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  1. 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

  2. Perforated Layer Structures in Liquid Crystalline Rod-coil Block Copolymers

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    Tenneti,K.; Chen, X.; Li, C.; Tu, Y.; Wan, X.; Zhou, Q.; Sics, I.; Hsiao, B.

    2005-01-01

    We report a novel observation of the tetragonal perforated layer structures in a series of rod-coil liquid crystalline block copolymers (BCPs), poly(styrene-block-(2, 5-bis[4-methoxyphenyl]oxycarbonyl)styrene) (PS-b-PMPCS). PMPCS forms rigid rods while PS forms the coil block. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized light microscopy (PLM), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques were used to investigate these rod-coil molecules, and a perforated layer structure was observed at {sup fPMPCS} {approx} 0.37 in relatively low molecular weight (M{sub w}) samples and {approx}0.5 in high M{sub w} PS-b-PMPCS. This substantial phase boundary shift was attributed to the rod-coil nature of the BCP. The perforation obeys a tetragonal instead of hexagonal symmetry. The 'onset' of perforation was also observed in real space in sample PS{sub 272}-b-PMPCS{sub 93} ({sup fPMPCS} {approx} 0.52), in which few PS chains punctuate PMPCS layers. A slight increase in f{sub PS}, by blending with PS homopolymer, led to a dramatic change in the BCP morphology, and uniform tetragonal perforations were observed at {sup fPMPCS} {approx} 0.48.

  3. Liquid Crystalline Polymers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-02-28

    Liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs); fibers ; thermotropic; lyotropic; processing; rheology; nonlinear optical (4L-" properties* blends* Q2 P- USTRACT...CowMnue on reverse if , cevwy and identify by block number) The remarkable mechanical properties and thermal stability of fibers fabricated from liquid...control of orientation falls short of allowing manipula- tion of macroscopic orientation (except for the case of uniaxial fibers ). This report

  4. Hexakis(4-iodophenyl)-peri-hexabenzocoronene- a versatile building block for highly ordered discotic liquid crystalline materials.

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    Wu, Jishan; Watson, Mark D; Zhang, Li; Wang, Zhaohui; Müllen, Klaus

    2004-01-14

    Hexakis (4-iodophenyl)-peri-hexabenzocoronene (5), a novel functionalizable mesogenic building block, was prepared by rational multistep synthesis. Although sparingly soluble in common solvents, it can be obtained in pure form and then functionalized via Hagihara-Sonogashira coupling to give a series of highly ordered columnar liquid crystalline molecules 14a-c. The total synthesis involves five 6-fold transformations, all in excellent to near quantitative isolated yields. Their thermotropic liquid crystalline behavior was studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized optical microscopy (POM) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). Compared to the normal alkyl-subsituted hexabenzocoronenes (HBCs), 14a-c exhibit more highly ordered columnar mesophases, including three-dimensionally ordered superstructures (helical columnar mesophase). These could arise from additional intracolumnar pi-pi interactions between, and space-filling requirements introduced by, the rigid-rod side groups. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed self-assembled bundles of columnar aggregates in spin-coated films and isolated several-micron-long nanoribbons composed of a defined number of columns in drop cast films.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Liquid crystalline polymers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  9. Molecular composites from liquid crystalline polymers and liquid crystalline thermosets

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    Benicewicz, B.C.; Douglas, E.P.; Hjelm, R.P. Jr.

    1993-07-01

    We propose a new approach to molecular composites. This approach uses a mixture of a liquid crystalline polymer and a liquid crystalline thermoset to enhance the miscibility. Preliminary neutron scattering data is presented on a system of short and long rod aromatic amides. The data is interpreted using the interpenetrating phase model of Debye and Bueche. The analysis indicates that the scattering is consistent with this model and shows a characteristic length scale in the range of 70 to 80 A. The intensity of the scattering is lower than calculated for the strong segregation limit, suggesting that there is some intermixing of the components.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Unique Liquid Crystalline Block Copolyesters. A Proposal for a Polymer Research Center at the Atlanta University.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-10-01

    active 2-phenylsulfonylbicyclo- [2.2.21octane can be effected. B. Use of 1,2-Bia( phenylthio )ethylene Catalyzed (AICi3) and uncatalyzed reactions of...spun from rod-like thermotropic polymers generally have high - melting points. Although a high melting temperature is important for many end- use ...block copolymer. morphology. The objectives of the Polk and Bota research team were to use cyclohexane derivatives as the sof t blocks and benzene

  13. Molecular Engineering of Liquid Crystalline Polymers by Living Polymerization. 23. Synthesis and Characterization of AB Block Copolymers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-03-27

    synthesis and characterization of AB block copolymers based on (o-[(4-cyano-4’-biphenyl)oxy]alkyl vinyl ether &M with alkyl being ethyl (. L -2, propyl...distilled under argon before each use. Trifluoromethane sulfonic acid (triflic acid, 98%, Aldrich) was distilled under vacuum. IH,IH,2H,2H- Perfluorodecan- l ...biphenyloxy)ethyl vinyl ether (BEVE) 5f and IH,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl vinyl ether (CF8) 6f were synthesized as described previously. Additional details

  14. Liquid blocking check valve

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    Merrill, John T.

    1984-01-01

    A liquid blocking check valve useful particularly in a pneumatic system utilizing a pressurized liquid fill chamber. The valve includes a floatable ball disposed within a housing defining a chamber. The housing is provided with an inlet aperture disposed in the top of said chamber, and an outlet aperture disposed in the bottom of said chamber in an offset relation to said inlet aperture and in communication with a cutaway side wall section of said housing.

  15. Liquid-crystalline physical gels.

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    Kato, Takashi; Hirai, Yuki; Nakaso, Suguru; Moriyama, Masaya

    2007-12-01

    Liquid-crystalline (LC) physical gels are a new class of dynamically functional materials consisting of liquid crystals and fibrous aggregates of molecules that are called "gelators". Liquid-crystalline physical gels, which are macroscopically soft solids, exhibit induced or enhanced electro-optical, photochemical, electronic properties due to the combination of two components that form phase-separated structures. In this tutorial review, we describe the materials design and structure-property relationships of the LC physical gels. The introduction of self-assembled fibers into nematic liquid crystals leads to faster responses in twisted nematic (TN) mode and high contrast switching in light scattering mode. Furthermore, the LC physical gels can be exploited as a new type of materials for electro-optical memory. This function is achieved by the control of reversible aggregation processes of gelators under electric fields in nematic liquid crystals. Electronic properties such as hole mobilities are improved by the introduction of fibrous aggregates into triphenylene-based columnar liquid crystals. The incorporation of photochromic azobenzenes or electroactive tetrathiafulvalenes into the chemical structures of gelators leads to the preparation of ordered functional materials.

  16. Ferromagnetic viscoelastic liquid crystalline materials

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    Schlesier, Cristina; Shibaev, Petr; McDonald, Scott

    2012-02-01

    Novel ferromagnetic liquid crystalline materials were designed by mixing ferromagnetic nanoparticles with glass forming oligomers and low molar mass liquid crystals. The matrix in which nanoparticles are embedded is highly viscous that reduces aggregation of nanoparticles and stabilizes the whole composition. Mechanical and optical properties of the composite material are studied in the broad range of nanoparticle concentrations. The mechanical properties of the viscoelastic composite material resemble those of chemically crosslinked elastomers (elasticity and reversibility of deformations). The optical properties of ferromagnetic cholesteric materials are discussed in detail. It is shown that application of magnetic field leads to the shift of the selective reflection band of the cholesteric material and dramatically change its color. Theoretical model is suggested to account for the observed effects; physical properties of the novel materials and liquid crystalline elastomers are compared and discussed. [1] P.V. Shibaev, C. Schlesier, R. Uhrlass, S. Woodward, E. Hanelt, Liquid Crystals, 37, 1601 (2010) [2] P.V. Shibaev, R. Uhrlass, S. Woodward, C. Schlesier, Md R. Ali, E. Hanelt, Liquid Crystals, 37, 587 (2010)

  17. Structure Property Relationships in Liquid Crystalline Thermosets

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2003-04-25

    Adhesion Science and Technology , 2002, 16, 15-32 Jianxun Feng and Elliot P. Douglas, “Permeability of a liquid crystalline epoxy”, Materials Research...Arthur J. Gavrin and Elliot P. Douglas, “Cure behavior of liquid crystalline thermosets”, poster presentation at POLY Millenial 2000, Waikoloa, HI...December, 2000 Elliot P. Douglas, "Liquid crystalline thermosets", Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Cambridge, MA, April, 2000 Arthur J. Gavrin

  18. Reactions and Interactions in Liquid Crystalline Media

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-10-30

    conventional elastomers . At the isotropic to liquid crystalline phase transformation and in the liquid crystalline state, the elastomeric behavior...0.08 C=O OCN- 4 -CH 2- NCO0 (mole % crosslinking agent 1.0-2.5) R2 Crosslinked polymers (86 Scheme 6. Synthesis of liquid crystalline elastomers 86 by...2 ) (UH 2 ) In 1 6 O OH or ]OCN--- CH2 O-NCO 0 Crosslinked polymers (87)2 Scheme 7. Synthesis of liquid crystalline elastomers K7 by reaction of

  19. Molecular Engineering of Liquid Crystalline Polymers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-03-27

    INTRODUCTION TO LIQUID CRYSTALS 14.2.1 Introduction to Low Molar Mass Liquid Crystals and Definitions 14.2.2 Liquid Crystalline Polymers 14.3 ISOMORPHISM...Crystals and Definitions A liquid crystalline or mesomorphic phase or mesophase refers to a state of matter in which the degree of order is between...monotropic, the definition of Gkc being apparent from Figure 7. It is easily seen how crystal perfectioning on annealing can lead to a "conversion" of an

  20. Liquid Crystalline Materials for Biological Applications.

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    Lowe, Aaron M; Abbott, Nicholas L

    2012-03-13

    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.

  1. 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.

  2. Orthoconic antiferroelectric liquid crystalline materials

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    Czuprynski, K.; Gasowska, J.; Tykarska, M.; Kula, P.; Sokól, E.; Piecek, W.; Oton, J. M.; Castillo, M. P. L.

    2005-09-01

    New LC materials based on chain fluorinated homologous ester series and exhibiting high tilt angles of the synclinic and anticlinic smectic C phases to the layer surface are synthesized. Their mixtures in surface-stabilized geometry show an unusually huge change of optical properties after application of an electric field during the transition from the antiferroelectric to the ferroelectric state. In the antiferroelectric state they are optically negative uniaxial liquid crystals with the optic axis perpendicular to the cell plates, while in the ferroelectric state they become optically positive biaxial liquid crystals with optic axis parallel to the glass plates. The results of electrooptical characterization of the mixtures are presented.

  3. Liquid-blocking check valve

    DOEpatents

    Merrill, J.T.

    1982-09-27

    A liquid blocking check valve useful particularly in a pneumatic system utilizing a pressurized liquid fill chamber. The valve includes a floatable ball disposed within a housing defining a chamber. The housing is provided with an inlet aperture disposed in the top of said chamber, and an outlet aperture disposed in the bottom of said chamber in an offset relation to said inlet aperture and in communication with a cutaway side wall section of said housing.

  4. 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.

  5. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Liquid-Crystalline Dendritic Architectures

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    Bourgogne, C.; Bury, I.; Gehringer, L.; Zelcer, A.; Cukiernik, F.; Terazzi, E.; Donnio, B.; Guillon, D.

    We report here a few examples of the self-organization behaviour of some novel materials based on liquid-crystalline dendritic architectures. The original design of the molecules imposes the use of all-atomic methods to model correctly every intra- and intermolecular effects. The selected materials are octopus dendrimers with block anisotropic side-arms, segmented amphiphilic block codendrimers, multicore and star-shaped oligomers, and multi-functionalized manganese clusters. The molecular organization in lamellar or columnar phases occurs due to soft/rigid parts self-recognition, hydrogen-bonding networks or from the molecular shape intrinsically.

  6. Combination of ionic self-assembly and hydrogen bonding as a tool for the synthesis of liquid-crystalline materials and organogelators from a simple building block.

