were designed and investigated carefully to explore the structure-property correlations. The molecular structures and mesomorphic properties of the DLCs were characterized by (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR, IR, UV-vis, POM, DSC and XRD. It was found that the mesophase symmetry and thermal stability were extremely dependent on the structures of the adamantane derivatives. No mesophase was observed for the 1-adamantanecarboxylic acid derivative ADLC1, while two different mesophases were observed for ADLC2, a 1,3-disubstituted derivative functionalized with two 3,4,5-tris(dodecyloxy)phenyl carbamoyl groups at two symmetric bridgehead positions. At lower temperature ADLC2 exhibited a rectangular columnar phase, which switched to a square columnar phase possessing a wide temperature range. Similarly, a hexagonal columnar mesophase was observed for the bridgehead trisubstituted adamantane molecule ADLC3. Interestingly, the fully bridgehead-functionalized 1,3,5,7-tetrasubstituted adamantane compound ADLC4 completely lost liquid crystallinity. PMID:27357571

  5. Optical Input/Electrical Output Memory Elements based on a Liquid Crystalline Azobenzene Polymer.

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    Mosciatti, Thomas; Bonacchi, Sara; Gobbi, Marco; Ferlauto, Laura; Liscio, Fabiola; Giorgini, Loris; Orgiu, Emanuele; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-03-01

    Responsive polymer materials can change their properties when subjected to external stimuli. In this work, thin films of thermotropic poly(metha)acrylate/azobenzene polymers are explored as active layer in light-programmable, electrically readable memories. The memory effect is based on the reversible modifications of the film morphology induced by the photoisomerization of azobenzene mesogenic groups. When the film is in the liquid crystalline phase, the trans → cis isomerization induces a major surface reorganization on the mesoscopic scale that is characterized by a reduction in the effective thickness of the film. The film conductivity is measured in vertical two-terminal devices in which the polymer is sandwiched between a Au contact and a liquid compliant E-GaIn drop. We demonstrate that the trans → cis isomerization is accompanied by a reversible 100-fold change in the film conductance. In this way, the device can be set in a high- or low-resistance state by light irradiation at different wavelengths. This result paves the way toward the potential use of poly(metha)acrylate/azobenzene polymer films as active layer for optical input/electrical output memory elements. PMID:26890532

  6. Macromolecular crowding-assisted fabrication of liquid-crystalline imprinted polymers.

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    Zhang, Chen; Zhang, Jing; Huang, Yan-Ping; Liu, Zhao-Sheng

    2015-04-01

    A macromolecular crowding-assisted liquid-crystalline molecularly imprinted monolith (LC-MIM) was prepared successfully for the first time. The imprinted stationary phase was synthesized with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or polystyrene (PS) as the crowding agent, 4-cyanophenyl dicyclohexyl propylene (CPCE) as the liquid-crystal monomer, and hydroquinidine as the pseudo-template for the chiral separation of cinchona alkaloids in HPLC. A low level of cross-linker (26%) has been found to be sufficient to achieve molecular recognition on the crowding-assisted LC-MIM due to the physical cross-linking of mesogenic groups in place of chemical cross-linking, and baseline separation of quinidine and quinine could be achieved with good resolution (R(s) = 2.96), selectivity factor (α = 2.16), and column efficiency (N = 2650 plates/m). In contrast, the LC-MIM prepared without crowding agents displayed the smallest diastereoselectivity (α = 1.90), while the crowding-assisted MIM with high level of cross-linker (80%) obtained the greatest selectivity factor (α = 7.65), but the lowest column efficiency (N = 177 plates/m). PMID:25701416

  7. Homeotropically-aligned main-chain and side-on liquid crystalline elastomer films with high anisotropic thermal conductivities.

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    Wang, Meng; Wang, Jun; Yang, Hong; Lin, Bao-Ping; Chen, Er-Qiang; Keller, Patrick; Zhang, Xue-Qin; Sun, Ying

    2016-03-10

    Homeotropically-aligned main-chain and side-on liquid crystalline elastomer films are prepared by using LC thiol-ene and acrylate systems respectively. Evaluated by laser flash analysis, the room temperature thermal conductivities of these two LCP films in the film normal direction are both dramatically higher than those along the horizontal direction. PMID:26960421

  8. Solubilisation of multi walled carbon nanotubes by alpha-pyrene functionalised PMMA and their liquid crystalline self-organisation.

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    Meuer, Stefan; Braun, Lydia; Zentel, Rudolf

    2008-07-21

    alpha-Pyrene functionalised poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) chains were synthesised by RAFT polymerisation and found to be highly efficient to solubilise and disentangle multi walled carbon nanotubes that can now self-organise as liquid crystalline phases in PMMA and PEG 400 matrices. PMID:18594730

  9. Use of Rigid Liquid Crystalline Polypeptides as Alignment Matrices for Organic Nonlinear Optical Molecules.

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    Tokarski, Zbigniew

    The orientation of nonlinear optical (NLO) organic molecules is crucial for the existence of high values for the macroscopic susceptibilities. The orientation and interaction of several smaller NLO active molecules with an easily alignable polypeptide host was investigated to determine which functional groups and molecular shapes would produce the largest orientation with the host material; these parameters included aromatic vs aliphatic, polar vs nonpolar, saturate vs unsaturated hydrocarbons and the length of the guest molecule. The host materials were either poly ( gamma-benzyl-l-glutamate) (PBLG) or poly ( gamma-ethyl-l-glutamate) (PELG) lyotropic liquid crystals. These host polymers formed pseudo-hexagonal crystalline structures with long rigid alpha -helical backbones. The interstitial alignment of the guest molecules was dictated by the overall alignment of the host polypeptide rigid rods. Within these films many of the guest molecules existed in a metastable state that delayed phase separation for several hours. The rate of phase separation was influenced by the concentration of the guest molecule and on the side chain moiety of the polypeptide. Guest phase separation to a solid or a liquid occurred at a faster rate in PELG films, due to the lack of the side chain induced hindrance, than in PBLG films. An indicator of the occurrence of phase separation was with the onset of opaqueness in the films. The thin polypeptide films containing the aligned guest molecules became optically opaque as the incompatibilities between the side chains of the polypeptides and the guest molecules increased. The nonlinear optical susceptibility measurements were hampered by either the low guest solubility or the low concentration level required to avoid the guest -host incompatibility. Electro-optic and degenerate two and four wave mixing were done and produced signals in solutions but not in the doped films. The semiflexible aromatic guest molecules, such as the derivatives

  10. Pentadecyl phenol- and cardanol-functionalized fluorescent, room-temperature liquid-crystalline perylene bisimides: effect of pendant chain unsaturation on self-assembly.

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    Bhavsar, Ghanashyam A; Asha, S K

    2011-11-01

    A new perylene bisimide (PBI) building block based on pentadecyl phenol (PDP) or cardanol was developed, which upon esterification with 3,4,5-tridodecyloxy gallate resulted in highly emissive, room-temperature liquid-crystalline (LC) molecules. The self assembly in solution was studied in detail by NMR spectroscopy, UV/Vis absorption, and fluorescence spectroscopy. In solution both PDP- and cardanol-based PBI exhibited similar behavior. They were molecularly dissolved in chloroform (CHCl(3)) but formed rotationally displaced H-type aggregates that emitted at 640 nm in methylcyclohexane (MCH). Surface morphology in dropcast films were characterized using microscopic techniques such as SEM, TEM, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The liquid-crystalline properties were studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized light microscopy (PLM), and variable-temperature X-ray (small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WXRD)) studies. Variable-temperature X-ray studies in the LC phase indicated strong π-π stacking interaction present in the PDP-based PBI derivative, whereas the stacking was absent in the LC phase of the cardanol-based PBI. The latter formed self-organized structures of extremely short length due to the presence of cis double bonds in the C15 alkyl side chain, whereas the saturated alkyl side chain in PDP could pack efficiently, thereby resulting in nanofibers that were several micrometers in length. PMID:21956257

  11. Self-assembled multicompartment liquid crystalline lipid carriers for protein, peptide, and nucleic acid drug delivery.

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    Angelova, Angelina; Angelov, Borislav; Mutafchieva, Rada; Lesieur, Sylviane; Couvreur, Patrick

    2011-02-15

    Lipids and lipopolymers self-assembled into biocompatible nano- and mesostructured functional materials offer many potential applications in medicine and diagnostics. In this Account, we demonstrate how high-resolution structural investigations of bicontinuous cubic templates made from lyotropic thermosensitive liquid-crystalline (LC) materials have initiated the development of innovative lipidopolymeric self-assembled nanocarriers. Such structures have tunable nanochannel sizes, morphologies, and hierarchical inner organizations and provide potential vehicles for the predictable loading and release of therapeutic proteins, peptides, or nucleic acids. This Account shows that structural studies of swelling of bicontinuous cubic lipid/water phases are essential for overcoming the nanoscale constraints for encapsulation of large therapeutic molecules in multicompartment lipid carriers. For the systems described here, we have employed time-resolved small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and high-resolution freeze-fracture electronic microscopy (FF-EM) to study the morphology and the dynamic topological transitions of these nanostructured multicomponent amphiphilic assemblies. Quasi-elastic light scattering and circular dichroism spectroscopy can provide additional information at the nanoscale about the behavior of lipid/protein self-assemblies under conditions that approximate physiological hydration. We wanted to generalize these findings to control the stability and the hydration of the water nanochannels in liquid-crystalline lipid nanovehicles and confine therapeutic biomolecules within these structures. Therefore we analyzed the influence of amphiphilic and soluble additives (e.g. poly(ethylene glycol)monooleate (MO-PEG), octyl glucoside (OG), proteins) on the nanochannels' size in a diamond (D)-type bicontinuous cubic phase of the lipid glycerol monooleate (MO). At body temperature, we can stabilize long-living swollen states, corresponding to a diamond cubic phase

  12. Local order and orientational correlations in liquid and crystalline phases of carbon tetrabromide from neutron powder diffraction measurements

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    Temleitner, L.; Pusztai, L.

    2010-04-01

    The liquid, plastic crystalline and ordered crystalline phases of CBr4 were studied using neutron-powder diffraction. The measured total scattering differential cross sections were modeled by reverse Monte Carlo simulation techniques ( RMC++ and RMCPOW). Following successful simulations, the single-crystal-diffraction pattern of the plastic phase as well as partial radial distribution functions and orientational correlations for all the three phases have been calculated from the atomic coordinates (particle configurations). The single-crystal pattern, calculated from a configuration that had been obtained from modeling the powder pattern, shows identical behavior to the recent single-crystal data of Folmer [Phys. Rev. B 77, 144205 (2008)]. The BrBr partial radial-distribution functions of the liquid and plastic crystalline phases are almost the same while CC correlations clearly display long-range ordering in the latter phase. Orientational correlations also suggest strong similarities between liquid and plastic crystalline phases whereas the monoclinic phase behaves very differently. Orientations of the molecules are distinct in the ordered phase whereas in the plastic crystal their distribution seems to be isotropic.

  13. A Fast Scanning Calorimetric Comparison Study of Crystallization Behavior between Semi-crystalline Polymers and Liquid Crystals

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    Zhou, Dongshan; Jiang, Jing; Wei, Lai; Huang, Zhijie; Xue, Gi

    2013-03-01

    Mesomorphic state with similar liquid crystal order was found to precede the crystallization in many polymers, so the study of nucleation and crystallization from a liquid crystal can provide reference for the study of polymers. The same procedure to study the nucleation and crystallization of semi-crystalline polymers was used to study 4-cyano-4'-octyloxy biphenyl-carbonitrile (8OCB). Different from metastable semi-crystalline polymers of multi-folded chains, whose melting temperature was basically continuously dependent on the crystallization temperature, melting temperature of 8OCB should have definite values, corresponding to disordering of four different polymorphism modifications at 309.0 K, 319.0 K, 325.0 K, and 327.0K, respectively. But, a lower temperature melting peak below 300K was found when 8OCB was annealed at temperature below 250K. More importantly, the peak temperature shifted positively with the increasing annealing temperature, just the same as that of semi-crystalline polymers. At the moment, we were not sure about the structure of the metamorphism and why small molecular liquid crystal showed similar melting behavior that was thought only inherited to chain like semi-crystalline polymers. This work is financially supported by the 973 Program(2012CB821500) and NSFC (No: 21027006,21274059)

  14. A Simple Evaporation Method for Large-Scale Production of Liquid Crystalline Lipid Nanoparticles with Various Internal Structures.

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    Kim, Do-Hoon; Lim, Sora; Shim, Jongwon; Song, Ji Eun; Chang, Jong Soo; Jin, Kyeong Sik; Cho, Eun Chul

    2015-09-16

    We present a simple and industrially accessible method of producing liquid crystalline lipid nanoparticles with various internal structures based on phytantriol, Pluronic F127, and vitamin E acetate. Bilayer vesicles were produced when an ethanolic solution dissolving the lipid components was mixed with deionized water. After the evaporation of ethanol from the aqueous mixture, vesicles were transformed into lipid-filled liquid crystalline nanoparticles with well-defined internal structures such as hexagonal lattices (mostly inverted cubic Pn3m), lined or coiled pattern (inverted hexagonal H2), and disordered structure (inverse microemulsion, L2), depending on the compositions. Further studies suggested that their internal structures were also affected by temperature. The internal structures were characterized from cryo-TEM and small-angle X-ray scattering results. Microcalorimetry studies were performed to investigate the degree of molecular ordering/crystallinity of lipid components within the nanostructures. From the comparative studies, we demonstrated the present method could produce the lipid nanoparticles with similar characteristics to those made from a conventional method. More importantly, the production only requires simple tools for mixing and ethanol evaporation and it is possible to produce 10 kg or so per batch of aqueous lipid nanoparticles dispersions, enabling the large-scale production of the liquid crystalline nanoparticles for various biomedical applications. PMID:26305487

  15. Non-covalent modification of reduced graphene oxide by a chiral liquid crystalline surfactant

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    Lin, Pengcheng; Cong, Yuehua; Sun, Cong; Zhang, Baoyan

    2016-01-01

    In order to effectively disperse reduced graphene oxide (RGO) in functional materials and take full advantage of its exceptional physical and chemical properties, a novel and effective approach for non-covalent modification of RGO by a chiral liquid crystalline surfactant (CLCS) consisting of chiral mesogenic units, nematic mesogenic units with carboxyl groups and non-mesogenic units with a polycyclic conjugated structure is firstly established. The polycyclic conjugated structure can anchor onto the RGO surface via π-π interactions, the chiral mesogenic units possess affinity for chiral materials by joining the helical matrix of chiral material and the carboxyl groups in nematic mesogenic units are supposed to form coordination bonds with nano zinc oxide (ZnO) to fabricate functional nano hybrids. The transmittances of CLCS-RGO hybrids exhibit S-shaped nonlinear increase with the increase of wavelength, but the total transmittances from 220 nm to 800 nm show a linear decreasing trend with the increase of RGO content in the CLCS-RGO hybrid. Due to the superior thermal properties of RGO and the interactions between RGO and CLCS, the dispersed RGO can improve the glass transition and increase the thermal stability and decomposition activation energy of CLCS. The intercalation of RGO can decrease the thermochromism temperature and improve the pitch uniformity of CLCS. Furthermore, CLCS can promote the dispersion of RGO in chiral nematic liquid crystals (CNLCs), and the CNLC-RGO-CLCS hybrids present decreased driving voltage and accelerated electro-optical response. The CLCS non-covalently modified RGO can strengthen the photocatalytic degradation of ZnO by suppressing the aggregation of ZnO and RGO.In order to effectively disperse reduced graphene oxide (RGO) in functional materials and take full advantage of its exceptional physical and chemical properties, a novel and effective approach for non-covalent modification of RGO by a chiral liquid crystalline surfactant

  16. Magneto-responsive liquid crystalline elastomer nanocomposites as potential candidates for dynamic cell culture substrates.

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    Herrera-Posada, Stephany; Mora-Navarro, Camilo; Ortiz-Bermudez, Patricia; Torres-Lugo, Madeline; McElhinny, Kyle M; Evans, Paul G; Calcagno, Barbara O; Acevedo, Aldo

    2016-08-01

    Recently, liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) have been proposed as active substrates for cell culture due to their potential to attach and orient cells, and impose dynamic mechanical signals through the application of external stimuli. In this report, the preparation of anisotropic and oriented nematic magnetic-sensitized LCEs with iron oxide nanoparticles, and the evaluation of the effect of particle addition at low concentrations on the resultant structural, thermal, thermo-mechanical, and mechanical properties is presented. Phase transformations produced by heating in alternating magnetic fields were investigated in LCEs in contact with air, water, and a common liquid cell culture medium was also evaluated. The inclusion of nanoparticles into the elastomers displaced the nematic-to-isotropic phase transition, without affecting the nematic structure as evidenced by similar values of the order parameter, while reducing the maximum thermomechanical deformations. Remote and reversible deformations of the magnetic LCEs were achieved through the application of alternating magnetic fields, which induces the nematic-isotropic phase transition through nanoparticle heat generation. Formulation parameters can be modified to allow for remote actuation at values closer to the human physiological temperature range and within the range of deformations that can affect the cellular behavior of fibroblasts. Finally, a collagen surface treatment was performed to improve compatibility with NIH-3T3 fibroblast cultures, which enabled the attachment and proliferation of fibroblasts on substrates with and without magnetic particles under quiescent conditions. The LCEs developed in this work, which are able to deform and experience stress changes by remote contact-less magnetic stimulation, may allow for further studies on the effect of substrate morphology changes and dynamic mechanical properties during in vitro cell culture. PMID:27157764

  17. Examining the gastrointestinal transit of lipid-based liquid crystalline systems using whole-animal imaging.

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    Pham, Anna C; Nguyen, Tri-Hung; Nowell, Cameron J; Graham, Bim; Boyd, Ben J

    2015-12-01

    Lipid-based liquid crystalline (LC) systems have the potential to sustain the oral absorption of poorly water-soluble drugs in vivo, facilitating slow drug release from their complex internal structure. To further evaluate the dynamic relationship between gastric retention and sustained drug absorption for these systems, this study aimed to explore non-invasive X-ray micro-CT imaging as an approach to assess gastric retention. Pharmacokinetic studies were also conducted with cinnarizine-loaded LC formulations to correlate gastric retention of the formulation to drug absorption. The in vivo studies demonstrated the interplay between gastric retention and drug absorption based on the digestibility of the LC structures. An increase in non-digestible phytantriol (PHY) composition in the formulation relative to digestible glyceryl monooleate (GMO) increased the gastric retention, with 68 ± 4 % of formulation intensity remaining at 8 h for 85 % w/w PHY, and 26 ± 9 % for 60 % w/w PHY. Interestingly, it was found that PHY 30 % w/w in GMO provided the highest bioavailability for cinnarizine (CZ) amongst the other combinations, including GMO alone. The studies demonstrated that combining digestible and non-digestible lipids into LC systems allowed for an optimal balance between sustaining drug absorption whilst increasing plasma concentration (C max) over time, leading to enhanced oral bioavailability. The results demonstrate the potential for utilising non-invasive X-ray micro-CT imaging to dynamically assess the GI transit of orally administered liquid crystal-forming formulations. PMID:26328930

  18. Non-covalent modification of reduced graphene oxide by a chiral liquid crystalline surfactant.

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    Lin, Pengcheng; Cong, Yuehua; Sun, Cong; Zhang, Baoyan

    2016-01-28

    In order to effectively disperse reduced graphene oxide (RGO) in functional materials and take full advantage of its exceptional physical and chemical properties, a novel and effective approach for non-covalent modification of RGO by a chiral liquid crystalline surfactant (CLCS) consisting of chiral mesogenic units, nematic mesogenic units with carboxyl groups and non-mesogenic units with a polycyclic conjugated structure is firstly established. The polycyclic conjugated structure can anchor onto the RGO surface via π-π interactions, the chiral mesogenic units possess affinity for chiral materials by joining the helical matrix of chiral material and the carboxyl groups in nematic mesogenic units are supposed to form coordination bonds with nano zinc oxide (ZnO) to fabricate functional nano hybrids. The transmittances of CLCS-RGO hybrids exhibit S-shaped nonlinear increase with the increase of wavelength, but the total transmittances from 220 nm to 800 nm show a linear decreasing trend with the increase of RGO content in the CLCS-RGO hybrid. Due to the superior thermal properties of RGO and the interactions between RGO and CLCS, the dispersed RGO can improve the glass transition and increase the thermal stability and decomposition activation energy of CLCS. The intercalation of RGO can decrease the thermochromism temperature and improve the pitch uniformity of CLCS. Furthermore, CLCS can promote the dispersion of RGO in chiral nematic liquid crystals (CNLCs), and the CNLC-RGO-CLCS hybrids present decreased driving voltage and accelerated electro-optical response. The CLCS non-covalently modified RGO can strengthen the photocatalytic degradation of ZnO by suppressing the aggregation of ZnO and RGO. PMID:26754831

  19. Phase Structures and Transition of Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polyacetylene

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    Chen, Er-Qiang; Ye, Chun; Cheng, S. Z. D.; Lam, Jacky W. Y.; Tang, Ben-Zhong

    2002-03-01

    A side-chain liquid crystalline polyacetylene, poly(5-[(4’-heptoxy-4-biphenylyl) carbonyl]oxy-1-pentyne) (-CH=C[(CH_2)3-OCO-Biph-OC_7H_15]n-), was synthesized. The polymerization catalyzed by WCl_6-Ph_4Sn under optimal condition produced the polymer of high molecular weight (up to 1.2 x 10^5), with predominantly a trans structure of good stereo-regularity. Both the smectic A (SA) and C (SC) phases were found, giving the d spacings of 2.3 and 3.3 nm, respectively. The coexistence of SA and SC is possible at low temperature range due to the specific molecular shape of the sample. Three broad transitions were observed upon heating: the flexible alkyl tails of the side-chain melts at 90 °C approximately, and the transformations from SA and SC to an isotropic melt occur at the peak temperatures of 160 and 170 °C, respectively. The separated SA and SC structures were obtained by the STM scanning at room temperature.

  20. Probing the early events associated with liquid ammonia pretreatment of native crystalline cellulose.

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    Bellesia, Giovanni; Chundawat, Shishir P S; Langan, Paul; Dale, Bruce E; Gnanakaran, S

    2011-08-18

    Various chemicals are being explored for catalyzing efficient lignocellulose deconstruction. In particular, when liquid ammonia is used to convert the naturally occurring cellulose crystalline phase I(β), to cellulose III(I), the rearrangement of the hydrogen bond network in cellulose III(I) results in enhanced hydrolysis yields. We use molecular dynamics simulations to analyze the interaction between a cellulose I(β) fibril and ammonia. Our simulations reveal that early structural changes in the fibril are driven by the rapid formation of an extended hydrogen bond network between the solvent-exposed surface chains and ammonia that precedes ammonia penetration into the fibril. The emergence of this hydrogen bond network causes relative shifting of the cellulose layers within the fibril that in turn leads to the formation of channels orthogonal to the (100) and (-100) fibril surfaces. The channels allow ammonia molecules to penetrate into the cellulose fibril. These findings provide avenues for improving existing chemical pretreatments to make them more effective and economical. PMID:21728311

  1. Revealing the potential of Didodecyldimethylammonium bromide as efficient scaffold for fabrication of nano liquid crystalline structures.

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    Kanwar, Rohini; Kaur, Gurpreet; Mehta, S K

    2016-03-01

    To exploit the potential of Didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (D12DAB) as a core lipidic constituent, an attempt was made to fabricate and optimize cationic nanostructured lipid carriers (cNLCs) using a cost-effective microemulsification methodology. Designed composition was optimized by studying the effect of different microemulsion components on D12DAB cNLCs characteristics. ​Spherical shaped D12DAB cNLCs were obtained with an average size of ∼160nm and zeta potential of +30.2mV. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) depicted the presence of thermotropic character, whereas polarized optical microscopy confirmed the mesophase like behavior of D12DAB based cNLCs. In addition, hemolysis analysis revealed that the toxicity was concentration dependent as LC50 was reached at a concentration of 50μg/mL of cNLCs. This class of cNLCs is expected to become a potent candidate for a broad spectrum of medicaments as carriers, targeting for pharmaceutical and medicinal purposes, due to the combination of a hard lipid with a soft lipid, where the liquid crystalline structure of the lipid co-exists. PMID:26896840

  2. Homogeneous alignment of liquid crystalline dendrimers confined in a slit-pore. A simulation study

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    Workineh, Zerihun G.; Vanakaras, Alexandros G.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we present results from isobaric-isothermal (NPT) Monte Carlo simulation studies of model liquid crystalline dendrimer (LCDr) systems confined in a slit-pore made of two parallel flat walls. The dendrimers are modelled as a collection of spherical and ellipsoidal particles corresponding to the junction points of the dendritic core and to the mesogenic units respectively. Assuming planar uniform (unidirectional) soft anchoring of the mesogenic units on the substrates we investigate the conformational and alignment properties of the LCDr system at different thermodynamic state points. Tractable coarse grained force fields have been used from our previous work. At low pressures the interior of the pore is almost empty, since almost all LCDrs are anchored to the substrates forming two-dimensional smectic-like structures with the mesogens aligned along the aligning direction of the substrates. As the pressure grows the LCDrs occupy the whole pore. However, even at low temperatures, the smectic organization does not transmit in the interior of the pore and is preserved for distances of 2-3 mesogenic diameters from the walls. For this reason, the global orientational order decreases with increasing pressure (density). In the vicinity (2-3 mesogenic diameters) of the pore walls, mesogenic units preserve the smectic structure whose layers are separated by layers of spherical beads. In this region individual LCDrs possess a rod like shape.

  3. A molecular nematic liquid crystalline material for high-performance organic photovoltaics

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    Sun, Kuan; Xiao, Zeyun; Lu, Shirong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Pisula, Wojciech; Hanssen, Eric; White, Jonathan M.; Williamson, Rachel M.; Subbiah, Jegadesan; Ouyang, Jianyong; Holmes, Andrew B.; Wong, Wallace W.H.; Jones, David J.

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) hold great promise to enable roll-to-roll printing of environmentally friendly, mechanically flexible and cost-effective photovoltaic devices. Nevertheless, many high-performing systems show best power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) with a thin active layer (thickness is ~100 nm) that is difficult to translate to roll-to-roll processing with high reproducibility. Here we report a new molecular donor, benzodithiophene terthiophene rhodanine (BTR), which exhibits good processability, nematic liquid crystalline behaviour and excellent optoelectronic properties. A maximum PCE of 9.3% is achieved under AM 1.5G solar irradiation, with fill factor reaching 77%, rarely achieved in solution-processed OPVs. Particularly promising is the fact that BTR-based devices with active layer thicknesses up to 400 nm can still afford high fill factor of ~70% and high PCE of ~8%. Together, the results suggest, with better device architectures for longer device lifetime, BTR is an ideal candidate for mass production of OPVs. PMID:25586307

  4. Bulk and Surface Molecular Orientation Distribution in Injection-molded Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Experiment and Simulation

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    Fang, J.; Burghardt, W; Bubeck, R; Burgard, S; Fischer, D

    2010-01-01

    Bulk and surface distributions of molecular orientation in injection-molded plaques of thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers (TLCPs) have been studied using a combination of techniques, coordinated with process simulations using the Larson-Doi 'polydomain' model. Wide-angle X-ray scattering was used to map out the bulk orientation distribution. Fourier Transform Infrared Attenuated Total Reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) were utilized to probe the molecular orientation states to within about {approx}5 {micro}m and {approx}2 nm, respectively, of the sample surface. These noninvasive, surface-sensitive techniques yield reasonable self-consistency, providing complementary validation of the robustness of these methods. An analogy between Larson-Doi and fiber orientation models has allowed the first simulations of TLCP injection molding. The simulations capture many fine details in the bulk orientation distribution across the sample plaque. Direct simulation of surface orientation at the level probed by FTIR-ATR and NEXAFS was not possible due to the limited spatial resolution of the simulations. However, simulation results extracted from the shear-dominant skin region are found to provide a qualitatively accurate indicator of surface orientation. Finally, simulations capture the relation between bulk and surface orientation states across the different regions of the sample plaque.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of liquid crystalline polyester/graphene and a study of their properties.

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    Hu, Wu-Quan; Zhu, Zong-Zhen; Jin, Jun; Dong, Zheng-Ping; Zhong, Xing; Zhou, Jing-Hui; Da, Shi-Jun; Li, Rong

    2012-03-01

    A new rod-like thermotropic liquid crystalline polyester (TLCP) material and its nanocomposites based on different concentrations of graphene were synthesized by in-situ high-temperature solution polymerization. The resulting nanocomposites were characterized using XRD, microscopic analysis (POM, SEM, and TEM), spectroscopic analysis (FT-IR, UV-Vis, and fluorescence), and thermal analysis (TGA and DSC). The XRD and POM methods showed that the composite materials exhibited only the nematic phase. The TEM images revealed that the graphene were distributed in the polymer with sizes ranging from 100 to 200 nm. The absorption spectroscopy data showed that the electronic properties of graphene were mostly retained without damaging their two-dimensional electronic properties, together with the analysis of the maximum absorption spectrum and concentration of the composites in terms of the Lambert-Beer law. The fluorescence from the TLCP moiety was almost completely quenched and red shifted by graphene, indicating that the linkage mode facilitated effective energy and electron transfer between the rod-like TLCP and the extended pi-system of graphene. Therefore, this novel nanocomposite material exhibits excellent thermal properties based on the thermogravimetric analysis. PMID:22755077

  6. Ophthalmic delivery of brinzolamide by liquid crystalline nanoparticles: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Wu, Weijun; Li, Jing; Wu, Lin; Wang, Baoyan; Wang, Zhongyuan; Xu, Qunwei; Xin, Hongliang

    2013-09-01

    Brinzolamide (BLZ) is a drug used to treat glaucoma; however, its use is restricted due to some unwanted adverse events. The goal of this study was to develop BLZ-loaded liquid crystalline nanoparticles (BLZ LCNPs) and to figure out the possibility of LCNPs as a new therapeutic system for glaucoma. BLZ LCNPs were produced by a modified emulsification method and their physicochemical aspects were estimated. In vitro release study revealed BLZ LCNPs displayed to some extent prolonged drug release behavior in contrast to that of BLZ commercial product (Azopt®). The ex vivo apparent permeability coefficient of BLZ LCNP systems demonstrated a 3.47-fold increase compared with that of Azopt®. The pharmacodynamics was checked over by calculating the percentage fall in intraocular pressure and the pharmacodynamic test showed that BLZ LCNPs had better therapeutic potential than Azopt®. Furthermore, the in vivo ophthalmic irritation was evaluated by Draize test. In conclusion, BLZ LCNPs would be a promising delivery system used for the treatment of glaucoma, with advantages such as lower doses but maintaining the effectiveness, better ocular bioavailability, and patient compliance compared with Azopt®. PMID:23813437

  7. Two-dimensional liquid crystalline growth within a phase-field-crystal model.

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    Tang, Sai; Praetorius, Simon; Backofen, Rainer; Voigt, Axel; Yu, Yan-Mei; Wang, Jincheng

    2015-07-01

    By using a two-dimensional phase-field-crystal (PFC) model, the liquid crystalline growth of the plastic triangular phase is simulated with emphasis on crystal shape and topological defect formation. The equilibrium shape of a plastic triangular crystal (PTC) grown from an isotropic phase is compared with that grown from a columnar or smectic-A (CSA) phase. While the shape of a PTC nucleus in the isotropic phase is almost identical to that of the classical PFC model, the shape of a PTC nucleus in CSA is affected by the orientation of stripes in the CSA phase, and irregular hexagonal, elliptical, octagonal, and rectangular shapes are obtained. Concerning the dynamics of the growth process, we analyze the topological structure of the nematic order, which starts from nucleation of +1/2 and -1/2 disclination pairs at the PTC growth front and evolves into hexagonal cells consisting of +1 vortices surrounded by six satellite -1/2 disclinations. It is found that the orientational and the positional order do not evolve simultaneously; the orientational order evolves behind the positional order, leading to a large transition zone, which can span over several lattice spacings. PMID:26274192

  8. The enhancing effect of mesogen-jacketed liquid crystalline polymer PBPCS on epoxy resin

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    Chai, C. P.; Li, X. J.; Zhu, Y.; Gao, Y. X.; Li, G. P.; Luo, Y. J.

    2015-12-01

    The mixtures of mesogen-jacketed liquid crystalline polymers (MJLCP) and epoxy resin (E-51) have been prepared in a certain proportion. The category of the MJLCP is poly{2, 5-bis[(4-butoxyphenyl) oxycarbonyl] styrenes} (PBPCS). Methyl tetrahydro phthalic anhydride (MeTHPA) is served as a curing agent, and N, N-dimethylbenzylamine plays the role of catalyst. Then, based on the curing process, the modified materials have been acquired by casting molding. The effect of PBPCS's improvement has been researched through the mechanical properties test, dynamic thermal mechanical test and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results indicated that PBPCS could apparently improve the mechanical properties of resin E-51. Compared with unmodified materials, the elongation at break and the tensile strength of PBPCS have been improved remarkably through modification. Both mechanical properties of the 4wt% PBPCS/E-51/MeTHPA were enhanced by 48% and 153% separately, and the characteristics of the 3wt% one were raised by 47% and 19% respectively. Also, the ductile fracture morphology of the resins was exhibited in SEM photograph clearly.

  9. Surface Orientation in Injection-Molded Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Copolyester (TLCP) Plaques

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    Bubeck, Robert; Fang, Jun; Burghardt, Wesley; Burgard, Susan; Robertson, Katherine; Fischer, Daniel

    2008-03-01

    Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infra-red (ATR-FTIR), C K edge near edge X-ray adsorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopies, and 2-D WAXS in transmission were used to characterize surface orientation in thermotropic liquid crystalline copolyester (TLCP) injection-molded plaques to varying depths into the samples. Injection-molded TLCPs have bimodal orientation states due to contributions from ``skin'' and ``core'' regions resulting from extensional and shear flow, respectively, in the mold. The NEXAFS is sensitive to the orientation of the molecular pi orbital of backbone phenyl groups of the top 2 nm of a surface. ATR-FTIR obtained using a Herrick Seagull variable angle reflectance accessory is sensitive for dichroic ratios to a depth of 5 microns. Orientation parameters derived from the 1502/cm absorption band for equivalent positions are often typically about 5 to 10 percent less by ATR-FTIR than by NEXAFS. The orientational states are being correlated with physical properties of injection-molded TLCP samples.

  10. Distribution of single-walled carbon nanotubes in pyrene containing liquid crystalline asymmetric zinc phthalocyanine matrix.