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    Camerel, Franck; Faul, Charl F J

    2003-08-07

    In this communication we report on the facile combination of hydrogen bonding and the ionic self-assembly (ISA) process to produce organized materials and fiber-containing organogel superstructures from functionalised oligoelectrolytic building blocks.

  7. Liquid Crystalline Phases of Polymer Brushes

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    Amini, Kiana; Abukhdeir, Nasser; Matsen, Mark

    The phase behavior of liquid-crystal polymeric brushes in solvent are investigated using self-consistent field theory. The polymers are modeled as freely-jointed chain consisting of N rigid segments. The isotropic interactions between the polymer and the solvent are treated using the standard Flory-Huggins theory, while the anisotropic liquid-crystalline (LC) interactions between rigid segments are taken into account using the Mayer-Saupe theory. For weak LC interactions, the brush exhibits the conventional parabolic-like profile, while for strong LC interactions, the polymers crystallize into a dense brush with a step-like profile. At intermediate interaction strengths, we find the microphase-segregated phase observed previously for lattice-model calculations. In this phase, the brush exhibits a crystalline layer next to the grafting surface with an external layer similar to the conventional brush. This work was supported by NSERC of Canada.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Epoxy + liquid crystalline epoxy coreacted network

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    Punchaipetch, Prakaipetch

    2000-10-01

    Molecular reinforcement through in-situ polymerization of liquid crystalline epoxies (LCEs) and a non-liquid crystalline epoxy has been investigated. Three LCEs: diglycidyl ether of 4,4'-dihydroxybiphenol (DGE-DHBP) and digylcidyl ether of 4-hydroxyphenyl-4″-hydroxybiphenyl-4 '-carboxylate (DGE-HHC), were synthesized and blended with diglycidyl ether of bisphenol F (DGEBP-F) and subsequently cured with anhydride and amine curing agents. Curing kinetics were determined using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Parameters for autocatalytic curing kinetics of both pure monomers and blended systems were determined. The extent of cure for both monomers was monitored by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The glass transitions were evaluated as a function of composition using DSC and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). The results show that the LC constituent affects the curing kinetics of the epoxy resin and that the systems are highly miscible. The effects of molecular reinforcement of DGEBP-F by DGE-DHBP and DGE-HHC were investigated. The concentration of the liquid crystalline moiety affects mechanical properties. Tensile, impact and fracture toughness tests results are evaluated. Scanning electron microscopy of the fracture surfaces shows changes in failure mechanisms compared to the pure components. Results indicate that mechanical properties of the blended samples are improved already at low concentration by weight of the LCE added into epoxy resin. The improvement in mechanical properties was found to occur irrespective of the absence of liquid crystallinity in the blended networks. The mechanism of crack study indicates that crack deflection and crack bridging are the mechanisms in case of LC epoxy. In case of LC modified epoxy, the crack deflection is the main mechanism. Moreover, the effect of coreacting an epoxy with a reactive monomer liquid crystalline epoxy as a matrix for glass fiber composites was investigated. Mechanical

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. The effect of liquid crystalline structure on chlorhexidine diacetate release.

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    Farkas, E; Zelkó, R; Németh, Z; Pálinkás, J; Marton, S; Rácz, I

    2000-01-05

    The aim of this study was to examine different liquid crystalline preparations containing chlorhexidine diacetate and to find connection between their structure and the kinetic of drug release. Nonionic surfactant, Synperonic A7 (PEG(7)-C(13-15)) was selected for the preparation of the examined liquid crystalline systems. Mixtures of different ratios of Synperonic A7 and water were produced. By increasing the water content of the systems, lamellar and hexagonal liquid crystal structures were observed. For the analysis of the prepared liquid crystalline systems polarising microscopy, rheology study, differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic swelling tests were carried out. The chlorhexidine diacetate release was examined by Franz-type vertical diffusion cell apparatus. The chlorhexidine diacetate release from hexagonal liquid crystalline preparations was characterised by zero-order release kinetics, while the drug release from lamellar liquid crystalline systems was described by anomalous (non-Fickian) transport. The results indicate that the drug release kinetic is strongly dependent on the liquid crystalline structure.

  19. Liquid-crystalline nanoparticles: Hybrid design and mesophase structures

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    Greget, Romain; Dominguez, Cristina; Nagy, Zsuzsanna T; Guillon, Daniel; Gallani, Jean-Louis

    2012-01-01

    Summary Liquid-crystalline nanoparticles represent an exciting class of new materials for a variety of potential applications. By combining supramolecular ordering with the fluid properties of the liquid-crystalline state, these materials offer the possibility to organise nanoparticles into addressable 2-D and 3-D arrangements exhibiting high processability and self-healing properties. Herein, we review the developments in the field of discrete thermotropic liquid-crystalline nanoparticle hybrids, with special emphasis on the relationship between the nanoparticle morphology and the nature of the organic ligand coating and their resulting phase behaviour. Mechanisms proposed to explain the supramolecular organisation of the mesogens within the liquid-crystalline phases are discussed. PMID:22509204

  20. Characterization of Cholesteric Cyclic Siloxane Liquid Crystalline Materials

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    1991-11-01

    34AD-A256 128 CHARACIEUAThIONOFPCl LEST CCYCJC SILOXANE LIQUID CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS TI I Herbert E. Kii C r-• CTr Dept. of Chemical Engineering v... crystalline Materials . 18: 2422 S a.•mo) ... : 01 TJ suning. RR 1*1., Er SamlskI, •L CVa1e. W AMd 7. PWMoaG ORGAIRZAIIO "W3(SC) Sil AQM~SISfS) L. KNOW"ma...ordering of the NLO chromcphore can give rise to large response amplitudes, one system currently being investigated are liquid crystalline materials which

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. A metastable liquid melted from a crystalline solid under decompression

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    Lin, Chuanlong; Smith, Jesse S.; Sinogeikin, Stanislav V.; ...

    2017-01-23

    A metastable liquid may exist under supercooling, sustaining the liquid below the melting point such as supercooled water and silicon. It may also exist as a transient state in solid–solid transitions, as demonstrated in recent studies of colloidal particles and glass-forming metallic systems. One important question is whether a crystalline solid may directly melt into a sustainable metastable liquid. By thermal heating, a crystalline solid will always melt into a liquid above the melting point. Here we report that a high-pressure crystalline phase of bismuth can melt into a metastable liquid below the melting line through a decompression process. Themore » decompression-induced metastable liquid can be maintained for hours in static conditions, and transform to crystalline phases when external perturbations, such as heating and cooling, are applied. It occurs in the pressure–temperature region similar to where the supercooled liquid Bi is observed. Finally, akin to supercooled liquid, the pressure-induced metastable liquid may be more ubiquitous than we thought.« less

  4. A metastable liquid melted from a crystalline solid under decompression

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    Lin, Chuanlong; Smith, Jesse S.; Sinogeikin, Stanislav V.; Kono, Yoshio; Park, Changyong; Kenney-Benson, Curtis; Shen, Guoyin

    2017-01-01

    A metastable liquid may exist under supercooling, sustaining the liquid below the melting point such as supercooled water and silicon. It may also exist as a transient state in solid-solid transitions, as demonstrated in recent studies of colloidal particles and glass-forming metallic systems. One important question is whether a crystalline solid may directly melt into a sustainable metastable liquid. By thermal heating, a crystalline solid will always melt into a liquid above the melting point. Here we report that a high-pressure crystalline phase of bismuth can melt into a metastable liquid below the melting line through a decompression process. The decompression-induced metastable liquid can be maintained for hours in static conditions, and transform to crystalline phases when external perturbations, such as heating and cooling, are applied. It occurs in the pressure-temperature region similar to where the supercooled liquid Bi is observed. Akin to supercooled liquid, the pressure-induced metastable liquid may be more ubiquitous than we thought.

  5. A metastable liquid melted from a crystalline solid under decompression

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    Lin, Chuanlong; Smith, Jesse S.; Sinogeikin, Stanislav V.; Kono, Yoshio; Park, Changyong; Kenney-Benson, Curtis; Shen, Guoyin

    2017-01-01

    A metastable liquid may exist under supercooling, sustaining the liquid below the melting point such as supercooled water and silicon. It may also exist as a transient state in solid–solid transitions, as demonstrated in recent studies of colloidal particles and glass-forming metallic systems. One important question is whether a crystalline solid may directly melt into a sustainable metastable liquid. By thermal heating, a crystalline solid will always melt into a liquid above the melting point. Here we report that a high-pressure crystalline phase of bismuth can melt into a metastable liquid below the melting line through a decompression process. The decompression-induced metastable liquid can be maintained for hours in static conditions, and transform to crystalline phases when external perturbations, such as heating and cooling, are applied. It occurs in the pressure–temperature region similar to where the supercooled liquid Bi is observed. Akin to supercooled liquid, the pressure-induced metastable liquid may be more ubiquitous than we thought. PMID:28112152

  6. Rotational reorganization of doped cholesteric liquid crystalline films.

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    Eelkema, Rienk; Pollard, Michael M; Katsonis, Nathalie; Vicario, Javier; Broer, Dirk J; Feringa, Ben L

    2006-11-08

    In this paper an unprecedented rotational reorganization of cholesteric liquid crystalline films is described. This rotational reorganization results from the conversion of a chiral molecular motor dopant to an isomer with a different helical twisting power, leading to a change in the cholesteric pitch. The direction of this reorganization is correlated to the sign of the change in helical twisting power of the dopant. The rotational reorganization of the liquid crystalline film was used to rotate microscopic objects 4 orders of magnitude larger than the bistable dopants in the film, which shows that molecular motors and switches can perform work. The surface of the doped cholesteric liquid crystalline films was found to possess a regular surface relief, whose periodicity coincides with typical cholesteric polygonal line textures. These surface features originate from the cholesteric superstructure in the liquid crystalline film, which in turn is the result of the presence of the chiral dopant. As such, the presence of the dopant is expressed in these distinct surface structures. A possible mechanism at the origin of the rotational reorganization of liquid crystalline films and the cholesteric surface relief is discussed.

  7. 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.

  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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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).

  14. A liquid crystalline chirality balance for vapours.

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

    2014-04-30

    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).

  15. 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.

  16. Liquid dynamics in partially crystalline glycerol

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    Sanz, Alejandro; Niss, Kristine

    2017-01-01

    We present a dielectric study on the dynamics of supercooled glycerol during crystallization. We explore the transformation into a solid phase in real time by monitoring the temporal evolution of the amplitude of the dielectric signal. Neither the initial nucleation nor the crystal growth influences the liquid dynamics visibly. For one of the samples studied, a tiny fraction of glycerol remained in the disordered state after the end of the transition. We examined the nature of the α relaxation in this frustrated crystal and find that it is virtually identical to the bulk dynamics. In addition, we have found no evidence that supercooled glycerol transforms into a peculiar phase in which either a new solid amorphous state or nano-crystals dispersed in a liquid matrix are formed.

  17. 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…

  18. Fast Switching of Vertical Alignment Liquid Crystal Cells with Liquid Crystalline Polymer Networks

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    Baek, Jong-In; Kim, Ki-Han; Kim, Jae Chang; Yoon, Tae-Hoon; Woo, Hwa Sung; Shin, Sung Tae; Souk, Jun Hyung

    2009-05-01

    This paper reports on the electro-optic characteristics of vertical alignment (VA) liquid crystal (LC) cells with liquid crystalline polymer networks. Optical bouncing, that occurs during the turn-on of VA cells, can be eliminated by introducing in-cell polymer networks. Furthermore, the turn-off also becomes much faster because of the anchoring effect caused by the anisotropy in the molecular shape of the liquid crystalline polymers. These response times have been found to vary for different LC/prepolymer mixtures. When the concentration of the liquid crystalline prepolymer in the initial LC/prepolymer mixture was 3, 5, or 10 wt %, the response times were measured to be 34, 56, and 87% faster than those of a VA cell with pure LC. These switching behaviors of VA cells with liquid crystalline polymer networks are demonstrated and compared with those using pure LC and with polymer networks made of isotropic prepolymers.