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    Tuncel, Sinem; Kaya, Esra Nur; Durmuş, Mahmut; Basova, Tamara; Gürek, Ayşe Gül; Ahsen, Vefa; Banimuslem, Hikmat; Hassan, Aseel

    2014-03-28

    A novel pyrene containing asymmetric Zn(II) phthalocyanine (AB3 type) was synthesized and characterized by various spectroscopic techniques as well as elemental analysis. A symmetric polyoxyethylene substituted Zn(II) phthalocyanine (B4 type) derivative was also prepared in order to compare the properties and determine the effect of the pyrene group on the phthalocyanine molecule. Composites of synthesized zinc(II) phthalocyanine-single wall carbon nanotubes (ZnPc-SWCNTs) containing 1 and 2 wt% carbon nanotubes were prepared by mixing these two components in dichloromethane followed by removal of the solvent and drying under vacuum. The liquid crystalline properties of the pure compounds and their composites were investigated in comparison with symmetric polyoxyethylene substituted Zn(II) phthalocyanine (B4 type) by using polarized optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction analysis. The distribution of the SWCNTs in the ordered matrix of the columnar mesophase of these derivatives was studied by the method of polarized Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was shown that the nature of the mesophases was not altered in these composites. The I(V) dependencies for the films deposited onto interdigitated electrodes were measured and it was shown that the lateral conductivity tends to increase with increasing SWCNT concentration. PMID:24468739

  11. Two-dimensional liquid crystalline growth within a phase-field-crystal model

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    Tang, Sai; Praetorius, Simon; Backofen, Rainer; Voigt, Axel; Yu, Yan-Mei; Wang, Jincheng

    2015-07-01

    By using a two-dimensional phase-field-crystal (PFC) model, the liquid crystalline growth of the plastic triangular phase is simulated with emphasis on crystal shape and topological defect formation. The equilibrium shape of a plastic triangular crystal (PTC) grown from an isotropic phase is compared with that grown from a columnar or smectic-A (CSA) phase. While the shape of a PTC nucleus in the isotropic phase is almost identical to that of the classical PFC model, the shape of a PTC nucleus in CSA is affected by the orientation of stripes in the CSA phase, and irregular hexagonal, elliptical, octagonal, and rectangular shapes are obtained. Concerning the dynamics of the growth process, we analyze the topological structure of the nematic order, which starts from nucleation of +1/2 and -1/2 disclination pairs at the PTC growth front and evolves into hexagonal cells consisting of +1 vortices surrounded by six satellite -1/2 disclinations. It is found that the orientational and the positional order do not evolve simultaneously; the orientational order evolves behind the positional order, leading to a large transition zone, which can span over several lattice spacings.

  12. Homogeneous alignment of liquid crystalline dendrimers confined in a slit-pore. A simulation study.

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    Workineh, Zerihun G; Vanakaras, Alexandros G

    2016-03-23

    In this work we present results from isobaric-isothermal (NPT) Monte Carlo simulation studies of model liquid crystalline dendrimer (LCDr) systems confined in a slit-pore made of two parallel flat walls. The dendrimers are modelled as a collection of spherical and ellipsoidal particles corresponding to the junction points of the dendritic core and to the mesogenic units respectively. Assuming planar uniform (unidirectional) soft anchoring of the mesogenic units on the substrates we investigate the conformational and alignment properties of the LCDr system at different thermodynamic state points. Tractable coarse grained force fields have been used from our previous work. At low pressures the interior of the pore is almost empty, since almost all LCDrs are anchored to the substrates forming two-dimensional smectic-like structures with the mesogens aligned along the aligning direction of the substrates. As the pressure grows the LCDrs occupy the whole pore. However, even at low temperatures, the smectic organization does not transmit in the interior of the pore and is preserved for distances of 2-3 mesogenic diameters from the walls. For this reason, the global orientational order decreases with increasing pressure (density). In the vicinity (2-3 mesogenic diameters) of the pore walls, mesogenic units preserve the smectic structure whose layers are separated by layers of spherical beads. In this region individual LCDrs possess a rod like shape. PMID:26903080

  13. A molecular nematic liquid crystalline material for high-performance organic photovoltaics

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    Sun, Kuan; Xiao, Zeyun; Lu, Shirong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Pisula, Wojciech; Hanssen, Eric; White, Jonathan M.; Williamson, Rachel M.; Subbiah, Jegadesan; Ouyang, Jianyong; Holmes, Andrew B.; Wong, Wallace W. H.; Jones, David J.

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) hold great promise to enable roll-to-roll printing of environmentally friendly, mechanically flexible and cost-effective photovoltaic devices. Nevertheless, many high-performing systems show best power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) with a thin active layer (thickness is ~100 nm) that is difficult to translate to roll-to-roll processing with high reproducibility. Here we report a new molecular donor, benzodithiophene terthiophene rhodanine (BTR), which exhibits good processability, nematic liquid crystalline behaviour and excellent optoelectronic properties. A maximum PCE of 9.3% is achieved under AM 1.5G solar irradiation, with fill factor reaching 77%, rarely achieved in solution-processed OPVs. Particularly promising is the fact that BTR-based devices with active layer thicknesses up to 400 nm can still afford high fill factor of ~70% and high PCE of ~8%. Together, the results suggest, with better device architectures for longer device lifetime, BTR is an ideal candidate for mass production of OPVs.

  14. Effects of Flexibility on Liquid Crystalline Polymer Behavior: The Nematic Broken Road

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    Leal, L. Gary; Charuv, Chaubal

    1998-03-01

    A new theory for Liquid Crystalline Polymers is developed and its behavior in simple shear flow is analyzed. The theory accounts for molecular flexibility by employing a microstructure consisting of two rigid rods linked by a joint with a tunable stiffness. The probability distribution function equation for the orientation of the arms of the broken rod is derived. The adaptation of the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) technique for obtaining numerical solutions to this theory is detailed. The behavior of the theory at equilibrium is derived analytically and compared with numerical results; the SPH technique is then used to obtain results in flow. It is found that in the limit of a nearly stiff joint, the model gives behavior that is very similar to that of rigid rod polymers, the only difference being a lesser tendency to tumble due to greater variation in the order parameter. For nearly free joints, the shear flow induces interesting dynamics for the transition between states with the arms outstretched and those where they are folded up (so-called ''hairpins'' of main-chain LCPs).

  15. Three-dimensional flow of liquid crystalline polymers through rectangular channels with abrupt change in geometry

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    Yamamoto, Takehiro; Yamasaki, Yasuo; Tanaka, Yusuke; Mori, Noriyasu

    2006-07-01

    Three-dimensional flows of liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) in a rectangular 3 to 1 abrupt contraction channel and a rectangular 1 to 3 abrupt expansion channel are numerically analyzed to investigate the molecular orientation behavior of LCPs in complex flows. A modified Doi model is used as a constitutive equation and MAC (marker and cell)-based finite difference method is employed for the numerical technique for solving the basic equations. In the contraction flow, most molecules are aligned in the flow direction near the contraction owing to elongational flow except for a vortex region. Just downstream of the contraction, the velocity overshoot occurs owing to the molecular orientation near the contraction. In the expansion flow, on the other hand, molecules near the mid-plane are aligned perpendicular to the flow direction just downstream of the expansion. This alignment is related to a concave velocity profile appeared in this region. Moreover, the decelerating flow downstream of the expansion causes a three-dimensional structure of directors called a twist structure.

  16. Effect of Phase Transition on the Rheology of Model Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polymers

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    Zhou, Weijun; Kornfield, Julie A.

    1998-03-01

    Despite their important material properties, rheological studies of thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers (TLCPs) have not received much attention due to experimental difficulties. In this report, we describe the rheology of a model TLCP, which has good thermal stability and low isotropization temperature (DHMS-7,9, T_m=90^circC, T_xn=120^circC, T_ni=197^circC, where T_xn is the transition temperature between an unidentified mesophase to nematic phase). Systematic studies were carried out on DHMS-7,9 as a function of temperature and Mw (M_w=11K to 65K). Oscillatory dynamic moduli (G^') showed a plateau at an intermediate frequency at temperature below 120^circC , but no plateau for G^' was observed over the whole frequency range studied above 120^circC. We also studied the corresponding textural behavior by rheological-microscopy at different temperature with a home-made flow cell attached to a polarized light microscopy. It was recently reported that this TLCP exhibits different flow-aligning behavior in the mesophase by X-ray diffraction (Log-rolling alignment below 120^circC and typical flow alignment above 120^circC). Currently, we are investigating the origin of this flow behavior.

  17. A molecular nematic liquid crystalline material for high-performance organic photovoltaics.

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    Sun, Kuan; Xiao, Zeyun; Lu, Shirong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Pisula, Wojciech; Hanssen, Eric; White, Jonathan M; Williamson, Rachel M; Subbiah, Jegadesan; Ouyang, Jianyong; Holmes, Andrew B; Wong, Wallace W H; Jones, David J

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) hold great promise to enable roll-to-roll printing of environmentally friendly, mechanically flexible and cost-effective photovoltaic devices. Nevertheless, many high-performing systems show best power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) with a thin active layer (thickness is ~100 nm) that is difficult to translate to roll-to-roll processing with high reproducibility. Here we report a new molecular donor, benzodithiophene terthiophene rhodanine (BTR), which exhibits good processability, nematic liquid crystalline behaviour and excellent optoelectronic properties. A maximum PCE of 9.3% is achieved under AM 1.5G solar irradiation, with fill factor reaching 77%, rarely achieved in solution-processed OPVs. Particularly promising is the fact that BTR-based devices with active layer thicknesses up to 400 nm can still afford high fill factor of ~70% and high PCE of ~8%. Together, the results suggest, with better device architectures for longer device lifetime, BTR is an ideal candidate for mass production of OPVs. PMID:25586307

  18. Conformations of banana-shaped molecules studied by 2H NMR spectroscopy in liquid crystalline solvents.

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    Calucci, Lucia; Forte, Claudia; Csorba, Katalin Fodor; Mennucci, Benedetta; Pizzanelli, Silvia

    2007-01-11

    ClPbis11BB and Pbis11BB, two banana-shaped mesogens differing by a chlorine substituent on the central phenyl ring, show a nematic and a B2 phase, respectively. To obtain information on the structural features responsible for their different mesomorphic behavior, a study of the preferred conformations of these mesogens has been performed by NMR spectroscopy in two nematic media (Phase IV and ZLI1167), which should mimic the environment of the molecules in their own mesophases, avoiding problems of sample alignment by a magnetic field. To this aim, 2H NMR experiments have been performed on selectively deuterated isotopomers of ClPbis11BB and Pbis11BB and of two parent molecules, ClPbisB and PbisB, assumed as models in previous theoretical and experimental conformational studies. We found that only a limited number of conformations is compatible with experimental data, often very different from those inferred from theoretical calculations in vacuo, indicating a strong influence of the liquid crystalline environment on molecular conformation. No significant differences between chlorinated and non-chlorinated molecules were found, this suggesting that chlorine does not change the molecular conformational equilibrium, as previously proposed. PMID:17201428

  19. From soft to hard rod behavior in liquid crystalline suspensions of sterically stabilized colloidal filamentous particles.

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    Grelet, Eric; Rana, Richa

    2016-05-18

    The liquid crystalline phase behavior of a colloidal system of sterically stabilized rods is reported. Our colloidal suspensions consist of highly monodisperse, semi-flexible filamentous viruses which have been coated with neutral hydrophilic polymers by irreversibly binding poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) to the surface of the virus particles. Depending on the size of the grafted polymer, up to three different phase transitions are observed (isotropic-to-chiral nematic, chiral nematic-to-smectic, and smectic-to-columnar). Each phase transition is shown to be independent of ionic strength, confirming the steric stabilization of the viral colloids. A direct, i.e. without any free parameters, comparison with theory and computer simulations of the volume fraction associated with the phase transition can be performed, showing a quantitative agreement with hard rod behavior at a low polymer chain size, and some deviation stemming from soft repulsion by increasing the polymer thickness coating of the rod. Specifically, we demonstrate that the columnar mesophase is not stabilized by electrostatic repulsion, and we discuss the conditions of its existence. PMID:27108523

  20. Synthesis and molecular characterization of acrylate liquid crystalline resin monomers (ALCRM).

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    He, X P; Cai, W; Guo, L; Zhou, L Z; Nie, M H

    2015-01-01

    A novel biocompatible resin monomer 4—3—(acryloyloxy)—2—hydroxypropoxy) phenyl 4—(3—(acryloyloxy)—2—hydroxypropoxy) benzoate, as an oral restorative — acrylate liquid crystalline resin monomer (ALCRM) was synthesized. The intermediate product and the final product were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized optical microscope (POM), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). A resin matrix which has a potential application in dental composites was prepared by photopolymerizing ALCRM and triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) as a primary and diluted monomer with a photosensitizer of camphorquinone (CQ) and 2—(Dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) mixture. The molar ratio of ALCRM and TEGDMA was 7:3. The properties such as the curing depth, curing time, and the volumetric shrinkage of the resin matrix were investigated and compared with a traditional composite resin matrix Bis—GMA. After photocuring polymerization, the conversion degree of the resin matrix is 68.06%, higher than Bis—GMA/TEGDMA; the curing time is 4.08±0.20min, the curing depth is 2.10±0.17mm, and the volumetric shrinkage is 3.62%±0.26%. All the properties exhibit a better performance of the prepared resin matrix than Bis—GMA. PMID:26475389

  1. A theory for the liquid-crystalline phase behavior of the Gay-Berne model

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    Velasco, E.; Mederos, L.

    1998-08-01

    A simple yet reasonably accurate perturbation theory for the Gay-Berne model, capable of describing the uniform isotropic and nematic phases, as well as the layered smectic-A phase, is presented. The theory, in line with a previously proposed theory, is based on a perturbative scheme, but the reference system, a hard Gaussian overlap model, is treated using the nonlocal approximation of Somoza and Tarazona. This approximate scheme, which reduces to the well-known decoupling approximation for nematics, is a simple generalization of the decoupling approximation designed to include smectic structures. The attractive free energy is calculated using a mean-field approximation. Underestimation of the attractive energy implied by this approximation is alleviated by introducing some scale factors, set to reproduce the critical point and two triple points involving the smectic phase. The choice of scale factors, which is valid for a particular set of molecular parameters, is shown to reproduce accurately the phase diagram corresponding to other parameter values. The theory is used to examine the global liquid-crystalline phase behavior of the Gay-Berne model, paying particular attention to the effect of the anisotropy attraction parameter κ' on the location of the various phase boundaries. Comparison of the results with the available computer simulations for this system indicates that the theory leads to qualitatively correct predictions. The theory could be useful to predict the phase behavior of realistic systems with respect to molecular elongation and energy anisotropy.

  2. Tough and Thermosensitive Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/Graphene Oxide Hydrogels with Macroscopically Oriented Liquid Crystalline Structures.

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    Zhu, Zhongcheng; Li, Yang; Xu, Hui; Peng, Xin; Chen, Ya-Nan; Shang, Cong; Zhang, Qin; Liu, Jiaqi; Wang, Huiliang

    2016-06-22

    Bulk graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposite materials with macroscopically oriented GO liquid crystalline (LC) structures exhibit interesting anisotropic properties, but their facile preparations remain challenging. This work reports for the first time the facile preparation of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM)/GO nanocomposite hydrogels with macroscopically oriented LC structures with the assistance of a flow field induced by vacuum degassing and the in situ polymerization accelerated by GO. The hydrogel prepared with a GO concentration of 5.0 mg mL(-1) exhibits macroscopically aligned LC structures, which endow the gels with anisotropic optical, mechanical properties, and dimensional changes during the phase transition. The hydrogels show dramatically enhanced tensile mechanical properties and phase transition rates. The oriented LC structures are not damaged during the phase transition of the PNIPAM/GO hydrogels, and hence their LC behavior undergoes reversible change. Moreover, highly oriented LC structures can also be formed when the gels are elongated, even for the gels which do not have macroscopically oriented LC structures. Very impressively, the oriented LC structures in the hydrogels can be permanently maintained by drying the gel samples elongated to and then kept at a constant tensile strain. The thermosensitive nature of PNIPAM and the angle-dependent nature of the macroscopically aligned GO LC structures allow the practical applications of the PNIPAM/GO hydrogels as optical switches, soft sensors, and actuators and so on. PMID:27254730

  3. Liquid-crystalline ordering of antimicrobial peptide-DNA complexes controls TLR9 activation.

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    Schmidt, Nathan W; Jin, Fan; Lande, Roberto; Curk, Tine; Xian, Wujing; Lee, Calvin; Frasca, Loredana; Frenkel, Daan; Dobnikar, Jure; Gilliet, Michel; Wong, Gerard C L

    2015-07-01

    Double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) can trigger the production of type I interferon (IFN) in plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) by binding to endosomal Toll-like receptor-9 (TLR9; refs 1-5). It is also known that the formation of DNA-antimicrobial peptide complexes can lead to autoimmune diseases via amplification of pDC activation. Here, by combining X-ray scattering, computer simulations, microscopy and measurements of pDC IFN production, we demonstrate that a broad range of antimicrobial peptides and other cationic molecules cause similar effects, and elucidate the criteria for amplification. TLR9 activation depends on both the inter-DNA spacing and the multiplicity of parallel DNA ligands in the self-assembled liquid-crystalline complex. Complexes with a grill-like arrangement of DNA at the optimum spacing can interlock with multiple TLR9 like a zipper, leading to multivalent electrostatic interactions that drastically amplify binding and thereby the immune response. Our results suggest that TLR9 activation and thus TLR9-mediated immune responses can be modulated deterministically. PMID:26053762

  4. Liquid-crystalline ordering of antimicrobial peptide-DNA complexes controls TLR9 activation

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    Schmidt, Nathan W.; Jin, Fan; Lande, Roberto; Curk, Tine; Xian, Wujing; Lee, Calvin; Frasca, Loredana; Frenkel, Daan; Dobnikar, Jure; Gilliet, Michel; Wong, Gerard C. L.

    2015-07-01

    Double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) can trigger the production of type I interferon (IFN) in plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) by binding to endosomal Toll-like receptor-9 (TLR9; refs , , , , ). It is also known that the formation of DNA-antimicrobial peptide complexes can lead to autoimmune diseases via amplification of pDC activation. Here, by combining X-ray scattering, computer simulations, microscopy and measurements of pDC IFN production, we demonstrate that a broad range of antimicrobial peptides and other cationic molecules cause similar effects, and elucidate the criteria for amplification. TLR9 activation depends on both the inter-DNA spacing and the multiplicity of parallel DNA ligands in the self-assembled liquid-crystalline complex. Complexes with a grill-like arrangement of DNA at the optimum spacing can interlock with multiple TLR9 like a zipper, leading to multivalent electrostatic interactions that drastically amplify binding and thereby the immune response. Our results suggest that TLR9 activation and thus TLR9-mediated immune responses can be modulated deterministically.

  5. A Liquid Crystalline Oligomer Exhibiting Nematic and Twist-Bend Nematic Mesophases.

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    Mandle, Richard J; Goodby, John W

    2016-04-01

    The twist-bend nematic phase (NTB ) has been described as the structural link between the untilted uniaxial nematic phase (N) and the helical chiral nematic phase (N*). The NTB phase exhibits phenomena of fundamental importance to science, that is, 1) the spontaneous formation of a helical pitch on the nanometer scale in a fluid and 2) the spontaneous breaking of mirror symmetry, leading to the emergence of chiral domains in an achiral system. In this Communication, we present a study on T49 [bis(4-(9-(4-((4-cyanobenzoyl)oxy)phenyl)nonyl)phenyl) 4,4'-(nonane-1,9-diyl)dibenzoate], a liquid-crystalline oligomer exhibiting the twist-bend nematic phase, which has a molecular length that is of comparable dimensions to the sub-10 nm pitch determined for CB9CB, and provide new insights into the differentiation between the nano- and macro-science for self-assembling supermolecular systems. PMID:26777310

  6. Liquid crystalline nanoparticles encapsulating cisplatin and docetaxel combination for targeted therapy of breast cancer.

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    Thapa, Raj Kumar; Choi, Ju Yeon; Gupta, Biki; Ramasamy, Thiruganesh; Poudel, Bijay Kumar; Ku, Sae Kwang; Youn, Yu Seok; Choi, Han Gon; Yong, Chul Soon; Kim, Jong Oh

    2016-08-16

    Cancer remains a leading cause of death. A combination of anticancer agents can effectively kill cancer through multiple pathways; however, improvements to their delivery are needed. Hence, docetaxel and cisplatin-loaded liquid crystalline nanoparticles with folic acid were prepared for effective and targeted anticancer therapy. Notably, hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin/cisplatin complexes in 0.9% NaCl solution were used for the prevention of possible aquation of cisplatin, which would otherwise lead to severe adverse effects. The optimized nanoparticles exhibited small particle size, high drug loading capacity (>90%), and controlled drug release profiles. In vitro cell cytotoxicity assays demonstrated that the optimized nanoparticles were taken up by folate receptor-expressing cells to a greater extent than non-folate expressing cells, which is attributable to folate-specific endocytosis of the optimized nanoparticles. Enhanced expression of apoptotic markers (Bax, p21, and cleaved caspase-3) along with enhanced anti-migration effects in MDA-MB-231 cells following treatment suggests that the optimized nanoparticles provide an effective treatment for metastatic breast cancer. These results were further supported by in vivo findings obtained for a MDA-MB-231 tumor xenograft model. Altogether, the optimized nanoparticles may potentially be developed as an effective treatment modality for folate-targeted metastatic breast cancer treatment. PMID:27412822

  7. Thermal diffusivity of hexagonal boron nitride composites based on cross-linked liquid crystalline polyimides.

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    Shoji, Yu; Higashihara, Tomoya; Tokita, Masatoshi; Morikawa, Junko; Watanabe, Junji; Ueda, Mitsuru

    2013-04-24

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) composites with the oriented cross-linked liquid crystalline (LC) polyimide have been developed as high thermally conductive materials. Well-dispersed h-BN composite films were obtained, as observed by scanning electron microscopy. The morphology of the composite films was further investigated in detail by the wide-angle X-ray diffraction. The obtained composite films based on the cross-linked LC polyimide showed that the polymer chains vertically aligned in the direction parallel to the films, while those based on the amorphous polyimide showed an isotropic nature. Moreover, the alignment of the cross-linked LC polyimides was maintained, even after increasing the volume fraction of h-BN. This alignment plays an important role in the effective phonon conduction between h-BN and the matrices. Indeed, the thermal diffusivity in the thickness direction of the composite films based on the LC polyimide measured by a temperature wave analysis method was increased to 0.679 mm(2) s(-1) at a 30 vol % h-BN loading, which was higher than that based on the amorphous polyimide. PMID:23506319

  8. Molecular transport into and out of ionic-liquid filled block copolymer vesicles in water

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    Lodge, Timothy; Yao, Letitia; So, Soonyong

    We have developed a method to prepare stable, size-controlled block copolymer vesicles that contain ionic liquid in the interior, but that are dispersed in water. Such nanoemulsions are of interest as nanoreactors, because the mass transfer and cost limitations of ionic liquids are circumvented. However, a crucial question is whether target molecules (e . g ., reagents and products) can enter and leave the vesicles, respectively, on a useful time scale (i . e ., seconds or shorter). In this talk we will briefly describe methods to prepare such vesicles with narrow size distributions, using poly(styrene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(butadiene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers of various compositions. We will then present results of pulsed-field gradient NMR measurements of probe diffusion that yield independent measurements of the entry and escape rates for selected small molecules, as a function of membrane thickness and temperature.

  9. Characterization and in vitro permeation study of microemulsions and liquid crystalline systems containing the anticholinesterase alkaloidal extract from Tabernaemontana divaricata.

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    Chaiyana, Wantida; Rades, Thomas; Okonogi, Siriporn

    2013-08-16

    The aims of the present study were to characterize the microstructure and study the skin permeation enhancement of formulations containing the alkaloidal extract from Tabernaemontana divaricata. The extract was loaded in the formulations composed of Zingiber cassumunar oil, Triton X-114, ethanol and water with the oil:surfactant ratios of 1:5 and 2:5. The formulations were characterized by photon correlation spectroscopy, polarizing light microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and viscosity measurement. A reverse micellar phase, w/o microemulsions, liquid crystalline systems, liquid crystal in microemulsion systems and coarse emulsions were formed along the aqueous dilution line of both oil:surfactant ratios. Formulations with the ratio of 1:5 containing 0.1 μg/ml extract showed a significantly higher acetylcholinesterase inhibition than those with the ratio of 2:5. The skin of stillborn piglet was used in the permeation study. The liquid crystalline and microemulsion systems significantly increased the transdermal delivery of the extract within 24h. It was concluded that the alkaloidal extract from T. divaricata stem loaded in liquid crystalline or microemulsion systems comprising Z. cassumunar oil/Triton X-114/ethanol/water may act as an alternative percutanous formulations for enhancing the acetylcholine level in Alzheimer's patients. PMID:23680734

  10. Topological defects in liquid crystalline matter: Strain transitions, simulations, and visualization of core structure and fluctuations

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    Callan-Jones, Andrew

    Topological defects play several roles in the physics of liquid crystalline matter. Their presence is felt over many length scales, necessitating modeling strategies ranging from continuum level finite element analysis of cholesteric elastomers to molecular dynamics simulation of liquid nematics. We have first studied the effect of a strain applied to a cholesteric elastomer, focusing on the transition from the twisted phase to the nematic phase, and extended work by others by including the Frank penalty for director distortions. This leads to metastability of the twisted state above the transition, prompting us to consider nucleation of topological defects as way to remove the twist walls. We explored the consequences of this idea and obtained analytical and numerical agreement, concluding that inhomogeneities in the strain field due to the coexisting phases are small, making the nucleation problem very similar to earlier studies on cholesteric liquids unwound by a magnetic field. Molecular dynamics simulations of a temperature quench of a fluid of rod-like molecules based on the Gay-Berne potential provide a way to study multiscale phenomena associated with defects, such as the structure of the core and the interaction between defect motion and the underlying orientational degrees of freedom. Locating and then studying defects in a fluid, as opposed to in a lattice simulation, however, are inherently challenging problems because of the mobility of the molecules. We have collaborated with researchers in scientific visualization to develop methods that overcome limitations of an earlier discrete finding method. In particular, new measures for describing nematic ordering are introduced, making observation of features such as the defect type and the nature of the core readily done. The dramatic improvement in spatial and temporal resolution of defect behavior afforded by the visualization opens up a number of possible routes to follow in studying static and dynamic

  11. Quasielastic neutron scattering measurements of n-butane in its crystalline, plastic, and liquid phases

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    Bradley, K. F.; Chen, S.-H.; Brun, T. O.

    1991-10-01

    We report here measurements of quasielastic neutron scattering from n-butane at temperatures of 90, 115, 125 and 190 K and in a momentum transfer range of 0.8-2.4 Å-1. These measurements confirm that between 115 and 125 K butane forms a plastic crystal in which the centers of mass of the butane molecules form a crystalline structure, but the individual molecules are free to rotate. At these two intermediate temperatures, there exists both an elastic peak, characteristic of a solid structure, and quasielastic components arising from the rotational motions of the butane molecules. At 90 K, the butane scatters neutrons only elastically, while at 190 K, the butane scatters neutrons only quasielastically. In both the plastic and the liquid phases, the presence of at least two quasielastic processes must be assumed in order to explain the measurements. In the plastic crystal, we associate a broad Lorentzian component with intramolecular reorientations about the central carbon-carbon bond and a second, relatively narrow, Lorentzian component with whole molecule rotations. The latter process gives rise to a rotational quasielastic peak having a width of 400 μeV, which is constant to within the instrumental resolution of 70 μeV at both temperatures and at all measured momentum transfers. In a continuous diffusion model, this width corresponds to a rotational diffusion constant of 0.277 rad2/ps, a value which is about 3.5 times larger than one extracted from a molecular dynamics simulation of n-butane in the plastic phase recently published by Refson and Pawley [Mol. Phys. 61, 669 (1987); 61, 693 (1987)]. On the other hand, the first process, which corresponds to the carbon-carbon reorientation peak, is about 16 meV wide, indicating that this reorientation occurs on a time scale of about 0.1 ps. The absence of this broad peak in the solid butane at 90 K indicates that this fast carbon-carbon reorientation is coupled to an aspect of the structure or dynamics of the plastic

  12. Processing, structure and property relationships in commercial thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers

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    Rendon, Stanley

    Thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers (TLCPs) offer considerable promise as high strength/lightweight engineering materials. Their excellent mechanical properties are derived from the spontaneous ordering of stiff polymer molecules in the melt state, which is ultimately translated into high molecular orientation in finished products. Understanding the effect of processing on molecular orientation, and specifically the role and mechanisms by which flow fields impact molecular orientation, is thus a prerequisite to rational design of processes that exploit and enhance the characteristics of TLCPs. The lack of fundamental knowledge to rationally anticipate structure development during processing of commercial main-chain TLCPs however, has significantly hindered the wide spread applicability of these materials. In light of the need for improved understanding of flow-orientation relationships in TLCPs, this thesis presents the first coordinated attempt to combine fundamental studies of orientation development in well-defined simple flows (simple shear) and complex processing flows (extrusion and injection molding) using in situ x-ray scattering methods, with structure and property investigations of injection molded plaques made from commercial TLCPs. The work described here addresses fundamental questions related to the shear-alignment behavior of several commercial (Vectra A950RTM, Vectra B950RTM) and pre-commercial (DHalphaMS) thermotropes. The use of well-established in situ x-ray scattering methods previously developed in the Burghardt group, has enabled us to probe the evolution of molecular orientation under the influence of various transient shear flow protocols some of which provide strong, indirect evidence of flow-tumbling behavior in Vectra copolyesters. In situ orientation studies in steady isothermal complex channel flows reveal that superposition of extensional gradients on the inhomogeneous shear of pressure-driven slit flows dramatically influences

  13. Synthesis and characterization of rodlike liquid crystalline polyester/multi-walled carbon nanotubes and study of their thermal stability

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    Hu, Wu-Quan; Cui, Zhen-Kai; Jin, Jun; Dong, Zheng-Ping; Li, Shu-Wen; Wang, Peng; Ding, Wen; Li, Rong

    2011-10-01

    Rodlike thermotropic liquid crystalline polyester (TLCP) was synthesized from 4,4'-oxydibenzoyl chloride and resorcinol containing modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by in situ high-temperature solution polymerization. The liquid crystalline properties and thermal stability of the resulted TLCP nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, DSC, TGA, SEM, POM, and optical analysis. The addition of small amount of MWCNTs into TLCP matrix could significantly improve the thermal stability. The mesophase temperature range of nanocomposites were widened and shifted to higher temperatures. This nanocomposite melting phase transition ( Tm) value increases maximally to 38.4 °C compared with pure copolymer. Using the Horowits-Metzger kinetic method, the PE/M-0.5 gave the best performance in terms of the thermal stability. This result can be explained that the incorporation of MWCNTs into TLCP caused an interaction between TLCP and MWCNTs through π-π* conjugation.

  14. Electrochromism-driven linearly and circularly polarised dichroism of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) derivatives with chirality and liquid crystallinity.

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    Matsushita, Satoshi; Jeong, Yong Soo; Akagi, Kazuo

    2013-03-01

    This review presents recent advances in the synthesis, electrochemical properties, and optical functions of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) derivatives embodying chirality and liquid crystallinity. Various methods for preparing the optically active and liquid crystalline (LC) PEDOT derivatives, such as (i) the introduction of chiral substituents into polymer side chains, (ii) chemical or electrochemical polymerisation by using lipid assemblies as templates, (iii) electrochemical polymerisation in asymmetric LC reaction fields, and (iv) the addition of a chiral dopant to LC-PEDOT derivatives, are discussed. Throughout the review, linearly and/or circularly dichroic electrochromism, hierarchically controlled spiral structure, and aligned morphology are demonstrated to be promising for the development of multifunctional PEDOT derivatives. PMID:23282471

  15. Free Surface Command Layer for Photoswitchable Out-of-Plane Alignment Control in Liquid Crystalline Polymer Films.

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    Nakai, Takashi; Tanaka, Daisuke; Hara, Mitsuo; Nagano, Shusaku; Seki, Takahiro

    2016-01-26

    To date, reversible alignment controls of liquid crystalline materials have widely been achieved by photoreactive layers on solid substrates. In contrast, this work demonstrates the reversible out-of-plane photocontrols of liquid crystalline polymer films by using a photoresponsive skin layer existing at the free surface. A polymethacrylate containing a cyanobiphenyl side-chain mesogen adopts the planar orientation. Upon blending a small amount of azobenzene-containing side-chain polymer followed by successive annealing, segregation of the azobenzene polymer at the free surface occurs and induces a planar to homeotropic orientation transition of cyanobiphenyl mesogens underneath. By irradiation with UV light, the mesogen orientation turns into the planar orientation. The orientation reverts to the homeotropic state upon visible light irradiation or thermally, and such cyclic processes can be repeated many times. On the basis of this principle, erasable optical patterning is performed by irradiating UV light through a photomask. PMID:26734930

  16. Large-scale controlled fabrication of highly roughened flower-like silver nanostructures in liquid crystalline phase

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    Yang, Chengliang; Xiang, Xiangjun; Zhang, Ying; Peng, Zenghui; Cao, Zhaoliang; Wang, Junlin; Xuan, Li

    2015-01-01

    Large-scale controllable fabrication of highly roughened flower-like silver nanostructures is demonstrated experimentally via electrodeposition in the liquid crystalline phase. Different sizes of silver flowers are fabricated by adjusting the deposition time and the concentration of the silver nitrate solution. The density of the silver flowers in the sample is also controllable in this work. The flower-like silver nanostructures can serve as effective surface-enhanced Raman scattering and surface-enhanced fluorescence substrates because of their local surface plasmon resonance, and they may have applications in photoluminescence and catalysis. This liquid crystalline phase is used as a soft template for fabricating flower-like silver nanostructures for the first time, and this approach is suitable for large-scale uniform fabrication up to several centimetres. PMID:26216669

  17. Nonlinear seismic response of a partially-filled rectangular liquid tank with a submerged block

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    Nayak, Santosh Kumar; Biswal, Kishore Chandra

    2016-04-01

    The seismic response of partially-filled two-dimensional rigid rectangular liquid tanks with a bottom-mounted submerged block is numerically simulated. The Galerkin-weighted-residual based finite element method (FEM) is used for solving the governing Laplace equation with fully nonlinear free surface boundary conditions and also for velocity recovery. Based on the mixed Eulerian-Lagrangian (MEL) method, a fourth order explicit Runge-Kutta scheme is used for the time-stepping integration of free surface boundary conditions. A cubic-spline fitted regridding technique is used at every time step to eliminate possible numerical instabilities on account of Lagrangian node induced mesh distortion. An artificial surface damping term is used to mimic the viscosity induced damping. Three different earthquake motions characterized on the basis of low, intermediate and high frequency contents are used to study the effect of frequency content on the nonlinear dynamic response of this tank-liquid-submerged block system. The effect of the submerged block on the impulsive and convective response components of the hydrodynamic forces manifested in terms of base shear, overturning base moment and pressure distribution along the tank wall as well as the block wall has been quantified vis-a-vis frequency content of ground motions. It is observed that the convective response of this tank-liquid system is highly sensitive to the frequency content of the ground motion.

  18. Photoinduced bending behavior of cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone.

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    Lv, Jiu-an; Wang, Weiru; Xu, Jixiang; Ikeda, Tomiki; Yu, Yanlei

    2014-07-01

    Cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone are synthesized by photoinitiated cationic copolymerization. Azobenzene moieties in the film surface toward the light source are simultaneously photoaligned during photopolymerization with unpolarized 436 nm light and thus form a splayed alignment in the whole film. The prepared films show reversible photoinduced bending behavior with opposite bending directions when different surfaces of one film face to ultraviolet light irradiation. PMID:24771514

  19. Fastest non-ionic azo dyes and transfer of their thermal isomerisation kinetics into liquid-crystalline materials.

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    Garcia-Amorós, Jaume; Castro, M Cidália R; Coelho, Paulo; Raposo, M Manuela M; Velasco, Dolores

    2016-04-14

    Push-pull bithienylpyrrole-based azo dyes exhibit thermal isomerisation rates as fast as 1.4 μs in acetonitrile at 298 K becoming, thus, the fastest neutral azo dyes reported so far. These remarkably low relaxation times can be transferred into liquid-crystalline matrices enabling light-triggered oscillations in the optical density of the final material up to 11 kHz under ambient conditions. PMID:26990527

  20. Liquid crystalline systems of phytantriol and glyceryl monooleate containing a hydrophilic protein: Characterisation, swelling and release kinetics.

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    Rizwan, S B; Hanley, T; Boyd, B J; Rades, T; Hook, S

    2009-11-01

    Swelling and phase behaviour of phytantriol and glyceryl monooleate (GMO) matrices with varying water loadings were investigated. Release of a model protein, FITC-Ova was subsequently examined. Polarised light microscopy and small angle X-ray scattering analysis showed that the addition of FITC-Ova only altered the liquid crystalline structure of phytantriol matrices at low water loadings, and that postrelease study, the phase structure of matrices at both low and high loading reflected that of the binary system. Addition of FITC-Ova to GMO matrices also altered the liquid crystalline structure when compared to the respective binary system at low but not at high loading. All samples analysed after the release study had transformed to the reverse hexagonal phase (H(II)). Swelling studies revealed a faster and more extensive swelling of GMO when compared to phytantriol. Release of FITC-Ova from phytantriol matrices was faster and occurred to a greater extent most likely due to the conversion of GMO matrices into the H(II) phase. No effect on release as a function of initial water content was observed for either lipid. We have confirmed that phytantriol based liquid crystalline matrices can sustain the release of a hydrophilic protein, suggesting its suitability as a potential sustained antigen-delivery system. PMID:19340889

  1. Investigation of flow and microstructure in rheometric and processing flow conditions for liquid crystalline pitch

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    Kundu, Santanu

    The microstructure development within mesophase pitch-based carbon materials depends on the flow history that the pitch is subjected to. Therefore, a fundamental understanding of flow and its influence on the microstructure is required to obtain carbon materials with desired properties. The objective of this research was to investigate the flow and microstructural behavior of a synthetic mesophase pitch (AR-HP) in rheometric and processing flow conditions. In addition, simulation studies were performed to establish a frame work for modeling the flow behavior of this complex material in different flow situations. The steady-shear viscosities obtained from a cone-plate rheometer during increasing rate-sweep experiments exhibited shear-thinning (Region I) and plateau (Region II) responses. However, the slope of the shear-thinning region was only about -0.2, much lower than -0.5 observed in some pitches and liquid-crystalline polymers. This difference could arise from the different molecular constituents of pitches. At higher shear rates, as measured from capillary rheometers, the viscosity values remained almost constant. The transient shear stress responses, as measured from cone-plate rheometer, exhibited nonmonotonic behavior as a function of applied strain at all shear rates and temperatures tested. After rheological experiments, the samples were collected by developing a new experimental protocol for preservation of the sample for microstructural analysis. Microstructural observations obtained from three orthogonal sections, reported for the first time in the literature, indicate that the local maximum in shear stress was due to yielding of initial microstructure. The microstructure became flow oriented with further shearing, and the structure size decreased with increasing shear rates. In addition to high-strain experiments, dynamic experiments were also performed in the linear viscoelastic region where no significant deformation of fluid takes place. The

  2. Transient molecular orientation and rheology in flow aligning thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers

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    Ugaz, Victor M.; Burghardt, Wesley R.; Zhou, Weijun; Kornfield, Julia A.

    2001-09-01

    Quantitative measurements of molecular orientation and rheology are reported for various transient shear flows of a nematic semiflexible copolyether. Unlike the case of lyotropic liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs), whose structure and rheology in shear are dominated by director tumbling, this material exhibits flow aligning behavior. The observed behavior is quite similar to that seen in a copolyester that we have recently studied [Ugaz and Burghardt (1998)], suggesting that flow aligning dynamics may predominate in main-chain thermotropes that incorporate significant chain flexibility. Since the flow aligning regime has received little attention in previous attempts to model the rheology of textured, polydomain LCPs, we attempt to determine whether available models are capable of predicting the orientation and stress response of this class of LCP. We first examine the predictions of the polydomain Ericksen model, an adaptation of Ericksen's transversely isotropic fluid model which accounts for the polydomain distribution of director orientation while neglecting distortional elasticity. This simple model captures a number of qualitative and quantitative features associated with the evolution of orientation and stress during shear flow inception, but cannot cope with reversing flows. To consider the possible role of distortional elasticity in the re-orientation dynamics upon reversal, we evaluate the mesoscopically averaged domain theory of Larson and Doi [Larson and Doi (1991)], which incorporates a phenomenological description of distortional elastic effects. To date, their approach to account for polydomain structure has only been applied to describe tumbling LCPs. We find that it captures the qualitative transient orientation response to flow reversals, but is less successful in describing the evolution of stresses. This is linked to the decoupling approximation adopted during the model's development. Finally, a modified polydomain Ericksen model is introduced

  3. Molecular dynamics simulations of a fully hydrated dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine membrane in liquid-crystalline phase

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    Zubrzycki, Igor Z.; Xu, Yan; Madrid, Marcela; Tang, Pei

    2000-02-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to investigate the structure of a fully hydrated 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) bilayer in liquid-crystalline (fluid) phase at 30 °C. The bilayer consists of 200 DMPC lipid molecules with nw=27.4 water molecules per lipid. The membrane was built with reference to the coordinates of a previously published 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) membrane patch. A four-step dynamic procedure (110 ps) with Berendsen pressure rescaling (P=0 and 1 bar), applied in all three directions, was used to rapidly prepare the bilayer. This system was then subjected to two separate constant pressure and temperature simulations at 1 bar and 30 °C for ˜380 ps, using the Nosé-Hoover NPT method with periodical boundaries and Berendsen temperature and pressure rescaling method, respectively. The resultant bilayer has an area per lipid of 59.2 Å2 and a head-to-head thickness (DHH) of 36.3 Å. These values are in good agreement with the x-ray diffraction data of 59.7 Å2 and 34.4 Å, respectively, for DMPC at 30 °C with nw of 25.7 [H. I. Petrache, S. Tristram-Nagle, and J. F. Nagle, Chem. Phys. Lipids 95, 83 (1998)]. The fractions of trans and gauche bonds in the hydrocarbon chains, averaged for the last 94 ps of simulation, are 81.7% and 18.3%, respectively, suggesting a fluid phase of the membrane. The electron density profile resembles closely that measured by x-ray diffraction. Water density profile suggests a significant penetration of water molecules into the bilayer head region to as deep as the carbonyl groups, with phosphate groups being strongly hydrated.

  4. Multilayer-Coated Liquid Crystalline Nanoparticles for Effective Sorafenib Delivery to Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

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    Thapa, Raj Kumar; Choi, Ju Yeon; Poudel, Bijay K; Hiep, Tran Tuan; Pathak, Shiva; Gupta, Biki; Choi, Han-Gon; Yong, Chul Soon; Kim, Jong Oh

    2015-09-16

    Hepatocellular carcinoma is one of the most common cancers in adults and develops due to activation of oncogenes and inactivation of tumor suppressor genes. Sorafenib (SF) is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma. However, its clinical use is limited by its poor aqueous solubility and undesirable side effects. Monoolein-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCN) are self-assembled structures that have been determined as promising drug-delivery vehicles. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to prepare layer-by-layer (LbL) polymer-assembled SF-loaded LCNs (LbL-LCN/SF) for effective delivery of SF to hepatocellular carcinoma. Results revealed that LbL-LCN/SF presented optimum particle size (∼165 nm) and polydispersity index (PDI, ∼0.14) with appropriate polymer layer assembly confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Furthermore, LbL-LCN/SF effectively controlled burst release and exhibited pH-sensitive release of SF, thereby increasing drug release in the acidic microenvironment of tumor cells. Compared to free SF and bare LCN, the hemolytic activity of LbL-LCN/SF was significantly reduced (p<0.01). Interestingly, LbL-LCN/SF was more cytotoxic to HepG2 cells than the free drug was. Additionally, high cellular uptake and greater apoptotic effects of LbL-LCN/SF in HepG2 cells indicates superior antitumor effects. Therefore, LbL-LCN/SF is a potentially effective formulation for hepatocellular carcinoma. PMID:26315487

  5. Revisiting β-casein as a stabilizer for lipid liquid crystalline nanostructured particles.

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    Zhai, Jiali; Waddington, Lynne; Wooster, Tim J; Aguilar, Marie-Isabel; Boyd, Ben J

    2011-12-20

    Lipid liquid crystalline nanoparticles such as cubosomes and hexosomes have unique internal nanostructures that have shown great potential in drug and nutrient delivery applications. The triblock copolymer, Pluronic F127, is usually employed as a steric stabilizer in dispersions of lipid nanostructured particles. In this study, we investigated the formation, colloidal stability and internal nanostructure and morphology of glyceryl monooleate (GMO) and phytantriol (PHYT) cubosome dispersions on substituting β-casein with F127 in increasing proportion as the stabilizer. Internal structure and particle morphology were evaluated using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), while protein secondary structure was studied using synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD). The GMO cubosome dispersion stabilized by β-casein alone displayed a V(2) (Pn3m) phase structure and a V(2) to H(2) phase transition at 60 °C. In comparison, F127-stabilized GMO dispersion had a V(2) (Im3m) phase structure and the H(2) phase only appeared at higher temperature, that is, 70 °C. In the case of PHYT dispersions, only the V(2) (Pn3m) phase structure was observed irrespective of the type and concentration of stabilizers. However, β-casein-stabilized PHYT dispersion displayed a V(2) to H(2) to L(2) transition behavior upon heating, whereas F127-stabilized PHYT dispersion displayed only a direct V(2) to L(2) transition. The protein secondary structure was not disturbed by interaction with GMO or PHYT cubosomes. The results demonstrate that β-casein provides steric stabilization to dispersions of lipid nanostructured particles and avoids the transition to Im3m structure in GMO cubosomes, but also favors the formation of the H(2) phase, which has implications in drug formulation and delivery applications. PMID:22026367

  6. Solvation Dynamics in Different Phases of the Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline System.

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    Roy, Bibhisan; Satpathi, Sagar; Gavvala, Krishna; Koninti, Raj Kumar; Hazra, Partha

    2015-09-01

    Reverse hexagonal (HII) liquid crystalline material based on glycerol monooleate (GMO) is considered as a potential carrier for drugs and other important biomolecules due to its thermotropic phase change and excellent morphology. In this work, the dynamics of encapsulated water, which plays important role in stabilization and formation of reverse hexagonal mesophase, has been investigated by time dependent Stokes shift method using Coumarin-343 as a solvation probe. The formation of the reverse hexagonal mesophase (HII) and transformation to the L2 phase have been monitored using small-angle X-ray scattering and polarized light microscopy experiments. REES studies suggest the existence of different polar regions in both HII and L2 systems. The solvation dynamics study inside the reverse hexagonal (HII) phase reveals the existence of two different types of water molecules exhibiting dynamics on a 120-900 ps time scale. The estimated diffusion coefficients of both types of water molecules obtained from the observed dynamics are in good agreement with the measured diffusion coefficient collected from the NMR study. The calculated activation energy is found to be 2.05 kcal/mol, which is associated with coupled rotational-translational water relaxation dynamics upon the transition from "bound" to "quasi-free" state. The observed ∼2 ns faster dynamics of the L2 phase compared to the HII phase may be associated with both the phase transformation as well as thermotropic effect on the relaxation process. Microviscosities calculated from time-resolved anisotropy studies infer that the interface is almost ∼22 times higher viscous than the central part of the cylinder. Overall, our results reveal the unique dynamical features of water inside the cylinder of reverse hexagonal and inverse micellar phases. PMID:26258397

  7. Assembly of Biological Nanostructures: Isotropic and Liquid Crystalline Phases of Neurofilament Hydrogels

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    Safinya, Cyrus R.; Deek, Joanna; Beck, Roy; Jones, Jayna B.; Li, Youli

    2015-03-01

    Neurofilaments are the building blocks of the major cytoskeletal network found in the axons of vertebrate neurons. The filaments consist of three distinct molecular-weight subunits - neurofilament-low, neurofilament-medium, and neurofilament-high - which coassemble into 10-nm flexible rods with protruding intrinsically disordered C-terminal sidearms that mediate interfilament interactions and hydrogel formation. Molecular neuroscience research includes areas focused on elucidating the functions of each subunit in network formation, during which disruptions are a hallmark of motor-neuron diseases. Here, modern concepts and methods from soft condensed matter physics are combined to address the role of subunits as it relates to interfilament forces and phase behavior in neurofilament networks. Significantly, the phase behavior studies reveal that although neurofilament-medium subunits promote nematic liquid crystal hydrogel phase stability with parallel filament orientation, neurofilament-high subunits stabilize the hydrogel in the nematic phase close to the isotropic gel phase with random, crossed-filament orientation. This indicates a regulatory role for neurofilament-high subunits in filament orientational plasticity required for organelle (e.g., membrane-bound vesicle or mitochondrion) transport along microtubules embedded in neurofilament hydrogels. Future studies - for example, on neurofilament subunits mixed with tubulin and microtubule-associated proteins - should lead to a deeper understanding of forces and heterogeneous structures in neuronal cytoskeletons.

  8. Interaction between lamellar (vesicles) and nonlamellar lipid liquid-crystalline nanoparticles as studied by time-resolved small-angle X-ray diffraction.

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    Vandoolaeghe, Pauline; Barauskas, Justas; Johnsson, Markus; Tiberg, Fredrïk; Nylander, Tommy

    2009-04-01

    The kinetics of structure change when dispersions of two different types of lipid-based liquid-crystalline phases, one lamellar and one reversed, are mixed has been investigated using synchrotron small-angle X-ray diffraction and ellipsometry. The systems studied were (i) cubic-phase nanoparticles (CPNPs) based on glycerol monooleate (GMO) stabilized with a nonionic block copolymer, Pluronic F-127; (ii) CPNPs based on phytantriol (PtOH) stabilized with D-alpha-Tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (Vitamin E TPGS); and (iii) hexagonal-phase nanoparticles (HPNPs) based on a lipid mixture of diglycerol monooleate/glycerol dioleate, stabilized by Pluronic F-127. Time-resolved small-angle X-ray diffraction was used to track structural changes within nonlamellar nanoparticles when they interact with uni- and multilamellar vesicles of dioleoylphosphatidylcholine and dipalmitoylphatidylcholine. The results are very dependent on the type of nanoparticles under investigation. For GMO-based CPNPs, a strong interaction is observed on mixing with vesicular dispersions that leads to large changes in unit size dimensions as well as a later transition from cubic to lamellar structure. These results are in good agreement with previous studies on the interaction of GMO-based CPNPs with planar bilayers using neutron reflectivity, where the diffraction peak shifted with time upon mixing. The structural changes are much less prominent for the PtOH-based CPNPs and the HPNPs upon mixing with phospholipid vesicles. These results are correlated with those from measurement studying interactions between the liquid-crystalline nanoparticles and supported phospholipid bilayers by ellipsometry. Also, here the GMO-based CPNPs show more pronounced and rapid adsorption and interaction with the supported bilayer surface than do the other types of nonlamellar nanoparticles. The interaction also depends on the bilayer properties, where significantly slower lipid mixing is observed for a

  9. Part-crystalline part-liquid state and rattling-like thermal damping in materials with chemical-bond hierarchy

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    Xi, Lili; Wei, Ping; Ke, Xuezhi; Yang, Jihui; Zhang, Wenqing

    2014-01-01

    Understanding thermal and phonon transport in solids has been of great importance in many disciplines such as thermoelectric materials, which usually requires an extremely low lattice thermal conductivity (LTC). By analyzing the finite-temperature structural and vibrational characteristics of typical thermoelectric compounds such as filled skutterudites and Cu3SbSe3, we demonstrate a concept of part-crystalline part-liquid state in the compounds with chemical-bond hierarchy, in which certain constituent species weakly bond to other part of the crystal. Such a material could intrinsically manifest the coexistence of rigid crystalline sublattices and other fluctuating noncrystalline sublattices with thermally induced large-amplitude vibrations and even flow of the group of species atoms, leading to atomic-level heterogeneity, mixed part-crystalline part-liquid structure, and thus rattling-like thermal damping due to the collective soft-mode vibrations similar to the Boson peak in amorphous materials. The observed abnormal LTC close to the amorphous limit in these materials can only be described by an effective approach that approximately treats the rattling-like damping as a “resonant” phonon scattering. PMID:25288751

  10. Combinatorial approach for the rapid determination of thermochromic behavior of binary and ternary cholesteric liquid crystalline mixtures.

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    van der Werff, Louise C; Robinson, Andrea J; Kyratzis, Ilias L

    2012-11-12

    A combinatorial approach was developed for the rapid determination of thermochromic behavior of a large number of binary and ternary sterol based thermochromic liquid crystalline formulations. A binary mixture containing cholesteryl oleyl carbonate and cholesteryl nonanoate, and ternary mixtures also containing a third component, either cholesteryl oleate, cholesteryl benzoate, cholesteryl 2,4-dichlorobenzoate or cholesteryl propionate, were formulated via solvent deposition into a black Teflon coated aluminum 96 well plate. The temperature of the well plate was then varied, and the color appearance of the deposited mixture in each well was recorded. This approach allowed expedient examination of the thermochromic behavior for a large range of liquid crystal formulations. The accuracy of the rapid combinatorial technique was validated on selected thermochromic liquid crystal mixture compositions by comparing well thermochromic output with that observed using UV-vis spectroscopy on material produced in gram quantities. PMID:23072483

  11. Supramolecular liquid crystalline π-conjugates: the role of aromatic π-stacking and van der Waals forces on the molecular self-assembly of oligophenylenevinylenes.

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    Goel, Mahima; Jayakannan, M

    2010-10-01

    Here, we report a unique design strategy to trace the role of aromatic π-stacking and van der Waals interactions on the molecular self-organization of π-conjugated building blocks in a single system. A new series of bulky oligophenylenevinylenes (OPVs) bearing a tricyclodecanemethylene (TCD) unit in the aromatic π-core with flexible long methylene chains (n = 0-12 and 16) in the longitudinal position were designed and synthesized. The OPVs were found to be liquid crystalline, and their enthalpies of phase transitions (also entropies) showed odd-even oscillation with respect to the number of carbon atoms in alkyl chains. OPVs with an even number of methylene units in the side chains showed higher enthalpies with respect to their highly packed solid structures compared to odd-numbered ones. Polarized light microscopic analysis confirmed the formation of cholesteric liquid crystalline (LC) phases of fan shaped textures with focal conics in OPVs with 5 ≤ n ≤ 9. OPVs with longer alkyl chains (OPV-10 to OPV-12) produced a birefringence pattern consisting of dark and bright ring-banded suprastructures. The melting temperature followed a sigmoidal trend, indicating the transformation of molecular self-organization in OPVs from solid to ring-banded suprastructures via cholesteric LC intermediates. At longer alkyl chain lengths, the van der Waals interactions among the alkyl chains became predominant and translated the mesogenic effect across the lamellae; as a consequence, the lamellae underwent twisted self-organization along the radial growth direction of the spherulites to produce bright and dark bands. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis of cholesteric LC and ring-banded textures strongly supported the existence of twisted lamellae in the OPVs with ring-banded textures. Variable temperature X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the reversibility of the molecular self-organization in the solid state and also showed the existence of the higher ordered

  12. Interactions of lipid-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles with model and cell membranes.

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    Barauskas, Justas; Cervin, Camilla; Jankunec, Marija; Spandyreva, Marija; Ribokaite, Kristina; Tiberg, Fredrik; Johnsson, Markus

    2010-05-31

    Lipid-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNPs) are interesting candidates for drug delivery applications, for instance as solubilizing or encapsulating carriers for intravenous (i.v.) drugs. Here it is important that the carriers are safe and tolerable and do not have, e.g. hemolytic activity. In the present study we have studied LCNP particles of different compositions with respect to their mixing behavior and membrane destabilizing effects in model and cell membrane systems. Different types of non-lamellar LCNPs were studied including cubic phase nanoparticles (Cubosome) based on glycerol monooleate (GMO), hexagonal phase nanoparticles (Hexosome) based on diglycerol monooleate (DGMO) and glycerol dioleate (GDO), sponge phase nanoparticles based on DGMO/GDO/polysorbate 80 (P80) and non-lamellar nanoparticles based on soy phosphatidylcholine (SPC)/GDO. Importantly, the LCNPs based on the long-chain monoacyl lipid, GMO, were shown to display a very fast and complete lipid mixing with model membranes composed of multilamellar SPC liposomes as assessed by a fluorescence energy transfer (FRET) assay. The result correlated well with pronounced hemolytic properties observed when the GMO-based LCNPs were mixed with rat whole blood. In sharp contrast, LCNPs based on mixtures of the long-chain diacyl lipids, SPC and GDO, were found to be practically inert towards both hemolysis in rat whole blood as well as lipid mixing with SPC model membranes. The LCNP dispersions based on a mixture of long-chain monoacyl and diacyl lipids, DGMO/GDO, displayed an intermediate behavior compared to the GMO and SPC/GDO-based systems with respect to both hemolysis and lipid mixing. It is concluded that GMO-based LCNPs are unsuitable for parenteral drug delivery applications (e.g. i.v. administration) while the SPC/GDO-based LCNPs exhibit good properties with limited lipid mixing and hemolytic activity. The correlation between results from lipid mixing or FRET experiments and the in

  13. Induction of thermotropic bicontinuous cubic phases in liquid-crystalline ammonium and phosphonium salts.

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    Ichikawa, Takahiro; Yoshio, Masafumi; Hamasaki, Atsushi; Taguchi, Satomi; Liu, Feng; Zeng, Xiang-bing; Ungar, Goran; Ohno, Hiroyuki; Kato, Takashi

    2012-02-01

    Two series of wedge-shaped onium salts, one ammonium and the other phosphonium, having 3,4,5-tris(alkyloxy)benzyl moieties, exhibit thermotropic bicontinuous "gyroid" cubic (Cub(bi)) and hexagonal columnar liquid-crystalline (LC) phases by nanosegregation between ionophilic and ionophobic parts. The alkyl chain lengths on the cationic moieties, anion species, and alkyl chain lengths on the benzyl moieties have crucial effects on their thermotropic phase behavior. For example, triethyl-[3,4,5-tris(dodecyloxy)benzyl]ammonium hexafluorophosphate forms the thermotropic Ia3d Cub(bi) LC phase, whereas an analogous compound with trifluoromethanesulfonate anion shows no LC properties. Synchrotron small-angle diffraction intensities from the Ia3d Cub(bi) LC materials provide electron density maps in the bulk state. The resulting maps show convincingly that the Ia3d Cub(bi) structure is composed of three-dimensionally interconnected ion nanochannel networks surrounded by aliphatic domains. A novel differential mapping technique has been applied successfully. The map of triethyl-[3,4,5-tris(decyloxy)benzyl]ammonium tetrafluoroborate has been subtracted from that of the analogous ammonium salt with hexafluorophosphate anion in the Ia3d Cub(bi) phases. The differential map shows that the counteranions are located in the core of the three-dimensionally interconnected nanochannel networks. Changing from trimethyl- via triethyl- to tripropylammonium cation changes the phase from columnar to Cub(bi) to no mesophase, respectively. This sensitivity to the widened shape for the narrow end of the molecule is explained successfully by the previously proposed semiquantitative geometric model based on the radial distribution of volume in wedge-shaped molecules. The LC onium salts dissolve lithium tetrafluoroborate without losing the Ia3d Cub(bi) LC phase. The Cub(bi) LC materials exhibit efficient ion-transporting behavior as a result of their 3D interconnected ion nanochannel networks

  14. Rheological Characterization and Safety Evaluation of Non-Ionic Lamellar Liquid Crystalline Systems Containing Retinyl Palmitate.

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    Chorilli, Marlus; Rigon, Roberta B; Calixto, Giovana; Cartezani, Pedro M F; Ribeiro, Maria C A P; Polacow, Maria L; Cerri, Paulo Sérgio; Sarmento, Victor H V; Scarpa, Maria Virgínia

    2016-02-01

    Retinyl palmitate (RP) is widely used as a special interest ingredient in dermatological formulations to improve the elasticity of the skin and to reduce wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. Nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems, such as liquid crystalline systems (LCSs), can modulate drug permeation into skin and improve the drug action. The effects of such systems on the skin, however, are not completely known. Possible undesirable effects of these formulations on the skin can be detected and interpreted by histopathology and histomorphometry. The objective of this study was to perform a rheological characterization to evaluate the safety of RP used in a lamellar LCS in vitro and in vivo. LCSs containing polyether functional siloxane as a surfactant, silicon glycol copolymer as an oil phase and water at ratios of 60:10:30 and 40:30:30, with (F₁v and F₂v, respectively) and without (F₁ and F₂ respectively) RP, were investigated. The rheological characterization was performed using steady shear rate sweep tests and dynamic frequency sweep tests carried out for up to 30 days for various storage temperature conditions (25 ± 2 °C, 37 ± 2 °C and 5 ± 2 °C). Cytotoxic effects were evaluated using J-774 mouse macrophages as a cellular model system. The in vivo tests were conducted on rabbits that had areas of skin treated as follows for 15 days: C (Control); F₁; F₁v; F₂; and F₂v. Histomorphometric and histopathological techniques were used to estimate the thicknesses of the epidermis and stratum corneum and the numbers of fibroblasts and leukocytes in the papillary dermis. Mean values were compared by ANOVA, followed by the Tukey test (p < 0.05). The steady shear rate sweep and dynamic frequency sweep tests confirmed the high viscosity of the LCS and the typical pseudo-plastic characteristic of the lamellar system. The RP-unloaded LCS and the RP-loaded LCS did not produce cytotoxicity, nor did they provoke significant thickening of the

  15. Electrical induction and optical erasure of birefringence in the isotropic liquid phase of a dichiral azobenzene liquid-crystalline compound (Presentation Recording)

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    Yamamoto, Takahiro; Nishiyama, Isa

    2015-10-01

    Liquid crystal is a representative soft matter, which has physical properties between those of conventional liquid and those of crystal in a temperature range above a melting point. A liquid-crystal display (LCD) employs the response of the liquid-crystal alignment to the electric field and is a key device of an information display. For common LCDs, the precise control of the initial alignment of LC molecules is needed so that a good dark state, thus a high contrast ratio, can be obtained. If the birefringence can be induced in the liquid phase by the application of electric field, it is of great use as a material for the LCD application. In this study, we will report a unique property of dichiral azobenzene liquid crystals: an electric induction of birefringence in a liquid phase of an antiferroelectric dichiral azobenzene liquid crystal. The optically isotropic texture changes into the homogenous birefringent texture by the application of the in-plane electric field above the clearing temperature of the liquid crystal. We find that one of the possible reasons of the induction of the birefringence in the isotropic phase is the electrically-induced increase of the phase transition temperature between the antiferroelectric liquid-crystalline and "liquid" phases, i.e., increase in the clearing temperature. The resulting birefringence can be disappeared by the irradiation of UV light, due to the photoinduced isomerization of the azobenzene compound, thus dual control of the birefringent structure, by the irradiation of light and/or by the application of the electric field, is achieved.

  16. Structural and magnetic peculiarities of Al86Ni8Sm6 alloy in amorphous, crystalline, and liquid states

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    Uporov, S. A.; Ryl'tsev, R. E.; Uporova, N. S.; Bykov, V. A.; Murzakaev, A. M.; Pryanichnikov, S. V.

    2015-02-01

    Magnetic, structural, and thermal characteristics of the Al86Ni8Sm6 alloy in amorphous, crystalline, and liquid states have been studied over a wide temperature range of 4-1900 K. It has been found that the amorphous alloy has a pronounced cluster structure with an average cluster size of 2-3 nm. The crystallization process occurs in four stages and no apparent thermal effect at the glass-transition temperature is observed. The amorphous ribbon has no magnetic order up to 4 K but demonstrates superparamagneic behavior. An analysis of isothermal magnetization curves indicates a possible correlation between structural and magnetically ordered clusters. Anomalous changes in the magnetic susceptibility in the liquid state have been found at temperatures substantially higher than the liquidus temperature; the anomalies indicate structural changes in the melt. The magnetic susceptibility in the amorphous, crystalline, and liquid states was found to be characterized by a high Van Vleck paramagnetic contribution and can be described adequately in terms of the classic Van Vleck theory with allowance for mixed valence effects. The obtained results are interpreted using a concept on the existence of a specific covalent-metallic interaction between aluminum and rare-earth metal atoms.

  17. Induced liquid-crystalline ordering in solutions of stiff and flexible amphiphilic macromolecules: Effect of mixture composition

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    Glagolev, Mikhail K.; Vasilevskaya, Valentina V.; Khokhlov, Alexei R.

    2016-07-01

    Impact of mixture composition on self-organization in concentrated solutions of stiff helical and flexible macromolecules was studied by means of molecular dynamics simulation. The macromolecules were composed of identical amphiphilic monomer units but a fraction f of macromolecules had stiff helical backbones and the remaining chains were flexible. In poor solvents the compacted flexible macromolecules coexist with bundles or filament clusters from few intertwined stiff helical macromolecules. The increase of relative content f of helical macromolecules leads to increase of the length of helical clusters, to alignment of clusters with each other, and then to liquid-crystalline-like ordering along a single direction. The formation of filament clusters causes segregation of helical and flexible macromolecules and the alignment of the filaments induces effective liquid-like ordering of flexible macromolecules. A visual analysis and calculation of order parameter relaying the anisotropy of diffraction allow concluding that transition from disordered to liquid-crystalline state proceeds sharply at relatively low content of stiff components.

  18. Chiral front propagation in liquid-crystalline materials: Formation of the planar monodomain twisted plywood architecture of biological fibrous composites

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    de Luca, Gino; Rey, Alejandro D.

    2004-01-01

    Biological fibrous composites commonly exhibit an architecture known as twisted plywood, which is similar to that of the cholesteric liquid-crystalline mesophases. The explanation for the structural similarity is that biological fibrous composites adopt a lyotropic cholesteric liquid-crystalline phase during their formation process. In this work, a mathematical model based on the Landau de Gennes theory of liquid crystals has been developed to reproduce the process by which long chiral fibrous molecules form the twisted plywood structures observed in biological composites. The dynamics of the process was then further investigated by analytically solving a simplified version of the governing equations. Results obtained from the model are in good qualitative agreement with the theory of Neville [Biology of Fibrous Composites (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 1993)] who hypothesized the necessity of a constraining layer to lock the direction of the helical axis of the plywood in order to create a monodomain structure. Computational results indicate that the plywood architecture is obtained by a chiral front propagation process with a fully relaxed wake. The effects of chirality and concentration on the formation process kinetics are characterized.

  19. 21 CFR 524.2620 - Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil.

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    2010-04-01

    .... The drug is a liquid for direct application or an aerosol preparation formulated so that each gram...) Specifications. The drug is a liquid for direct application or an aerosol preparation formulated so that...

  20. An unusual stacking transformation in liquid-crystalline columnar assemblies of clicked molecular propellers with tunable light emissions.

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    Kim, Jinhee; Cho, Sung; Cho, Byoung-Ki

    2014-09-26

    The columnar liquid-crystalline (LC) and fluorescence properties of three-dimensional molecular propellers based on tetraphenylethylene is reported. X-ray scattering studies reveal an unusual transition from a rectangular (Colrec ) to a hexagonal columnar (Colhex ) phase. In contrast to second-order intercolumnar transitions based on a common tilt mechanism, the transition is first order and involves an unprecedented zigzag stacking of aromatic propellers in the Colrec phase. A sudden change in emission color from sky blue to green occurs rapidly and reversibly at this transition, which is due to the planarization of the propeller mesogen. PMID:25124063

  1. Tilted Orientation of Photochromic Dyes with Guest-Host Effect of Liquid Crystalline Polymer Matrix for Electrical UV Sensing.

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    Ranjkesh, Amid; Park, Min-Kyu; Park, Do Hyuk; Park, Ji-Sub; Choi, Jun-Chan; Kim, Sung-Hoon; Kim, Hak-Rin

    2015-01-01

    We propose a highly oriented photochromic dye film for an ultraviolet (UV)-sensing layer, where spirooxazine (SO) derivatives are aligned with the liquid crystalline UV-curable reactive mesogens (RM) using a guest-host effect. For effective electrical UV sensing with a simple metal-insulator-metal structure, our results show that the UV-induced switchable dipole moment amount of the SO derivatives is high; however, their tilting orientation should be controlled. Compared to the dielectric layer with the nearly planar SO dye orientation, the photochromic dielectric layer with the moderately tilted dye orientation shows more than seven times higher the UV-induced capacitance variation. PMID:26729116

  2. Tilted Orientation of Photochromic Dyes with Guest-Host Effect of Liquid Crystalline Polymer Matrix for Electrical UV Sensing

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    Ranjkesh, Amid; Park, Min-Kyu; Park, Do Hyuk; Park, Ji-Sub; Choi, Jun-Chan; Kim, Sung-Hoon; Kim, Hak-Rin

    2015-01-01

    We propose a highly oriented photochromic dye film for an ultraviolet (UV)-sensing layer, where spirooxazine (SO) derivatives are aligned with the liquid crystalline UV-curable reactive mesogens (RM) using a guest-host effect. For effective electrical UV sensing with a simple metal-insulator-metal structure, our results show that the UV-induced switchable dipole moment amount of the SO derivatives is high; however, their tilting orientation should be controlled. Compared to the dielectric layer with the nearly planar SO dye orientation, the photochromic dielectric layer with the moderately tilted dye orientation shows more than seven times higher the UV-induced capacitance variation. PMID:26729116

  3. Permeability of acetic acid across gel and liquid-crystalline lipid bilayers conforms to free-surface-area theory.

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    Xiang, T X; Anderson, B D

    1997-01-01

    Solubility-diffusion theory, which treats the lipid bilayer membrane as a bulk lipid solvent into which permeants must partition and diffuse across, fails to account for the effects of lipid bilayer chain order on the permeability coefficient of any given permeant. This study addresses the scaling factor that must be applied to predictions from solubility-diffusion theory to correct for chain ordering. The effects of bilayer chemical composition, temperature, and phase structure on the permeability coefficient (Pm) of acetic acid were investigated in large unilamellar vesicles by a combined method of NMR line broadening and dynamic light scattering. Permeability values were obtained in distearoylphosphatidylcholine, dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine, and dilauroylphosphatidylcholine bilayers, and their mixtures with cholesterol, at various temperatures both above and below the gel-->liquid-crystalline phase transition temperatures (Tm). A new scaling factor, the permeability decrement f, is introduced to account for the decrease in permeability coefficient from that predicted by solubility-diffusion theory owing to chain ordering in lipid bilayers. Values of f were obtained by division of the observed Pm by the permeability coefficient predicted from a bulk solubility-diffusion model. In liquid-crystalline phases, a strong correlation (r = 0.94) between f and the normalized surface density sigma was obtained: in f = 5.3 - 10.6 sigma. Activation energies (Ea) for the permeability of acetic acid decreased with decreasing phospholipid chain length and correlated with the sensitivity of chain ordering to temperature, [symbol: see text] sigma/[symbol: see text](1/T), as chain length was varied. Pm values decreased abruptly at temperatures below the main phase transition temperatures in pure dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine bilayers (30-60-fold) and below the pretransition in dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine

  4. Molecular engineering of side-chain liquid crystalline polymers by living cationic polymerization using Webster`s initiating system

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    Percec, V.

    1993-12-31

    Webster`s cationic initiating system (HO{sub 3}SCF{sub 3}/SMe{sub 2}) (Macromolecules, 23, 1918 (1990)) was shown by us (for a review see Adv. Mater., 4, 548 (1992)) to polymerize, via a living mechanism, mesogenic vinyl ethers which contain a large variety of functional groups. This is mostly because SMe{sub 2} is a softer nucleophile than any of the functional groups available in these monomers. The molecular engineering of side-chain liquid crystalline polymers with conventional and complex architectures via this polymerization technique will be discussed.