  19. Crystalline liquid and rubber-like behavior in Cu nanowires.

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    Yue, Yonghai; Chen, Nianke; Li, Xianbin; Zhang, Shengbai; Zhang, Ze; Chen, Mingwei; Han, Xiaodong

    2013-08-14

    Via in situ TEM tensile tests on single crystalline copper nanowires with an advanced tensile device, we report here a crystalline-liquid-rubber-like (CRYS-LIQUE-R) behavior in fracturing crystalline metallic nanowires. A retractable strain of the fractured crystalline Cu nanowires can approach over 35%. This astonishing CRYS-LIQUE-R behavior of the fracturing highly strained single crystalline Cu nanowires originates from an instant release of the stored ultralarge elastic energy in the crystalline nanowires. The release of the ultralarge elastic energy was estimated to generate a huge reverse stress as high as ~10 GPa. The effective diffusion coefficient (D(eff)) increased sharply due to the consequent pressure gradient. In addition, due to the release of ultrahigh elastic energy, the estimated concomitant temperature increase was estimated as high as 0.6 Tm (Tm is the melting point of nanocrystalline Cu) on the fractured tip of the nanowires. These factors greatly enhanced the atomic diffusion process. Molecular dynamic simulations revealed that the very high reverse stress triggered dislocation nucleation and exhaustion.

  20. Polarized photoluminescence from nematic and chiral- nematic liquid crystalline films

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    Conger, Brooke Morgan

    Polarization control is key to optoelectronics in terms of the processing and display of optical information. In principle, photonic or electronic excitation of anisotropic films should result in polarized light emission. Because of spontaneous molecular self-assembly, liquid crystals are ideal for the exploration of polarized luminescence. Although most studies on polarized luminescence have been based on liquid crystalline fluid films, solid films are preferred in view of morphological stability. Therefore, the theme of my thesis is the study of polarized luminescence from various fluorescent liquid crystal systems. From the fundamental perspective, a theory modeling the process of polarized photoluminescence was validated using fluorophore doped fluid liquid crystal films. To provide the morphological stability crucial to practical application, polarized fluorescence using vitrifiable and polymeric liquid crystals functionalized with fluorescent moieties was investigated. In addition, liquid crystalline π- conjugated polymers were synthesized and characterized as a new class of optical polymers. The effect of the emission source on achievable polarization from pyrene and carbazole systems was also elucidated. The main observations are as follows: (1) The observed degrees of polarization for all fluorescent liquid crystal systems were found to agree with the theories governing polarized fluorescence. (2) Low molar mass vitrifiable and polymeric liquid crystalline cyanoterphenyl and cyanotolane derivatives were found to yield moderate polarized fluorescence. Monomer emission was established as the decay pathway for the precursors and cyclohexane and polymethacrylate derivatives. (3) Ordered solid films from thiophene and p-phenylene π-conjugated polymers were found to induce significant degrees of polarized fluorescence. (4) Emission from glass-forming pyrenyl derivatives exhibited excimer emission in dilute solution and neat film, whereas in solid hosts it was

  1. Liquid/Liquid interfacial polymerization to grow single crystalline nanoneedles of various conducting polymers.

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    Nuraje, Nurxat; Su, Kai; Yang, Nan-Loh; Matsui, Hiroshi

    2008-03-01

    Single crystalline nanoneedles of polyaniline (PANI) and polypyrrole (PPY) were synthesized using an interfacial polymerization for the first time. The interfacial crystallization of conductive polymers at the liquid/liquid interface allowed PANI and PPY polymers to form single crystalline nanocrystals in a rice-like shape in the dimensions of 63 nm x 12 nm for PANI and 70 nm x 20 nm for PPY. Those crystalline nanoneedles displayed a fast conductance switching in the time scale of milliseconds. An important growth condition necessary to yield highly crystalline conductive polymers was the extended crystallization time at the liquid/liquid interfaces to increase the degree of crystallization. As compared to other interfacial polymerization methods, lower concentrations of monomer and oxidant solutions were employed to further extend the crystallization time. While other interfacial growth of conducting polymers yielded noncrystalline polymer fibers, our interfacial method produced single crystalline nanocrystals of conductive polymers. We recently reported the liquid/liquid interfacial synthesis of conducting PEDOT nanocrystals; however, this liquid/liquid interfacial method needs to be extended to other conductive polymer nanocrystal syntheses in order to demonstrate that our technique could be applied as the general fabrication procedure for the single crystalline conducting polymer growth. In this report, we showed that the liquid/liquid interfacial crystallization could yield PANI nanocrystals and PPY nanocrystals, other important conductive polymers, in addition to PEDOT nanocrystals. The resulting crystalline polymers have a fast conductance switching time between the insulating and conducting states on the order of milliseconds. This technique will be useful to synthesize conducting polymers via oxidative coupling processes in a single crystal state, which is extremely difficult to achieve by other synthetic methods.

  2. Synthesis, Characterization and Texture Observations of Calamitic Liquid Crystalline Compounds

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    Qaddoura, Maher A.; Belfield, Kevin D.

    2009-01-01

    Several divinylic mesogenic monomers were synthesized based on coupling the monomer 4-(4-pentenyloxy)benzoic acid with chlorohydroquinone, 2,5-dihydroxy- acetophenone, methylhydroquinone or 2-methoxyhydroquinone. This resulted in novel mesogens of phenylene esters with different lateral substituent groups. The effect of the lateral substituent group on the thermotropic phase behavior for these liquid crystalline compounds was investigated using DSC and optical polarized microscopy. All the mesogens proved to have a wide nematic liquid crystalline range. Only the phenylene ester, which has a methoxy lateral substituent, exhibited both nematic and smectic phases. Structural confirmation of all new derivatives was accomplished by 1H- and 13C-NMR spectroscopic analysis, along with CH elemental analysis. PMID:20087464

  3. Alkyl chains acting as entropy reservoir in liquid crystalline materials.

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    Sorai, Michio; Saito, Kazuya

    2003-01-01

    The roles played by the conformational disordering of alkyl chains in determining the aggregation states of matter are reviewed for liquid crystalline materials from a thermodynamic perspective. Entropy, which is one of the most macroscopic concepts but which has a clear microscopic meaning, provides crucial microscopic information for complex systems for which a microscopic description is hard to establish. Starting from structural implication by absolute (third-law) entropy for crystalline solids, the existence of successive phase transitions caused by the successive conformational melting of alkyl chains in discotic mesogens is explained. An experimental basis is given for the "quasi-binary picture" of thermotropic liquid crystals, i.e., the highly disordered alkyl chains behave like a second component (solvent). A novel entropy transfer between the "components" of a molecule and the resulting "alkyl chains as entropy reservoir" mechanism are explained for cubic mesogens.

  4. 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

  5. Carbon Nanotubes as Reinforcement of Cellulose Liquid Crystalline Responsive Networks.

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    Echeverria, Coro; Aguirre, Luis E; Merino, Esther G; Almeida, Pedro L; Godinho, Maria H

    2015-09-30

    The incorporation of small amount of highly anisotropic nanoparticles into liquid crystalline hydroxypropylcellulose (LC-HPC) matrix improves its response when is exposed to humidity gradients due to an anisotropic increment of order in the structure. Dispersed nanoparticles give rise to faster order/disorder transitions when exposed to moisture as it is qualitatively observed and quantified by stress-time measurements. The presence of carbon nanotubes derives in a improvement of the mechanical properties of LC-HPC thin films.

  6. Morphology-conductivity relationship in crystalline and amorphous sequence-defined peptoid block copolymer electrolytes.

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    Sun, Jing; Liao, Xunxun; Minor, Andrew M; Balsara, Nitash P; Zuckermann, Ronald N

    2014-10-22

    Polymers that dissolve and conduct lithium ions are of great interest in the application of rechargeable lithium batteries. It is generally believed that the transport of ions in these systems is facilitated by rapid segmental motion typically found in rubbery, amorphous polymers. In this paper, we demonstrate that chemically identical ethyleneoxy-containing domains of a block copolymer exhibit comparable conductivities when in an amorphous or a crystalline state. An important feature of this study is the use of sequence-defined block copolypeptoids synthesized by submonomer solid-phase synthesis. Two structurally analogous ethyleneoxy-containing diblock copolypeptoids poly-N-(2-ethyl)hexylglycine-block-poly-N-2-(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)ethylglycine (pNeh-b-pNte) and poly-N-decylglycine-block-poly-N-2-(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)ethylglycine (pNdc-b-pNte) with 18 monomer units per block were synthesized. Both diblock copolypeptoids have the same conducting block, pNte, but different nonconducting blocks: pNeh, which is amorphous, and pNdc, which is crystalline. Both diblock copolypeptoids self-assemble into a lamellar morphology; however, pNte chains are amorphous in pNeh-b-pNte and crystalline in pNdc-b-pNte. This provides the platform for comparing lithium ion transport in amorphous and crystalline polymer domains that are otherwise similar.

  7. Dry Powder Precursors of Cubic Liquid Crystalline Nanoparticles (cubosomes)

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    Spicer, Patrick T.; Small, William B.; Small, William B.; Lynch, Matthew L.; Burns, Janet L.

    2002-08-01

    Cubosomes are dispersed nanostructured particles of cubic phase liquid crystal that have stimulated significant research interest because of their potential for application in controlled-release and drug delivery. Despite the interest, cubosomes can be difficult to fabricate and stabilize with current methods. Most of the current work is limited to liquid phase processes involving high shear dispersion of bulk cubic liquid crystalline material into sub-micron particles, limiting application flexibility. In this work, two types of dry powder cubosome precursors are produced by spray-drying: (1) starch-encapsulated monoolein is produced by spray-drying a dispersion of cubic liquid crystalline particles in an aqueous starch solution and (2) dextran-encapsulated monoolein is produced by spray-drying an emulsion formed by the ethanol-dextran-monoolein-water system. The encapsulants are used to decrease powder cohesion during drying and to act as a soluble colloidal stabilizer upon hydration of the powders. Both powders are shown to form (on average) 0.6 μm colloidally-stable cubosomes upon addition to water. However, the starch powders have a broader particle size distribution than the dextran powders because of the relative ease of spraying emulsions versus dispersions. The developed processes enable the production of nanostructured cubosomes by end-users rather than just specialized researchers and allow tailoring of the surface state of the cubosomes for broader application.

  8. Study on the release of chlorhexidine base and salts from different liquid crystalline structures.

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    Farkas, Edit; Kiss, Dorottya; Zelkó, Romána

    2007-08-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of two types of chlorhexidine species, chlorhexidine base and its salts, on the physico-chemical features of liquid crystalline systems and on drug transport through lipophilic membranes. A non-ionic surfactant, Synperonic A7 (PEG7-C13-15) was selected for the preparation of the liquid crystalline systems. Mixtures of different ratios of Synperonic A7 and water were prepared. The liquid crystalline systems were characterized using polarizing microscopy and dynamic oscillatory test. Membrane transport was also examined. The addition of chlorhexidine species to the liquid crystalline system modified the structure of the liquid crystalline system. As a result of the changes of liquid crystalline structures, the drug release of various types of chlorhexidine could be also modified. The combination of the base and salt forms of the drug in one dosage form could eliminate the drug release changes from liquid crystalline systems of dynamically changeable structures.

  9. 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.

  10. Quantitative Analysis of Matrine in Liquid Crystalline Nanoparticles by HPLC

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    Peng, Xinsheng; Hu, Min; Ling, Yahao; Tian, Yuan; Zhou, Yanxing; Zhou, Yanfang

    2014-01-01

    A reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic method has been developed to quantitatively determine matrine in liquid crystal nanoparticles. The chromatographic method is carried out using an isocratic system. The mobile phase was composed of methanol-PBS(pH6.8)-triethylamine (50 : 50 : 0.1%) with a flow rate of 1 mL/min with SPD-20A UV/vis detector and the detection wavelength was at 220 nm. The linearity of matrine is in the range of 1.6 to 200.0 μg/mL. The regression equation is y = 10706x − 2959 (R2 = 1.0). The average recovery is 101.7%; RSD = 2.22%  (n = 9). This method provides a simple and accurate strategy to determine matrine in liquid crystalline nanoparticle. PMID:24834359

  11. Liquid crystal deposition on poled, single crystalline lithium niobate

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    Bharath, S. C.; Pimputkar, K. R.; Pronschinske, A. M.; Pearl, T. P.