  5. One-step facile synthesis of noble metal nanocrystals with tunable morphology in a nematic liquid crystalline medium

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    Dan, Kaustabh; Satpati, Biswarup; Datta, Alokmay

    2016-05-01

    The present study describes in-situ synthesis of noble metal nano structures (MNCs) (Au and Ag) within a nematic liquid crystalline medium MBBA [N-(4-methoxybenzylidene)-4-butylaniline] without using any seed mediated growth protocol or without using any external stabilizing or reducing agent. Detailed Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) study indicates that apart from Kinetic based mechanism, the thermodynamical parameters also influence greatly the morphological evolution of these MNCs. The MNCs are of diverse shapes including nano prisms, hexagons, urchins, cubes, and rods which depend on the time of reaction and the choice of nanoparticle precursor.

  6. Temperature and anion responsive self-assembly of ionic liquid block copolymers coating gold nanoparticles

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    Li, Junbo; Zhao, Jianlong; Wu, Wenlan; Liang, Ju; Guo, Jinwu; Zhou, Huiyun; Liang, Lijuan

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, double hydrophilic ionic liquid block copolymers (ILBCs), poly poly[1-methyl-3-(2-methacryloyloxy propylimidazolium bromine)]-block-(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PMMPImB-b-PNIPAAm) was first synthesized by reversible additionfragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) and then attached on the surface of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) via a strong gold-sulfur bonding for preparing hybrid nanoparticles (PMMPImB-b-PNIPAAm-@-Au NPs). The hybrid NPs had a three layers micelle-like structure, including a gold core, thermo-responsive inner shell and anion responsive outer corona. The self-assembling behavior of thermal- and anion-response from shell and corona were respectively investigated by change of temperature and addition of (CF3SO2)2N-. The results showed the hybrid NPs retained a stable dispersion beyond the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) because of the space or electrostatic protecting by outer PMMPImB. However, with increasing concentration of (CF3SO2)2N-, the micellization of self-assembling PMMPImB-b-PNIPAAm-@-Au NPs was induced to form micellar structure containing the core with hydrophobic PMMPImB- (CF3SO2)2N- surrounded by composite shell of Au NPs-PNIPAAm via the anionresponsive properties of ILBCs. These results indicated that the block copolymers protected plasmonic nanoparticles remain self-assembling properties of block copolymers when phase transition from outer corona polymer.

  7. Effect of Electric Field Alignment on Morphology and Ionic Conductivity of Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers

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    Sharick, Sharon; Nykaza, Jacob; Elabd, Yossef A.; Winey, Karen I.

    2014-03-01

    Polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) block copolymers are appealing for numerous electrochemical applications, including solid polymer electrolyte membranes for batteries and anion exchange membranes for fuel cells. The extent to which the reduced segmental motion caused by the non-conducting polymer segments and grain boundaries between block copolymer microdomains are detrimental to ionic conductivity is unknown. Increased long-range morphological order and connectivity of PIL microdomains are key to understanding the ion transport mechanism and may improve the ionic conductivity of PIL block copolymers. The effect of electric field on the morphology and ionic conductivity of poly(styrene- b-1-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium-bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide)) (PS- b-PMEBIm-TFSI) will be discussed as a function of microdomain orientation. Electric field is used to increase the perpendicular orientation of ion-conducting pathways with respect to the electrodes. The morphology and ionic conductivity were characterized by small-angle X-ray scattering and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, respectively. The ionic conductivity of unoriented and oriented block copolymers will be compared to the PIL homopolymer, PMEBIm-TFSI, using the Sax and Ottino model.

  8. Temperature and anion responsive self-assembly of ionic liquid block copolymers coating gold nanoparticles

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    Li, Junbo; Zhao, Jianlong; Wu, Wenlan; Liang, Ju; Guo, Jinwu; Zhou, Huiyun; Liang, Lijuan

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, double hydrophilic ionic liquid block copolymers (ILBCs), poly poly[1-methyl-3-(2-methacryloyloxy propylimidazolium bromine)]- block-(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PMMPImB- b-PNIPAAm) was first synthesized by reversible additionfragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) and then attached on the surface of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) via a strong gold-sulfur bonding for preparing hybrid nanoparticles (PMMPImB- b-PNIPAAm-@-Au NPs). The hybrid NPs had a three layers micelle-like structure, including a gold core, thermo-responsive inner shell and anion responsive outer corona. The self-assembling behavior of thermal- and anion-response from shell and corona were respectively investigated by change of temperature and addition of (CF3SO2)2N-. The results showed the hybrid NPs retained a stable dispersion beyond the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) because of the space or electrostatic protecting by outer PMMPImB. However, with increasing concentration of (CF3SO2)2N-, the micellization of self-assembling PMMPImB- b-PNIPAAm-@-Au NPs was induced to form micellar structure containing the core with hydrophobic PMMPImB-(CF3SO2)2N- surrounded by composite shell of Au NPs-PNIPAAm via the anionresponsive properties of ILBCs. These results indicated that the block copolymers protected plasmonic nanoparticles remain self-assembling properties of block copolymers when phase transition from outer corona polymer.

  9. Reinfiltration through liquid bridges formed between two matrix blocks in fractured rocks

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    Dejam, Morteza; Hassanzadeh, Hassan; Chen, Zhangxin

    2014-11-01

    Liquid reinfiltration is a significant process, which can considerably retard and slowdown the transport of oil, water and contaminants in fractured subsurface formations. However, accurate modeling of the reinfiltration via liquid bridges formed in a horizontal fracture or space between two rock porous blocks remains a controversial topic. In an attempt to improve an understanding of the problem, the reinfiltration from upper to lower matrix blocks through formation of liquid bridges is theoretically modeled by using generalization of the Lucas-Washburn theory for a porous medium, which takes into account pressure differences due to matrix capillary, gravity, inertia, viscous, and fracture capillary forces. The developed model results in a second-order nonlinear ordinary differential equation (ODE), which is solved numerically to obtain depth and rate of the reinfiltrated liquid versus time. The results showed that three reinfiltration regimes: including Early Time Regime (ETR) (z ∼ t, q = constant), Middle Time Regime (MTR) (z ∼ √{ t } , q ∼ 1 /√{ t }) and Late Time Regime (LTR) (z ∼ t, q = constant) can be observed, where the inertia, viscous, and gravity forces are dominant, respectively. The results also indicated that by increasing the permeability of the porous medium, the durations of the ETR (z ∼ t, q = constant) and the LTR (z ∼ t, q = constant) are prolonged while the duration of the MTR (z ∼ √{ t } , q ∼ 1 /√{ t }) is reduced. Moreover, the results revealed that by increasing the liquid viscosity, the durations of the ETR (z ∼ t, q = constant) and LTR (z ∼ t, q = constant) are reduced whereas the duration of the MTR (z ∼ √{ t } , q ∼ 1 /√{ t }) is prolonged. In addition, the results showed that in the case of high permeability of the porous medium when the fracture capillary pressure is strong enough only the LTR (z ∼ t, q = constant) can be observed. The MTR (z ∼ √{ t } , q ∼ 1 /√{ t }) and the LTR (z ∼ t

  10. Design and Characterization of a Novel p1025 Peptide-Loaded Liquid Crystalline System for the Treatment of Dental Caries.

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    Calixto, Giovana Maria Fioramonti; Garcia, Matheus Henrique; Cilli, Eduardo Maffud; Chiavacci, Leila Aparecida; Chorilli, Marlus

    2016-01-01

    Dental caries, mainly caused by the adhesion of Streptococcus mutans to pellicle-coated tooth surfaces, is an important public health problem worldwide. A synthetic peptide (p1025) corresponding to residues 1025-1044 of the adhesin can inhibit this binding. Peptides are particularly susceptible to the biological environment; therefore, a p1025 peptide-loaded liquid crystalline system (LCS) consisting of tea tree oil as the oil phase, polyoxypropylene-(5)-polyoxyethylene-(20)-cetyl alcohol as the surfactant, and water or 0.5% polycarbophil polymer dispersions as the aqueous phase was employed as a drug delivery platform. This system exhibited anticaries and bioadhesive properties and provided a protective environment to p1025 at the site of action, thereby modulating its action, prolonging its contact with the teeth, and decreasing the frequency of administration. LCSs were characterized by polarized light microscopy (PLM), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and rheological, texture, and bioadhesive tests. PLM and SAXS revealed the presence of hexagonal liquid crystalline phases and microemulsions. Rheological analyses demonstrated that the addition of polymer dispersions favored characteristics such as shear thinning and thixotropy, hence improving buccal application. Bioadhesion tests showed that polymer dispersions contributed to the adhesion onto the teeth. Taken together, LCS could provide a novel pharmaceutical nanotechnology platform for dental caries treatment. PMID:26828470

  11. Thermal Properties and Crystallite Morphology of Nylon 66 Modified with a Novel Biphenyl Aromatic Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Resin

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    Cai, Zhiqi; Mei, Shuang; Lu, Yuan; He, Yuanqi; Pi, Pihui; Cheng, Jiang; Qian, Yu; Wen, Xiufang

    2013-01-01

    In order to improve the thermal properties of important engineering plastics, a novel kind of liquid crystalline epoxy resin (LCER), 3,3′,5,5′-Tetramethylbiphenyl-4,4′-diyl bis(4-(oxiran-2-ylmethoxy)benzoate) (M1) was introduced to blend with nylon 66 (M2) at high temperature. The effects of M1 on chemical modification and crystallite morphology of M2 were investigated by rheometry, thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), dynamic differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarized optical microscopy (POM). TGA results showed that the initial decomposition temperature of M2 increased by about 8 °C by adding 7% wt M1, indicating the improvement of thermal stability. DSC results illustrated that the melting point of composites decreased by 12 °C compared to M2 as the content of M1 increased, showing the improvement of processing property. POM measurements confirmed that dimension of nylon-66 spherulites and crystallization region decreased because of the addition of liquid crystalline epoxy M1. PMID:24132153

  12. Investigation of the mechanical properties of a low-shrinkage liquid crystalline matrix combined with nano-hydroxyapatite.

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    Liu, Wen Wen; He, Xiao Ping; Mo, An Chun; Yao, Qian Qian; Ye, Jun; Jing, Nie

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the mechanical properties of a low-shrinkage acrylate liquid crystalline resin matrix (ALCRM), (4-3-(acryloyloxy)-2-hydroxypropoxy) phenyl 4-(3-(acryloyloxy)-2-hydroxypropoxy) benzoate, combined with nano-hydroxyapatite (na-HA). The ALCRM monomer and diluent monomer triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) were mixed at a mass ratio of 7:3 to prepare the resin matrix. The volume shrinkage of the ALCRM/TEGDMA and the traditional resin matrix Bis-GMA (2, 2-bis [4-(3-methacryloxy-2-hydroxypropoxy) phenyl] propane)/TEGDMA were measured. Then 20%, 30%, and 40% na-HA were added to ALCRM/TEGDMA and Bis-GMA/TEGDMA, respectively. Compressive strength (CS) and Vickers hardness (VHN) were tested to identify mechanical properties of the composites. The volume shrinkage of the ALCRM/TEGDMA was 3.60% ± 0.36%, which was lower than that of the traditional resin matrix. Moreover, with the same amount of na-HA filler, the mechanical properties of the ALCRM-based composites were superior to those of Bis-GMA-based composites. ALCRM-based composites exhibited the highest CS and VHN values when the filler content was 30%. These results indicate that the low-shrinkage liquid crystalline resin matrix has strong mechanical properties after incorporating the na-HA. The experimental ALCRM-based composites have promising potential for the development of novel low-shrinkage dental resins with strong mechanical properties. PMID:21980241

  13. Mechano-regulatory cellular behaviors of NIH/3T3 in response to the storage modulus of liquid crystalline substrates.

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    Chen, Yang; Wang, Lei; Huang, Hao; Tan, Ruizhe; Zhao, Jupeng; Yang, Shenyu; Zeng, Rong; Wu, Hao; Zhang, Jiaqing; Yu, Bin; Tu, Mei

    2016-04-01

    The extent of substrate stiffness has been shown to be predominant in regulating cellular behaviors. Previous studies have used matrices such as elastomers or hydrogels to understand cell behavior. Herein, liquid crystalline matrices that resemble movable morphology of biomembrane and viscoelasticity were fabricated with tunable storage modulus for the evaluation of the modulus-driven cell behaviors. Our results demonstrated that NIH/3T3 cells showed a hypersensitive response to the storage modulus of liquid crystalline substrates by the alteration in attachment, spreading, proliferation and viability, polarization, cell cycle and apoptosis, and activity of mechano-transduction-related signal molecules including FAK, paxillin and ERK. The octyl hydroxypropyl cellulose substrates (OPC-1-5) with intermediate storage modulus of 12,312Pa and 7228Pa (OPC-2 and OPC-3 respectively) could provide more beneficial adhesion conditions leading to a larger spreading area, more elongated morphology and higher proliferation rates possibly through paxillin-ERK pathway, whereas the substrates with the highest or lowest storage modulus (16,723Pa, OPC-1; and 41Pa, OPC-5, respectively) appeared unfavorable for cell growth. Our study provides insights into the mechanism of modulus-driven cellular behaviors for better design of bioengineered cell substrates. PMID:26703364

  14. Optimization of protoporphyrin IX skin delivery for topical photodynamic therapy: Nanodispersions of liquid-crystalline phase as nanocarriers.

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    Rossetti, Fábia Cristina; Depieri, Lívia Vieira; Praça, Fabíola Garcia; Del Ciampo, José Orestes; Fantini, Márcia C A; Pierre, Maria Bernadete Riemma; Tedesco, Antônio Cláudio; Bentley, Maria Vitória Lopes Badra

    2016-02-15

    Nanodispersions of liquid-crystalline phases (NLPs) composed of monoolein and oleic acid were chosen as nanocarriers to improve the topical retention of the photosensitizer protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and thereby optimize photodynamic therapy (PDT) using this photosensitizer. The nanodispersions were characterized by polarized light microscopy, small-angle X-ray diffraction and dynamic light scattering. The stability and encapsulation efficiency (EE%) of the nanodispersions were also evaluated. In vitro and in vivo skin penetration studies were performed to determine the potential of the nanodispersions for cutaneous application. In addition, skin penetration and skin irritancy (in an animal model) after in vivo application were visualized by fluorescence light microscopy. The nanodispersion obtained was characterized as a monodisperse system (~150.0nm) of hexagonal liquid-crystalline phase, which provided a high encapsulation efficiency of PpIX (~88%) that remained stable over 90days of investigation. Skin penetration studies demonstrated that the nanodispersion enhanced PpIX skin uptake 11.8- and 3.3-fold (in vitro) and 23.6- and 20.8-fold (in vivo) compared to the PpIX skin uptake of control formulations, respectively. In addition, the hexagonal phase nanodispersion did not cause skin irritation after application for two consecutive days. Overall, the results show that the nanocarrier developed is suitable for use in topical PDT with PpIX. PMID:26657201

  15. Titanium dioxide/silicon hole-blocking selective contact to enable double-heterojunction crystalline silicon-based solar cell

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    Nagamatsu, Ken A.; Avasthi, Sushobhan; Sahasrabudhe, Girija; Man, Gabriel; Jhaveri, Janam; Berg, Alexander H.; Schwartz, Jeffrey; Kahn, Antoine; Wagner, Sigurd; Sturm, James C.

    2015-03-01

    In this work, we use an electron-selective titanium dioxide (TiO2) heterojunction contact to silicon to block minority carrier holes in the silicon from recombining at the cathode contact of a silicon-based photovoltaic device. We present four pieces of evidence demonstrating the beneficial effect of adding the TiO2 hole-blocking layer: reduced dark current, increased open circuit voltage (VOC), increased quantum efficiency at longer wavelengths, and increased stored minority carrier charge under forward bias. The importance of a low rate of recombination of minority carriers at the Si/TiO2 interface for effective blocking of minority carriers is quantitatively described. The anode is made of a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) heterojunction to silicon which forms a hole selective contact, so that the entire device is made at a maximum temperature of 100 °C, with no doping gradients or junctions in the silicon. A low rate of recombination of minority carriers at the Si/TiO2 interface is crucial for effective blocking of minority carriers. Such a pair of complementary carrier-selective heterojunctions offers a path towards high-efficiency silicon solar cells using relatively simple and near-room temperature fabrication techniques.

  16. Titanium dioxide/silicon hole-blocking selective contact to enable double-heterojunction crystalline silicon-based solar cell

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    Nagamatsu, Ken A. Man, Gabriel; Jhaveri, Janam; Berg, Alexander H.; Kahn, Antoine; Wagner, Sigurd; Sturm, James C.; Avasthi, Sushobhan; Sahasrabudhe, Girija; Schwartz, Jeffrey

    2015-03-23

    In this work, we use an electron-selective titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) heterojunction contact to silicon to block minority carrier holes in the silicon from recombining at the cathode contact of a silicon-based photovoltaic device. We present four pieces of evidence demonstrating the beneficial effect of adding the TiO{sub 2} hole-blocking layer: reduced dark current, increased open circuit voltage (V{sub OC}), increased quantum efficiency at longer wavelengths, and increased stored minority carrier charge under forward bias. The importance of a low rate of recombination of minority carriers at the Si/TiO{sub 2} interface for effective blocking of minority carriers is quantitatively described. The anode is made of a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) heterojunction to silicon which forms a hole selective contact, so that the entire device is made at a maximum temperature of 100 °C, with no doping gradients or junctions in the silicon. A low rate of recombination of minority carriers at the Si/TiO{sub 2} interface is crucial for effective blocking of minority carriers. Such a pair of complementary carrier-selective heterojunctions offers a path towards high-efficiency silicon solar cells using relatively simple and near-room temperature fabrication techniques.

  17. Polymer-cholesteric liquid-crystalline composites with a broad light reflection band

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    Mitov, Michel

    2016-05-01

    Cholesteric liquid crystals selectively reflect the light. The reflection bandgap is typically limited to 100 nm in the visible spectrum and, at the best, 50% of the unpolarized incident light is reflected. Solutions are found in biopolymers and polymer-liquid crystal composite materials to go beyond these limits.

  18. Synthesis and liquid crystalline properties of trimellitimides and their sulfur analogues

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    Melon-Ksyta, D.; Orzeszko, A.; Czuprynski, Krzysztof

    2004-09-01

    A series of novel ester imides and thioimides have been synthesized from N-substituted trimellitimides and 4-hydroxybiphenyl or 4'-alkoxy-4-hydroxybiphenyls. The correlation between structure and behavior of the obtained compounds was studied. It has been found that imides without alkoxy tails are nonliquid crystalline while compounds possessing 4'-O-substituted biphenol moieties exhibit smectic phases. An introduction of sulfur atoms into an imide ring instead of oxygen atoms resulted in the fact that appropriate thioimides show monotropic SmA phases while the parent imides were nonliquid crystalline. Compounds with short aliphatic substituents (C1 - C4) show only SmA phases. The longer tails (C5) induce also SmC phases.

  19. Light chain crystalline kidney disease: diagnostic urine microscopy as the "liquid kidney biopsy".

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    Luciano, Randy L; Castano, Ekaterina; Fogazzi, Giovanni B; Perazella, Mark A

    2014-12-01

    Multiple myeloma (MM) is a plasma cell disorder, which often causes parenchymal kidney disease. Light chain (LC) cast nephropathy represents the most common renal lesion. In some instances, LC crystals precipitate within renal tubular lumens and deposit within proximal tubular cell cytoplasms. Importantly, urine microscopy in such patients can provide insight into the underlying LC-related lesion. Here we present two patients with MM complicated by acute kidney injury (AKI) where LC crystalline casts were observed on urinary sediment analysis. Kidney biopsy revealed acute tubular injury with LC crystal casts within both tubular lumens and renal tubular epithelial cell cytoplasms. These findings suggest that the urinary sediment may be a non-invasive way to diagnose LC crystalline-induced AKI in patients with MM. PMID:25295579

  20. Photochromic Composite for Random Lasing Based on Porous Polypropylene Infiltrated with Azobenzene-Containing Liquid Crystalline Mixture.

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    Lisinetskii, Victor; Ryabchun, Alexander; Bobrovsky, Alexey; Schrader, Sigurd

    2015-12-01

    We report on a new low-cost and easily fabricated type of liquid crystalline polymer composites demonstrating low threshold random lasing, which can be used as a cheap and simple mirror-less laser source. The composite is based on mass-producible commercially available porous polypropylene (Celgard 2500) infiltrated with low-molar-mass liquid crystal material doped with Rhodamine 800 laser dye. Excitation with red nanosecond laser (630 nm) induces random lasing with the emission peak in NIR spectral range (804 nm) with noticeable degree of linear polarization. The possibility to control the lasing threshold and polarization of the output light with UV radiation through photoswitching of liquid crystal phase from nematic to isotropic is demonstrated. The photocontrollable phase switching is achieved by reversible E/Z isomerization of the azobenzene dopant introduced to the nematic host matrix. It is revealed that the isotropic state of liquid crystal provides more efficient random lasing with lower threshold due to significant scattering of the ordinary wave. PMID:26565667

  1. Three-dimensional positioning and control of colloidal objects utilizing engineered liquid crystalline defect networks

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    Yoshida, H.; Asakura, K.; Fukuda, J.; Ozaki, M.

    2015-01-01

    Topological defects in liquid crystals not only affect the optical and rheological properties of the host, but can also act as scaffolds in which to trap nano or micro-sized colloidal objects. The creation of complex defect shapes, however, often involves confining the liquid crystals in curved geometries or adds complex-shaped colloidal objects, which are unsuitable for device applications. Using topologically patterned substrates, here we demonstrate the controlled generation of three-dimensional defect lines with non-trivial shapes and even chirality, in a flat slab of nematic liquid crystal. By using the defect lines as templates and the electric response of the liquid crystals, colloidal superstructures are constructed, which can be reversibly reconfigured at a voltage as low as 1.3 V. Three-dimensional engineering of the defect shapes in liquid crystals is potentially useful in the fabrication of self-healing composites and in stabilizing artificial frustrated phases. PMID:25994837

  2. Synthesis and self-assembly of temperature and anion double responsive ionic liquid block copolymers

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    Liang, Ju; Wu, Wenlan; Li, Junbo; Han, Chen; Zhang, Shijie; Guo, Jinwu; Zhou, Huiyun

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, double hydrophilic ionic liquid block copolymers (ILBCs), poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-poly[1-methyl-3-(2-methacryloyloxy propylimidazolium bromine)] (PNIPAM- b-PMMPImB), were polymerized by two-step reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) process. The composition and molecular weight distributions of ILBCs were characterized using 1HNMR and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The self-assembly and temperature- and anion-responsive behaviors of ILBCs were investigated by UV-Vis spectroscopy, TEM and dynamic light scattering (DLS). With increasing the concentration of (CF3SO2)2N-, the micellization of self-assembling PNIPAM- b-PMMPImB was induced to form a core—shell structure containing the core with hydrophilic PMMPIm-(CF3SO2)2N- surrounded by the shell of PNIPAM via the anion-responsive properties of ILBCs. However, upon temperature increasing, PNIPAM- b-PMMPImB formed the micelles composing of PNIPAM core and PMMPImB shell. The ionic liquid segment with strong hydrophilic property enhanced the hydrogen bonding interaction which expanded the temperature range of phase transition and increased the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the system. These results indicate that ILBCs prepared in this paper have excellent temperature and anion double responsive properties, and may be applied as a kind of potential environmental responsive polymer nanoparticles.

  3. Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior of Phosphonated Block Copolymers Containing Ionic Liquids

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    Jung, Ha Young; Park, Moon Jeong

    Charge-containing copolymers have drawn intensive attention in recent years for their uses in wide range of electrochemical devices such as fuel cells, lithium batteries and actuators. Particularly, the creation of microphase-separated morphologies in such materials by designing them in block and graft configurations has been the subject of extensive studies, in order to establish a synergistic means of optimizing ion transport properties and mechanical integrity. Interest in this topic has been further stimulated by intriguing phase behavior from charge-containing polymers, which was not projected from conventional phase diagrams of non-ionic polymers. Herein, we investigate thermodynamics and phase behavior of a set of phosphonated block copolymers. By synthesizing low-molecular weight samples with degree of polymerization (N) <35, we observed order-disorder transition that enabled us to estimate effective Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (χ) by using random phase approximation. We further examined the systems by adding various ionic liquids, where noticeable increases in χ values and modulated microphase separation behavior were observed. The morphology-conductivity relationship has been elucidated by taking into account the segmental motion of polymer chains, volume of conducting phases, and the molecular interactions between phosphonated polymer chains and cations of ionic liquids.

  4. Single-Ion Block Copoly(ionic liquid)s as Electrolytes for All-Solid State Lithium Batteries.

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    Porcarelli, Luca; Shaplov, Alexander S; Salsamendi, Maitane; Nair, Jijeesh R; Vygodskii, Yakov S; Mecerreyes, David; Gerbaldi, Claudio

    2016-04-27

    Polymer electrolytes have been proposed as replacement for conventional liquid electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) due to their intrinsic enhanced safety. Nevertheless, the power delivery of these materials is limited by the concentration gradient of the lithium salt. Single-ion conducting polyelectrolytes represent the ideal solution since their nature prevents polarization phenomena. Herein, the preparation of a new family of single-ion conducting block copolymer polyelectrolytes via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization technique is reported. These copolymers comprise poly(lithium 1-[3-(methacryloyloxy)propylsulfonyl]-1-(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) and poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate blocks. The obtained polyelectrolytes show low Tg values in the range of -61 to 0.6 °C, comparatively high ionic conductivity (up to 2.3 × 10(-6) and 1.2 × 10(-5) S cm(-1) at 25 and 55 °C, respectively), wide electrochemical stability (up to 4.5 V versus Li(+)/Li), and a lithium-ion transference number close to unity (0.83). Owing to the combination of all mentioned properties, the prepared polymer materials were used as solid polyelectrolytes and as binders in the elaboration of lithium-metal battery prototypes with high charge/discharge efficiency and excellent specific capacity (up to 130 mAh g(-1)) at C/15 rate. PMID:27043201

  5. High Performance Electroactive Polymer Actuators Based on Sulfonated Block Copolymers Comprising Ionic Liquids

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    Kim, Onnuri; Park, Moon Jeong

    2015-03-01

    Electroactive polymer (EAP) actuators that show reversible deformation under external electric stimulus have attracted great attention toward a range of biomimetic applications such as microsensors and artificial muscles. Key challenges to advance the technologies can be placed on the achievement of fast response time, low driving voltage, and durable operation in air. In present study, we are motivated to solve these issues by employing self-assembled block copolymers containing ionic liquids (ILs) as polymer layers in the actuator based on knowledge of factors affecting electromechanical properties of actuators. By controlling the block architecture and molecular weight of block copolymers, bending strain and durability were controlled in a straightforward manner. It has also been revealed that the type of IL makes impact on the EAP actuator performance by determining ion migration dynamics. Our actuators demonstrated large bending strains (up to 4%) under low voltages of 1-3V, which far exceeds the best performance of other EAP actuators reported in the literature. To underpin the molecular-level understanding of actuation mechanisms underlying the improved performance, we carried out in situ spectroscopy and in situ scattering experiments under actuation.

  6. Use of Ionic Liquids in Rod-Coil Block Copolyimides for Improved Lithium Ion Conduction

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    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Tigelaar, Dean M.; Chapin, Kara; Bennett, William R.

    2007-01-01

    Solvent-free, solid polymer electrolytes (SPE) have the potential to improve safety, increase design flexibility and enhance performance of rechargeable lithium batteries. Solution based electrolytes are flammable and typically incompatible with lithium metal anodes, limiting energy density. We have previously demonstrated use of polyimide rod coil block copolymers doped with lithium salts as electrolytes for lithium polymer batteries. The polyimide rod blocks provide dimensional stability while the polyethylene oxide (PEO) coil portions conduct ions. Phase separation of the rods and coils in these highly branched polymers provide channels with an order of magnitude improvement in lithium conduction over polyethylene oxide itself at room temperature. In addition, the polymers have been demonstrated in coin cells to be compatible with lithium metal. For practical use at room temperature and below, however, at least an order of magnitude improvement in ion conduction is still required. The addition of nonvolatile, room temperature ionic liquids has been shown to improve the ionic conductivity of high molecular weight PEO. Herein we describe use of these molten salts to improve ionic conductivity in the rod-coil block copolymers.

  7. Quasi-liquid crystalline materials with special electro-optic properties

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    Krongauz, Valeri

    1988-12-01

    Photo/thermochromic liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers were synthesized by combination of spiropyran and mesogenic groups in one low molar mass molecule or macromolecules. The spiropyran-merocyanine conversion affects the mesophase structure and results in formation of non-centrosymmetric nonlinear optical material, generating second harmonics. Aggregation of merocyanine molecules leads to a new photomechanical effect in low molar mass compounds and to the rheo-optical and boundary spectral effects in the side chain liquid crystal copolymers containing spiropyran side groups. Polychromic phototransformations in the copolymers as well as accompanying structural changes enable use of the polymer films for optical information storage.

  8. Tuning the ionic conductivity in protic polymerized ionic liquid homo, random, and block copolymers

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    Evans, Christopher; Segalman, Rachel; UCSB Team

    2015-03-01

    Proton conducting membranes are of interest for a number of energy applications including use in fuel cells and artificial photosynthesis systems. We have synthesized a new class of protic polymerized ionic liquids (PILs) based on imidazolium cations which exhibit high conductivities in the solid state. In contrast to previous imidazolium based PILs, the ionic liquid moiety is attached via a carbon on the imidazole thus leaving the two nitrogens available to act as a proton donor/acceptor. The conductivies of these protic PILs, measured by dielectric spectroscopy, are orders of magnitude higher than the analogous non-protic PILs at a given distance above (Tg). These high conductivities are the result of a strong contribution from proton motion. A series of random and block copolymers containing the polymerized ionic liquid monomer and a non-ionic comonomer were also investigated to determine the role of comonomer on the conductivity of these materials. It was found that methyl acrylate, which has a low glass transition temperature and high dielectric constant, can result in improvements of ionic conductivity. Studies using solid state NMR are underway to understand the role of protons and mobile anions in controlling the overall conductivity of these materials.

  9. Comparison of drug release from liquid crystalline monoolein dispersions and solid lipid nanoparticles using a flow cytometric technique

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    Dawoud, Mohamed Z.; Nasr, Mohamed

    2016-01-01

    Colloidal lipid particles such as solid lipid nanoparticles and liquid crystalline nanoparticles have great opportunities as drug carriers especially for lipophilic drugs intended for intravenous administration. In order to evaluate drug release from these nanoparticles and determine their behavior after administration, emulsion droplets were used as a lipophilic compartment to which the transfer of a model drug was measured. The detection of the model drug transferred from monoolein cubic particles and trimyristin solid lipid nanoparticles into emulsion droplets was performed using a flow cytometric technique. A higher rate and amount of porphyrin transfer from the solid lipid nanoparticles compared to the monoolein cubic particles was observed. This difference might be attributed to the formation of a highly ordered particle which leads to the expulsion of drug to the surface of the crystalline particle. Furthermore, the sponge-like structure of the monoolein cubic particles decreases the rate and amount of drug transferred. In conclusion, the flow cytometric technique is a suitable technique to study drug transfer from these carriers to large lipophilic acceptors. Monoolein cubic particles with their unique structure can be used successfully as a drug carrier with slow drug release compared with trimyristin nanoparticles. PMID:27006901

  10. Quasi-liquid crystalline materials with special electro-optic properties

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    Krongauz, Valeri

    1987-11-01

    During the past six months we have completed synthesis and investigation of side chain liquid crystal polysiloxanes containing photochromic spiropyran side groups (Item C, Section 4 of the Research Proposal). The polymers exhibit both thermo- and photochromic properties. By changing temperature and wavelength of light we could control the polymer color. Three primary colors (yellow, blue and red) were obtained. The color changes stemmed from spiropyran-merocyanine conversion and aggregation of the merocyanine side groups. Our research plans include further examination of optical properties of the photo-thermochromic liquid crystal polymers, including laser irradiation effects.

  11. A review of immune amplification via ligand clustering by self-assembled liquid-crystalline DNA complexes.

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    Lee, Ernest Y; Lee, Calvin K; Schmidt, Nathan W; Jin, Fan; Lande, Roberto; Curk, Tine; Frenkel, Daan; Dobnikar, Jure; Gilliet, Michel; Wong, Gerard C L

    2016-06-01

    We examine how the interferon production of plasmacytoid dendritic cells is amplified by the self-assembly of liquid-crystalline antimicrobial peptide/DNA complexes. These specialized dendritic cells are important for host defense because they quickly release large quantities of type I interferons in response to infection. However, their aberrant activation is also correlated with autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and lupus. In this review, we will describe how polyelectrolyte self-assembly and the statistical mechanics of multivalent interactions contribute to this process. In a more general compass, we provide an interesting conceptual corrective to the common notion in molecular biology of a dichotomy between specific interactions and non-specific interactions, and show examples where one can construct exquisitely specific interactions using non-specific interactions. PMID:26956527

  12. Making and Remaking Dynamic 3D Structures by Shining Light on Flat Liquid Crystalline Vitrimer Films without a Mold.

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    Yang, Yang; Pei, Zhiqiang; Li, Zhen; Wei, Yen; Ji, Yan

    2016-02-24

    Making dynamic three-dimensional (3D) structures capable of reversible shape changes or locomotion purely out of dry polymers is very difficult. Meanwhile, no previous dynamic 3D structures can be remade into new configurations while being resilient to mechanical damages and low temperature. Here, we show that light-activated transesterification in carbon nanotube dispersed liquid crystalline vitrimers enables flexible design and easy building of dynamic 3D structures out of flat films upon irradiation of light without screws, glues, or molds. Shining light also enables dynamic 3D structures to be quickly modified on demand, restored from distortion, repaired if broken, in situ healed when microcrack appears, assembled for more sophisticated structures, reconfigured, and recycled after use. Furthermore, the fabrication, reconfiguration, actuation, reparation, and assembly as well as healing can be performed even at extremely low temperatures (e.g., -130 °C). PMID:26840838

  13. Precursor system of liquid crystalline phase containing propolis microparticles for the treatment of periodontal disease: development and characterization.

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    Bruschi, Marcos Luciano; de Freitas, Osvaldo; Lara, Elza Helena Guimarã Es; Panzeri, Heitor; Gremião, Maria Palmira Daflon; Jones, David Simon

    2008-03-01

    Precursor systems of liquid crystalline phase were prepared using the surfactant PPG-5-Ceteth-20, isopropyl myristate, and water; gelatin microparticles containing propolis were then added into these systems. Homogeneity of dispersion, the in-system microparticle morphology, and sedimentation behavior of each formulation were evaluated. The rheological and mechanical properties (hardness, compressibility, and adhesiveness), the work of syringing, and the propolis release profile were also evaluated. All the formulations exhibited pseudoplastic flow and thixotropy, and they displayed storage modulus, loss modulus, dynamic viscosity, and loss tangent that depended on temperature, frequency, and composition. Mechanical properties varied significantly among the formulations being affected by changes in the composition and temperature. Raising the concentration of surfactant and adding propolis microparticles significantly decreased the work of syringing. The drug release was non-Fickian (anomalous) and there was no significant difference between the tested systems in the times required for 10%, 30%, and 50% release of the initial drug loading. PMID:18363142

  14. X-Ray Scattering Investigation of Molecular Orientation During Shear Flow in Model Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polymers

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    Ugaz, V. M.; Burghardt, W. R.

    1998-03-01

    We describe the use of in-situ x-ray scattering techniques to directly measure the influence of flow on molecular orientation in two different model thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs). These model materials, one a polyester and the other a polyether, are both composed of rigid mesogens randomly copolymerized with flexible spacer chains of two different lengths. This architecture provides both LCPs with an accessible isotropic transition temperature, thereby allowing a well-defined thermal history to be established prior to application of shear flow. We present measurements of molecular orientation in steady shear flow, during relaxation after cessation of shear flow, and in the transient periods during shear flow inception and reversal. These results are then compared with corresponding rheological data, providing a unique opportunity to directly correlate structural and rheological behavior in each material as well as between materials.

  15. Aerogels with 3D ordered nanofiber skeletons of liquid-crystalline nanocellulose derivatives as tough and transparent insulators.

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    Kobayashi, Yuri; Saito, Tsuguyuki; Isogai, Akira

    2014-09-22

    Aerogels of high porosity and with a large internal surface area exhibit outstanding performances as thermal, acoustic, or electrical insulators. However, most aerogels are mechanically brittle and optically opaque, and the structural and physical properties of aerogels strongly depend on their densities. The unfavorable characteristics of aerogels are intrinsic to their skeletal structures consisting of randomly interconnected spherical nanoparticles. A structurally new type of aerogel with a three-dimensionally ordered nanofiber skeleton of liquid-crystalline nanocellulose (LC-NCell) is now reported. This LC-NCell material is composed of mechanically strong, surface-carboxylated cellulose nanofibers dispersed in a nematic LC order. The LC-NCell aerogels are transparent and combine mechanical toughness and good insulation properties. These properties of the LC-NCell aerogels could also be readily controlled. PMID:24985785

  16. Thermotropic and lyotropic behaviour of new liquid-crystalline materials with different hydrophilic groups: synthesis and mesomorphic properties

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    Kašpar, Miroslav; Hamplová, Věra; Dawin, Ute; Giesselmann, Frank

    2013-01-01

    Summary Several new calamitic liquid-crystalline (LC) materials with flexible hydrophilic chains, namely either hydroxy groups or ethylene glycol units, or both types together, have been synthesized in order to look for new functional LC materials exhibiting both, thermotropic and lyotropic behaviour. Such materials are of high potential interest for challenging issues such as the self-organization of carbon nanotubes or various nanoparticles. Thermotropic mesomorphic properties have been studied by using polarizing optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray scattering. Four of these nonchiral and chiral materials exhibit nematic and chiral nematic phases, respectively. For some molecular structures, smectic phases have also been detected. A contact sample of one of the prepared compounds with diethylene glycol clearly shows the lyotropic behaviour; namely a lamellar phase was observed. The relationship between the molecular structure and mesomorphic properties of these new LCs with hydrophilic chains is discussed. PMID:23504455

  17. In-situ synthesis of Au nano particles of co-existing morphologies in liquid crystalline matrix

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    Dan, Kaustabh Datta, Alokmay

    2015-06-24

    The present study describes the in-situ synthesis of Au nano particles (Au-NP) in the room temperature nematic liquid crystalline (LC) substance MBBA (N-4 methoxybenzylidene 4 butylaniline) without any external reducing or stabilizing agents. UV-Visible absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy clearly show formation of Au-NP within the LC matrix through the plasmon resonance peak for the NPs and EDAX measurements confirm this formation. Transmission electron Microscopy shows co-existence of spherical and prismatic NPs. FTIR spectroscopy shows a considerable shift in the C=N stretch band pointing to the location of the growth centre of the NPs. Polarization microscopy data indicates a definite phase ordering and texture transformation from Nematic to highly ordered smectic mesophase.

  18. A hybrid model for molecular-dynamics simulations of semiflexible main-chain liquid-crystalline polymer melts

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    Yung, K. L.; He, Lan; Xu, Yan; Shen, Y. W.

    2005-12-01

    This Note proposes a new hybrid model that combines the Gay-Berne/Lennard-Jones (GB/LJ) and bead-spring models to simulate semiflexible main-chain liquid-crystalline polymers (LCPs) for improving simulation efficiency without compromising accuracy. In the new model, one bead and two nonlinear springs are used to describe the flexible spacers between two adjacent rigid units described by ellipsoidal particles. The model is found to be able to describe, with accuracy, detailed structural properties of semiflexible main-chain LCPs, such as the odd-even effects of their thermodynamic properties, where the bead-spring model cannot depict. In our experiments, the speed of simulation for the hybrid model was shown to be up to ten times faster than that for the GB/LJ model when the number of molecular chains exceeded 150.

  19. In-situ synthesis of Au nano particles of co-existing morphologies in liquid crystalline matrix

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    Dan, Kaustabh; Datta, Alokmay

    2015-06-01

    The present study describes the in-situ synthesis of Au nano particles (Au-NP) in the room temperature nematic liquid crystalline (LC) substance MBBA (N-4 methoxybenzylidene 4 butylaniline) without any external reducing or stabilizing agents. UV-Visible absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy clearly show formation of Au-NP within the LC matrix through the plasmon resonance peak for the NPs and EDAX measurements confirm this formation. Transmission electron Microscopy shows co-existence of spherical and prismatic NPs. FTIR spectroscopy shows a considerable shift in the C=N stretch band pointing to the location of the growth centre of the NPs. Polarization microscopy data indicates a definite phase ordering and texture transformation from Nematic to highly ordered smectic mesophase.

  20. Rheological properties in discotic liquid crystalline phases of 2,3,7,8,12,13-hexa(n-tetradecanoyloxy)truxene.

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    Negita, Keishi; Kawano, Chiharu; Moriya, Keiichi

    2004-08-01

    Measurements of rheological properties, including the electrorheological effect, are made in liquid crystalline phases, discotic nematic (ND) and discotic disordered rectangular columnar (Drd) phases, of 2,3,7,8,12,13-hexa(n-tetradecanoyloxy)truxene. It is found that the fluidity of the ND phase is Newtonian and an application of high electric field perpendicular to the flow direction (velocity gradient direction) causes a decrease of the viscosity. These results indicate that a flow alignment of the director occurs with its orientation near the velocity gradient direction and the signs of the Leslie coefficients alpha2 and alpha3 are positive. From the temperature dependence of alpha2, instability of the flow alignment structure in ND and Drd phases is also discussed. PMID:15447504

  1. Influence of Temperature Variation on Field Effect Transistor Properties Using a Solution-Processed Liquid Crystalline Semiconductor, 8TNAT8.

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    Monobe, Hirosato; Kimoto, Masaomi; Shimizu, Yo

    2016-04-01

    In this study, we used a liquid crystalline (LC) semiconductor, 8TNAT8, solution (e.g., 0.1 wt% in toluene) for forming an organic semiconductor layer by solution casting method, and fabricated bottom-gate/bottom-contact type field effect transistors (FETs). These LC semiconductors show FET characteristic properties and have high carrier mobility of 0.01 cm2 V-1 s-1. We have investigated the surface morphology and the influence of temperature variation on LC FET properties across the phase transition from crystal to mesophase of a LC semiconductor, 8TNAT8. In the most cases, FET mobility was irreversibly decreased after. temperature heat stress above the melting point of 8TNAT8, owing to the morphological change of LC layer. PMID:27451617

  2. Strain-induced macroscopic magnetic anisotropy from smectic liquid-crystalline elastomer-maghemite nanoparticle hybrid nanocomposites.

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    Haberl, Johannes M; Sánchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mihut, Adriana M; Dietsch, Hervé; Hirt, Ann M; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2013-06-21

    We combine tensile strength analysis and X-ray scattering experiments to establish a detailed understanding of the microstructural coupling between liquid-crystalline elastomer (LCE) networks and embedded magnetic core-shell ellipsoidal nanoparticles (NPs). We study the structural and magnetic re-organization at different deformations and NP loadings, and the associated shape and magnetic memory features. In the quantitative analysis of a stretching process, the effect of the incorporated NPs on the smectic LCE is found to be prominent during the reorientation of the smectic domains and the softening of the nanocomposite. Under deformation, the soft response of the nanocomposite material allows the organization of the nanoparticles to yield a permanent macroscopically anisotropic magnetic material. Independent of the particle loading, the shape-memory properties and the smectic phase of the LCEs are preserved. Detailed studies on the magnetic properties demonstrate that the collective ensemble of individual particles is responsible for the macroscopic magnetic features of the nanocomposite. PMID:23677459

  3. Effect of emulsifiers and their liquid crystalline structures in emulsions on dermal and transdermal delivery of hydroquinone, salicylic acid and octadecenedioic acid.

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    Otto, A; Wiechers, J W; Kelly, C L; Dederen, J C; Hadgraft, J; du Plessis, J

    2010-01-01

    This study investigated the effect of emulsifiers and their liquid crystalline structures on the dermal and transdermal delivery of hydroquinone (HQ), salicylic acid (SA) and octadecenedioic acid (DIOIC). Emulsions containing liquid crystalline phases were compared with an emulsion without liquid crystals. Skin permeation experiments were performed using Franz-type diffusion cells and human abdominal skin dermatomed to a thickness of 400 mum. The results indicate that emulsifiers arranging in liquid crystalline structures in the water phase of the emulsion enhanced the skin penetration of the active ingredients with the exception of SA. SA showed a different pattern of percutaneous absorption, and no difference in dermal and transdermal delivery was observed between the emulsions with and without liquid crystalline phases. The increase in skin penetration of HQ and DIOIC could be attributed to an increased partitioning of the actives into the skin. It was hypothesized that the interaction between the different emulsifiers and active ingredients in the formulations varied and, therefore, the solubilization capacities of the various emulsifiers and their association structures. PMID:20484969

  4. Nanostructure of liquid crystalline matrix determines in vitro sustained release and in vivo oral absorption kinetics for hydrophilic model drugs.

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    Lee, Kathy W Y; Nguyen, Tri-Hung; Hanley, Tracey; Boyd, Ben J

    2009-01-01

    Nanostructured lipid-based liquid crystalline systems have been proposed as sustained oral drug delivery systems, but the interplay between their intrinsic release rates, susceptibility to digestive processes, and the manner in which these effects impact on their application in vivo, are not well understood. In this study, two different bicontinuous cubic phases, prepared from glyceryl monooleate and phytantriol, and a reversed hexagonal phase formed by addition of a small amount of vitamin E to phytantriol (Q(II GMO), Q(II PHYT) and H(II PHYT+VitEA), respectively) were prepared. The release kinetics for a number of model hydrophilic drugs with increasing molecular weights (glucose, Allura Red and FITC-dextrans) was determined in in vitro release experiments. Diffusion-controlled release was observed in all cases as anticipated from previous studies with liquid crystalline systems, and it was discovered that the release rates of each drug decreased as the matrix was changed from Q(II GMO) to Q(II PHYT) to H(II PHYT+VitEA). Formulations containing (14)C-glucose, utilized as a rapidly absorbed marker of drug release, were then orally administered to rats to determine the relative in vivo absorption rates from the different formulations. The results showed a trend by which the rate of absorption of (14)C-glucose followed that observed in the corresponding in vitro release studies, providing the first indication that the nanostructure of these materials may provide the ability to tailor the absorption kinetics of hydrophilic drugs in vivo, and hence form the basis of a new drug delivery system. PMID:18790030

  5. Preparation and characterization of paclitaxel-loaded DSPE-PEG-liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNPs) for improved bioavailability.

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    Zeng, Ni; Hu, Quanyin; Liu, Zhongyang; Gao, Xiaoling; Hu, Rongkuan; Song, Qingxiang; Gu, Guangzhi; Xia, Huimin; Yao, Lei; Pang, Zhiqing; Jiang, Xinguo; Chen, Jun; Fang, Liang

    2012-03-15

    Lipid-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNPs) have attracted growing interest as a new drug nanocarrier system for improving bioavailability for both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. In this study, self-assembled LCNPs based on soy phosphatidyl choline and glycerol dioleate, which was known possessing low toxicity and negligible hemolysis, were prepared using poly(ethylene glycol)-grafted 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylethanolamine (DSPE-PEG) as the dispersing agent. Paclitaxel (PTX) was used as a model hydrophobic drug. The particle size of the optimized DSPE-PEG-LCNPs and PTX-loaded DSPE-PEG-LCNPs were around 70nm. Crossed polarized light microscopy was used to characterize the phase behavior of liquid crystalline (LC) matrices, which showed a fan-like birefringent texture in dark background indicating the coexistence of reversed cubic and hexagonal phase in the optimized LC matrix. Transmission electron microscopy and cryo-field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed its internal water channel and "twig-like" surface morphology. PTX-loaded DSPE-PEG-LCNPs exhibited a biphasic drug sustained release pattern with a relatively fast release at the initial stage and a sustained release afterwards. PTX-loaded DSPE-PEG-LCNPs presented higher AUC (410.942±72.522μg/Lh) when compared with commercial product Taxol (212.670±41.396μg/Lh). These results indicated that DSPE-PEG-LCNPs might serve as a potential sustained release system for poorly water-soluble agents. PMID:22240390

  6. Alkane fluids confined and compressed by two smooth crystalline gold surfaces: Pure liquids and mixtures

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    Alvarez, Lina P. Merchan

    With the use of grand canonical molecular dynamics, we studied the slow compression(0.01m/s) of very thin liquid films made of equimolar mixtures of short and long alkane chains (hexane and hexadecane), and branched and unbranched alkanes (phytane and hexadecane). Besides comparing how these mixtures behave under constant speed compression, we will compare their properties with the behavior and structure of the pure systems undergoing the same type of slow compression. To understand the arrangement of the molecules inside the confinement, we present segmental and molecular density profiles, average length and orientation of the molecules inside well formed gaps. To observe the effects of the compression on the fluids, we present the number of confined molecules, the inlayer orientation, the solvation force and the inlayer diffusion coefficient, versus the thickness of the gap. We observe that pure hexadecane, although liquid at this temperature, starts presenting strong solid-like behavior when it is compressed to thicknesses under 30A, while pure hexane and pure phytane continue to behave liquid-like except at 13A when they show some weak solid-like features. When hexadecane is mixed with the short straight hexane, it remains liquid down to 28A at which point this mixture behaves solid-like with an enhanced alignment of the long molecules not seen in its pure form; but when hexade-cane is mixed with the branched phytane the system does not present the solid-like features seen when hexadecane is compressed pure.

  7. Formation of nanoscale networks: selectively swelling amphiphilic block copolymers with CO2-expanded liquids.

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    Gong, Jianliang; Zhang, Aijuan; Bai, Hua; Zhang, Qingkun; Du, Can; Li, Lei; Hong, Yanzhen; Li, Jun

    2013-02-01

    Polymeric films with nanoscale networks were prepared by selectively swelling an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), with the CO(2)-expanded liquid (CXL), CO(2)-methanol. The phase behavior of the CO(2)-methanol system was investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiments, revealing that methanol can be expanded by CO(2), forming homogeneous CXL under the experimental conditions. When treated with the CO(2)-methanol system, the spin cast compact PS-b-P4VP film was transformed into a network with interconnected pores, in a pressure range of 12-20 MPa and a temperature range of 45-60 °C. The formation mechanism of the network, involving plasticization of PS and selective swelling of P4VP, was proposed. Because the diblock copolymer diffusion process is controlled by the activated hopping of individual block copolymer chains with the thermodynamic barrier for moving PVP segments from one to another, the formation of the network structures is achieved in a short time scale and shows "thermodynamically restricted" character. Furthermore, the resulting polymer networks were employed as templates, for the preparation of polypyrrole networks, by an electrochemical polymerization process. The prepared porous polypyrrole film was used to fabricate a chemoresistor-type gas sensor which showed high sensitivity towards ammonia. PMID:23299578

  8. Phase Behavior and Conductivity of Phosphonated Block Copolymers Containing Ionic Liquids

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    Jung, Ha Young; Kim, Sung Yeon; Park, Moon Jeong

    2015-03-01

    As the focus on proton exchange fuel cells continues to escalate in the era of alternative energy systems, the rational design of sulfonated polymers has emerged as a key technique for enhancing device efficiency. While the sulfonic acid group guarantees high proton conductivity of membranes under humidified conditions, the growing need for high temperature operation has discouraged their practical uses in fuel cells. In this respect, phosphonated polymers have drawn intensive attention in recent years owing to their self-dissociation ability. In this study, we have synthesized a set of phosphonated block copolymers, poly(styrenephosphonate-methylbutylene) (PSP- b - PMB), by varying phosphonation level (PL). A wide variety of self-assembled morphologies, i.e., disordered, lamellar, hexagonally perforated lamellae and hexagonally packed cylindrical phases, were observed with PL. Remarkably, upon comparing the morphology of PSP- b-PMB and that of sulfonated analog, we found distinctly dissimilar domain sizes at the same molecular weight and composition. A range of ionic liquids (ILs) were incorporated into the PSP- b-PMB block copolymers and their ion transport properties were examined. It has been revealed that the degree of confinement of ionic phases (domain size) impacts the ion mobility and proton dissociation efficiency of IL-containing polymers.

  9. Template-free preparation of crystalline Ge nanowire film electrodes via an electrochemical liquid-liquid-solid process in water at ambient pressure and temperature for energy storage.

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    Gu, Junsi; Collins, Sean M; Carim, Azhar I; Hao, Xiaoguang; Bartlett, Bart M; Maldonado, Stephen

    2012-09-12

    The direct electrodeposition of crystalline germanium (Ge) nanowire film electrodes from an aqueous solution of dissolved GeO(2) using discrete 'flux' nanoparticles capable of dissolving Ge(s) has been demonstrated. Electrodeposition of Ge at inert electrode substrates decorated with small (<100 nm), discrete indium (In) nanoparticles resulted in crystalline Ge nanowire films with definable nanowire diameters and densities without the need for a physical or chemical template. The Ge nanowires exhibited strong polycrystalline character as-deposited, with approximate crystallite dimensions of 20 nm and a mixed orientation of the crystallites along the length of the nanowire. Energy dispersive spectroscopic elemental mapping of individual Ge nanowires showed that the In nanoparticles remained at the base of each nanowire, indicating good electrical communication between the Ge nanowire and the underlying conductive support. As-deposited Ge nanowire films prepared on Cu supports were used without further processing as Li(+) battery anodes. Cycling studies performed at 1 C (1624 mA g(-1)) indicated the native Ge nanowire films supported stable discharge capacities at the level of 973 mA h g(-1), higher than analogous Ge nanowire film electrodes prepared through an energy-intensive vapor-liquid-solid nanowire growth process. The cumulative data show that ec-LLS is a viable method for directly preparing a functional, high-activity nanomaterials-based device component. The work presented here is a step toward the realization of simple processes that make fully functional energy conversion/storage technologies based on crystalline inorganic semiconductors entirely through benchtop, aqueous chemistry and electrochemistry without time- or energy-intensive process steps. PMID:22900746

  10. A modular approach towards functional supramolecular aggregates - subtle structural differences inducing liquid crystallinity.

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    Pfletscher, Michael; Wölper, Christoph; Gutmann, Jochen S; Mezger, Markus; Giese, Michael

    2016-06-30

    Herein we report an efficient modular approach to supramolecular functional materials. Hierarchical self-assembly of azopyridine derivatives and hydrogen-bond donors yielded discotic assemblies. Subtle differences in the core units introduced mesomorphic behaviour and fast photo-response of the liquid crystals based on phloroglucinol. The presented results prove the benefits of a modular methodology towards highly responsive materials with tailor-made properties. PMID:27314613

  11. Low-temperature liquid precursors of crystalline metal oxides assisted by heterogeneous photocatalysis.

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    Bretos, Iñigo; Jiménez, Ricardo; Pérez-Mezcua, Dulce; Salazar, Norberto; Ricote, Jesús; Calzada, M Lourdes

    2015-04-24

    The photocatalytically assisted decomposition of liquid precursors of metal oxides incorporating TiO2 particles enables the preparation of functional layers from the ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 and multiferroic BiFeO3 perovskite systems at temperatures not exceeding 350 ºC. This enables direct deposition on flexible plastic, where the multifunctionality provided by these complex-oxide materials guarantees their potential use in next-generation flexible electronics. PMID:25776728

  12. Efficiency dynamics of diffraction gratings recorded in liquid crystalline composite materials by a UV interference pattern

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    Caputo, R.; Sukhov, A. V.; Tabiryan, N. V.; Umeton, C.

    1999-07-01

    We have carried out an experimental and theoretical study of the efficiency of diffraction gratings recorded in samples of polymer dispersed liquid crystal pre-syrups by an interference pattern of curing UV light. The theoretical model takes into account the diffusion of excited monomers during the UV curing and the circumstance that the diffusion coefficient is strongly affected by the polymerisation process. The theoretical curves perfectly fit the experimental results and confirm the validity of our model.

  13. Two-mode Ginzburg-Landau theory of crystalline anisotropy for fcc-liquid interfaces

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    Wu, Kuo-An; Lin, Shang-Chun; Karma, Alain

    2016-02-01

    We develop a Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory for fcc crystal-melt systems at equilibrium by employing two sets of order parameters that correspond to amplitudes of density waves of principal reciprocal lattice vectors and amplitudes of density waves of a second set of reciprocal lattice vectors. The choice of the second set of reciprocal lattice vectors is constrained by the condition that this set must form closed triangles with the principal reciprocal lattice vectors in reciprocal space to make the fcc-liquid transition first order. The capillary anisotropy of fcc-liquid interfaces is investigated by GL theory with amplitudes of <111 > and <200 > density waves. Furthermore, we explore the dependence of the anisotropy of the excess free energy of the solid-liquid interface on density waves of higher-order reciprocal lattice vectors such as <311 > by extending the two-mode GL theory with an additional mode. The anisotropy calculated using GL theory with input parameters from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for fcc Ni is compared to that measured in MD simulations.

  14. Nondisruptive Dissolution of Hyperpolarized (129)Xe into Viscous Aqueous and Organic Liquid Crystalline Environments.

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    Truxal, Ashley E; Slack, Clancy C; Gomes, Muller D; Vassiliou, Christophoros C; Wemmer, David E; Pines, Alexander

    2016-04-01

    Studies of hyperpolarized xenon-129 (hp-(129)Xe) in media such as liquid crystals and cell suspensions are in demand for applications ranging from biomedical imaging to materials engineering but have been hindered by the inability to bubble Xe through the desired media as a result of viscosity or perturbations caused by bubbles. Herein a device is reported that can be reliably used to dissolve hp-(129)Xe into viscous aqueous and organic samples without bubbling. This method is robust, requires small sample volumes (<60 μL), is compatible with existing NMR hardware, and is made from readily available materials. Experiments show that Xe can be introduced into viscous and aligned media without disrupting molecular order. We detected dissolved xenon in an aqueous liquid crystal that is disrupted by the shear forces of bubbling, and we observed liquid-crystal phase transitions in (MBBA). This tool allows an entirely new class of samples to be investigated by hyperpolarized-gas NMR spectroscopy. PMID:26954536

  15. Three-dimensional patterning of solid microstructures through laser reduction of colloidal graphene oxide in liquid-crystalline dispersions.

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    Senyuk, Bohdan; Behabtu, Natnael; Martinez, Angel; Lee, Taewoo; Tsentalovich, Dmitri E; Ceriotti, Gabriel; Tour, James M; Pasquali, Matteo; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2015-01-01

    Graphene materials and structures have become an essential part of modern electronics and photovoltaics. However, despite many production methods, applications of graphene-based structures are hindered by high costs, lack of scalability and limitations in spatial patterning. Here we fabricate three-dimensional functional solid microstructures of reduced graphene oxide in a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal of graphene oxide flakes using a pulsed near-infrared laser. This reliable, scalable approach is mask-free, does not require special chemical reduction agents, and can be implemented at ambient conditions starting from aqueous graphene oxide flakes. Orientational ordering of graphene oxide flakes in self-assembled liquid-crystalline phases enables laser patterning of complex, three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide structures and colloidal particles, such as trefoil knots, with 'frozen' orientational order of flakes. These structures and particles are mechanically rigid and range from hundreds of nanometres to millimetres in size, as needed for applications in colloids, electronics, photonics and display technology. PMID:25994393

  16. Molecular structure of the discotic liquid crystalline phase of hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene/oligothiophene hybrid and their charge transport properties

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    Bag, Saientan; Maingi, Vishal; Maiti, Prabal K.; Yelk, Joe; Glaser, Matthew A.; Clark, Noel A.; Walba, David M.

    2015-10-14

    Using atomistic molecular dynamics simulation, we study the discotic columnar liquid crystalline (LC) phases formed by a new organic compound having hexa-peri-Hexabenzocoronene (HBC) core with six pendant oligothiophene units recently synthesized by Nan Hu et al. [Adv. Mater. 26, 2066 (2014)]. This HBC core based LC phase was shown to have electric field responsive behavior and has important applications in organic electronics. Our simulation results confirm the hexagonal arrangement of columnar LC phase with a lattice spacing consistent with that obtained from small angle X-ray diffraction data. We have also calculated various positional and orientational correlation functions to characterize the ordering of the molecules in the columnar arrangement. The molecules in a column are arranged with an average twist of 25° having an average inter-molecular separation of ∼5 Å. Interestingly, we find an overall tilt angle of 43° between the columnar axis and HBC core. We also simulate the charge transport through this columnar phase and report the numerical value of charge carrier mobility for this liquid crystal phase. The charge carrier mobility is strongly influenced by the twist angle and average spacing of the molecules in the column.

  17. Hydrodynamic theories for mixtures of polymers and rodlike liquid crystalline polymers.

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    Forest, M Gregory; Wang, Qi

    2005-10-01

    We develop a hydrodynamic theory for flows of incompressible blends of flexible polymers and rodlike nematic polymers (RNPs) or rodlike nematic liquid crystal polymers (RNLCPs) extending the thermodynamical theory of Muratov and E [J. Chem. Phys. 116, 4723 (2002)] for phase separation kinetics of the blend. We model the flexible polymer molecules in the polymer matrix as Rouse chains and assume the translational diffusion of the molecules is predominantly through the volume fraction of the flexible polymer and the molecules of rodlike nematic liquid crystal polymers. We then (i) derive the translational flux for the rodlike nematic liquid crystal polymers to ensure the incompressibility constraint; (ii) derive the elastic stress tensor, accounting for the contribution from both the rodlike nematic polymer and the flexible polymer matrix, as well as the extra elastic body force due to the nonlocal intermolecular potential for long range molecular interaction; (iii) show that the theory obeys positive entropy production and thereby satisfies the second law of thermodynamics. By applying the gradient expansion technique on the number density function of RNLCPs, we present an approximate, weakly nonlocal theory in differential form in which the intermolecular potential is given by gradients of the number density function of the RNLCP and the volume fraction of the flexible polymer. In the approximate theory, the elastic stress is augmented by an extra stress tensor due to the spatial convection of the macroscopic material point and long range interaction, whose divergence yields the analogous extra elastic body force with respect to the nonlocal intermolecular potential. Finally, we compare the model in steady simple shear with the Doi theory for bulk monodomains of rodlike nematic polymers. PMID:16383413

  18. D-Limonene as a Chiral Dopant for Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Systems

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    Zola, Rafael S.; Hurley, Shawn; Yang, Deng-Ke

    2011-06-01

    We used the chiral molecule D-limonene to induce thermotropic cholesteric phases. The methods used to characterize the chiral nematic phase and its features are given. We substituted D-limonene for conventional synthesized chiral dopants in the twisted nematic (TN) displays and showed an improvement in the response time. Despite the large number of synthesized chiral dopants, D-limonene can be used as a dopant for making cholesteric phases having the advantage of being a naturally occurring substance. It is surprising how many more synthesized chiral molecules have been used as the liquid crystal field moves forward in comparison to naturally occurring molecules.

  19. Crystalline nucleation in undercooled liquids: A Bayesian data-analysis approach for a nonhomogeneous Poisson process

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    Filipponi, A.; Di Cicco, A.; Principi, E.

    2012-12-01

    A Bayesian data-analysis approach to data sets of maximum undercooling temperatures recorded in repeated melting-cooling cycles of high-purity samples is proposed. The crystallization phenomenon is described in terms of a nonhomogeneous Poisson process driven by a temperature-dependent sample nucleation rate J(T). The method was extensively tested by computer simulations and applied to real data for undercooled liquid Ge. It proved to be particularly useful in the case of scarce data sets where the usage of binned data would degrade the available experimental information.

  20. Phase equilibria and self-organizing behavior of side-chain liquid crystalline polymer mixtures

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    Chiu, Hao-Wen

    1998-12-01

    Phenomenological models for elucidating phase diagrams of binary smectic-A mixtures, polymer/smectic-A mixtures, induced smectic in nematic mixtures, and nematic/smectic mixtures have been proposed on the basis of the combination of the Flory-Huggins (FH) free energy of isotropic mixing and Maier-Saupe-McMillan (MSM) free energy for nematic/smectic ordering. The nematic and smectic order parameters have been coupled through the normalized partition and the orientation distribution functions. Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (chi) for isotropic mixing and the coupling term involving the nematic interaction parameter (nu) and the McMillan smectic interaction parameter (alpha) for phase transitions of liquid crystals have been incorporated in the calculation. The predictive capability of the combined FH/MSM theory has been demonstrated by testing with reported phase diagrams. Dynamics of phase separation and morphology development in mixtures of a nematic liquid crystal and a polymer due to thermal quenching have been investigated theoretically in comparison with experimental results. In the proposed model, the combined free energy densities of Flory-Huggins theory for isotropic mixing and Maier-Saupe (MS) theory for nematic ordering have been incorporated into the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equation (TDGL, type C). The temporal evolution of the structure factor and the emergence of phase separated liquid crystal (LC) domains have been simulated on the basis of an explicit central difference method based on a square lattice with a periodic boundary condition. Of particular interest is the observed plateau (or inflection) region in the growth dynamic curve, which may be attributed to the breakdown of the interconnected domains caused by the nematic ordering. The emergence of LC domains during polymerization induced phase separation in a polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) has been solved numerically by incorporating the reaction kinetics into the TDGL

  1. Planar polar liquid crystalline alignment in nanostructured porous silicon one-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Mor, Shahar; Torres-Costa, Vicente; Martín-Palma, Raúl J.; Abdulhalim, I.

    2010-09-01

    The ability of liquid crystals (LCs) to flow and fill nanopores assists in using them for infiltration into porous nanophotonic structures such as nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS). The reflectivity spectra at normal incidence from periodic nanostructured nanoPS filters infiltrated with nematic LC is found to exhibit polarization dependence. This is experimental evidence that the LC molecules in the nanoPS matrix are aligned such that an effective anisotropy exists parallel to the substrate plane. From the theoretical fit the preferred configuration was found to be the planar-polar geometry which is shown to be biaxial.

  2. Self-Assembly Directed Organization of Nanodiamond During Ionic Liquid Crystalline Polymer Formation.

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    Ringstrand, Bryan S; Seifert, Sönke; Podlesak, David W; Firestone, Millicent A

    2016-07-01

    The UV-initiated free radical polymerization of a lyotropic mesophase prepared by co-assembly of an aqueous mixture of an ionic liquid (IL) monomer, 3-decyl-1-vinylimidazolium chloride, in a dimethyl sulfoxide dispersion of an IL-monomer nanodiamond conjugate yields a well-ordered 2D hexagonally structured network-polymer composite. The IL monomer is covalently bound to carboxylated detonation diamond via ester-linked 3-decyl-1-vinylimidazolium bromide. Successful preparation of the amphiphile-functionalized nanodiamond is determined by ATR/FT-IR, thermogravimetric analysis, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Mesophase and composite structure are evaluated by SAXS, revealing a columnar architecture composed of amphiphilic ionic liquid cylinders containing solvent-rich cores. Self-assembly directed site localization of the nanodiamond positions the particles in the alkyl chain continuum upon polymerization. The composite reversibly swells in ethanol allowing structural variation and modulation of the nanoparticle internal packing arrangement. This work demonstrates that through careful molecular design, self-organization and site-directed assembly of nanodiamond into chemically distinct regions of a nanostructured organogel can be achieved. PMID:27197942

  3. Liquid crystalline phthalocyanines as a self-assembling organic semiconductor for solution-processing thin film devices

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    Miyake, Y.; Hori, T.; Yoshida, H.; Monobe, H.; Fujii, A.; Ozaki, M.; Shimizu, Y.

    2011-03-01

    A liquid crystalline phthalocyanine semiconductor, 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25-hexahexylphthalocyanine (C6PcH2) was studied on the drift mobility of charged carriers by a Time-Of-Flight (TOF) method. It was found that this compound exhibits an ambipolar nature for charge transport and the hole and electron mobilities were determined to be in the order of 10-1 cm2 V-1 s-1 for polydomain films of the hexagonal disordered columnar (Colhd) mesophase. This is comparable to that of the octyl homologue (C8PcH2) reported by Hanna et al. However, C6PcH2 did not show any tendency to form the homeotropic alignment between ITO-coated glass substrates, though C8PcH2 so clearly and easily does. Clear decay curves of the transient photocurrents could be obtained in TOF measurements even for polydomain films of the crystalline solid phase to give a strongly temperature-dependent mobility of holes which reaches to 1.1 cm2 V-1 s-1 at room temperature (RT) as the temperature goes down, whilst the electron mobility slightly increases to be 0.5 cm2 V-1 s-1at RT. This compound could easily form thin films by spin-coating technique with the toluene solution and a simple bulk-heterojunction thin film solar cell was fabricated to give a good performance such as 3.1 % of power conversion efficiency and > 70 % of external quantum efficiency.

  4. Design of polarization-dependent, flexural-torsional deformation in photo responsive liquid crystalline polymer networks.

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    Smith, Matthew L; Lee, Kyung Min; White, Timothy J; Vaia, Richard A

    2014-03-01

    Light responsive materials that exhibit wirelessly actuated, multidimensional deformation are excellent candidates for programmable matter applications such as morphing structures or soft robotics. A central challenge to designing adaptive structures from these materials is the ability accurately predict three dimensional deformations. Previous modeling efforts have focused almost exclusively on pure bending. Herein we examine key material parameters affecting light driven flexural-torsional response in azobenzene functionalized liquid crystal polymer networks. We show that a great deal of control can be obtained by specifying material alignment and actuating the material with polarized light. Insight gained from the theoretical framework here lays the foundation for more extensive modeling efforts to combine polarization controlled flexural-torsional deformations with complex geometry, boundary conditions, and loading conditions. PMID:24651881

  5. Inducing Planar Orientation in Side-Chain Liquid-Crystalline Polymer Systems via Interfacial Control.

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    Nagano, Shusaku

    2016-02-01

    For efficient photoresponses of liquid-crystal (LC) azobenzene (Az) polymer systems, planar LC orientation of the Az mesogenic group is required because the light irradiation process usually occurs with normal incidence to the film surface. However, LC molecules with a rodlike shape tend to orient perpendicularly to the film surface according to the excluded volume effect theory. This review introduces new approaches for inducing planar orientation in side-chain LC Az polymer films via interface and surface molecular designs. The planar orientation offers efficient in-plane photoalignment and photoswitching to hierarchical LC architectures from molecular LC mesogens and LC phases to mesoscopic microphase-separated structures. These approaches are expected to provide new concepts and possibilities in new LC polymer devices. PMID:26775770

  6. Thermal and optical study of semiconducting CNTs-doped nematic liquid crystalline material

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    Vimal, T.; Singh, D. P.; Gupta, S. K.; Pandey, S.; Agrahari, K.; Manohar, R.