    2008-01-01

    For the purpose of elucidating the mechanisms for molecular organization at poled ferroelectric surfaces, single crystalline lithium niobate (LN), 'Z-cut' along the (0 0 0 1) plane, has been prepared and characterized and subsequently exposed to liquid crystal molecules. As a model system we chose to study the anchoring of 4- n-octyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (8CB) to LN. Liquid crystalline films are of interest because of their useful electronic and optical properties as well as chemical sensing attributes. Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), atomic force microscopy (AFM), surface contact angle measurements (CA), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the surface of lithium niobate as well as the nature of 8CB films grown on the surface. Atomically flat LN surfaces were prepared as a support for monolayer thick, 8CB molecular domains. 8CB liquid crystal molecules were deposited by an ambient vaporization technique and the films were analyzed using XPS and CA. Understanding electrostatic anchoring mechanisms and thin film organization for this molecule on uniformly poled surfaces allows for a fuller appreciation of how molecular deposition of other polarizable molecules on periodically poled and patterned poled lithium niobate surfaces would occur.

  12. Perhydroazulene-based liquid-crystalline materials with smectic phases.

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    Hussain, Zakir; Hopf, Henning; Eichhorn, S Holger

    2012-01-01

    New liquid-crystalline materials with a perhydroazulene core were synthesized and the stereochemistry of these compounds was investigated. The mesomorphic properties of the new LC compounds were investigated by differential scanning colorimetry, polarizing optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction. We report here on the LC properties of nonchiral materials, which predominantly exhibit smectic phases and display nematic phases only within narrow temperature ranges. The dependence of the mesogenic behavior of the new materials on the stereochemistry of the core system was also investigated. All newly synthesized compounds were fully characterized by the usual spectroscopic and analytical methods.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

    1997-07-22

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. Crystalline Graphdiyne Nanosheets Produced at a Gas/Liquid or Liquid/Liquid Interface.

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    Matsuoka, Ryota; Sakamoto, Ryota; Hoshiko, Ken; Sasaki, Sono; Masunaga, Hiroyasu; Nagashio, Kosuke; Nishihara, Hiroshi

    2017-02-15

    Synthetic two-dimensional polymers, or bottom-up nanosheets, are ultrathin polymeric frameworks with in-plane periodicity. They can be synthesized in a direct, bottom-up fashion using atomic, ionic, or molecular components. However, few are based on carbon-carbon bond formation, which means that there is a potential new field of investigation into these fundamentally important chemical bonds. Here, we describe the bottom-up synthesis of all-carbon, π-conjugated graphdiyne nanosheets. A liquid/liquid interfacial protocol involves layering a dichloromethane solution of hexaethynylbenzene on an aqueous layer containing a copper catalyst at room temperature. A multilayer graphdiyne (thickness, 24 nm; domain size, >25 μm) emerges through a successive alkyne-alkyne homocoupling reaction at the interface. A gas/liquid interfacial synthesis is more successful. Sprinkling a very small amount of hexaethynylbenzene in a mixture of dichloromethane and toluene onto the surface of the aqueous phase at room temperature generated single-crystalline graphdiyne nanosheets, which feature regular hexagonal domains, a lower degree of oxygenation, and uniform thickness (3.0 nm) and lateral size (1.5 μm).

  19. Understanding the interfacial properties of nanostructured liquid crystalline materials for surface-specific delivery applications.

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    Dong, Yao-Da; Larson, Ian; Barnes, Timothy J; Prestidge, Clive A; Allen, Stephanie; Chen, Xinyong; Roberts, Clive J; Boyd, Ben J

    2012-09-18

    Nonlamellar liquid crystalline dispersions such as cubosomes and hexosomes have great potential as novel surface-targeted active delivery systems. In this study, the influence of internal nanostructure, chemical composition, and the presence of Pluronic F127 as a stabilizer, on the surface and interfacial properties of different liquid crystalline particles and surfaces, was investigated. The interfacial properties of the bulk liquid crystalline systems with coexisting excess water were dependent on the internal liquid crystalline nanostructure. In particular, the surfaces of the inverse cubic systems were more hydrophilic than that of the inverse hexagonal phase. The interaction between F127 and the bulk liquid crystalline systems depended on the internal liquid crystalline structure and chemical composition. For example, F127 adsorbed to the surface of the bulk phytantriol cubic phase, while for monoolein cubic phase, F127 was integrated into the liquid crystalline structure. Last, the interfacial adsorption behavior of the dispersed liquid crystalline particles also depended on both the internal nanostructure and the chemical composition, despite the dispersions all being stabilized using F127. The findings highlight the need to understand the specific surface characteristics and the nature of the interaction with colloidal stabilizer for understanding and optimizing the behavior of nonlamellar liquid crystalline systems in surface delivery applications.

  20. Liquid-Crystalline Ionic Liquids as Ordered Reaction Media for the Diels-Alder Reaction.

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    Bruce, Duncan W; Gao, Yanan; Canongia Lopes, José Nuno; Shimizu, Karina; Slattery, John M

    2016-11-02

    Liquid-crystalline ionic liquids (LCILs) are ordered materials that have untapped potential to be used as reaction media for synthetic chemistry. This paper investigates the potential for the ordered structures of LCILs to influence the stereochemical outcome of the Diels-Alder reaction between cyclopentadiene and methyl acrylate. The ratio of endo- to exo-product from this reaction was monitored for a range of ionic liquids (ILs) and LCILs. Comparison of the endo:exo ratios in these reactions as a function of cation, anion and liquid crystallinity of the reaction media, allowed for the effects of liquid crystallinity to be distinguished from anion effects or cation alkyl chain length effects. These data strongly suggest that the proportion of exo-product increases as the reaction media is changed from an isotropic IL to a LCIL. A detailed molecular dynamics (MD) study suggests that this effect is related to different hydrogen bonding interactions between the reaction media and the exo- and endo-transition states in solvents with layered, smectic ordering compared to those that are isotropic.

  1. Liquid crystalline pattern formation in drying droplets of biopolymers

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    Smalyukh, Ivan; Zribi, Olena; Butler, John; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Wong, Gerard

    2006-03-01

    When a droplet of DNA in water dries out, a ring-like deposit is observed along the perimeter, similar to the stains in spilled drops of coffee. However, the dried ring of DNA is a self-similar birefringent pattern composed of extended molecules. We examine dynamics of the pattern formation at the droplet's rim. This gives us an insight into the underlining physics. During the major part of drying process the contact line is pinned so that DNA molecules are brought to the perimeter and extended by the radial capillary flow. Lyotropic nematic phase is formed in which highly concentrated DNA aligns along the triple line to minimize elastic energy. When the contact angle becomes small, the contact line starts to retract and the radial dilative stress causes buckling distortions at the rim which then propagate deep into the elastic liquid- crystalline medium and give rise to the pattern.

  2. Photoinduced Plasticity in Cross-Linked Liquid Crystalline Networks.

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    McBride, Matthew K; Hendrikx, Matthew; Liu, Danqing; Worrell, Brady T; Broer, Dirk J; Bowman, Christopher N

    2017-02-24

    Photoactivated reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT)-based dynamic covalent chemistry is incorporated into liquid crystalline networks (LCNs) to facilitate spatiotemporal control of alignment, domain structure, and birefringence. The RAFT-based bond exchange process, which leads to stress relaxation, is used in a variety of conditions, to enable the LCN to achieve a near-equilibrium structure and orientation upon irradiation. Once formed, and in the absence of subsequent triggering of the RAFT process, the (dis)order in the LCN and its associated birefringence are evidenced at all temperatures. Using this approach, the birefringence, including the formation of spatially patterned birefringent elements and surface-active topographical features, is selectively tuned by adjusting the light dose, temperature, and cross-linking density.

  3. 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.

  4. Active Mesogenic Droplets: Impact of Liquid Crystallinity and Collective Behavior

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    Bahr, Christian

    Droplets of common mesogenic compounds show a self-propelled motion when immersed in aqueous solutions containing ionic surfactants at concentrations well above the critical micelle concentration. After introducing some general properties of this type of artificial microswimmer, we focus on two topics: the influence of liquid crystallinity on the swimming behavior and the collective behavior of ensembles of a larger number of droplets. The mesogenic properties are not essential for the basic mechanism of self-propulsion, nevertheless they considerably influence the swimming behavior of the droplets. For instance, the shape of the trajectories strongly depends on whether the droplets are in the nematic or isotropic state. The droplet swimmers are also ideally suited for the study of collective behavior: Microfluidics enables the generation of large numbers of identical swimmers and we can tune their buoyancy. We report on the collective behavior in three-dimensional environments. Supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SPP 1726 ``Microswimmers'').

  5. Structure and elastic properties of smectic liquid crystalline elastomer films.

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    Stannarius, R; Köhler, R; Dietrich, U; Lösche, M; Tolksdorf, C; Zentel, R

    2002-04-01

    Mechanical measurements, x-ray investigations, and optical microscopy are employed to characterize the interplay of chemical composition, network topology, and elastic response of smectic liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) in various mesophases. Macroscopically ordered elastomer films of submicrometer thicknesses were prepared by cross linking freely suspended smectic polymer films. The cross-linked material preserves the mesomorphism and phase transitions of the precursor polymer. The elastic response of the smectic LCE is entropic, and the corresponding elastic moduli are of the order of MPa. In the tilted ferroelectric smectic-C* phase, the network structure plays an important role. Due to the coupling of elastic network deformations to the orientation of the mesogenic groups in interlayer cross-linked materials (mesogenic cross-linker units), the stress-strain characteristics is found to differ qualitatively from that in the other phases.

  6. Influence of chlorhexidine species on the liquid crystalline structure of vehicle.

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    Farkas, E; Zelkó, R; Török, G; Rácz, I; Marton, S

    2001-02-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of three chlorhexidine species, chlorhexidine base and its salts (diacetate and digluconate), on the physico-chemical features of liquid crystalline systems and on drug transport through lipophilic membranes. Nonionic surfactant, Synperonic A7 (PEG(7)-C(13--15)) was selected for the preparation of the liquid crystalline systems. Mixtures of different ratios of Synperonic A7 and water were prepared. The liquid crystalline systems were characterized using polarizing microscopy, small-angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy. Membrane transport was also examined. The addition of chlorhexidine species to the liquid crystalline system modified the structure of the liquid crystalline system. As a result 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Enantioselective separations using chiral supported liquid crystalline membranes.

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    Han, Sangil; Rabie, Feras; Marand, Eva; Martin, Stephen M

    2012-07-01

    Porous and nonporous supported liquid crystalline membranes were produced by impregnating porous cellulose nitrate supports with cholesteric liquid crystal (LC) materials consisting of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) mixed with a cholesterol-based dopant (cholesteryl oleyl carbonate [COC], cholesteryl nonanoate [CN], or cholesteryl chloride [CC]). The membranes exhibit selectivity for R-phenylglycine and R-1-phenylethanol because of increased interactions between the S enantiomers and the left-handed cholesteric phase. The selectivity of both phenylglycine and 1-phenylethanol in 5CB/CN membranes decreases with effective pore diameter while the permeabilities increase, as expected. Phenylglycine, which is insoluble in the LC phase, exhibits no transport in the nonporous (completely filled) membranes; however, 1-phenylethanol, which is soluble in the LC phase, exhibits transport but negligible enantioselectivity. The enantioselectivity for 1-phenylethanol was higher (1.20 in 5CB/COC and 5CB/CN membranes) and the permeability was lower in the cholesteric phase than in the isotropic phase. Enantioselectivity was also higher in the 5CB/COC cholesteric phase than in the nematic phase of undoped 5CB (1.03). Enantioselectivity in the cholesteric phase of 5CB doped with CC (1.1), a dopant lacking hydrogen bonding groups, was lower than in the 5CB/COC phases. Finally, enantioselectivity increases with the dopant concentration up to a plateau value at approximately 17 mol%.

  10. Nano-Zirconium Tungstate Reinforced Liquid Crystalline Thermosetting Composites with Near Zero Thermal Expansion

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    2015-06-25

    the self- organized liquid crystalline phase and are promising candidates for the polymer matrices in structural composites. Lightly crosslinked LCERs...the self- organized liquid crystalline phase and are promising candidates for the polymer matrices in structural composites. Lightly crosslinked...they are regarded as self- reinforcing materials and have shown great potential in applications as polymer matrices in high performance composites

  11. Liquid crystalline phases and their dispersions in aqueous mixtures of glycerol monooleate and glyceryl monooleyl ether.