    2016-06-01

    We report the thermal and spectroscopic analysis of the carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-doped nematic liquid crystal (NLC) material. The CNTs have been oriented in the p-ethoxybenzylidene p-butylaniline NLC. The thermal study of the CNTs doped nematic mixtures shows a significant decrease in the isotropic to nematic phase transition temperature. However higher doping concentration of CNTs has led to the further increase in transition temperature. The UV-Visible spectroscopy has been attempted on the CNTs/NLC mixtures at room temperature. The investigated NLC present one absorption band corresponding to π-π* electronic transition. A red shift of λmax with the increasing concentration of CNTs in the mixture has been observed. The band gap of NLC has been found to decrease after the doping of CNTs. The absorbance was measured for the UV light, polarized parallel and perpendicular to the LC director in the planar aligned cell.

  7. Revealing pathologies in the liquid crystalline structures of the brain by polarimetric studies (Presentation Recording)

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    Bakhshetyan, Karen; Melkonyan, Gurgen G.; Galstian, Tigran V.; Saghatelyan, Armen

    2015-10-01

    Natural or "self" alignment of molecular complexes in living tissue represents many similarities with liquid crystals (LC), which are anisotropic liquids. The orientational characteristics of those complexes may be related to many important functional parameters and their study may reveal important pathologies. The know-how, accumulated thanks to the study of LC materials, may thus be used to this end. One of the traditionally used methods, to characterize those materials, is the polarized light imaging (PLI) that allows for label-free analysis of anisotropic structures in the brain tissue and can be used, for example, for the analysis of myelinated fiber bundles. In the current work, we first attempted to apply the PLI on the mouse histological brain sections to create a map of anisotropic structures using cross-polarizer transmission light. Then we implemented the PLI for comparative study of histological sections of human postmortem brain samples under normal and pathological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Imaging the coronal, sagittal and horizontal sections of mouse brain allowed us to create a false color-coded fiber orientation map under polarized light. In human brain datasets for both control and PD groups we measured the pixel intensities in myelin-rich subregions of internal capsule and normalized these to non-myelinated background signal from putamen and caudate nucleus. Quantification of intensities revealed a statistically significant reduction of fiber intensity of PD compared to control subjects (2.801 +/- 0.303 and 3.724 +/- 0.07 respectively; *p < 0.05). Our study confirms the validity of PLI method for visualizing myelinated axonal fibers. This relatively simple technique can become a promising tool for study of neurodegenerative diseases where labeling-free imaging is an important benefit.

  8. Oscillatory Shear Alignment and Rheology of a Main-chain Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polymer.

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    Kornfield, Julia A.; Zhou, Weijun; Ugaz, Victor M.; Vaish, Nitin; Burghardt, Wesley R.

    2000-03-01

    Orientational flipping is well known in lamellar block copolymers under oscillatory shear. For thermotropic LCPs, two different orientation states have also been reported under steady shear -- oriented either along the flow direction (``parallel'') or along the vorticity direction (``perpendicular''). Here we examine the oscillatory shear behavior of a model thermotropic LCP (DHMS-7,9, T_m=90^circC, T_xn=120^circC, T_ni=192^circC, where T_xn is the transition temperature between an unidentified mesophase ``Phase X'' to nematic phase), which exhibits this type of orientational flipping. Systematic studies have been carried out on DHMS-7,9 as a function of temperature, frequency, and strain amplitude. In the nematic phase, oscillatory shear induces parallel alignment. However, in Phase X, qualitatively different alignment behavior was observed: low frequency and large strain amplitude promote perpendicular alignment, while high frequency and small strain amplitude induce parallel orientation. A possible explanation of this anomalous shear alignment behavior will be provided.

  9. Characterization of bupivacaine-loaded formulations based on liquid crystalline phases and microemulsions: the effect of lipid composition.

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    Yaghmur, Anan; Rappolt, Michael; Østergaard, Jesper; Larsen, Claus; Larsen, Susan Weng

    2012-02-01

    This report details the structural characterization and the in vitro drug-release properties of different local anesthetic bupivacaine (BUP)-loaded inverted-type liquid crystalline phases and microemulsions. The effects of variations in the lipid composition and/or BUP concentration on the self-assembled nanostructures were investigated in the presence of the commercial distilled glycerol monooleate Myverol 18-99K (GMO) and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and rotating dialysis cell model were used to characterize the BUP formulations and to investigate the in vitro BUP release profiles, respectively. The evaluation of SAXS data for the BUP-loaded GMO/MCT formulations indicates the structural transition of inverted-type bicontinuous cubic phase of the symmetry Pn3m → inverted-type hexagonal (H(2)) phase → inverted-type microemulsion (L(2)) with increasing MCT content (0-40 wt %). In the absence of MCT, the solubilization of BUP induces the transition of Pn3m → H(2) at pH 7.4; whereas a transition of Pn3m → (Pn3m + H(2)) is detected as the hydration is achieved at pH 6.0. To mimic the drug release and transport from in situ formed self-assembled systems after subcutaneous administration, the release experiments were performed by injecting low viscous stimulus-responsive precursors to a buffer in the dialysis cell leaving the surface area between the self-assembled system and the release medium variable. Our results suggest that the pH-dependent variations in the lipidic partition coefficient, K(l/w), between the liquid crystalline nanostructures and the surrounding buffer solution are significantly affecting BUP release rates. Thus, a first step toward understanding of the drug-release mechanism of this drug-delivery class has been undertaken tackling the influence of drug ionization as well as the type of the self-assembled nanostructure and its release kinetics under pharmaceutically relevant conditions

  10. Strain-induced macroscopic magnetic anisotropy from smectic liquid-crystalline elastomer-maghemite nanoparticle hybrid nanocomposites

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    Haberl, Johannes M.; Sánchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mihut, Adriana M.; Dietsch, Hervé; Hirt, Ann M.; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2013-05-01

    We combine tensile strength analysis and X-ray scattering experiments to establish a detailed understanding of the microstructural coupling between liquid-crystalline elastomer (LCE) networks and embedded magnetic core-shell ellipsoidal nanoparticles (NPs). We study the structural and magnetic re-organization at different deformations and NP loadings, and the associated shape and magnetic memory features. In the quantitative analysis of a stretching process, the effect of the incorporated NPs on the smectic LCE is found to be prominent during the reorientation of the smectic domains and the softening of the nanocomposite. Under deformation, the soft response of the nanocomposite material allows the organization of the nanoparticles to yield a permanent macroscopically anisotropic magnetic material. Independent of the particle loading, the shape-memory properties and the smectic phase of the LCEs are preserved. Detailed studies on the magnetic properties demonstrate that the collective ensemble of individual particles is responsible for the macroscopic magnetic features of the nanocomposite.We combine tensile strength analysis and X-ray scattering experiments to establish a detailed understanding of the microstructural coupling between liquid-crystalline elastomer (LCE) networks and embedded magnetic core-shell ellipsoidal nanoparticles (NPs). We study the structural and magnetic re-organization at different deformations and NP loadings, and the associated shape and magnetic memory features. In the quantitative analysis of a stretching process, the effect of the incorporated NPs on the smectic LCE is found to be prominent during the reorientation of the smectic domains and the softening of the nanocomposite. Under deformation, the soft response of the nanocomposite material allows the organization of the nanoparticles to yield a permanent macroscopically anisotropic magnetic material. Independent of the particle loading, the shape-memory properties and the smectic

  11. Liquid phase epitaxial growth and characterization of germanium far infrared blocked impurity band detectors

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    Bandaru, Jordana

    2001-05-12

    Germanium Blocked Impurity Band (BIB) detectors require a high purity blocking layer (< 10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}) approximately 1 mm thick grown on a heavily doped active layer ({approx} 10{sup 16} cm{sup -3}) approximately 20 mm thick. Epilayers were grown using liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) of germanium out of lead solution. The effects of the crystallographic orientation of the germanium substrate on LPE growth modes were explored. Growth was studied on substrates oriented by Laue x-ray diffraction between 0.02{sup o} and 10{sup o} from the {l_brace}111{r_brace} toward the {l_brace}100{r_brace}. Terrace growth was observed, with increasing terrace height for larger misorientation angles. It was found that the purity of the blocking layer was limited by the presence of phosphorus in the lead solvent. Unintentionally doped Ge layers contained {approx}10{sup 15} cm{sup -3} phosphorus as determined by Hall effect measurements and Photothermal Ionization Spectroscopy (PTIS). Lead purification by vacuum distillation and dilution reduced the phosphorus concentration in the layers to {approx} 10{sup 14} cm{sup -3} but further reduction was not observed with successive distillation runs. The graphite distillation and growth components as an additional phosphorus source cannot be ruled out. Antimony ({approx}10{sup 16} cm{sup -3}) was used as a dopant for the active BIB layer. A reduction in the donor binding energy due to impurity banding was observed by variable temperature Hall effect measurements. A BIB detector fabricated from an Sb-doped Ge layer grown on a pure substrate showed a low energy photoconductive onset ({approx}6 meV). Spreading resistance measurements on doped layers revealed a nonuniform dopant distribution with Sb pile-up at the layer surface, which must be removed by chemomechanical polishing. Sb diffusion into the pure substrate was observed by Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS) for epilayers grown at 650 C. The Sb concentration at the interface

  12. Small-angle neutron scattering study of pH dependence of the liquid structure factor of concentrated solutions of eye lens gamma-B crystallin

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    Desmond, Kenneth; Thurston, George; Stradner, Anna; Schurtenberger, Peter

    2006-03-01

    We are evaluating the pH dependence of the liquid structure of aqueous solutions of the eye lens protein, gammaB crystallin, near its critical point for liquid-liquid phase separation, to help evaluate the influence of protein charge on the phase separation. We have obtained small-angle neutron scattering data from gammaB crystallin solutions at pH 6.4, 7.1 and 7.4 in a 0.1 M sodium phosphate buffer, and at pH 4.5 in a 0.020M sodium acetate buffer, all in D2O. Protein concentrations ranged from 6 to 260 mg protein/ml solution and the scattering vector magnitude (q) ranged from 0.004 to 0.45 inverse Angstroms. At pH 6.4 to 7.4 liquid structure factors vs. concentration and temperature near the cloud point for liquid-liquid phase separation are well represented, in general, by the Baxter sticky sphere model. In contrast, at pH 4.5, concentrated gammaB shows a very different liquid structure indicating highly repulsive interprotein interactions, consistent with both high net protein charge and reduced screening.

  13. A charge transfer complex nematic liquid crystalline gel with high electrical conductivity

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    Bhargavi, R.; Nair, Geetha G.; Krishna Prasad, S.; Majumdar, R.; Bag, Braja G.

    2014-10-01

    We describe the rheological, dielectric and elastic properties of a nematic liquid crystal gel created using an anthrylidene derivative of arjunolic acid, a chiral triterpenoid, obtained from the extracts of the wood of Terminalia arjuna. In this novel gel, having the electron-donor and acceptor components as minority constituents, the gelation and strengthening of charge-transfer complex (CTC) formation are seen to be occurring concomitantly. In addition to being mechanically strong with a large storage modulus, the gel with the maximized CTC exhibits Frank bend elastic constant values that approach nanonewton levels. The highlight of the study is the observation of 4-5 orders of magnitude increase in electrical conductivity for this gel, a value that is higher than even in the CT complexes of 2-d ordered columnar structures. A further important advantage of the present system over the columnar complex is that the high conductivity is seen for ac probing also, and owing to the nematic nature can be switched between its anisotropic limits. Some of these features are ascribed to a specific molecular packing architecture, which reduces the trapping of the charge carriers.

  14. Nematic liquid crystalline alignment on graphitic carbon film surfaces and its electrooptical characteristics

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    Nakagaki, Takamitsu; Yamada, Kenji; Nakamura, Atsushi; Temmyo, Jiro; Kubono, Atsushi

    2015-09-01

    A graphitic carbon (g-C) film directly grown on a synthetic quartz glass substrate was applied to a liquid crystal (LC) device as an alignment layer combined with a transparent electrode for a demonstration of high performance. The as-grown g-C films showed a nanometer-size domain with 91.6% transmittance at 550 nm and with a sheet resistance of 5.9 kΩ/sq. The nanodomain of the g-C film surface was associated with a random orientation of the twisted nematic LC (4-pentyl-4‧-n-cyanobiphenyl, 5CB) molecules in an in-plane randomly parallel alignment that was analyzed by polarized optical microscopy (POM). We also demonstrated an LC display (LCD) in an in-plane random hybrid twisted nematic (IPR-HTN) configuration using the g-C films compared with a previously proposed configuration using a hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) sublayer and a TN configuration using a polyimide film with a rubbing treatment. It was found that the combined g-C alignment layer/electrode provides a low turn-on voltage, a fast response, and a wide viewing angle as an orientation sublayer and an electrode.

  15. Supermolecular columnar liquid-crystalline phosphorus dendrimers decorated with sulfonamide derivatives.

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    Hincapié, Cesar Augusto; Sebastián, Rosa María; Barberá, Joaquín; Serrano, José Luis; Sierra, Teresa; Majoral, Jean-Pierre; Caminade, Anne-Marie

    2014-12-15

    A series of supermolecular liquid crystals has been synthesized by combining phosphorus dendrimers of the zero, first, and fourth generations with sulfonamide derivatives, thus generating dendromesogens bearing 6, 12, and 96 mesogenic units on their surfaces. The relevant reactions could be monitored by (1) H, (19) F, and (31) P{(1) H} NMR spectroscopies. The thermal and mesomorphic properties of the products have been studied by optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and X-ray diffraction. All of the new macromolecules prepared in this work have been found to show mesomorphic properties over a wide temperature range; moreover, for all of the compounds, the columnar mesophases observed were maintained or vitrified at room temperature. On increasing the generation of these dendromesogens, mesophases appear at lower temperatures and remain stable over a wider temperature interval. In all cases, on the basis of X-ray analysis, a cylindrical symmetry of the molecules can be proposed to promote the supramolecular columnar arrangement observed in the mesophases. In this type of model, the height of the dendrimer clearly increases with increasing dendrimer generation, whereas its cross- sectional area increases only slightly, probably due to compression of the highly hyperbranched structures as a consequence of their progressive steric constraints. The mesomorphic arrangement is governed by the peripheral sulfonamide units. PMID:25331036

  16. Calorimetric evidence for the liquid-crystalline state of lipids in a biomembrane.

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    Steim, J M; Tourtellotte, M E; Reinert, J C; McElhaney, R N; Rader, R L

    1969-05-01

    Both membranes of Mycoplasma laidlawii and water dispersions of protein-free membrane lipids exhibit thermal phase transitions that can be detected by differential scanning calorimetry. The transition temperatures are lowered by increased unsaturation in the fatty acid residues, but in each case they are the same for membranes and lipids. The transitions resemble those observed for synthetic lipids in the lamellar phase in water, which arise from melting of the hydrocarbon chains within the phospholipid bilayers. Such melts are cooperative phenomena and would be greatly perturbed by apolar binding to protein. Thus the identity of membrane and lipid transition temperatures suggests that in the membranes, as in water, the lipids are in the bilayer conformation in which the hydrocarbon chains associate with each other rather than with proteins. Observations of morphological changes indicate that osmotic imbalance occurs when the membrane transition temperature exceeds the growth temperature, and that for transport processes to function properly the hydrocarbon chains must be in a liquid-like state. PMID:5257955

  17. Impact of BaTiO(3) nanoparticles on pretransitional effects in liquid crystalline dodecylcyanobiphenyl.

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    Rzoska, S J; Starzonek, S; Drozd-Rzoska, A; Czupryński, K; Chmiel, K; Gaura, G; Michulec, A; Szczypek, B; Walas, W

    2016-02-01

    The pretransitional behavior of dodecylcyanobiphenyl (12CB) (isotropic-smectic-A-solid mesomorphism) with d=50nmBaTiO(3) nanoparticles (NPs) linked to the cubic phase was monitored via temperature studies of dielectric constant. Tests were carried out in the isotropic, liquid crystal mesomorphic, and solid phases. For each phase transition the same value of the critical exponent α∼0.5 was obtained, including nanocolloids. All phase transitions show the weakly discontinuous nature. The temperature metric of the discontinuity ΔT notably decreases when adding nanoparticles. The addition of nanoparticles first decreases the dielectric constant by approximately 50% in comparison with pure 12CB, but already for a concentration ∼x=0.4% NP an increase over 50% takes place. It is notable that for the latter concentration unique hallmarks of the pretransitional effect emerge also for the solid-mesophase transition. All these indicate the important impact of nanoparticles on multimolecular mesoscale fluctuations. PMID:26986276

  18. Effects of molecular elongation on liquid crystalline phase behaviour: isotropic-nematic transition

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    Singh, Ram Chandra; Ram, Jokhan

    2003-08-01

    We present the density-functional approach to study the isotropic-nematic transitions and calculate the values of freezing parameters of the Gay-Berne liquid crystal model, concentrating on the effects of varying the molecular elongation, x0. For this, we have solved the Percus-Yevick integral equation theory to calculate the pair-correlation functions of a fluid the molecules of which interact via a Gay-Berne pair potential. These results have been used in the density-functional theory as an input to locate the isotropic-nematic transition and calculate freezing parameters for a range of length-to-width parameters 3.0⩽ x0⩽4.0 at reduced temperatures 0.95 and 1.25. We observed that as x0 is increased, the isotropic-nematic transition is seen to move to lower density at a given temperature. We find that the density-functional theory is good to study the freezing transitions in such fluids. We have also compared our results with computer simulation results wherever they are available.

  19. A charge transfer complex nematic liquid crystalline gel with high electrical conductivity

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    Bhargavi, R.; Nair, Geetha G. E-mail: skpras@gmail.com; Krishna Prasad, S. E-mail: skpras@gmail.com; Majumdar, R.; Bag, Braja G.

    2014-10-21

    We describe the rheological, dielectric and elastic properties of a nematic liquid crystal gel created using an anthrylidene derivative of arjunolic acid, a chiral triterpenoid, obtained from the extracts of the wood of Terminalia arjuna. In this novel gel, having the electron-donor and acceptor components as minority constituents, the gelation and strengthening of charge-transfer complex (CTC) formation are seen to be occurring concomitantly. In addition to being mechanically strong with a large storage modulus, the gel with the maximized CTC exhibits Frank bend elastic constant values that approach nanonewton levels. The highlight of the study is the observation of 4–5 orders of magnitude increase in electrical conductivity for this gel, a value that is higher than even in the CT complexes of 2-d ordered columnar structures. A further important advantage of the present system over the columnar complex is that the high conductivity is seen for ac probing also, and owing to the nematic nature can be switched between its anisotropic limits. Some of these features are ascribed to a specific molecular packing architecture, which reduces the trapping of the charge carriers.

  20. Tuning Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Phase Behavior of Gemini Surfactants by Linker Parity

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    Perroni, Dominic; Baez-Cotto, Carlos; Mantha, Sriteja; Sorenson, Gregory; Yethiraj, Arun; Mahanthappa, Mahesh

    2015-03-01

    Aqueous bicontinuous lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) derived from small molecule surfactants are useful nanostructured materials with myriad applications, in fields ranging from structural biology to membrane science. However, access to these coveted phases is limited by the fact that few surfactant platforms readily stabilize these network phases over the wide amphiphile concentration and temperature phase windows necessary for their widespread applications. We have recently shown that gemini (``twin tail'') dicarboxylate surfactants, comprising two single tail amphiphiles covalently linked near the headgroup by a hydrophobic bridge, exhibit a greatly increased propensity to form stable double gyroid LLC phases. In this presentation, we will demonstrate the unusual sensitivity of gemini dicarboxylate surfactant lyotropic self-assembly to the length of the hydrophobic bridge: odd-carbon linkers produce stable double gyroid phases over amphiphile composition windows as wide as 40 wt% that are stable between T = 22-100 °C. We rationalize these results in terms of the detailed molecular conformations of the surfactants that stem from the length of the bridging moiety, which suggests that this molecular design strategy may generally extend to other surfactant classes.

  1. Morphology and Ionic Conductivity of Humidity-Responsive Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers

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    Sharick, Sharon; Meek, Kelly; Ye, Yuesheng; Elabd, Yossef A.; Winey, Karen I.

    2014-03-01

    We present the ionic conductivity and morphology of humidity-responsive polymerized ionic liquid block copolymers (PIL BCPs), poly(methyl methacrylate- b-1-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium-X), where X is a bromide (Br) or hydroxide (OH) anion, as a function of relative humidity (RH), temperature, and PIL composition (ϕPIL) . PIL BCPs were characterized by in situ small-angle X-ray scattering and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. These PIL BCPs have microphase separated morphologies and long-range order increases as ϕPIL increases. Notably, ionic conductivity increases 3 to 4 orders of magnitude when RH increases from 30 to 90 percent. When ϕPIL is greater than 0.37, BCP ionic conductivity approaches or exceeds that of the homopolymer, suggesting that the dynamics in PIL microdomains mimic the homopolymer and long-range order aids ion transport. Moreover, over 60 percent of the BCP is nonconductive without a penalty in ion transport. When ϕPIL is less than 0.37, BCP conductivity is 1 to 2 orders of magnitude less than the homopolymer and non-conductive PMMA segments dominate ion transport, as expected. Ionic conductivities at 80 °C, 90 percent RH, are 7.6 mS/cm for the Br-containing BCP with ϕPIL = 0.53 and 25.0 mS/cm for the OH-containing BCP with ϕPIL = 0.50.

  2. Enhanced skin permeation of 5α-reductase inhibitors entrapped into surface-modified liquid crystalline nanoparticles.

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    Madheswaran, Thiagarajan; Baskaran, Rengarajan; Sundaramoorthy, Pasupathi; Yoo, Bong Kyu

    2015-04-01

    The objective of this study is to enhance skin permeation of finasteride and dutasteride for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia using surface-modified liquid crystalline nanoparticle (sm-LCN) dispersion. LCN entrapped with the drugs was prepared by using monoolein as a liquid crystal former, and surface modification was performed by treatment of the LCN dispersion with same volume of 1 % v/v acetic acid solution containing chitosan. Physicochemical properties of the LCN's were studied with regard to particle size, polydispersity index, zeta potential, and release of the drugs. Skin permeation of drugs entrapped into the LCN and sm-LCN was investigated with porcine abdominal skin using Franz diffusion cell. Cytotoxicity of the LCN's was also studied using human skin keratinocytes. The particle size and zeta potential of the LCN were 197.9 ± 2.5 nm and -20.2 ± 1.9 mV, respectively, and sm-LCN showed slightly bigger size and positive zeta potential due to the presence of thin coating on the surface of the nanoparticles. Compared to LCN, sm-LCN resulted in significantly enhanced skin permeation of the drugs whereas in vitro release was significantly reduced. Cell viability as a measure of cytotoxicity was above 80 % up to 20 μg/ml concentration of both LCN and sm-LCN. In conclusion, sm-LCN may provide a strategy to maximize therapeutic efficacy minimizing unwanted systemic side effects associated with the use of the drugs for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. PMID:25085659

  3. Tunable Bragg extraction of light in photonic quasi crystals: dispersed liquid crystalline metamaterials

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    Rippa, Massimo; Bobeico, Eugenia; Umeton, Cesare P.; Petti, Lucia

    2015-09-01

    By exploiting Metamaterials (MTMs) and Photonic Quasi-Crystals (PQCs), it is possible to realize man-made structures characterized by a selective EM response, which can be also controlled by combining the distinctive properties of reconfigurable soft-matter. By finely controlling lattice parameters of a given photonic structure, it is possible to optimize its extraction characteristics at a precise wavelength, or minimize the extraction of undesired modes. In general, however, once a structure is realized, its extraction properties cannot be varied. To cross this problem, it is possible to combine capabilities offered by both MTMs and PQCs with the reconfigurable properties of smart materials, such as Liquid Crystals (LCs); in this way, a completely new class of "reconfigurable metamaterials" (R-MTM) can be realized. We report here on the realization and characterization of a switchable photonic device, working in the visible range, based on nanostructured photonic quasi-crystals, layered with an azodye-doped nematic LC (NLC). The experimental characterization shows that its filtering effect is remarkable with its extraction spectra which can be controlled by applying an external voltage or by means of a laser light. The vertical extraction of the light, by the coupling of the modes guided by the PQC slab to the free radiation via Bragg scattering, consists of an extremely narrow orange emission band at 621 nm with a full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 8 nm. In our opinion, these results represent a breakthrough in the realization of innovative MTMs based active photonic devices such as tunable MTMs or reconfigurable lasers and active filters.

  4. Calculation of the Standard Molal Thermodynamic Properties of Crystalline, Liquid, and Gas Organic Molecules at High Temperatures and Pressures

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    Helgeson, Harold C.; Owens, Christine E.; Knox, Annette M.; Richard, Laurent

    1998-03-01

    Calculation of the thermodynamic properties of organic solids, liquids, and gases at high temperatures and pressures is a requisite for characterizing hydrothermal metastable equilibrium states involving these species and quantifying the chemical affinities of irreversible reactions of organic molecules in natural gas, crude oil, kerogen, and coal with minerals and organic, inorganic, and biomolecular aqueous species in interstitial waters in sedimentary basins. To facilitate calculations of this kind, coefficients for the Parameters From Group Contributions (PFGC) equation of state have been compiled for a variety of groups in organic liquids and gases. In addition, molecular weights, critical temperatures and pressures, densities at 25°C and 1 bar, transition, melting, and boiling temperatures ( Tt,Pr, Tm,Pr, and Tv,Pr, respectively) and standard molal enthalpies of transition (Δ H° t,Pr), melting (Δ H° m,Pr), and vaporization (Δ H° v,Pr) of organic species at 1 bar ( Pr) have been tabulated, together with an internally consistent and comprehensive set of standard molal Gibbs free energies and enthalpies of formation from the elements in their stable state at 298.15 K ( Tr) and Pr (Δ G° f and Δ H° f, respectively). The critical compilation also includes standard molal entropies ( S°) and volumes ( V°) at Tr and Pr, and standard molal heat capacity power function coefficients to compute the standard molal thermodynamic properties of organic solids, liquids, and gases as a function of temperature at 1 bar. These properties and coefficients have been tabulated for more than 500 crystalline solids, liquids, and gases, and those for many more can be computed from the equations of state group additivity algorithms. The crystalline species correspond to normal alkanes (C nH 2( n+1) ) with carbon numbers ( n, which is equal to the number of moles of carbon atoms in one mole of the species) ranging from 5 to 100, and 23 amino acids including glycine (C 2H 5NO

  5. Relaxation dynamics of the gel to liquid-crystalline transition of phosphatidylcholine bilayers. Effects of chainlength and vesicle size.

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    van Osdol, W W; Johnson, M L; Ye, Q; Biltonen, R L

    1991-04-01

    The relaxation kinetics of the gel to liquid-crystalline transition of five phosphatidylcholine (DC14PC to DC18PC) bilayer dispersions have been investigated using volume perturbation calorimetry, a steady-state technique which subjects a sample to sinusoidal changes in volume. Temperature and pressure responses to the volume perturbation are measured to monitor the relaxation to a new equilibrium position. The amplitude demodulation and phase shift of these observables are analyzed with respect to the perturbation frequency to yield relaxation times and amplitudes. In the limit of low perturbation frequency, the temperature and pressure responses are proportional to the equilibrium excess heat capacity and bulk modulus, respectively. At all temperatures, the thermal response data are consistent with a single primary relaxation process of the lipid. The less accurate bulk modulus data exhibit two relaxation times, but it is not clear whether they reflect lipid processes or are characteristic of the instrument. The observed thermal relaxation behavior of all multilamellar vesicles are quantitatively similar. The relaxation times vary from approximately 50 ms to 4 s, with a pronounced maximum at a temperature just greater than Tm, the temperature of the excess heat capacity maximum. Large unilamellar vesicles also exhibit a single relaxation process, but without a pronounced maximum in the relaxation time. Their relaxation time is approximately 80 ms over most of the transition range. PMID:2065185

  6. Rheological signatures in limit cycle behaviour of dilute, active, polar liquid crystalline polymers in steady shear

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    Forest, M. Gregory; Phuworawong, Panon; Wang, Qi; Zhou, Ruhai

    2014-01-01

    We consider the dilute regime of active suspensions of liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs), addressing issues motivated by our kinetic model and simulations in Forest et al. (Forest et al. 2013 Soft Matter 9, 5207–5222 (doi:10.1039/c3sm27736d)). In particular, we report unsteady two-dimensional heterogeneous flow-orientation attractors for pusher nanorod swimmers at dilute concentrations where passive LCP equilibria are isotropic. These numerical limit cycles are analogous to longwave (homogeneous) tumbling and kayaking limit cycles and two-dimensional heterogeneous unsteady attractors of passive LCPs in weak imposed shear, yet these states arise exclusively at semi-dilute concentrations where stable equilibria are nematic. The results in Forest et al. mentioned above compel two studies in the dilute regime that complement recent work of Saintillan & Shelley (Saintillan & Shelley 2013 C. R. Physique 14, 497–517 (doi:10.1016/j.crhy.2013.04.001)): linearized stability analysis of the isotropic state for nanorod pushers and pullers; and an analytical–numerical study of weakly and strongly sheared active polar nanorod suspensions to capture how particle-scale activation affects shear rheology. We find that weakly sheared dilute puller versus pusher suspensions exhibit steady versus unsteady responses, shear thickening versus thinning and positive versus negative first normal stress differences. These results further establish how sheared dilute nanorod pusher suspensions exhibit many of the characteristic features of sheared semi-dilute passive nanorod suspensions. PMID:25332387

  7. High-Throughput Screening of Saturated Fatty Acid Influence on Nanostructure of Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Lipid Nanoparticles.

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    Tran, Nhiem; Hawley, Adrian M; Zhai, Jiali; Muir, Benjamin W; Fong, Celesta; Drummond, Calum J; Mulet, Xavier

    2016-05-10

    Self-assembled lyotropic liquid crystalline lipid nanoparticles have been developed for a wide range of biomedical applications with an emerging focus for use as delivery vehicles for drugs, genes, and in vivo imaging agents. In this study, we report the generation of lipid nanoparticle libraries with information regarding mesophase and lattice parameter, which can aid the selection of formulation for a particular end-use application. In this study we elucidate the phase composition parameters that influence the internal structure of lipid nanoparticles produced from monoolein, monopalmitolein and phytantriol incorporating a variety of saturated fatty acids (FA) with different chain lengths at varying concentrations and temperatures. The material libraries were established using high throughput formulation and screening techniques, including synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering. The results demonstrate the rich polymorphism of lipid nanoparticles with nonlamellar mesophases in the presence of saturated FAs. The inclusion of saturated FAs within the lipid nanoparticles promotes a gradual phase transition at all temperatures studied toward structures with higher negative surface curvatures (e.g., from inverse bicontinuous cubic phase to hexagonal phase and then emulsified microemulsion). The three partial phase diagrams produced are discussed in terms of the influence of FA chain length and concentration on nanoparticle internal mesophase structure and lattice parameters. The study also highlights a compositionally dependent coexistence of multiple mesophases, which may indicate the presence of multicompartment nanoparticles containing cubic/cubic and cubic/hexagonal mesophases. PMID:27023315

  8. Molecular orientation distributions during injection molding of liquid crystalline polymers: Ex situ investigation of partially filled moldings

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    Fang, Jun; Burghardt, Wesley R.; Bubeck, Robert A.

    2013-01-10

    The development of molecular orientation in thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers (TLCPs) during injection molding has been investigated using two-dimensional wide-angle X-ray scattering coordinated with numerical computations employing the Larson-Doi polydomain model. Orientation distributions were measured in 'short shot' moldings to characterize structural evolution prior to completion of mold filling, in both thin and thick rectangular plaques. Distinct orientation patterns are observed near the filling front. In particular, strong extension at the melt front results in nearly transverse molecular alignment. Far away from the flow front shear competes with extension to produce complex spatial distributions of orientation. The relative influence of shear is stronger in the thin plaque, producing orientation along the filling direction. Exploiting an analogy between the Larson-Doi model and a fiber orientation model, we test the ability of process simulation tools to predict TLCP orientation distributions during molding. Substantial discrepancies between model predictions and experimental measurements are found near the flow front in partially filled short shots, attributed to the limits of the Hele-Shaw approximation used in the computations. Much of the flow front effect is however 'washed out' by subsequent shear flow as mold filling progresses, leading to improved agreement between experiment and corresponding numerical predictions.

  9. Rheological signatures in limit cycle behaviour of dilute, active, polar liquid crystalline polymers in steady shear.

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    Forest, M Gregory; Phuworawong, Panon; Wang, Qi; Zhou, Ruhai

    2014-11-28

    We consider the dilute regime of active suspensions of liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs), addressing issues motivated by our kinetic model and simulations in Forest et al. (Forest et al. 2013 Soft Matter 9, 5207-5222 (doi:10.1039/c3sm27736d)). In particular, we report unsteady two-dimensional heterogeneous flow-orientation attractors for pusher nanorod swimmers at dilute concentrations where passive LCP equilibria are isotropic. These numerical limit cycles are analogous to longwave (homogeneous) tumbling and kayaking limit cycles and two-dimensional heterogeneous unsteady attractors of passive LCPs in weak imposed shear, yet these states arise exclusively at semi-dilute concentrations where stable equilibria are nematic. The results in Forest et al. mentioned above compel two studies in the dilute regime that complement recent work of Saintillan & Shelley (Saintillan & Shelley 2013 C. R. Physique 14, 497-517 (doi:10.1016/j.crhy.2013.04.001)): linearized stability analysis of the isotropic state for nanorod pushers and pullers; and an analytical-numerical study of weakly and strongly sheared active polar nanorod suspensions to capture how particle-scale activation affects shear rheology. We find that weakly sheared dilute puller versus pusher suspensions exhibit steady versus unsteady responses, shear thickening versus thinning and positive versus negative first normal stress differences. These results further establish how sheared dilute nanorod pusher suspensions exhibit many of the characteristic features of sheared semi-dilute passive nanorod suspensions. PMID:25332387

  10. Ericksen number and Deborah number cascade predictions of a model for liquid crystalline polymers for simple shear flow

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    Klein, D. Harley; Leal, L. Gary; García-Cervera, Carlos J.; Ceniceros, Hector D.

    2007-02-01

    We consider the behavior of the Doi-Marrucci-Greco (DMG) model for nematic liquid crystalline polymers in planar shear flow. We found the DMG model to exhibit dynamics in both qualitative and quantitative agreement with experimental observations reported by Larson and Mead [Liq. Cryst. 15, 151 (1993)] for the Ericksen number and Deborah number cascades. For increasing shear rates within the Ericksen number cascade, the DMG model displays three distinct regimes: stable simple shear, stable roll cells, and irregular structure accompanied by disclination formation. In accordance with experimental observations, the model predicts both ±1 and ±1/2 disclinations. Although ±1 defects form via the ridge-splitting mechanism first identified by Feng, Tao, and Leal [J. Fluid Mech. 449, 179 (2001)], a new mechanism is identified for the formation of ±1/2 defects. Within the Deborah number cascade, with increasing Deborah number, the DMG model exhibits a streamwise banded texture, in the absence of disclinations and roll cells, followed by a monodomain wherein the mean orientation lies within the shear plane throughout the domain.

  11. In situ x-ray scattering study of a main-chain thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer under oscillatory shear flow

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    Vaish, Nitin; Burghardt, Wesley R.; Zhou, Weijun; Kornfield, Julia A.

    2000-03-01

    Liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) have been the subject of extensive studies because of potential commercial applications and scientific challenges. The excellent mechanical properties of LCPs arise from highly anisotropic molecular structure, which develops as a complex interplay between molecular dynamics and the applied flow field. We study the behavior of model thermotropic main-chain LCP (DHMS-7,9) under oscillatory shear flow using in situ X-ray scattering techniques. Experiments were done in nematic (140^o C) and x-phase (110^o C) to study the effects of frequency (0.5 - 50 rps) and strain amplitude (50 200In nematic phase, strong alignment in the flow direction (‘parallel’) was observed. The steady state was reached quickly either at high strain amplitudes or high frequencies. In x-phase, molecules aligned in flow direction at high strain levels or oscillation frequency, while alignment in vorticity (‘perpendicular’) direction was observed at low strain amplitude or frequency. In addition, we present the flipping of orientation from parallel to perpendicular alignment as a result of step change in temperature from 140^o C to 110^o C and oscillatory motion from a pre-aligned parallel state in x-phase.

  12. Formation of Nanoparticles during Melt mixing a Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polyester and Sulfonated Polystyrene Ionomers: Morphology and Origin of Formation

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    Lee,H.; Zhu, L.; Weiss, R.

    2005-01-01

    The formation of nanoparticles and the mechanism of their formation in a blend of a thermotropic liquid crystalline polyester (LCP) and the zinc salt of a lightly sulfonated polystyrene ionomer (Zn-SPS) were investigated using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) were used to study the morphology of the blends and structure of nanoparticles. The origin of nanoparticle formation appeared to be related to the development of phenyl acetate chain ends on the LCP that arose due to a chemical reaction between the LCP and residual catalytic amounts of zinc acetate and/or acetic acid that were present from the neutralization step in the preparation of the ionomer. Two-dimensional X-ray diffraction patterns for the blends revealed that chain-packing within nanoparticles was different than that of the LCP or the homopolymers prepared from the LCP co-monomers. The crystals formed in the nanoparticles were also stable to much higher temperature (>350 C) than the parent LCP crystallites that melted at {approx}280 C.

  13. Effects of layer order on the mobility of mesogenic molecules in SmA liquid-crystalline emulsions

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    Bono, Shinji; Takanishi, Yoichi; Yamamoto, Jun

    2016-03-01

    We fabricate smectic-A liquid-crystalline emulsions (SmA-LCEs) in which monodisperse 8CB-swollen micelles are dispersed in water. Synchrotron X-ray measurements reveal that the correlation length of the layer order in LCEs cannot diverge at the nematic (N)-SmA transition, and the saturated length linearly increases with the increase in the diameter of LC-swollen micelles. Moreover, we investigate the permeation of 7CB N molecules into 8CB SmA-LCEs by measuring the enhancement of the depolarized light scattering intensity due to the shift of the SmA-N phase transition, and confirm that the layer order suppresses the mobility of LC molecules in LCEs similar to the bulk state of SmA LCs. The mobility drastically accelerates near the SmA-N transition temperature due to the continuous extinction of the smectic layer order. The slow permeation process of 7CB is also confirmed via synchrotron X-ray diffraction examining the shrinkage of the smectic layer repeat distance, caused by intercalation of 7CB.

  14. Molecular Packing Determines Charge Separation in a Liquid Crystalline Bisthiophene-Perylene Diimide Donor-Acceptor Material.

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    Polkehn, Matthias; Tamura, Hiroyuki; Eisenbrandt, Pierre; Haacke, Stefan; Méry, Stéphane; Burghardt, Irene

    2016-04-01

    Combined electronic structure and quantum dynamical calculations are employed to investigate charge separation in a novel class of covalently bound bisthiophene-perylene diimide type donor-acceptor (DA) co-oligomer aggregates. In an earlier spectroscopic study of this DA system in a smectic liquid crystalline (LC) film, efficient and ultrafast (subpicosecond) initial charge separation was found to be followed by rapid recombination. By comparison, the same DA system in solution exhibits ultrafast resonant energy transfer followed by slower (picosecond scale) charge separation. The present first-principles study explains these contrasting observations, highlighting the role of an efficient intermolecular charge-transfer pathway that results from the molecular packing in the LC phase. Despite the efficiency of this primary charge-transfer step, long-range charge separation is impeded by a comparatively high Coulomb barrier in conjunction with small electron- and hole-transfer integrals. Quantum dynamical calculations are carried out for a fragment-based model Hamiltonian, parametrized by ab initio second-order Algebraic Diagrammatic Construction (ADC(2)) and Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) electronic structure calculations. Simulations of coherent vibronic quantum dynamics for up to 156 electronic states and 48 modes are performed using the Multi-Layer Multi-Configuration Time-Dependent Hartree (ML-MCTDH) method. Excellent agreement with experimentally determined charge separation time scales is obtained, and the spatially coherent nature of the dynamics is analyzed. PMID:26987362

  15. Liquid-crystalline and microemulsion phase behavior in alcohol-free aerosol-OT/oil/brine systems

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    Ghosh, O.; Miller, C.A.

    1987-08-13

    The phase behavior of systems containing the pure anionic surfactant Aerosol OT or sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate was studied as a function of salt concentration, surfactant concentration, alkane carbon number, and water-to-oil ratio. Since the hydrophilic and lipophilic properties of Aerosol OT are nearly balanced, the surfactant forms microemulsions with water and oil in the absence of cosurfactant, allowing for simplified representation of phase behavior. In particular, this property aided in the understanding of transitions between the aqueous surfactant phase behavior and the well-studied oil-rich microemulsion regime. With the addition of salt to dilute alcohol-free surfactant-water mixtures, transitions in the liquid-crystalline phases similar to those seen previously for systems containing petroleum sulfonates and other anionic surfactants with alcohol cosurfactants were found. When hydrocarbons of various chain lengths were equilibrated with the aqueous surfactant solutions, again behavior similar to that of anionic surfactants with alcohol cosurfactants was observed. Pseudoternary diagrams of surfactant-brine-oil were constructed at various brine salinities with n-dodecane as the oil. The assumption that brine acts as a pseudocomponent was found to work best at salinities well below and well above the optimum and at low surfactant concentrations. In any case, the results provide extensive information on phase behavior of a four-component system containing a pure anionic surfactant, a pure hydrocarbon, and sodium chloride brine over a region of considerable interest for enhanced oil recovery and other applications.

  16. Graphene oxide-wrapped PEGylated liquid crystalline nanoparticles for effective chemo-photothermal therapy of metastatic prostate cancer cells.

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    Thapa, Raj Kumar; Youn, Yu Seok; Jeong, Jee-Heon; Choi, Han-Gon; Yong, Chul Soon; Kim, Jong Oh

    2016-07-01

    Here, we report the preparation of PEGylated liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCN) loaded with docetaxel (DTX) and wrapped with graphene oxide (GO), called PEG-GO/LCN/DTX, for effective chemo-photothermal therapy of metastatic prostate cancer cells. The prepared formulation exhibited a small particle size (<250 nm), high drug loading capacity (∼15%), and efficient near infrared (NIR) light-induced thermal heat. Importantly, PEG-GO/LCN/DTX successfully accumulated in prostate cancer cells and exhibited potent apoptotic and antimigration effects, mediated by the combination of the anticancer effects of DTX and the thermal heat induced by exposure of GO to NIR light. Taken together, our findings support that PEG-GO/LCN/DTX may be an effective system for treatment of metastatic prostate cancer. Moreover, the results establish a proof-of-concept for the potential chemo-photothermal functionality of PEG-GO/LCN/DTX. This hybrid system of LCN and GO could provide controlled and targeted drug delivery with enhanced NIR-induced thermal effects for effective treatment of metastatic cancers. PMID:27022866

  17. Constant-pressure simulations of Gay-Berne liquid-crystalline phases in cylindrical nanocavities.

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    Karjalainen, Jouni; Lintuvuori, Juho; Telkki, Ville-Veikko; Lantto, Perttu; Vaara, Juha

    2013-09-01

    Applications of liquid crystals (LCs) are based on controlling the orientational and translational order of the medium. One important way of control is via confinement. In this work, uniaxial thermotropic LCs confined to nanosized cylindrical cavities are studied using isobaric parallel tempering (PT) Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. The LCs are modeled using the Gay-Berne (4.4, 20.0, 1, 1) (GB) potential in long, smooth-walled cavities. The chosen particle-wall interaction favours homogeneous planar anchoring - the alignment of molecules along the wall. We report the results for the phase structure appropriate to three different cavity sizes as well as comparison to the results of bulk simulations. Ensemble averages for orientational and translational order parameters as well as their local behavior as a function of the distance to the cavity wall is calculated by reweighting results from all the simulated temperatures. We find that the LC director tends to align strongly with the axis of the cylindrical cavity. The orientational order is enhanced and translational order suppressed by the walls of the cavity. Hence, there are notable differences between the local order close to the wall and near the cylinder axis. The position-dependent distributions of the order parameters result in smooth phase transitions in their respective system-wide averages. Particularly, the nematic-isotropic (N-I) transition is replaced by a continuous nematic-paranematic (N-PN) transition. This is caused by the core region of the cavities becoming isotropic at high temperatures, whereas near the wall the LC retains nematic order. In contrast to previous NVT ensemble simulations, we find the effect of confinement on the smectic (Sm) layering to be weak. Also, Sm-N and N-PN transitions are found to be both sharper and residing at higher temperatures than in the constant-volume simulations. At temperatures where the bulk LC is a solid, we observe a wall-induced density wave in the confined

  18. Free volume in imidazolium triflimide ([C3MIM][NTf2]) ionic liquid from positron lifetime: amorphous, crystalline, and liquid states.

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    Dlubek, G; Yu, Yang; Krause-Rehberg, R; Beichel, W; Bulut, S; Pogodina, N; Krossing, I; Friedrich, Ch

    2010-09-28

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is used to study the ionic liquid 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [C(3)MIM][NTf(2)] in the temperature range between 150 and 320 K. The positron decay spectra are analyzed using the routine LifeTime-9.0 and the size distribution of local free volumes (subnanometer-size holes) is calculated. This distribution is in good agreement with Fürth's classical hole theory of liquids when taking into account Fürth's hole coalescence hypothesis. During cooling, the liquid sample remains in a supercooled, amorphous state and shows the glass transition in the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime at 187 K. The mean hole volume varies between 70 Å(3) at 150 K and 250 Å(3) at 265-300 K. From a comparison with the macroscopic volume, the hole density is estimated to be constant at 0.20×10(21) g(-1) corresponding to 0.30 nm(-3) at 265 K. The hole free volume fraction varies from 0.023 at 185 K to 0.073 at T(m)+12 K=265 K and can be estimated to be 0.17 at 430 K. It is shown that the viscosity follows perfectly the Cohen-Turnbull free volume theory when using the free volume determined here. The heating run clearly shows crystallization at 200 K by an abrupt decrease in the mean <τ(3)> and standard deviation σ(3) of the o-Ps lifetime distribution and an increase in the o-Ps intensity I(3). The parameters of the second lifetime component <τ(2)> and σ(2) behave parallel to the o-Ps parameters, which also shows the positron's (e(+)) response to structural changes. During melting at 253 K, all lifetime parameters recover to the initial values of the liquid. An abrupt decrease in I(3) is attributed to the solvation of e(-) and e(+) particles. Different possible interpretations of the o-Ps lifetime in the crystalline state are briefly discussed. PMID:20886945

  19. Free volume in imidazolium triflimide ([C{sub 3}MIM][NTf{sub 2}]) ionic liquid from positron lifetime: Amorphous, crystalline, and liquid states

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    Dlubek, G.; Beichel, W.; Bulut, S.; Pogodina, N.; Krossing, I.; Friedrich, Ch.

    2010-09-28

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is used to study the ionic liquid 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [C{sub 3}MIM][NTf{sub 2}] in the temperature range between 150 and 320 K. The positron decay spectra are analyzed using the routine LifeTime-9.0 and the size distribution of local free volumes (subnanometer-size holes) is calculated. This distribution is in good agreement with Fuerth's classical hole theory of liquids when taking into account Fuerth's hole coalescence hypothesis. During cooling, the liquid sample remains in a supercooled, amorphous state and shows the glass transition in the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime at 187 K. The mean hole volume varies between 70 A{sup 3} at 150 K and 250 A{sup 3} at 265-300 K. From a comparison with the macroscopic volume, the hole density is estimated to be constant at 0.20x10{sup 21} g{sup -1} corresponding to 0.30 nm{sup -3} at 265 K. The hole free volume fraction varies from 0.023 at 185 K to 0.073 at T{sub m}+12 K=265 K and can be estimated to be 0.17 at 430 K. It is shown that the viscosity follows perfectly the Cohen-Turnbull free volume theory when using the free volume determined here. The heating run clearly shows crystallization at 200 K by an abrupt decrease in the mean <{tau}{sub 3}> and standard deviation {sigma}{sub 3} of the o-Ps lifetime distribution and an increase in the o-Ps intensity I{sub 3}. The parameters of the second lifetime component <{tau}{sub 2}> and {sigma}{sub 2} behave parallel to the o-Ps parameters, which also shows the positron's (e{sup +}) response to structural changes. During melting at 253 K, all lifetime parameters recover to the initial values of the liquid. An abrupt decrease in I{sub 3} is attributed to the solvation of e{sup -} and e{sup +} particles. Different possible interpretations of the o-Ps lifetime in the crystalline state are briefly discussed.

  20. Photoinduced Changes of Surface Topography in Amorphous, Liquid-Crystalline, and Crystalline Films of Bent-Core Azobenzene-Containing Substance.

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    Bobrovsky, Alexey; Mochalov, Konstantin; Oleinikov, Vladimir; Solovyeva, Daria; Shibaev, Valery; Bogdanova, Yulia; Hamplová, Vĕra; Kašpar, Miroslav; Bubnov, Alexej

    2016-06-01

    Recently, photofluidization and mass-transfer effects have gained substantial interest because of their unique abilities of photocontrolled manipulation with material structure and physicochemical properties. In this work, the surface topographies of amorphous, nematic, and crystalline films of an azobenzene-containing bent-core (banana-shaped) compound were studied using a special experimental setup combining polarizing optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Spin-coating or rapid cooling of the samples enabled the formation of glassy amorphous or nematic films of the substance. The effects of UV and visible-light irradiation on the surface roughness of the films were investigated. It was found that UV irradiation leads to the fast isothermal transition of nematic and crystalline phases into the isotropic phase. This effect is associated with E-Z photoisomerization of the compound accompanied by a decrease of the anisometry of the bent-core molecules. Focused polarized visible-light irradiation (457.9 nm) results in mass-transfer phenomena and induces the formation of so-called "craters" in amorphous and crystalline films of the substance. The observed photofluidization and mass-transfer processes allow glass-forming bent-core azobenzene-containing substances to be considered for the creation of promising materials with photocontrollable surface topographies. Such compounds are of principal importance for the solution of a broad range of problems related to the investigation of surface phenomena in colloid and physical chemistry, such as surface modification for chemical and catalytic reactions, predetermined morphology of surfaces and interfaces in soft matter, and chemical and biochemical sensing. PMID:27176778

  1. Liquid Crystalline Nanoparticles as an Ophthalmic Delivery System for Tetrandrine: Development, Characterization, and In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation.

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    Liu, Rui; Wang, Shuangshuang; Fang, Shiming; Wang, Jialu; Chen, Jingjing; Huang, Xingguo; He, Xin; Liu, Changxiao

    2016-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop novel liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNPs) that display improved pre-ocular residence time and ocular bioavailability and that can be used as an ophthalmic delivery system for tetrandrine (TET). The delivery system consisted of three primary components, including glyceryl monoolein, poloxamer 407, and water, and two secondary components, including Gelucire 44/14 and amphipathic octadecyl-quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan. The amount of TET, the amount of glyceryl monoolein, and the ratio of poloxamer 407 to glyceryl monoolein were selected as the factors that were used to optimize the dependent variables, which included encapsulation efficiency and drug loading. A three-factor, five-level central composite design was constructed to optimize the formulation. TET-loaded LCNPs (TET-LCNPs) were characterized to determine their particle size, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency, drug loading capacity, particle morphology, inner crystalline structure, and in vitro drug release profile. Corneal permeation in excised rabbit corneas was evaluated. Pre-ocular retention was determined using a noninvasive fluorescence imaging system. Finally, pharmacokinetic study in the aqueous humor was performed by microdialysis technique. The optimal formulation had a mean particle size of 170.0 ± 13.34 nm, a homogeneous distribution with polydispersity index of 0.166 ± 0.02, a positive surface charge with a zeta potential of 29.3 ± 1.25 mV, a high entrapment efficiency of 95.46 ± 4.13 %, and a drug loading rate of 1.63 ± 0.07 %. Transmission electron microscopy showed spherical particles that had smooth surfaces. Small-angle X-ray scattering profiles revealed an inverted hexagonal phase. The in vitro release assays showed a sustained drug release profile. A corneal permeation study showed that the apparent permeability coefficient of the optimal formulation was 2.03-fold higher than that of the TET solution. Pre

  2. Liquid Crystalline Nanoparticles as an Ophthalmic Delivery System for Tetrandrine: Development, Characterization, and In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation

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    Liu, Rui; Wang, Shuangshuang; Fang, Shiming; Wang, Jialu; Chen, Jingjing; Huang, Xingguo; He, Xin; Liu, Changxiao

    2016-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop novel liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNPs) that display improved pre-ocular residence time and ocular bioavailability and that can be used as an ophthalmic delivery system for tetrandrine (TET). The delivery system consisted of three primary components, including glyceryl monoolein, poloxamer 407, and water, and two secondary components, including Gelucire 44/14 and amphipathic octadecyl-quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan. The amount of TET, the amount of glyceryl monoolein, and the ratio of poloxamer 407 to glyceryl monoolein were selected as the factors that were used to optimize the dependent variables, which included encapsulation efficiency and drug loading. A three-factor, five-level central composite design was constructed to optimize the formulation. TET-loaded LCNPs (TET-LCNPs) were characterized to determine their particle size, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency, drug loading capacity, particle morphology, inner crystalline structure, and in vitro drug release profile. Corneal permeation in excised rabbit corneas was evaluated. Pre-ocular retention was determined using a noninvasive fluorescence imaging system. Finally, pharmacokinetic study in the aqueous humor was performed by microdialysis technique. The optimal formulation had a mean particle size of 170.0 ± 13.34 nm, a homogeneous distribution with polydispersity index of 0.166 ± 0.02, a positive surface charge with a zeta potential of 29.3 ± 1.25 mV, a high entrapment efficiency of 95.46 ± 4.13 %, and a drug loading rate of 1.63 ± 0.07 %. Transmission electron microscopy showed spherical particles that had smooth surfaces. Small-angle X-ray scattering profiles revealed an inverted hexagonal phase. The in vitro release assays showed a sustained drug release profile. A corneal permeation study showed that the apparent permeability coefficient of the optimal formulation was 2.03-fold higher than that of the TET solution. Pre-ocular retention

  3. Phase states and thermomorphologic, thermotropic, and magnetomorphologic properties of lyotropic mesophases: Sodium lauryl sulphate-water-1-decanol liquid-crystalline system

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    Özden, Pınar; Nesrullajev, Arif; Oktik, Şener

    2010-12-01

    Phase states in sodium lauryl sulphate-water-1-decanol lyotropic liquid-crystalline system have been investigated for different temperature ranges. The dependence of triangle phase diagram types, phase boundaries, and sequence of lyotropic mesophases vs temperature has been found. The thermomorphologic, thermotropic, and magnetomorphologic properties of hexagonal E, lamellar D, nematic-calamitic NC , nematic-discotic ND , and biaxial nematic Nbx mesophases have been studied in detail. Dynamics of transformations of magnetically induced textures has been investigated. Peculiarities of typical and magnetically induced textures have been investigated in detail. Triangle phase diagrams of sodium lauryl sulphate-water-1-decanol lyotropic liquid-crystalline system for different temperatures and typical and magnetically induced textures of E, D, NC , ND , and Nbx mesophases are presented.

  4. Modulating alignment of membrane proteins in liquid-crystalline and oriented gel media by changing the size and charge of phospholipid bicelles

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    Lorieau, Justin L; Maltsev, Alexander S.; Louis, John M; Bax, Ad

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate that alignment of a structured peptide or small protein solubilized in mixed phospholipid:detergent micelles or bicelles, when embedded in a compressed gel or liquid crystalline medium, can be altered by either changing the phospholipid aggregate shape, charge, or both together. For the hemagglutinin fusion peptide solubilized in bicelles, we show that bicelle shape and charge do not change its helical hairpin structure but impact its alignment relative to the alignment medium, both in charged compressed acrylamide gel and in liquid crystalline d (GpG). The method can be used to generate sets of residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) that correspond to orthogonal alignment tensors, and holds promise for high-resolution structural refinement and dynamic mapping of membrane proteins. PMID:23508769

  5. Role of Liquid-based Cytology and Cell Block in the Diagnosis of Endometrial Lesions

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    Zhang, Hui; Wen, Jia; Xu, Pi-Li; Chen, Rui; Yang, Xi; Zhou, Lian-Er; Jiang, Ping; Wan, An-Xia; Liao, Qin-Ping

    2016-01-01

    Background: Liquid-based cytology (LBC) offers an alternative method to biopsy in screening endometrial cancer. Cell block (CB), prepared by collecting residual cytological specimen, represents a novel method to supplement the diagnosis of endometrial cytology. This study aimed to compare the specimen adequacy and diagnostic accuracy of LBC and CB in the diagnosis of endometrial lesions. Methods: A total of 198 women with high risks of endometrial carcinoma (EC) from May 2014 to April 2015 were enrolled in this study. The cytological specimens were collected by the endometrial sampler (SAP-1) followed by histopathologic evaluation of dilatation and curettage or biopsy guided by hysteroscopy. The residual cytological specimens were processed into paraffin-embedded CB after LBC preparation. Diagnostic accuracies of LBC and CB for detecting endometrial lesions were correlated with histological diagnoses. Chi-square test was used to compare the specimen adequacies of LBC and CB. Results: The specimen inadequate rate of CB was significantly higher than that of LBC (22.2% versus 7.1%, P < 0.01). There were 144 cases with adequate specimens for LBC and CB preparation. Among them, 29 cases were atypical endometrial hyperplasia (11 cases) or carcinoma (18 cases) confirmed by histology evaluation. Taking atypical hyperplasia and carcinoma as positive, the diagnostic accuracy of CB was 95.1% while it was 93.8% in LBC. When combined LBC with CB, the diagnostic accuracy was improved to 95.8%, with a sensitivity of 89.7% and specificity of 97.4%. Conclusions: CB is a feasible and reproducible adjuvant method for screening endometrial lesions. A combination of CB and LBC can improve the diagnostic accuracy of endometrial lesions. PMID:27270542

  6. Preparation of Compact Agarose Cell Blocks from the Residues of Liquid-Based Cytology Samples

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    Choi, Suk Jin; Choi, Yeon Il; Kim, Lucia; Park, In Suh; Han, Jee Young; Kim, Joon Mee; Chu, Young Chae

    2014-01-01

    Background Inevitable loss of diagnostic material should be minimized during cell block preparation. We introduce a modified agarose cell block technique that enables the synthesis of compact cell blocks by using the entirety of a cell pellet without the loss of diagnostic material during cell block preparations. The feasibility of this technique is illustrated by high-throughput immunocytochemistry using high-density cell block microarray (CMA). Methods The cell pellets of Sure- Path residues were pre-embedded in ultra-low gelling temperature agarose gel and re-embedded in standard agarose gel. They were fixed, processed, and embedded in paraffin using the same method as tissue sample processing. The resulting agarose cell blocks were trimmed and represented on a CMA for high-throughput analysis using immunocytochemical staining. Results The SurePath residues were effectively and entirely incorporated into compact agarose cell buttons and embedded in paraffin. Sections of the agarose cell blocks revealed cellularities that correlated well with corresponding SurePath smears and had immunocytochemical features that were sufficient for diagnosis of difficult cases. Conclusions This agarose-based compact cell block technique enables preparation of high-quality cell blocks by using up the residual SurePath samples without loss of diagnostic material during cell block preparation. PMID:25366070

  7. Multi-dimensional 1H- 13C HETCOR and FSLG-HETCOR NMR study of sphingomyelin bilayers containing cholesterol in the gel and liquid crystalline states

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    Holland, Gregory P.; Alam, Todd M.

    2006-08-01

    13C cross polarization magic angle spinning (CP-MAS) and 1H MAS NMR spectra were collected on egg sphingomyelin (SM) bilayers containing cholesterol above and below the liquid crystalline phase transition temperature ( Tm). Two-dimensional (2D) dipolar heteronuclear correlation (HETCOR) spectra were obtained on SM bilayers in the liquid crystalline ( Lα) state for the first time and display improved resolution and chemical shift dispersion compared to the individual 1H and 13C spectra and significantly aid in spectral assignment. In the gel ( Lβ) state, the 1H dimension suffers from line broadening due to the 1H- 1H homonuclear dipolar coupling that is not completely averaged by the combination of lipid mobility and MAS. This line broadening is significantly suppressed by implementing frequency switched Lee-Goldburg (FSLG) homonuclear 1H decoupling during the evolution period. In the liquid crystalline ( Lα) phase, no improvement in line width is observed when FSLG is employed. All of the observed resonances are assignable to cholesterol and SM environments. This study demonstrates the ability to obtain 2D heteronuclear correlation experiments in the gel state for biomembranes, expands on previous SM assignments, and presents a comprehensive 1H/ 13C NMR assignment of SM bilayers containing cholesterol. Comparisons are made to a previous report on cholesterol chemical shifts in dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) bilayers. A number of similarities and some differences are observed and discussed.

  8. Resveratrol-Loaded Liquid-Crystalline System Inhibits UVB-Induced Skin Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in Mice.

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    Fujimura, Andressa T; Martinez, Renata M; Pinho-Ribeiro, Felipe A; Lopes Dias da Silva, Amélia M; Baracat, Marcela M; Georgetti, Sandra R; Verri, Waldiceu A; Chorilli, Marlus; Casagrande, Rubia

    2016-05-27

    Evidence shows beneficial effects of resveratrol (RES) on human health. However, its poor aqueous solubility limits therapeutic effectiveness. Thus, the use of nanostructured delivery systems for RES, such as a liquid-crystalline system (LCS), could be viable. The purpose of this study was to develop, characterize, and determine the in vivo effectiveness of a RES-loaded LCS. We studied an LCS containing silicon glycol copolymer, polyether functional siloxane, and the polymeric dispersion carbomer homopolymer type B (C974) in the ratio 20:55:25 with and without RES. Results obtained using polarized light microscopy, small-angle X-ray scattering, and rheology analysis showed that the RES-loaded LCS system presents a lamellar structure and behaves as a non-Newtonian fluid presenting pseudoplastic (the apparent viscosity decreases as the stress increases) and thixotropic (the apparent viscosity decreases with the duration of stress) behaviors. Cytotoxicity studies showed that the formulation components are noncytotoxic. Topical application of a RES-loaded LCS protected hairless mice from UVB-irradiation-induced skin damage by inhibiting edema, neutrophil recruitment, lipid hydroperoxide and superoxide anion production, gp91phox mRNA expression, and oxidative stress. The RES-loaded LCS maintained 2,2'-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) and ferric reducing abilities, catalase activity, reduced glutathione levels, and mRNA expression of glutathione peroxidase 1 and glutathione reductase. The RES-loaded LCS also up-regulated matrix metalloproteinase-9 activity, IL-10 production, and mRNA expression of transcription factor Nrf2 and heme oxygenase-1. Therefore, a RES-loaded LCS is a promising new therapeutic approach to mitigate skin photodamage. PMID:27191910

  9. Comparison of conventional molecularly doped polymeric photoreceptors and novel liquid-crystalline systems: charge injection and charge transport

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    Adam, Dieter; Swienty, Horst; Pinsler, Heinz; Lutz, Manfred; Bondkowski, Jens; Bleyl, Ingo; Haarer, Dietrich

    1997-10-01

    Charge-carrier transport and charge-carrier injection in mono-layers and two-layer photoreceptors with both "conventional", i. e., molecularly doped polymeric (MDP) transport layers and novel liquid-crystalline (LC) transport systems have been investigated by time-of-flight (TOF) experiments. As compared to the MDP materials, the LC model compounds showed a considerable potential towards high-speed xerographic application due to a charge-carrier mobility as high as 0,1 cm2/V s for the hexa(hexyltho)triphenylene (HHTT). In two-layer systems with MDP CTL, the formation of a sharp and well-defined interface between CGL and TL is impossible, a bulky intermediate layer is inevitable due to the wet-coating process. This results in a delayed charge-carrier injection due to space-charge effects originating from the intermediate layer. Two-layer systems with a LC CTL allow to investigate two novel aspects: (i) Since preparation of a LC CU is feasible in a solvent-free process, the formation of an ideal, i.e., sharp interface between CU and CGL is possible. Hence, charge-carrier injection from a well-defined interface can be studied. The results can be explained (i) by taking into account the different extrinsic charge-generation mechanisms for azo pigments (Azo) and phthalocyanine pigments and (ii) the different HOMO levels of Azo and phthalocyanine as compared to the HOMO-level of HHTT (ii) Due to the high charge carrier mobility, the LC CU is a "fast enough probe" to monitor time resolved injection phenomena.

  10. Self-assembled nano-architecture liquid crystalline particles as a promising carrier for progesterone transdermal delivery.

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    Elgindy, Nazik A; Mehanna, Mohammed M; Mohyeldin, Salma M

    2016-03-30

    The study aims to elaborate novel self-assembled liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNPs) for management of hormonal disturbances following non-invasive progesterone transdermal delivery. Fabrication and optimization of progesteroneloaded LCNPs for transdermal delivery were assessed via a quality by design approach based on 2(3) full factorial design. The design includes the functional relationships between independent processing variables and dependent responses of particle size, polydispersity index, zeta potential, cumulative drug released after 24h and ex-vivo transdermal steady flux. The developed nanocarrier was subjected to TEM (transmission electron microscope) for morphological elucidation and stability study within a period of three months at different storage temperatures. The cubic phase of LCNPs was successfully prepared using glyceryl monooleate (GMO) via the emulsification technique. Based on the factorial design, the independent operating variables significantly affected the five dependent responses. The cubosomes hydrodynamic diameters were in the nanometric range (101-386 nm) with narrow particle size distribution, high negative zeta potential ≥-30 mV and entrapment efficiency ≥94%. The LCNPs succeeded in sustaining progesterone release for almost 24h, following a non-fickian transport of drug diffusion mechanism. Ex-vivo study revealed a significant enhancement up to 6 folds in the transdermal permeation of progesterone-loaded LCNPs compared to its aqueous suspension. The optimized LCNPs exhibited a high physical stability while retaining the cubic structure for at least three months. Quality by design approach successfully accomplished a predictable mathematical model permitting the development of novel LCNPs for transdermal delivery of progesterone with the benefit of reducing its oral route side effects. PMID:26828671

  11. Synthesis of Programmable Main-chain Liquid-crystalline Elastomers Using a Two-stage Thiol-acrylate Reaction

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    Saed, Mohand O.; Torbati, Amir H.; Nair, Devatha P.; Yakacki, Christopher M.

    2016-01-01

    This study presents a novel two-stage thiol-acrylate Michael addition-photopolymerization (TAMAP) reaction to prepare main-chain liquid-crystalline elastomers (LCEs) with facile control over network structure and programming of an aligned monodomain. Tailored LCE networks were synthesized using routine mixing of commercially available starting materials and pouring monomer solutions into molds to cure. An initial polydomain LCE network is formed via a self-limiting thiol-acrylate Michael-addition reaction. Strain-to-failure and glass transition behavior were investigated as a function of crosslinking monomer, pentaerythritol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) (PETMP). An example non-stoichiometric system of 15 mol% PETMP thiol groups and an excess of 15 mol% acrylate groups was used to demonstrate the robust nature of the material. The LCE formed an aligned and transparent monodomain when stretched, with a maximum failure strain over 600%. Stretched LCE samples were able to demonstrate both stress-driven thermal actuation when held under a constant bias stress or the shape-memory effect when stretched and unloaded. A permanently programmed monodomain was achieved via a second-stage photopolymerization reaction of the excess acrylate groups when the sample was in the stretched state. LCE samples were photo-cured and programmed at 100%, 200%, 300%, and 400% strain, with all samples demonstrating over 90% shape fixity when unloaded. The magnitude of total stress-free actuation increased from 35% to 115% with increased programming strain. Overall, the two-stage TAMAP methodology is presented as a powerful tool to prepare main-chain LCE systems and explore structure-property-performance relationships in these fascinating stimuli-sensitive materials. PMID:26862925

  12. Characterization of oil-free and oil-loaded liquid-crystalline particles stabilized by negatively charged stabilizer citrem.

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    Nilsson, Christa; Edwards, Katarina; Eriksson, Jonny; Larsen, Susan Weng; Østergaard, Jesper; Larsen, Claus; Urtti, Arto; Yaghmur, Anan

    2012-08-14

    The present study was designed to evaluate the effect of the negatively charged food-grade emulsifier citrem on the internal nanostructures of oil-free and oil-loaded aqueous dispersions of phytantriol (PHYT) and glyceryl monooleate (GMO). To our knowledge, this is the first report in the literature on the utilization of this charged stabilizing agent in the formation of aqueous dispersions consisting of well-ordered interiors (either inverted-type hexagonal (H(2)) phases or inverted-type microemulsion systems). Synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) were used to characterize the dispersed and the corresponding nondispersed phases of inverted-type nonlamellar liquid-crystalline phases and microemulsions. The results suggest a transition between different internal nanostructures of the aqueous dispersions after the addition of the stabilizer. In addition to the main function of citrem as a stabilizer that adheres to the surface of the dispersed particles, it has a significant impact on the internal nanostructures, which is governed by the following factors: (1) its penetration between the hydrophobic tails of the lipid molecules and (2) its degree of incorporation into the lipid-water interfacial area. In the presence of citrem, the formation of aqueous dispersions with functionalized hydrophilic domains by the enlargement of the hydrophilic nanochannels of the internal H(2) phase in hexosomes and the hydrophilic core of the L(2) phase in emulsified microemulsions (EMEs) could be particularly attractive for solubilizing and controlling the release of positively charged drugs. PMID:22831645

  13. Synthesis of Programmable Main-chain Liquid-crystalline Elastomers Using a Two-stage Thiol-acrylate Reaction.

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    Saed, Mohand O; Torbati, Amir H; Nair, Devatha P; Yakacki, Christopher M

    2016-01-01

    This study presents a novel two-stage thiol-acrylate Michael addition-photopolymerization (TAMAP) reaction to prepare main-chain liquid-crystalline elastomers (LCEs) with facile control over network structure and programming of an aligned monodomain. Tailored LCE networks were synthesized using routine mixing of commercially available starting materials and pouring monomer solutions into molds to cure. An initial polydomain LCE network is formed via a self-limiting thiol-acrylate Michael-addition reaction. Strain-to-failure and glass transition behavior were investigated as a function of crosslinking monomer, pentaerythritol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) (PETMP). An example non-stoichiometric system of 15 mol% PETMP thiol groups and an excess of 15 mol% acrylate groups was used to demonstrate the robust nature of the material. The LCE formed an aligned and transparent monodomain when stretched, with a maximum failure strain over 600%. Stretched LCE samples were able to demonstrate both stress-driven thermal actuation when held under a constant bias stress or the shape-memory effect when stretched and unloaded. A permanently programmed monodomain was achieved via a second-stage photopolymerization reaction of the excess acrylate groups when the sample was in the stretched state. LCE samples were photo-cured and programmed at 100%, 200%, 300%, and 400% strain, with all samples demonstrating over 90% shape fixity when unloaded. The magnitude of total stress-free actuation increased from 35% to 115% with increased programming strain. Overall, the two-stage TAMAP methodology is presented as a powerful tool to prepare main-chain LCE systems and explore structure-property-performance relationships in these fascinating stimuli-sensitive materials. PMID:26862925

  14. Glyceryl monooleyl ether-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles as a transdermal delivery system of flurbiprofen: characterization and in vitro transport.