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    Popescu, Georgeta; Barauskas, Justas; Nylander, Tommy; Tiberg, Fredrik

    2007-01-16

    The aqueous phase behavior of mixtures of 1-glycerol monooleate (GMO) and its ether analogue, 1-glyceryl monooleyl ether (GME) has been investigated by a combination of polarized microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and NMR techniques. Three phase diagrams of the ternary GMO/GME/water system have been constructed at 25, 40, and 55 degrees C. The results demonstrate that the increasing amount of GME favors the formation of the reversed phases, evidenced by the transformation of the lamellar and bicontinuous cubic liquid crystalline phases of the binary GMO/water system into reversed micellar or reversed hexagonal phases. For a particular liquid crystalline phase, increasing the GME content has no effect on the structural characteristics and hydration properties, thus suggesting ideal mixing with GMO. Investigations of dispersed nanoparticle samples using shear and a polymeric stabilizer, Pluronic F127, show the possibility of forming two different kinds of bicontinuous cubic phase nanoparticles by simply changing the GMO/GME ratio. Also NMR self-diffusion measurements confirm that the block copolymer, Pluronic F127, used to facilitate dispersion formation, is associated with nanoparticles and provides steric stabilization.

  12. 31 CFR 537.209 - Expenses of maintaining blocked property; liquidation of blocked account.

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  4. Liquid Crystalline Copolymers of Monomer-Pairs Containing Mesogenic Units Which Exhibit Constitutional Isomerism.

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    1987-01-01

    thylenic units presents a smectic A or C mesophase. None of these polymers exhibited side-chain crystallization . INTRODUCTION Side-chain liquid ...isomers, leads to liquid crystalline copoly- mers which do not undergo side-chain crystallization . A quantitative under- standing of these copolymers...D-13 449 LIQUID CRYSTALLINE COPOLYMERS OF ONOER-PIRS 1/1 I CONTAINING NESOGENI UNITS..(U) CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV CLEVELAND ON DEPT OF

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Theoretical models for the dynamics of liquid crystalline polymers

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    Chaubal, Charu Vaman

    The research encompassed by this work aims to improve the understanding of the physical behavior embodied by the Doi theory of Liquid Crystalline Polymers (LCPs), to develop more accurate, efficient, and robust numerical and computational schemes to obtain theoretical predictions, and to extend the model to describe industrially relevant LCP systems more closely. The mechanisms behind the unusual phenomena exhibited by the Doi theory in simple shear flow is examined by performing nonlinear systems analysis of an approximated version of the theory. A more accurate approximation to the theory is developed and is shown to faithfully reproduce results from the unapproximated theory over a wide range of parameters. A novel solution algorithm for general polymer kinetic theory problems, based on particle methods, is presented and analyzed in the context of application to the Doi theory. This technique is used to study the behavior of LCPs in shear flow and to determine how slight perturbations of simple shear can lead to dramatic changes in dynamical and rheological properties. Finally, the nematic broken rod model for flexible LCPs is developed and the behavior of the model in simple shear flow is explored for both highly flexible and nearly rigid rods.

  8. New cyanopyridone based luminescent liquid crystalline materials: synthesis and characterization.

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    N, Ahipa T; Adhikari, Airody Vasudeva

    2014-11-01

    A new series of 4-(3,4-bis(akyloxy)phenyl)-6-(4-((1-(4-cyano- or 4-nitro-benzyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)methoxy)phenyl)-2-oxo-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitriles carrying terminal di-alkoxy chain lengths (viz. octyloxy, decyloxy, dodecyloxy, tetradecyloxy and hexadodecyloxy) as well as terminal polar groups -CN or -NO2 have been designed and synthesized successfully as luminescent mesogens. Their thermotropic behaviors have been studied by means of differential scanning calorimetry and polarized optical microscopy. The supramolecular organizations in them were explored by the temperature dependent X-ray diffraction method and their photophysical properties were investigated using UV-visible and fluorescence spectral methods. The mesogenic study reveals that the presence of hydrogen bonds, as well as dimerization between the molecules, is mainly responsible for the formation of the ambient temperature hexagonal columnar phase (Colh) in the new molecules. Their photophysical study indicates that the compounds exhibit a strong absorption band at ∼370 nm and a blue emission band at ∼466 nm with good quantum yields of ∼0.62 when compared to quinine sulphate (Φf = 0.54) in chloroform. Also, the compounds show a slightly red shift in the absorption band with increased solvent polarity. In liquid crystalline films, they display a bathochromic shift in the emission band because of the intimate overlap of molecular cores in the hexagonal columnar phase.

  9. Molecular structure and liquid-crystalline characteristics of chitosan phenylcarbamate.

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    Kuse, Yasunori; Asahina, Daisuke; Nishio, Yoshiyuki

    2009-01-12

    Chitosan phenylcarbamate (CtsPC) samples were synthesized to have different degrees of substitution (DS) ranging from approximately 2.7 to approximately 3.7, and the lyotropic liquid crystallinity was mainly characterized by spectrophotometry. The products of DS>2.8 formed a cholesteric type of mesophase in concentrated solutions of >44 wt % with polar aprotic solvents such as N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF), N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc), and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), and some of the solutions imparted vivid colorations because of selective visible light reflection. The cholesteric helical pitch increased with increasing temperature and with decreasing polymer concentration, but the helical sense remained left-handed under the adopted measurement conditions. It was also found that the helical pitch increased in proportion to the increment of DS, whereas an average degree of phenylcarbamoyl polyaddition in the side chains (DPs) rather affected the pitch distribution measuring an orderliness in the cholesteric structure. With a small increase in DPs (e.g., from 1.01 to 1.04), the cholesteric orderliness decreased and the temperature sensitivity of the pitch turned sluggish. Wide-angle X-ray diffractometry was also used for evaluating the distance and azimuth difference between adjacent nematic thin layers in the cholesteric mesophase.

  10. Drug Release and Skin Permeation from Lipid Liquid Crystalline Phases

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    Costa-Balogh, F. O.; Sparr, E.; Sousa, J. J. S.; Pais, A. A. C. C.

    We have studied drug release and skin permeation from several different liquid crystalline lipid formulations that may be used to control the respective release rates. We have studied the release and permeation through human skin of a water-soluble and amphiphilic drug, propranolol hydrochloride, from several formulations prepared with monoolein and phytantriol as permeation enhancers and controlled release excipients. Diolein and cineol were added to selected formulations. We observed that viscosity decreases with drug load, wich is compatible with the occurrence of phase changes. Diolein stabilizes the bicontinuous cubic phases leading to an increase in viscosity and sustained release of the drug. The slowest release was found for the cubic phases with higher viscosity. Studies on skin permeation showed that these latter formulations also presented lower permeability than the less viscous monoolein lamellar phases. Formulations containing cineol originated higher permeability with higher enhancement ratios. Thus, the various formulations are adapted to different circumstances and delivery routes. While a slow release is usually desired for drug sustained delivery, the transdermal route may require a faster release. Lamellar phases, which are less viscous, are more adapted to transdermal applications. Thus, systems involving lamellar phases of monoolein and cineol are good candidates to be used as skin permeation enhancers for propranolol hydrochloride.

  11. Telomere maintenance in liquid crystalline chromosomes of dinoflagellates.

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    Fojtová, Miloslava; Wong, Joseph T Y; Dvorácková, Martina; Yan, Kosmo T H; Sýkorová, Eva; Fajkus, Jirí

    2010-10-01

    The organisation of dinoflagellate chromosomes is exceptional among eukaryotes. Their genomes are the largest in the Eukarya domain, chromosomes lack histones and may exist in liquid crystalline state. Therefore, the study of the structural and functional properties of dinoflagellate chromosomes is of high interest. In this work, we have analysed the telomeres and telomerase in two Dinoflagellata species, Karenia papilionacea and Crypthecodinium cohnii. Active telomerase, synthesising exclusively Arabidopsis-type telomere sequences, was detected in cell extracts. The terminal position of TTTAGGG repeats was determined by in situ hybridisation and BAL31 digestion methods and provides evidence for the linear characteristic of dinoflagellate chromosomes. The length of telomeric tracts, 25-80 kb, is the largest among unicellular eukaryotic organisms to date. Both the presence of long arrays of perfect telomeric repeats at the ends of dinoflagellate chromosomes and the existence of active telomerase as the primary tool for their high-fidelity maintenance demonstrate the general importance of these structures throughout eukaryotes. We conclude that whilst chromosomes of dinoflagellates are unique in many aspects of their structure and composition, their telomere maintenance follows the most common scenario.

  12. Sustained release of methotrexate through liquid-crystalline folate nanoparticles.

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    Misra, Rahul; Mohanty, Sanat

    2014-09-01

    To make chemotherapy more effective, sustained release of the drug is desirable. By controlling the release rates, constant therapeutic levels can be achieved which can avoid re-administration of drug. This helps to combat tumors more effectively with minimal side effects. The present study reports the control release of methotrexate through liquid-crystalline folate nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are composed of highly ordered folate self-assembly which encapsulate methotrexate 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 methotrexate encapsulated folate nanoparticles as well as the release of methotrexate through these nanoparticles. It has been demonstrated that methotrexate 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 methotrexate release rates was also studied.

  13. 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.

  14. Water quantitatively induces the mucoadhesion of liquid crystalline phases of glyceryl monooleate.

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    Lee, J; Young, S A; Kellaway, I W

    2001-05-01

    The possible role of water in the mucoadhesion phenomenon exhibited by the liquid crystalline phases of glyceryl monooleate was investigated using an in-vitro tensile strength technique. The mucoadhesion of the liquid crystalline phases of glyceryl monooleate was found to occur following uptake of water. The mucoadhesive force of the cubic phase was consistent since it is not capable of taking up additional water. An increase in pre-load period greatly facilitated the mucoadhesion of glyceryl monooleate (0% w/w initial water content), suggesting that the mucoadhesion is dependent upon the extent of the dehydration of the substrate. A good linear relationship between initial water content of the liquid crystalline phases and mucoadhesive force led to the conclusion that the mucoadhesive force increased with decreasing initial water concentration. Rheological properties of the liquid crystalline phases were also studied to allow a correlation between physical changes and mucoadhesion of the liquid crystalline phases, revealing that higher water concentrations in the liquid crystalline phases led to a more ordered structure that showed less mucoadhesion. The results of this study indicated that the mucoadhesive force of the liquid crystalline phases of glyceryl monooleate is determined by the capability to take up water from a water-rich environment. It may, therefore, be advantageous to use the lamellar phase as a buccal drug carrier as opposed to the relatively less mucoadhesive cubic phase.

  15. The effect of a cholesterol liquid crystalline structure on osteoblast cell behavior.

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    Xu, Jian-Ping; Ji, Jian; Shen, Jia-Cong

    2009-04-01

    To investigate the effect of a liquid crystalline structure on cell behavior, polymethylsiloxane-graft-(10-cholesteryloxydecanol) was specially designed to get a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer. Results of Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR) spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) indicated that cholesterol was successfully covalently grafted onto polymethylhydrosiloxane via decamethylene 'flexible spacer'. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarized optical microscopy (POM) investigations revealed that the copolymer with 44.9% mesogenic unit showed obvious thermotropic liquid crystalline transition at about 124.9 degrees C. Polymer films were prepared by spin coating on clean glass plates from 5 mg ml(-1) toluene solutions of the copolymers. The POM investigation indicated that while the unannealed films (SC15, SC45) showed no liquid crystalline structure, the films which were annealed in vacuo at 140 degrees C for 9 h and then quenched to room temperature (SC15C, SC45C) formed discrete island-like liquid crystalline and continuous liquid crystalline structures, respectively. Osteoblast cells (MC3T3) were chosen to test the cell behavior of annealed and unannealed films. In comparison to unannealed films, the annealed films with a cholesterol liquid crystalline structure could promote osteoblast cell attachment and growth significantly.