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    Uchino, Tomonobu; Murata, Akiko; Miyazaki, Yasunori; Oka, Toshihiko; Kagawa, Yoshiyuki

    2015-01-01

    Liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNs) were prepared using glyceryl monooleyl ether (GME) by the modified film rehydration method. Hydrogenated lecithin (HL), 1,3-butylene glycol (1,3-BG), and Poloxamer 407 were used as additives. The prepared LCN formulations were evaluated based on particle size, small-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXS) analysis, (1)H- and (19)F-NMR spectra, and in vitro skin permeation across Yucatan micropig skin. The composition (weight percent) of the LCN formulations were GME-HL-1,3-BG (4 : 1 : 15), 4% GME-based LCN and GME-HL-1,3-BG (8 : 1 : 15), 8% GME-based LCN and their mean particle sizes were 130-175 nm. Flurbiprofen 5 and 10 mg was loaded into 4% GME-based LCN and 8% GME-based LCN systems, respectively. The results of SAXS and NMR suggested that both flurbiprofen-loaded formulations consist of particles with reverse type hexagonal phase (formation of hexosome) and flurbiprofen molecules were localized in the lipid domain through interaction of flurbiprofen with the lipid components. Flurbiprofen transport from the LCN systems across the Yucatan micropig skin was increased compared to flurbiprofen in citric buffer (pH=3.0). The 8% GME-based LCN systems was superior to the 4% GME-based LCN for flurbiprofen transport. Since the internal hexagonal phase in the 8% GME-based LCN systems had a higher degree of order compared to the 4% GME-based LCN in SAXS patterns, the 8% GME-based LCN system had a larger surface area, which might influence flurbiprofen permeation. These results indicated that the GME-based LCN system is effective in improving the skin permeation of flurbiprofen across the skin. PMID:25948327

  15. Transitional liquid crystalline phases between the hexagonal and lamellar phases in ternary cesium N-tetradecanoate-water-additive mixtures

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    Blackburn, J.C.; Kilpatrick, P.K. )

    1993-04-01

    The effects of added salt (CsOH, CsCl), long-chain carboxylic acid, and long-chain alcohol on the lyotropic liquid crystalline phase behavior in the cesium n-tetradecanoate (CsTD)-water system is reported. The transitional region between the hexagonal (H) and lamellar (L) phases was the compositional range of focus. Three transitional phases were observed: (i) the ribbon (R) phase, a biaxial phase consisting of cylinders of ellipsoidal cross section; (ii) the viscous isotropic (VI) phase, an isotropic phase thought to consist of interconnected rods on an Ia3d lattice; and (iii) the intermediate (Int) phase, a uniaxial anisotropic phase thought to consist of interconnected rods on a planar lattice. The effect of the additives was to decrease the interfacial curvature of the surfactant head group layer by varying head group repulsion and by varying the surfactant tail volume relative to the surfactant head group area. These changes resulted in formation of transitional phases seeming to possess curvature between that of the cylindrical H phase and the planar L phase. The ionic repulsion between carboxylate head groups was reduced by the addition of CsOH or CsCl, and resulted in destabilization of the VI phase and the formation of the anisotropic Int phase. With the addition of cosurfactants, n-tetradecanoic acid (TDA) and 1-tetradecanol (TDOH), no Int phase was observed. With 7 wt% added TDA the R phase was stabilized up to temperatures of 336 K, above the 330 K temperature limit in the binary CsTD-D[sub 2]O system. In all four systems, sufficient additive (5-10 wt%) resulted in a transition to the L phase, which was stable over a large portion of the compositional range. In order of apparently decreasing mean curvature, the phase sequence is: hexagonal, ribbon, viscous isotropic, intermediate, and lamellar.

  16. Gel phantom study of a cryosurgical probe with a thermosiphon effect and liquid nitrogen-cooled aluminum thermal storage blocks

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    Isoda, Haruo; Takehara, Yasuo; Fujino, Hitoshi; Sone, Kazuya; Suzuki, Takeshi; Tsuzaki, Yoshinari; Miyazaki, Kouji; Fujie, Michio; Sakahara, Harumi; Maekawa, Yasuaki

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Cryosurgery is a minimally invasive treatment for certain types of cancers. Argon-based cryosurgical devices are available at present, however a large compressed gas cylinder with the pressure of 300 atmospheres is needed. To overcome these drawbacks, we developed a new cryosurgical probe measuring about 50 cm in length with separate lumens inside for liquid and gaseous ethylene to be used as a thermosiphon and liquid nitrogen-cooled aluminum thermal storage blocks. The probe needle was 8 cm in length and 3 mm in outer diameter. To investigate the freezing capabilities of our new cryosurgical system we inserted the needle 5cm into a poly-acrylamide gel phantom warmed to 36.5 ℃. Thermal storage blocks made of aluminum, cooled at –196 ℃ in liquid nitrogen, were attached to the condenser of the probe and replaced with thermal storage blocks every 4 to 5 minutes to compensate for warming. We took digital camera images of the ice ball at the needle and measured the temperature in certain locations of the cryoprobe. Ice ball formation started at one minute after cooling. The sizes (longest diameter × minimum diameter) at 10, 20 and 30 minutes after the start of the procedure were 4.5×2.1, 4.5×3.1 and 4.6×3.7 cm, respectively. During the procedure the minimum temperature of the condenser was –85 ℃ and the needle was –65 ℃. This newly developed compact cryosurgical probe with thermosiphon effect and cooled thermal storage blocks created an ice ball that can be used for cryosurgery within 20 minutes. PMID:26412886

  17. Influence of the nematic order on the rheology and conformation of stretched comb-like liquid crystalline polymers

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    Fourmaux-Demange, V.; Brûlet, A.; Boué, F.; Davidson, P.; Keller, P.; Cotton, J. P.

    2000-04-01

    We have studied the rheology and the conformation of stretched comb-like liquid-crystalline polymers. Both the influence of the comb-like structure and the specific effect of the nematic interaction on the dynamics are investigated. For this purpose, two isomers of a comb-like polymetacrylate polymer, of well-defined molecular weights, were synthesized: one displays a nematic phase over a wide range of temperature, the other one has only an isotropic phase. Even with high degrees of polymerization N, between 40 and 1000, the polymer chains studied were not entangled. The stress-strain curves during the stretching and relaxation processes show differences between the isotropic and nematic comb-like polymers. They suggest that, in the nematic phase, the chain dynamics is more cooperative than for a usual linear polymer. Small-angle neutron scattering has been used in order to determine the evolution of the chain conformation after stretching, as a function of the duration of relaxation t_r. The conformation can be described with two parameters only: λ_p, the global deformation of the polymer chain, and p, the number of statistical units of locally relaxed sub-chains. For the comb-like polymer, the chain deformation is pseudo-affine: λ_p is always smaller than λ (the deformation ratio of the whole sample). In the isotropic phase, λ_p has a constant value, while p increases as t_r. This latter behavior is not that expected for non-entangled chains, in which p varies as {t_r}^{1/2} (Rouse model). In the nematic phase, λ_p decreases as a stretched exponential function of t_r, while p remains constant. The dynamics of the comb-like polymers is discussed in terms of living clusters from which junctions are produced by interactions between side chains. The nematic interaction increases the lifetime of these junctions and, strikingly, the relaxation is the same at all scales of the whole polymer chain.

  18. Temperature effects on capillary instabilities in a thin nematic liquid crystalline fiber embedded in a viscous matrix.

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    Cheong, A-G; Rey, A D

    2002-10-01

    Linear stability analysis of capillary instabilities in a thin nematic liquid crystalline cylindrical fiber embedded in an immiscible viscous matrix is performed by formulating and solving the governing nemato-capillary equations, that include the effect of temperature on the nematic ordering as well as the effect of the nematic orientation. A representative axial nematic orientation texture with the planar easy axis at the fiber surface is studied. The surface disturbance is expressed in normal modes, which include the azimuthal wave number m to take into account non-axisymmetric modes. Capillary instabilities in nematic fibers reflect the anisotropic nature of liquid crystals, such as the ordering and orientation contributions to the surface elasticity and surface normal and bending stresses. Surface gradients of normal and bending stresses provide additional anisotropic contributions to the capillary pressure that may renormalize the classical displacement and curvature forces that exist in any fluid fiber. The exact nature (stabilizing and destabilizing) and magnitude of the renormalization of the displacement and curvature forces depend on the nematic ordering and orientation, i.e. the anisotropic contribution to the surface energy, and accordingly capillary instabilities may be axisymmetric or non-axisymmetric. In addition, when the interface curvature effects are accounted for as contributions of the work of interfacial bending and torsion to the total energy of the system, the higher-order bending moment contribution to the surface stress tensor is critical in stabilizing the fiber instabilities. For the planar easy axis, the nematic ordering contribution to the surface energy, which renormalizes the effect of the fiber shape, plays a crucial role to determine the instability mechanisms. Moreover, the unstable modes, which are most likely observed, can be driven by the dependence of surface energy on the surface area. Low-ordering fibers display the

  19. Temperature effects on capillary instabilities in a thin nematic liquid crystalline fiber embedded in a viscous matrix

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    Cheong, A.-G.; Rey, A. D.

    2002-10-01

    Linear stability analysis of capillary instabilities in a thin nematic liquid crystalline cylindrical fiber embedded in an immiscible viscous matrix is performed by formulating and solving the governing nemato-capillary equations, that include the effect of temperature on the nematic ordering as well as the effect of the nematic orientation. A representative axial nematic orientation texture with the planar easy axis at the fiber surface is studied. The surface disturbance is expressed in normal modes, which include the azimuthal wave number m to take into account non-axisymmetric modes. Capillary instabilities in nematic fibers reflect the anisotropic nature of liquid crystals, such as the ordering and orientation contributions to the surface elasticity and surface normal and bending stresses. Surface gradients of normal and bending stresses provide additional anisotropic contributions to the capillary pressure that may renormalize the classical displacement and curvature forces that exist in any fluid fiber. The exact nature (stabilizing and destabilizing) and magnitude of the renormalization of the displacement and curvature forces depend on the nematic ordering and orientation, i.e. the anisotropic contribution to the surface energy, and accordingly capillary instabilities may be axisymmetric or non-axisymmetric. In addition, when the interface curvature effects are accounted for as contributions of the work of interfacial bending and torsion to the total energy of the system, the higher-order bending moment contribution to the surface stress tensor is critical in stabilizing the fiber instabilities. For the planar easy axis, the nematic ordering contribution to the surface energy, which renormalizes the effect of the fiber shape, plays a crucial role to determine the instability mechanisms. Moreover, the unstable modes, which are most likely observed, can be driven by the dependence of surface energy on the surface area. Low-ordering fibers display the

  20. Effects of Salts and Ionic Liquids on the Thermodynamics of Poly(ethylene oxide)-Containing Block Copolymers

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    Wanakule, Nisita; Virgili, Justin; Teran, Alexander; Balsara, Nitash

    2010-03-01

    We explore the thermodynamics of block copolymers doped with the salt, lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI), and the ionic liquid, imidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide ([Im][TFSI]). The block copolymers comprise of polyethylene oxide (PEO), a polymer with a higher dielectric constant, and polystyrene (PS), a polymer with a lower dielectric constant. A combination of small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and birefringence was used to determine morphology and order-to-disorder transition temperatures (ODT). Leibler's theory for microphase separation was employed to determine the effective Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. These values are compared to theoretically-determined values of the effective interaction parameter which were calculated with no adjustable parameters using a theory developed by Zhen-Gang Wang.

  1. Effect of trans-cis photoisomerization on phase equilibria and phase transition of liquid-crystalline azobenzene chromophore and its blends with reactive mesogenic diacrylate.

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    Kim, Namil; Li, Quan; Kyu, Thein

    2011-03-01

    Photoisomerization-induced phase transition of neat liquid-crystalline azobenzene chromophore (LCAC) and its effect on phase diagrams of its mixtures with reactive mesogenic diacrylate monomer (RM257) have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. Upon irradiation with ultraviolet light, the nematic phase of LCAC transformed to isotropic, while the crystal phase showed corrugated textures on the surface (i.e., ripples). The phase-transition temperatures and corresponding morphologies of the blends have been investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy. A theoretical phase diagram of a binary nematic and crystalline system was constructed by self-consistently solving the combined free energies of Flory-Huggins, Maier-Saupe, and phase-field theory. The calculation revealed various coexistence regions such as nematic + liquid (N₁ + L₂), crystal + liquid (Cr₁ + L₂), crystal + nematic (Cr₁ + N₂), and crystal + crystal (Cr₁ + Cr₂) over a broad range of compositions including the single-phase nematic (N₁, N₂) of the corresponding constituents. The calculated liquidus lines were in good accord with the depressed mesophase-isotropic transition points. The present paper demonstrates the effect of trans-cis photoisomerization on the mesophase transitions of neat LCAC and the phase diagram of LCAC-RM257 as well as on the ripple formation (i.e., periodic undulation) on the azobenzene crystals. PMID:21517513

  2. The In Vitro Lipolysis of Lipid-Based Drug Delivery Systems: A Newly Identified Relationship between Drug Release and Liquid Crystalline Phase

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    Xiao, Lu; Yi, Tao; Liu, Ying; Zhou, Hua

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to offer a new insight into the microstructure changes during in vitro lipolysis of five lipid-based drug delivery formulations belonging to different lipid formulation types. Five lipid-based formulations of indomethacin were investigated using an in vitro lipolysis model. During lipolysis, microstructures of the intermediate phase formed by lipolytic products were observed. The results showed that the time of liquid crystal formation during in vitro digestion for these formulations was Type I > Type II > Type IIIB > Type IV > Type IIIA (p < 0.05). After lipolysis, the drug releases from these formulations were determined. The results showed that the amount of drug distributed in the aqueous phase, obtained by ultracentrifuge after lipolysis, was, astonishingly, in inverse rank order of the above mentioned, that is, Type IIIA > Type IV > Type IIIB > Type II > Type I (p < 0.05). These results showed that the liquid crystalline phase probably has a critical influence on the fate of the drug during in vitro lipolysis and suggested that the liquid crystalline phase facilitated drug precipitation. These findings may improve the understanding of lipolysis of lipid-based drug delivery systems for designing better delivery system. PMID:27294110

  3. The In Vitro Lipolysis of Lipid-Based Drug Delivery Systems: A Newly Identified Relationship between Drug Release and Liquid Crystalline Phase.

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    Xiao, Lu; Yi, Tao; Liu, Ying; Zhou, Hua

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to offer a new insight into the microstructure changes during in vitro lipolysis of five lipid-based drug delivery formulations belonging to different lipid formulation types. Five lipid-based formulations of indomethacin were investigated using an in vitro lipolysis model. During lipolysis, microstructures of the intermediate phase formed by lipolytic products were observed. The results showed that the time of liquid crystal formation during in vitro digestion for these formulations was Type I > Type II > Type IIIB > Type IV > Type IIIA (p < 0.05). After lipolysis, the drug releases from these formulations were determined. The results showed that the amount of drug distributed in the aqueous phase, obtained by ultracentrifuge after lipolysis, was, astonishingly, in inverse rank order of the above mentioned, that is, Type IIIA > Type IV > Type IIIB > Type II > Type I (p < 0.05). These results showed that the liquid crystalline phase probably has a critical influence on the fate of the drug during in vitro lipolysis and suggested that the liquid crystalline phase facilitated drug precipitation. These findings may improve the understanding of lipolysis of lipid-based drug delivery systems for designing better delivery system. PMID:27294110

  4. Light-driven supramolecular chiral materials: photoinduced control of liquid-crystalline helical structures and non-destructive erasable molecular memory for photonic applications

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    Kawamoto, Masuki; Shiga, Natsuki; Takaishi, Kazuto; Sassa, Takafumi; Yamashita, Takashi; Ito, Yoshihiro

    2013-09-01

    Light-driven supramolecular chiral materials containing an azobenzene moiety as a photoresponsive part and binaphthyl moiety as a chiral part were designed. We found that the dynamic molecular twisting motion of the binaphthyl moiety could be achieved by irradiation of UV or visible light to cause photoisomerization of the azobenzene moiety. The twisting motion induced by the photochromic reaction gave rise to large change in the molecular structure and the value of optical rotation. The chiral materials were demonstrated to behave uniquely as photomodulation of liquid-crystalline helical structures and non-destructive erasable chiroptical memory through photoinduced switching of the dihedral angle of the binaphthyl moiety.

  5. RNAi mediated IL-6 in vitro knockdown in psoriasis skin model with topical siRNA delivery system based on liquid crystalline phase.

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    Depieri, Lívia Vieira; Borgheti-Cardoso, Lívia Neves; Campos, Patrícia Mazureki; Otaguiri, Katia Kaori; Vicentini, Fabiana Testa Moura de Carvalho; Lopes, Luciana Biagini; Fonseca, Maria José Vieira; Bentley, M Vitória Lopes Badra

    2016-08-01

    Gene therapy by RNA interference (RNAi) is a post-transcriptional silencing process that can suppress the expression of a particular gene and it is a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of many severe diseases, including cutaneous disorders. However, difficulties related to administration and body distribution limit the clinical use of small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules. In this study, we proposed to use nanocarriers to enable siRNA application in the topical treatment of skin disorders. A siRNA nanodispersion based on liquid crystalline phase and composed of monoolein (MO), oleic acid (OA) and polyethylenimine (PEI) was developed and its physicochemical properties, efficiency of complexation and carrier/siRNA stability were assessed. Subsequently, cell viability, cellular uptake, in vitro skin irritation test using reconstructed human epidermis (RHE) and in vitro IL-6 knockdown in psoriasis skin model were evaluated. The results showed that the liquid crystalline nanodispersion is a promising topical delivery system for administration of siRNA, being able to overcome the limitations of the route of administration, as well those resulting from the characteristics of siRNA molecules. The formulation was effective at complexing the siRNA, presented high rate of cell uptake (∼90%), increased the skin penetration of siRNA in vitro, and did not cause skin irritation compared with Triton-X (a moderate irritant), resulting in a 4-fold higher viability of reconstructed human epidermis and a 15.6-fold lower release of IL-1α. A single treatment with the liquid crystalline nanodispersion carrying IL-6 siRNA for 6h was able to reduce the extracellular IL-6 levels by 3.3-fold compared with control treatment in psoriasis skin model. Therefore, liquid crystalline nanodispersion is a suitable nanocarrier for siRNA with therapeutic potential to suppress skin disease-specific genes. This study also highlights the applicability of reconstructed skin models in

  6. Crystalline imide/arylene ether copolymers

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    Jensen, Brian J. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor); Bass, Robert G. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    Crystalline imide/arylene ether block copolymers are prepared by reacting anhydride terminated poly(amic acids) with amine terminated poly)arylene ethers) in polar aprotic solvents and chemically or thermally cyclodehydrating the resulting intermediate poly(amic acids). The block copolymers of the invention have one glass transition temperature or two, depending on the particular structure and/or the compatibility of the block units. Most of these crystalline block copolymers for tough, solvent resistant films with high tensile properties. While all of the copolymers produced by the present invention are crystalline, testing reveals that copolymers with longer imide blocks or higher imide content have increased crystallinity.

  7. Evidence for the formation of microdomains in liquid crystalline large unilamellar vesicles caused by hydrophobic mismatch of the constituent phospholipids.

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    Lehtonen, J Y; Holopainen, J M; Kinnunen, P K

    1996-01-01

    , neither the fluorescence polarization data and nor the measurements of intramolecular chain dynamics using bisPDPC concur with enhanced lateral diffusion as the sole cause for the increase in the IE/IM for PPDPC in thin membranes. Our findings suggest hydrophobic mismatch as the cause of microdomain formation of lipids in fluid, liquid crystalline bilayers, while simultaneously allowing for a high rates of lateral diffusion. Such hydrophobic mismatch-induced compositional fluctuations would also offer one plausible explanation for the chain length diversity observed for biological membranes. PMID:8785334

  8. In-situ ultrasonic compatibilization of binary blends of flexible chain polyesters and aromatic liquid crystalline polymers

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    Gunes, Kaan

    The objective of this research was to improve the properties of immiscible polymer blends by developing a new ultrasonic extrusion process. The ability of ultrasonic treatment to induce recombination reactions in polymer blends was anticipated to result in fast in-situ compatibilization of immiscible blends. In order to test this hypothesis, a new ultrasonic extruder operating at a frequency of 20 kHz at amplitudes of 5, 7.5, and 10 mum was developed. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), and wholly aromatic liquid crystalline copolyesters (LCPs) were selected to illustrate the effect of ultrasonic treatment on copolymerization of components through transesterification reactions in blends. The LCPs studied were a copolymer of hydroxybenzoic and hydroxynaphthoic acid (LCP1) and a copolymer of dioxydiphenyl, terephthalic and isophthalic acid (LCP2). PET/PEN, PET/LCP1, PEN/LCP1, and LCP1/LCP2 blends and their components were subsequently injection molded and spun into fibers. PET underwent homopolymerization and degradation, respectively, at ultrasonic amplitudes of 7.5 mum and 10 mum, while PEN underwent degradation at all amplitudes. MALDI-TOF mass spectroscopy revealed greater amounts of hydroxyl and carboxyl terminated oligomers in ultrasonically treated PET and PEN. Transesterification (copolymer formation) was observed in PET/PEN blends, which was enhanced with ultrasonic treatment, as indicated by 1H NMR and MALDI-TOF. Oxygen permeability of compression molded films of untreated and ultrasonically treated PET/PEN blends followed theoretical predictions for miscible blends. Ultrasonic treatment of LCP1 at amplitudes of 7.5 and 10 mum led to improved mechanical properties of its injection moldings. On the other hand, LCP2 underwent degradation with treatment, leading to a reduction of mechanical properties of LCP2 and LCP1/LCP2 blends. However, due to enhanced fibrillation, these blends retained synergism such that moldings exhibited

  9. The effect of block-copolymer structures on the polymeric liquid-liquid interface: Molecular Dynamic Study

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    Ryu, Jiho; Lee, Won Bo; Kim, Bumjoon

    2014-03-01

    The change of free energy caused by different morphology of surfactants (block- and grafted-copolymers) in the biphasic system, is investigated by molecular dynamic simulations. We studied two different structures of surfactants. Type 1 is a diblock-copolymer surfactant composed with 60 monomers(30 A beads and 30 B beads). Type 2 is a grafted-copolymer surfactant of which two side chains composed of, respectively, 15 B monomers, are attached to main back bone chain composed of 30 A monomers. All simulations were performed in the NVT ensemble at 373K. Free energy are computed by thermodynamic integration from the coupled state to the uncoupled state where the surfactant does not interact with the biphasic system. In addition, we discuss various effects such as stiffness of polymers. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea, Corresponding author.

  10. 1-D models for thin filaments of liquid-crystalline polymers: Coupling of orientation and flow in the stability of simple solutions

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    Gregory Forest, M.; Wang, Qi; Bechtel, Stephen E.

    Slender asymptotic fiber models are derived from Doi-type 3-D equations for free surface flows of liquid-crystalline polymers. Leading order equations and self-consistent corrections are presented for a variety of physical regimes. We then explore the coupling of orientation effects to slender elongational flow behavior, with particular focus on the interplay between the Rayleigh capillary instability and both stabilizing and destabilizing orientation behavior. In the simple context of constant solutions, we identify physical regimes and precise conditions under which the Rayleigh instability may be completely arrested, as well as other regimes where orientation reduces but does not cancel capillary instability. In addition, we identify sources of additional orientation-dominated instabilities that are evident in both the uniaxial and biaxial nematic liquid crystal order parameters. These models and stability analyses lay the foundation for applications to fiber spinning processes.

  11. Transient and stationary flow behaviour of side chain liquid-crystalline polymers: Evidence of a shear-induced isotropic-to-nematic phase transition

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    Pujolle-Robic, C.; Olmsted, P. D.; Noirez, L.

    2002-08-01

    This letter describes the non-linear rheology of the isotropic phase of a thermotropic side chain liquid-crystal polymer (SCLCP), from which we infer a flow-induced iso- tropic-to-nematic (IN) phase transition above a critical shear stress and construct non-equilib- rium phase diagrams. In contrast to the well-studied wormlike-micellar solutions and predictions for simple liquid-crystalline systems, the critical stress does not vanish as the equilibrium transition temperature is approached from the above. We postulate that this is due to: i) the coupling between mesogens and the polymer backbone, whose equilibrium oblate nematic backbone conformation contrasts with the prolate non-equilibrium conformation; and ii) the peculiar topological constraints in SCLCP melts, which have been previously postulated as leading to long-lived clusters.

  12. Improvement of crystallinity of GaN layers grown using Ga2O vapor synthesized from liquid Ga and H2O vapor

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    Yamaguchi, Yohei; Taniyama, Yuuki; Takatsu, Hiroaki; Kitamoto, Akira; Imade, Mamoru; Yoshimura, Masashi; Isemura, Masashi; Mori, Yusuke

    2016-05-01

    Growth methods using Ga2O vapor allow long-term growth of bulk GaN crystals. Ga2O vapor is generated by the reduction of Ga2O3 powder with H2 gas (Ga2O3–H2 process) or by the oxidation of liquid Ga with H2O vapor (Ga–H2O process). We investigated the dependence of the properties of grown GaN layers on the synthesis of Ga2O. In the Ga–H2O process, the polycrystal density and full width at half maximum (FWHM) GaN(0002) X-ray rocking curves (XRC) at a high growth rate were lower than those in the Ga2O3–H2 process, and a GaN layer with FWHM of 99 arcsec and growth rate of 216 µm/h was obtained. A low H2O partial pressure in the growth zone improved crystallinity in the Ga–H2O process, realized by the high efficiency of conversion from liquid Ga to Ga2O vapor. We concluded that using Ga2O vapor in the Ga–H2O process has the potential for obtaining higher crystallinity with high growth rate.

  13. [About the Spatial Organization of Double-stranded DNA Molecules in the Cholesteric Liquid-crystalline Phase and Dispersion Particles of this Phase].

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    Yevdokimov, Yu M; Skuridin, S G; Salyanov, V I; Volkov, V V; Dadinova, L A; Kompanets, O N; Kats, E I

    2015-01-01

    The answer to a question on the organization of molecules in a cholesteric phase is well enough proved in case of low molecular mass compounds. However, in case of double-stranded nucleic acids molecules the unequivocal answer to such question is a subject of discussions. In this work an attempt to generalize the well known literary data on the structure of the cholesteric phase formed by double-stranded DNA molecules was undertaken. Besides the experimental results of authors describing the packing of these molecules in the cholesteric liquid-crystalline dispersion particles are added to these data. Comparison of the results obtained offers the possibility to come out with an assumption of high probability of the existence of both the short-range positional and long-range orientational order in arrangement of double-stranded DNA molecules in a liquid-crystalline phase, and in the particles of dispersions of this phase generated under certain conditions. The occurrence of the orientational order, i.e. rotation of 'quasinematic' layers of double-stranded DNA molecules by a small angle, defines the formation of spatially twisted (cholesteric) structure with characteristic for it physical and chemical properties. PMID:26591596

  14. Mechanoresponsive change in photoluminescent color of rod-like liquid-crystalline compounds and control of molecular orientation on photoaligned layer

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    Kondo, Mizuho; Miura, Seiya; Okumoto, Kentaro; Hashimoto, Mayuko; Fukae, Ryohei; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, we reported novel liquid-crystalline luminophore that switches its photoluminescent color by mechanically grinding. Mechanochromic luminescence (MCL) is expected for mechanical sensor, cellular imaging, detection of microenvironmental changes, and optical memory. In this work, we focused on liquid-crystalline MCL compounds on alignment layer. Controlling the molecular alignment of MCL compounds with photoalignment layer have potential to succeed in functional MCL film such as polarized micropatterned MCL and directional detection of mechanical stimuli. Herein, we prepared asymmetric rodlike MCL compounds containing cyano- and pyridyl molecular terminal and explored their photoluminescence behavior under mechanical stimulus. The cyano terminated compound showed a nematic phase and tuned its photoluminescent color from green to yellow upon grinding, while the pyridyl-terminated compounds that show no mesophase changed its photoluminescent color from blue to green and reverted to its initial color by heating above its melting point. The cyano-terminated MCL was aligned along the orientation direction of photoalignment layer and pyridyl-terminated MCL exhibited uniaxial alignment when it coated on photoaligned film containing carboxylic acid.

  15. Time- and Space-Resolved SAXS Experiments Inform on Phase Transition Kinetics in Hydrated, Liquid-Crystalline Films of Polyion-Surfactant Ion "Complex Salts".

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    Li, Joaquim; Gustavsson, Charlotte; Piculell, Lennart

    2016-05-24

    Detailed time- and space-resolved SAXS experiments show the variation with hydration of liquid crystalline structures in ethanol-cast 5-80 μm thick films of polyion-surfactant ion "complex salts" (CS). The CS were dodecyl- (C12) or hexadecyl- (C16) trimethylammonium surfactants with polyacrylate (DP 25 or 6000) counter-polyions. The experiments were carried out on vertical films in humid air above a movable water bath, so that gradients of hydration were generated, which could rapidly be altered. Scans over different positions along a film, kept fixed relative to the bath, showed that the surfactant aggregates of the various liquid-crystalline CS structures grow in cross-sectional area with decreasing hydration. This behavior is attributed to the low water content. Studies of films undergoing rapid dehydration, made possible by the original experimental setup, gave strong evidence that some of the investigated systems remain kinetically trapped for minutes in a nonequilibrium Pm3n micellar cubic phase before switching to the equilibrium P6mm 2D hexagonal phase. Both the length of the polyion and the length of the surfactant hydrocarbon "tail" affect the kinetics of the phase transition. The slowness of the cubic-to-hexagonal structural transition is attributed to the fact that it requires major rearrangements of the polyions and surfactant ions relative to each other. By contrast, other structure changes, such as between the hexagonal and rectangular phases, were observed to occur much more rapidly. PMID:27153140

  16. High hole mobility of benzo-2,1,3-thiadiazole polycrystals formed by utilizing self-assembly property of liquid crystalline mesophase

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    Era, Masanao; Zhang, Xuelong; Ishi-I, Tsutomu; Thiemann, Thies; Kubo, Kanji; Mori, Akira; Mataka, Shuntaro

    2016-03-01

    4,7-Di(p-alkoxyphenyl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazoles having linear alkyl chains were prepared by the Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction of 4,7-dibromo-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole with the corresponding p-alkoxyphenylboronic acids. All compounds exhibited stable crystalline phase 1 (Cr1), quasi-stable polycrystalline phase 2 (Cr2), smectic liquid crystalline phase (A and C), and isotropic liquid. By conventional time-of-flight measurement using N2 laser, the hole mobility of benzothiadiazole derivatives was evaluated to be about 1 × 10-1 cm2 V-1 s-1 in the Cr1 phase, while the hole mobility of these in the smectic phases was on the order of 10-4-10-5 cm2 V-1 s-1. From a powder X-ray diffraction analysis, it was demonstrated that the interlayer spacing in the Cr1 phase was smaller than those in the smectic A and C phases. Microscopy observation of the polycrystalline films showed that the films in the Cr1 phase had less grain boundary structure. The high hole mobility of the benzothiadiazole derivatives in the Cr1 phase may be due to their small interlayer spacing and less grain boundary structure.

  17. Non-aqueous emulsions stabilized by block copolymers: application to liquid disinfectant-filled elastomeric films.

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    Riess, Gérard; Cheymol, André; Hoerner, Pierre; Krikorian, Raffi

    2004-05-20

    The emulsifying and stabilization efficiency of polybutadiene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(ter butylstyrene)-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers is examined in non-aqueous emulsions. These emulsions are formed by a dispersion of polyethylene glycol mixed with a cationic surfactant acting as a biocide, in a continuous phase of a thermoplastic elastomer (SEBS) dissolved in methylcyclohexane. Emulsions with controlled droplet size and excellent stability could be obtained, which by solvent evaporation lead to elastomeric films containing droplets of confined disinfecting liquids. PMID:15072927

  18. Dual-mode control of light by two-dimensional periodic structures realized in liquid-crystalline composite materials.

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    De Sio, Luciano; Umeton, Cesare

    2010-08-15

    We report on the realization of a 2D refractive structure consisting of a polymer-liquid-crystal polymer slice grid. Nematic liquid crystal microdomains are confined inside well-sculptured elliptical cavities; experimental investigation shows that the liquid crystal director lies in the plane of the structure and its orientation follows a preferred direction. The sample exhibits both an electro-optical and an all-optical response owing to a small percentage of photosensitive azo dye included in the structure. A double external control of the two-dimensional grating efficiency can indeed be operated either by an optical pump beam or by the standard technique of applying a suitable external voltage to the sample. PMID:20717448

  19. A lipid-based liquid crystalline matrix that provides sustained release and enhanced oral bioavailability for a model poorly water soluble drug in rats.

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    Boyd, Ben J; Khoo, Shui-Mei; Whittaker, Darryl V; Davey, Greg; Porter, Christopher J H

    2007-08-01

    Liquid crystalline phases that are stable in excess water, formed using lipids such as glyceryl monooleate (GMO) and oleyl glycerate (OG), are known to provide a sustained release matrix for poorly water soluble drugs in vitro, yet there has been no report of the use of these materials to impart oral sustained release behaviour in vivo. In the first part of this study, in vitro lipolysis experiments were used to compare the digestibility of GMO with a second structurally related lipid, oleyl glycerate, which was found to be less susceptible to hydrolysis by pancreatic lipase than GMO. Subsequent oral bioavailability studies were conducted in rats, in which a model poorly water soluble drug, cinnarizine (CIN), was administered orally as an aqueous suspension, or as a solution in GMO or OG. In the first bioavailability study, plasma samples were taken over a 30 h period and CIN concentrations determined by HPLC. Plasma CIN concentrations after administration in the GMO formulation were only sustained for a few hours after administration while for the OG formulation, the plasma concentration of cinnarizine was at its highest level 30 h after dosing, and appeared to be increasing. A second study in which CIN was again administered in OG, and plasma samples taken for 120 h, revealed a Tmax for CIN in rats of 36 h and a relative oral bioavailability of 344% when compared to the GMO formulation (117%) and the aqueous suspension formulation (assigned a nominal bioavailability of 100%). The results indicate that lipids that form liquid crystalline structures in excess water, may have application as an oral sustained release delivery system, providing they are not digested rapidly on administration. PMID:17467935

  20. Vapor-deposited non-crystalline phase vs ordinary glasses and supercooled liquids: Subtle thermodynamic and kinetic differences

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    Bhattacharya, Deepanjan; Sadtchenko, Vlad

    2015-04-28

    Vapor deposition of molecules on a substrate often results in glassy materials of high kinetic stability and low enthalpy. The extraordinary properties of such glasses are attributed to high rates of surface diffusion during sample deposition, which makes it possible for constituents to find a configuration of much lower energy on a typical laboratory time scale. However, the exact nature of the resulting phase and the mechanism of its formation are not completely understood. Using fast scanning calorimetry technique, we show that out-of-equilibrium relaxation kinetics and possibly the enthalpy of vapor-deposited films of toluene and ethylbenzene, archetypical fragile glass formers, are distinct from those of ordinary supercooled phase even when the deposition takes place at temperatures above the ordinary glass softening transition temperatures. These observations along with the absolute enthalpy dependences on deposition temperatures support the conjecture that the vapor-deposition may result in formation of non-crystalline phase of unique structural, thermodynamic, and kinetic properties.