  16. 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

  17. 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

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

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    Stappert, Kathrin; Muthmann, Johanna; Spielberg, Eike T.; ...

    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. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Perylenediimide-surfactant complexes: thermotropic liquid-crystalline materials via ionic self-assembly.

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    Guan, Ying; Zakrevskyy, Yuriy; Stumpe, Joachim; Antonietti, Markus; Faul, Charl F J

    2003-04-07

    In this communication we present the facile preparation and characterisation of thermotropic liquid-crystalline materials from the ionic self-assembly of a charged perylenediimide derivative and oppositely charged surfactants.

  2. Combinatorial parallel synthesis and automated screening of a novel class of liquid crystalline materials.

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    Deeg, Oliver; Kirsch, Peer; Pauluth, Detlef; Bäuerle, Peter

    2002-12-07

    Combinatorial parallel synthesis has led to the rapid generation of a single-compound library of novel fluorinated quaterphenyls. Subsequent automated screening revealed liquid crystalline (LC) behaviour and gave qualitative relationships of molecular structures and solid state properties.

  3. Controlled Shape Memory Behavior of a Smectic Main-Chain Liquid Crystalline Elastomer

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    Li, Yuzhan; Pruitt, Cole; Rios, Orlando; Wei, Liqing; Rock, Mitch; Keum, Jong K.; McDonald, Armando G.; Kessler, Michael R.

    2015-04-10

    Here, we describe how a smectic main-chain liquid crystalline elastomer (LCE), with controlled shape memory behavior, is synthesized by polymerizing a biphenyl-based epoxy monomer with an aliphatic carboxylic acid curing agent. Microstructures of the LCEs, including their liquid crystallinity and cross-linking density, are modified by adjusting the stoichiometric ratio of the reactants to tailor the thermomechanical properties and shape memory behavior of the material. Thermal and liquid crystalline properties of the LCEs, characterized using differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis, and structural analysis, performed using small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering, show that liquid crystallinity, cross-linking density, and network rigidity are strongly affected by the stoichiometry of the curing reaction. With appropriate structural modifications it is possible to tune the thermal, dynamic mechanical, and thermomechanical properties as well as the shape memory and thermal degradation behavior of LCEs.

  4. Direct Imaging of Carbon Nanotube Liquid-Crystalline Phase Development in True Solutions.

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    Kleinerman, Olga; Liberman, Lucy; Behabtu, Natnael; Pasquali, Matteo; Cohen, Yachin; Talmon, Yeshayahu

    2017-04-13

    Using direct-imaging cryogenic transmission and scanning electron microscopy, we show different stages of liquid-crystalline phase development in progressively more concentrated solutions of carbon nanotubes in chlorosulfonic acid: a dilute phase of individually dissolved carbon nanotubes; semidilute and concentrated isotropic phases; coexisting concentrated isotropic and nematic phases in local equilibrium with each other; and a fully liquid-crystalline phase. Nanometric resolution of cryogenic electron microscopy reveals carbon nanotube self-assembly into liquid-crystalline domains of several nanometers in width at very early stages. We find significant differences in carbon nanotube liquid-crystalline domain morphology as a function of the carbon nanotube aspect ratio, diameter, and degree of purity.

  5. Controlled Shape Memory Behavior of a Smectic Main-Chain Liquid Crystalline Elastomer

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    Li, Yuzhan; Pruitt, Cole; Rios, Orlando; ...

    2015-04-10

    Here, we describe how a smectic main-chain liquid crystalline elastomer (LCE), with controlled shape memory behavior, is synthesized by polymerizing a biphenyl-based epoxy monomer with an aliphatic carboxylic acid curing agent. Microstructures of the LCEs, including their liquid crystallinity and cross-linking density, are modified by adjusting the stoichiometric ratio of the reactants to tailor the thermomechanical properties and shape memory behavior of the material. Thermal and liquid crystalline properties of the LCEs, characterized using differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis, and structural analysis, performed using small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering, show that liquid crystallinity, cross-linking density, and network rigiditymore » are strongly affected by the stoichiometry of the curing reaction. With appropriate structural modifications it is possible to tune the thermal, dynamic mechanical, and thermomechanical properties as well as the shape memory and thermal degradation behavior of LCEs.« less

  6. 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.

  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. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers in an Ionic Liquid

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    He, Yiyong; Li, Zhibo; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2006-03-01

    Amphiphilic diblock copolymers poly((1,2-butadiene)-b-ethylene oxide) (PB-PEO) were shown to aggregate and form well-defined micelles in an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMIM][PF6]). The universal sequence of micellar structures (spherical micelle, wormlike micelle, and bilayered vesicle) were all resolved by varying the block copolymer composition. For the first time, the nanostructures of PB-PEO micelles formed in an ionic liquid were directly visualized by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The detailed micelle structure information was extracted from cryo-TEM and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, and compared to their aqueous counterparts. The work demonstrates the feasibility of controlling micellar nanostructures of amphiphilic block copolymers in ionic liquids, and also provides important knowledge for further applications of copolymers for forming microemulsions and ion gels.

  11. Novel Colloidal and Dynamic Interfacial Phenomena in Liquid Crystalline Systems

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    2014-09-13

    investigation supported by this grant moved beyond past studies of interfacial and colloidal phenomena involving isotropic liquids to explore and understand a...2010 20-May-2014 Approved for Public Release; Distribution Unlimited Final Report: Novel Colloidal and Dynamic Interfacial Phenomena in Liquid...Army Research Office P.O. Box 12211 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 liquid crystals, interfacial phenomena, colloids , amphiphiles

  12. Photovoltaic performance of block copolymer devices is independent of the crystalline texture in the active layer

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    Guo, Changhe; Lee, Youngmin; Lin, Yen -Hao; ...

    2016-06-15

    The electronic properties of organic semiconductors are strongly influenced by intermolecular packing. When cast as thin films, crystalline π-conjugated molecules are strongly textured, potentially leading to anisotropic charge transport. Consequently, it is hypothesized that the orientation of crystallites in the active layer plays an important role in charge extraction and organic photovoltaic device performance. Here we demonstrate orientation control of molecular packing from mostly face-on to edge-on configurations in the active layer of P3HT-b-PFTBT block copolymer photovoltaics using 1-chloronaphthalene as a solvent additive. The effect of molecular orientations in P3HT crystals on charge transport and solar cell performance is examined.more » We find that optimized photovoltaic device performance is independent of the crystalline texture of P3HT. Our observations provide further insights into the molecular organization required for efficient charge transport and overall device efficiencies. That is, the dominant crystal orientation, whether face-on or edge-on, is not critical to organic solar cells. Furthermore, a broad distribution of crystallite orientations ensures pathways for charge transport in any direction and enables efficient charge extraction in photovoltaic devices.« less

  13. Photovoltaic performance of block copolymer devices is independent of the crystalline texture in the active layer

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    Guo, Changhe; Lee, Youngmin; Lin, Yen -Hao; Strzalka, Joseph; Wang, Cheng; Hexemer, Alexander; Jaye, Cherno; Fischer, Daniel A.; Verduzco, Rafael; Wang, Qing; Gomez, Enrique D.

    2016-06-15

    The electronic properties of organic semiconductors are strongly influenced by intermolecular packing. When cast as thin films, crystalline π-conjugated molecules are strongly textured, potentially leading to anisotropic charge transport. Consequently, it is hypothesized that the orientation of crystallites in the active layer plays an important role in charge extraction and organic photovoltaic device performance. Here we demonstrate orientation control of molecular packing from mostly face-on to edge-on configurations in the active layer of P3HT-b-PFTBT block copolymer photovoltaics using 1-chloronaphthalene as a solvent additive. The effect of molecular orientations in P3HT crystals on charge transport and solar cell performance is examined. We find that optimized photovoltaic device performance is independent of the crystalline texture of P3HT. Our observations provide further insights into the molecular organization required for efficient charge transport and overall device efficiencies. That is, the dominant crystal orientation, whether face-on or edge-on, is not critical to organic solar cells. Furthermore, a broad distribution of crystallite orientations ensures pathways for charge transport in any direction and enables efficient charge extraction in photovoltaic devices.

  14. 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.

  15. Towards micrometer sized core-shell actuators from liquid crystalline elastomers by a continuous flow synthesis

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    Fleischmann, Eva-Kristina; Liang, Hsin-Ling; Lagerwall, Jan; Zentel, Rudolf

    2012-03-01

    We present here the successful preparation of liquid crystalline core-shell elastomers via a microfluidic double-emulsion process. The customized set-up allows for a temperature-controlled fabrication of the core-shell particles from a thermoresponsive mesogenic monomer. The nematic liquid crystalline shell is filled with a non-mesogenic core of silicone oil. To verify the core-shell structure with optical microscopy, we prepared particles with a colored core using a red dye. We were also able to micro-manipulate the particles and penetrate them with a small glass capillary to extract the liquid core.

  16. 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.

  17. Crystalline and liquid structure of zinc chloride trihydrate: a unique ionic liquid.

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    Wilcox, Robert J; Losey, Bradley P; Folmer, Jacob C W; Martin, James D; Zeller, Matthias; Sommer, Roger

    2015-02-02

    The water/ZnCl(2) phase diagram in the vicinity of the 75 mol % water composition is reported, demonstrating the existence of a congruently melting phase. Single crystals of this 3-equiv hydrate were grown, and the crystal structure of [Zn(OH(2))(6)][ZnCl(4)] was determined. Synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction and IR and Raman spectroscopy along with reverse Monte Carlo modeling demonstrate that a CsCl-type packing of the molecular ions persists into the liquid state. Consistent with the crystalline and liquid structural data, IR spectroscopy demonstrates that the O-H bonds of coordinated water do not exhibit strong intermolecular hydrogen ion bonding but are significantly weakened because of the water's coordination to Lewis acidic zinc ions. The O-H bond weakening makes this system a very strong hydrogen-bond donor, whereas the ionic packing along with the nonpolar geometry of the molecular ions makes this system a novel nonpolar, hydrogen-bonding, ionic liquid solvent.

  18. 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

  19. Ionic Conductivity of Nanostructured Block Copolymer and Ionic Liquid Membranes

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    Hoarfrost, Megan L.; Virgili, Justin M.; Segalman, Rachel A.

    2010-03-01

    Block copolymer and ionic liquid mixtures are of interest for creating ionically conductive, thermally stable, and nanostructured membranes. For mixtures of poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) (S2VP) and the ionic liquid bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([Im][TFSI]), nanostructured ion-conducting domains are formed due to [Im][TFSI] selectively residing in the P2VP domains of the block copolymer. The dependence of ionic conductivity on temperature, ionic liquid loading, and volume fraction of PS in the neat block copolymer was investigated for membranes with the matrix phase being P2VP/[Im][TFSI]. It was determined that the temperature dependence of conductivity follows the Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher equation, with the activation energy determined by the ratio of [Im][TFSI] to 2VP monomers. The overall weight fraction of [Im][TFSI] in the mixtures, however, is the dominating factor determining conductivity, regardless of PS volume fraction. The insight gained from this work will be important for further investigation into the effect on the ion transport properties of ionic liquids when confined to minority nanostructured domains.

  20. Liquid Crystalline Epoxies with Lateral Substituents Showing a Low Dielectric Constant and High Thermal Conductivity

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    Guo, Huilong; Lu, Mangeng; Liang, Liyan; Wu, Kun; Ma, Dong; Xue, Wei

    2017-02-01

    In this work, liquid crystalline epoxies with lateral substituents were synthesized and cured with aromatic amines or anhydride. The liquid crystalline phase structure of liquid crystalline epoxies with lateral substituents was determined by polarized optical microscopy. The relationship between thermal conductivity and dielectric properties and liquid crystalline domain structure was discussed in the paper. The samples show high thermal conductivity up to 0.29 W/(m × K), due to the orientation of mesogenic units in epoxies. The sample's low dielectric constant of 2.29 is associated with the oriented mesogenic units and long nonpolar lateral substituents. This indicates a new way to obtain materials with high thermal conductivity and a low dielectric constant by introducing oriented mesogenic units into cross-linked epoxy systems. The water repellency is reflected in the contact angles of 92-98°, which are apparently higher than that of conventional epoxy systems. It was also found that the better toughness of liquid crystalline epoxies with lateral substituents was attributed to the existence of long flexible alkyl lateral substituents.

  1. Stability of Equilibria of Nematic Liquid Crystalline Polymers

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    2011-01-01

    attractive for studying low molar -mass liquid crystals. After Maier and Saupe and Flory’s work, many new theories have been developed for liquid No.6 H...one set of (q1, q2) satisfying (22). Proof We prove by contradiction . To accomplish this, suppose (q (1) 1 , q (1) 2 ) and (q (2) 1 , q (2) 2 ) are...H.Y. Wang: STABILITY OF EQUILIBRIA OF NEMATIC LIQUID 2299 which contradicts with (25). Thus the claim is established: (q (1) 1 , q (1) 2 ) and (q (2) 1

  2. Luminescent liquid crystalline materials based on palladium(II) imine derivatives containing the 2-phenylpyridine core.

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    Micutz, Marin; Iliş, Monica; Staicu, Teodora; Dumitraşcu, Florea; Pasuk, Iuliana; Molard, Yann; Roisnel, Thierry; Cîrcu, Viorel

    2014-01-21

    In this work we report our studies concerning the synthesis and characterisation of a series of imine derivatives that incorporate the 2-phenylpyridine (2-ppy) core. These derivatives were used in the cyclometalating reactions of platinum(II) or palladium(II) in order to prepare several complexes with liquid crystalline properties. Depending on the starting materials used as well as the solvents employed, different metal complexes were obtained, some of them showing both liquid crystalline behaviour and luminescence properties at room temperature. It was found that, even if there are two competing coordination sites, the cyclometalation process takes place always at the 2-ppy core with (for Pt) or without (for Pd) the imine bond cleavage. We successfully showed that it is possible to prepare emissive room temperature liquid crystalline materials based on double cyclopalladated heteroleptic complexes by varying the volume fraction of the long flexible alkyl tails on the ancillary benzoylthiourea (BTU) ligands.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Thermomagnetic processing of liquid-crystalline epoxy resins and their mechanical characterization using nanoindentation.

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    Li, Yuzhan; Rios, Orlando; Kessler, Michael R

    2014-11-12

    A thermomagnetic processing method was used to produce a biphenyl-based liquid-crystalline epoxy resin (LCER) with oriented liquid-crystalline (LC) domains. The orientation of the LCER was confirmed and quantified using two-dimensional X-ray diffraction. The effect of molecular alignment on the mechanical and thermomechanical properties of the LCER was investigated using nanoindentation and thermomechanical analysis, respectively. The effect of the orientation on the fracture behavior was also examined. The results showed that macroscopic orientation of the LC domains was achieved, resulting in an epoxy network with an anisotropic modulus, hardness, creep behavior, and thermal expansion.

  6. Tuning the phase diagrams: the miscibility studies of multilactate liquid crystalline compounds

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    Bubnov, Alexej; Tykarska, Marzena; Hamplová, Věra; Kurp, Katarzyna

    2016-09-01

    Design of binary and multicomponent liquid crystalline mixtures is a very powerful tool to reach the desired self-assembling properties. Beyond many advantages, this method has a distinct negativity - it is very material-consuming. While working with unique chiral materials in the research laboratory, this problem can be solved by applying miscibility study by the contact preparation method. In this work, the miscibility studies of lactic acid derivatives and non-chiral/chiral liquid crystalline molecules of different structure have been done in order to establish the phase diagrams. Special attention is focused on the ferro(antiferro)electric smectic phases.

  7. Spatial ordering and abnormal optical activity of DNA liquid-crystalline dispersion particles

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    Semenov, S. V.; Yevdokimov, Yu. M.

    2016-12-01

    In our work, we investigate physicochemical and optical properties of double-strand DNA dispersions. The study of these properties is of biological interest, because it allows one to describe the characteristics of certain classes of chromosomes and DNA containing viruses. The package pattern of DNA molecules in the dispersions particles (DP) is examined. The consideration of the DNA liquid-crystalline DP optical activity based on the theory of electromagnetic wave absorption by large molecular aggregates has been performed. The investigation is also focused on various effects induced by the interaction between biological active compounds and DNA in the content of liquid-crystalline DP.

  8. Quasi-Liquid Crystalline Materials with Special Electro-Optic Properties

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    1988-12-01

    Side chain liquid crystal polymers, Spectrum broadening,,piropyrans, Thermochromism 4 20. A :5TRACT (Continue am t. .. --.o sid e - d idenii-y , y...WORDS (Continue on reveree slde it nd1eaary and Identify by block number) Aggregation, Liquid crystal -fpolysiloxanes, Liquid crystalpolyacrylates...Merocyanines, Non-linear optics, Optical information storage, Photochromisin, Photochromic liquid crystal polymers,-Rheo-optical effect, Second Harmonic

  9. 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.

  10. Planar-fingerprint transition in a thermoreversible liquid crystalline gel

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    de Lózar, Alberto; Schöpf, Wolfgang; Rehberg, Ingo; Lafuente, Oscar; Lattermann, Günter

    2005-05-01

    A thermoreversible (physical) gel consisting of a nematic liquid crystal mixed with a small quantity of a chiral organogelator is investigated in the planar configuration. The response of the system to an external electric field reveals multistability within a small hysteresis. The relaxation of the liquid crystal under this field is characterized by two different time scales: a fast one that is connected to the tilt of the director field, and a slow one that describes the reorientation of the chiral structure. In the first case, the relaxation is nonexponential and can be described by a Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts law with a stretching parameter of 0.5.

  11. Blocking the 4-1BB Pathway Ameliorates Crystalline Silica-induced Lung Inflammation and Fibrosis in Mice

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    Li, Chao; Du, Sitong; Lu, Yiping; Lu, Xiaowei; Liu, Fangwei; Chen, Ying; Weng, Dong; Chen, Jie

    2016-01-01

    Long term pulmonary exposure to crystalline silica leads to silicosis that manifests progressive interstitial fibrosis, eventually leading to respiratory failure and death. Despite efforts to eliminate silicosis, clinical cases continue to occur in both developing and developed countries. The exact mechanisms of crystalline silica-induced pulmonary fibrosis remain elusive. Herein, we find that 4-1BB is induced in response to crystalline silica injury in lungs and that it is highly expressed during development of experimental silicosis. Therefore, we explore the role of 4-1BB pathway during crystalline silica-induced lung injury and find that a specific inhibitor blocking the pathway could effectively alleviate crystalline silica-induced lung inflammation and subsequent pulmonary fibrosis in vivo. Compared to controls, the treated mice exhibited reduced Th1 and Th17 responses. The concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), including tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-17A following crystalline silica challenge were also reduced in inhibitor-treated mice. Although there was no significant alteration in Th2 cytokines of IL-4 and IL-13, another type of pro-fibrogenic cell, regulatory T cell (Treg) was significantly affected. In addition, one of the major participants in fibrogenesis, fibrocyte recruited less due to the blockade. Furthermore, we demonstrated the decreased fibrocyte recruitment was associated with chemokine reductions in lung. Our study discovers the 4-1BB pathway signaling enhances inflammatory response and promotes pulmonary fibrosis induced by crystalline silica. The findings here provide novel insights into the molecular events that control crystalline silica-induced lung inflammation and fibrosis through regulating Th responses and the recruitment of fibrocytes in crystalline silica-exposed lung. PMID:27698940

  12. Magnetic-field induced orientational transition in a helicoidal liquid-crystalline antiferromagnet

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    Zakhlevnykh, A. N.; Kuznetsova, K. V.

    2016-11-01

    The magnetic-field induced orientational transition in helicoidal liquid-crystalline antiferromagnets representing compensated suspensions of magnetic nanoparticles in cholesteric liquid crystals is theoretically studied. The untwisting of a helicoidal structure and the behavior of mean magnetization as a function of the field strength and material parameters are investigated. It is shown that the magnetic subsystems in the field-untwisted ferronematic phase are not completely compensated, and the ferronematic phase is ferrimagnetic.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Understanding changes in cellulose crystalline structure of lignocellulosic biomass during ionic liquid pretreatment by XRD.

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    Zhang, Jiafu; Wang, Yixun; Zhang, Liye; Zhang, Ruihong; Liu, Guangqing; Cheng, Gang

    2014-01-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to understand the interactions of cellulose in lignocellulosic biomass with ionic liquids (ILs). The experiment was designed in such a way that the process of swelling and solubilization of crystalline cellulose in plant cell walls was followed by XRD. Three different feedstocks, switchgrass, corn stover and rice husk, were pretreated using 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C4mim][OAc]) at temperatures of 50-130°C for 6h. At a 5 wt.% biomass loading, increasing pretreatment temperature led to a drop in biomass crystallinity index (CrI), which was due to swelling of crystalline cellulose. After most of the crystalline cellulose was swollen with IL molecules, a low-order structure was found in the pretreated samples. Upon further increasing temperature, cellulose II structure started to form in the pretreated biomass samples as a result of solubilization of cellulose in [C4mim][OAc] and subsequent regeneration.

  16. Carrier Transport and Viscosity of Discotic Liquid Crystalline Photoconductor Hexaoctyloxytriphenylene

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    Monobe, Hirosato; Okamoto, Shuichi; Enomoto, Hiroyuki; Shimizu, Yo

    2010-01-01

    In this study, the carrier transport and viscosity of 2,3,6,7,10,11-hexaoctyloxytriphenylene (C8OTP) have been studied by a time-of-flight method and a rotation viscometer. One-anion and two-cation transport was observed in the isotropic liquid phase, whereas the ambipolar electronic and one-anion transport was observed in the columnar mesophase. The activation energies for the ionic conductions in the isotropic liquid phase and columnar mesophase were 0.3 and 0.3 eV, respectively. The viscosity of C8OTP was investigated in the isotropic liquid phase and the activation energy was 0.4 eV. The Stokes radii of ionic carriers were experimentally estimated using Walden's rule. The Stokes radii for one anion and two cations were approximated to be 1, 2, and 8 Å, respectively. The Stokes radius of 8 Å for the larger cation represented the molecular size of C8OTP itself, assuming that C8OTP is a flat spheroid.

  17. Effect of Liquid Crystalline Systems Containing Antimicrobial Compounds on Infectious Skin Bacteria.

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    Souza, Carla; Watanabe, Evandro; Aires, Carolina Patrícia; Lara, Marilisa Guimarães

    2016-12-27

    This study aimed (i) to prepare liquid crystalline systems (LCS) of glyceryl monooleate (GMO) and water containing antibacterial compounds and (ii) to evaluate their potential as drug delivery systems for topical treatment of bacterial infections. Therefore, LCS containing CPC (cetylpyridinium chloride) (LCS/CPC) and PHMB (poly(hexamethylene biguanide) hydrochloride) (LCS/PHMB) were prepared and the liquid crystalline phases were identified by polarizing light microscopy 24 h and 7 days after preparation. The in vitro drug release profile and in vitro antibacterial activity of the systems were assessed using the double layer agar diffusion method against Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant S. aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, and Enterococcus faecalis. The interaction between GMO and the drugs was evaluated by a drug absorption study. Stable liquid crystalline systems containing CPC and PHMB were obtained. LCS/PHMB decreased the PHMB release rate and exerted strong antibacterial activity against all the investigated bacteria. In contrast, CPC interacted with GMO so strongly that it became attached to the system; the amount released was not sufficient to exert antibacterial activity. Therefore, the studied liquid crystalline systems were suitable to deliver PHMB, but not CPC. Accordingly, it was demonstrated that GMO interacts with each drug differently, which may interfere in the final efficiency of GMO/water LCS.

  18. Anion-directed self-organization of thermotropic liquid crystalline materials containing a guanidinium moiety.

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    Kim, Dongwoo; Jon, Sangyong; Lee, Hyung-Kun; Baek, Kangkyun; Oh, Nam-Keun; Zin, Wang-Cheol; Kim, Kimoon

    2005-11-28

    New wedge-shaped thermotropic liquid crystalline materials containing a guanidinium moiety at the apex organize into various supramolecular structures such as hexagonal columnar, rectangular columnar and Pm3n cubic mesophases depending on anions illustrating guest-directed self-organization in mesophases.

  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.; ...

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

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    Giang, Thanhkieu; Kim, Jinhwan

    2017-01-01

    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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    2015-07-01

    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 supra-molecular 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Endotoxin-Induced Structural Transformations in Liquid Crystalline Droplets

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    Lin, I.-Hsin; Miller, Daniel S.; Bertics, Paul J.; Murphy, Christopher J.; de Pablo, Juan J.; Abbott, Nicholas L.

    2011-06-01

    The ordering of liquid crystals (LCs) is known to be influenced by surfaces and contaminants. Here, we report that picogram per milliliter concentrations of endotoxin in water trigger ordering transitions in micrometer-size LC droplets. The ordering transitions, which occur at surface concentrations of endotoxin that are less than 10-5 Langmuir, are not due to adsorbate-induced changes in the interfacial energy of the LC. The sensitivity of the LC to endotoxin was measured to change by six orders of magnitude with the geometry of the LC (droplet versus slab), supporting the hypothesis that interactions of endotoxin with topological defects in the LC mediate the response of the droplets. The LC ordering transitions depend strongly on glycophospholipid structure and provide new designs for responsive soft matter.

  7. Biphenyl liquid crystalline epoxy resin as a low-shrinkage resin-based dental restorative nanocomposite.

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    Hsu, Sheng-Hao; Chen, Rung-Shu; Chang, Yuan-Ling; Chen, Min-Huey; Cheng, Kuo-Chung; Su, Wei-Fang

    2012-11-01

    Low-shrinkage resin-based photocurable liquid crystalline epoxy nanocomposite has been investigated with regard to its application as a dental restoration material. The nanocomposite consists of an organic matrix and an inorganic reinforcing filler. The organic matrix is made of liquid crystalline biphenyl epoxy resin (BP), an epoxy resin consisting of cyclohexylmethyl-3,4-epoxycyclohexanecarboxylate (ECH), the photoinitiator 4-octylphenyl phenyliodonium hexafluoroantimonate and the photosensitizer champhorquinone. The inorganic filler is silica nanoparticles (∼70-100 nm). The nanoparticles were modified by an epoxy silane of γ-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane to be compatible with the organic matrix and to chemically bond with the organic matrix after photo curing. By incorporating the BP liquid crystalline (LC) epoxy resin into conventional ECH epoxy resin, the nanocomposite has improved hardness, flexural modulus, water absorption and coefficient of thermal expansion. Although the incorporation of silica filler may dilute the reinforcing effect of crystalline BP, a high silica filler content (∼42 vol.%) was found to increase the physical and chemical properties of the nanocomposite due to the formation of unique microstructures. The microstructure of nanoparticle embedded layers was observed in the nanocomposite using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. This unique microstructure indicates that the crystalline BP and nanoparticles support each other and result in outstanding mechanical properties. The crystalline BP in the LC epoxy resin-based nanocomposite was partially melted during exothermic photopolymerization, and the resin expanded via an order-to-disorder transition. Thus, the post-gelation shrinkage of the LC epoxy resin-based nanocomposite is greatly reduced, ∼50.6% less than in commercialized methacrylate resin-based composites. This LC epoxy nanocomposite demonstrates good physical and chemical properties and good biocompatibility

  8. A general strategy for self-assembly of nanosized building blocks on liquid/liquid interfaces.

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    Liu, Jian-Wei; Zhang, Shao-Yi; Qi, Hao; Wen, Wu-Cheng; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2012-08-06

    A family of water/oil interfaces is introduced to provide effective platforms for rapid fabrication of large-area self-assembled nanofilms composed of various nanosized building blocks, including nanoparticles (NPs), nanocubes (NC), nanowires (NWs), and nanosheets, at room temperature. As a general interfacial assembly method, NWs and NPs are co-assembled at the liquid/liquid interface. The as-prepared co-assembled Ag NW and Ag NC films show high surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) intensity, the SERS performance being strongly dependent on the number ratio of the two kinds of nanosized building blocks. The results demonstrate that this interfacial system provides a general method for the assembly of various nanosized building blocks with different shapes and dimensionalities, and thus paves an alternative pathway for further applications of macroscopic assemblies with different functionalities.

  9. Ion Transport in Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block and Random Copolymers

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    Elabd, Yossef; Ye, Yuesheng; Choi, Jae-Hong; Winey, Karen

    2012-02-01

    Polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) block copolymers, a new type of solid-state polymer electrolyte, are of interest for energy conversion and storage devices, such as fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, and solar cells. In this study, a series of PIL diblock and random copolymers with various PIL compositions were synthesized. These consisted of an IL monomer and a non-ionic monomer, 1-[(2-methacryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (MEBIm-TFSI) and methyl methacrylate (MMA), and 1-[(2-acryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (AEBIm-TFSI) and styrene (S), respectively, were synthesized. The anion conductivity (ion transport) and morphology were measured in all of the polymers with EIS, SAXS/WAXS, and TEM. Ion transport in block copolymers are significantly higher than random copolymers at the same PIL composition and are highly dependent on the block copolymer nanostructure. The relationship between ion transport mechanisms and the phase behavior of these materials will be discussed.

  10. Screening in crystalline liquids protects energetic carriers in hybrid perovskites

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    Zhu, Haiming; Miyata, Kiyoshi; Fu, Yongping; Wang, Jue; Joshi, Prakriti P.; Niesner, Daniel; Williams, Kristopher W.; Jin, Song; Zhu, X.-Y.

    2016-09-01

    Hybrid lead halide perovskites exhibit carrier properties that resemble those of pristine nonpolar semiconductors despite static and dynamic disorder, but how carriers are protected from efficient scattering with charged defects and optical phonons is unknown. Here, we reveal the carrier protection mechanism by comparing three single-crystal lead bromide perovskites: CH3NH3PbBr3, CH(NH2)2PbBr3, and CsPbBr3. We observed hot fluorescence emission from energetic carriers with ~102-picosecond lifetimes in CH3NH3PbBr3 or CH(NH2)2PbBr3, but not in CsPbBr3. The hot fluorescence is correlated with liquid-like molecular reorientational motions, suggesting that dynamic screening protects energetic carriers via solvation or large polaron formation on time scales competitive with that of ultrafast cooling. Similar protections likely exist for band-edge carriers. The long-lived energetic carriers may enable hot-carrier solar cells with efficiencies exceeding the Shockley-Queisser limit.

  11. Screening in crystalline liquids protects energetic carriers in hybrid perovskites.

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    Zhu, Haiming; Miyata, Kiyoshi; Fu, Yongping; Wang, Jue; Joshi, Prakriti P; Niesner, Daniel; Williams, Kristopher W; Jin, Song; Zhu, X-Y

    2016-09-23

    Hybrid lead halide perovskites exhibit carrier properties that resemble those of pristine nonpolar semiconductors despite static and dynamic disorder, but how carriers are protected from efficient scattering with charged defects and optical phonons is unknown. Here, we reveal the carrier protection mechanism by comparing three single-crystal lead bromide perovskites: CH3NH3PbBr3, CH(NH2)2PbBr3, and CsPbBr3 We observed hot fluorescence emission from energetic carriers with ~10(2)-picosecond lifetimes in CH3NH3PbBr3 or CH(NH2)2PbBr3, but not in CsPbBr3 The hot fluorescence is correlated with liquid-like molecular reorientational motions, suggesting that dynamic screening protects energetic carriers via solvation or large polaron formation on time scales competitive with that of ultrafast cooling. Similar protections likely exist for band-edge carriers. The long-lived energetic carriers may enable hot-carrier solar cells with efficiencies exceeding the Shockley-Queisser limit.

  12. 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

  13. Cholesteric liquid crystalline materials with a dual circularly polarized light reflection band fixed at room temperature.

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    Agez, Gonzague; Mitov, Michel

    2011-05-26

    An unpolarized normal-incidence light beam reflected by a cholesteric liquid crystal is left- or right-circularly polarized, in the cholesteric temperature range. In this article, we present a novel approach for fabricating a cholesteric liquid crystalline material that exhibits reflection bands with both senses of polarization at room temperature. A cholesteric liquid crystal that presents a twist inversion at a critical temperature T(c) is blended with a small quantity of photopolymerizable monomers. Upon ultraviolet irradiation above T(c), the liquid crystal becomes a polymer-stabilized liquid crystal. Below T(c), the material reflects a dual circularly polarized band in the infrared. By quenching the experimental cell at a temperature below the blend's melting point, the optical properties of the material in an undercooled state are conserved for months at room temperature, which is critical to potential applications such as heat-repelling windows and polarization-independent photonic devices.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Nanofibers with very fine core-shell morphology from anisotropic micelle of amphiphilic crystalline-coil block copolymer.

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    Zhai, Fei-Yu; Huang, Wei; Wu, Gang; Jing, Xin-Ke; Wang, Mei-Jia; Chen, Si-Chong; Wang, Yu-Zhong; Chin, In-Joo; Liu, Ya

    2013-06-25

    A novel and facile strategy, combining anisotropic micellization of amphiphilic crystalline-coil copolymer in water and reassembly during single spinneret electrospinning, was developed for preparing nanofibers with very fine core-shell structure. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyethylene glycol-block-poly(p-dioxanone) (PEG-b-PPDO) were used as the shell and the crystallizable core layer, respectively. The core-shell structure could be controllably produced by altering concentration of PEG-b-PPDO, and the chain length of the PPDO block. The morphology of the nanofibers was investigated by Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). X-ray rocking curve measurements were performed to investigate the degree of ordered alignment of the PPDO crystalline lamellae in the nanofiber. The results suggested that the morphology of nanoparticles in spinning solution plays very important role in determining the phase separation of nanofibers. The amphiphilic PEG-b-PPDO copolymer self-assembled into star anise nanoaggregates in water solution induced by the crystallization of PPDO blocks. When incorporated with PVA, the interaction between PVA and PEG-b-PPDO caused a morphological transition of the nanoaggregates from star anise to small flake. For flake-like particles, their flat surface is in favor of compact stacking of PPDO crystalline lamellae and interfusion of amorphous PPDO in the core of nanofibers, leading to a relatively ordered alignment of PPDO crystalline lamellae and well-defined core-shell phase separation. However, for star anise-like nanoaggregates, their multibranched morphology may inevitably prohibit the compact interfusion of PPDO phase, resulting in a random microphase separation.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Early dynamics of guest-host interaction in dye-doped liquid crystalline materials.

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    Truong, Thai V; Xu, Lei; Shen, Y R

    2003-05-16

    We have studied in detail the early dynamics of laser-induced molecular reorientation in a dye-doped liquid crystalline (LC) medium that exhibits a significant enhancement of the optical Kerr nonlinearity due to guest-host interaction. Experimental results agree quantitatively with theory based on a model in which the anisotropic dye excitation helps reorient the LC molecules through a mean-field intermolecular interaction.

  1. Growth, dynamics, and texture modeling of the lamellar smectic-A liquid crystalline transition

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    Abukhdeir, Nasser Mohieddin

    2009-11-01

    This thesis is focused on the study of material transformations from the disordered state to the lamellar-ordered/smectic-A liquid crystalline state via multi-scale multi-transport modeling and simulation. This approach utilizes a high-order Landau-de Gennes phenomenological model able to bridge the gap between experimentally observed macro-scale phenomena and the nano-scale growth and structure inherent to liquid crystalline ordering. A unique feature of this simulation-based thesis is the direct verification of predictions with past experimental observations. In this context, the main contributions of this thesis work focuses on three experimental systems: free growth of an isolated domain, defect/texture formation, and the evolution of texture/defect interactions as the system approaches equilibrium. Simulation studies of free growth were first performed under conditions of deep undercooling, where non-isothermal effects can be neglected. The growth/shape kinetic evolution of initially textured and homogeneous spherulites growing into an unstable isotropic matrix phase was found, elucidating nano-scale morphology/texture processes and growth instabilities inaccessible experimentally. Undulation instabilities in growing smectic-A spherulites discovered in this work shed light on a possible mechanism for the formation of experimentally observed anisotropic "batonnet" morphologies and two-dimension focal conic defect structures. Recent experimental observations of growth kinetic phenomena of meta-stable nematic pre-ordering was studied, showing that the high-order model both predicts this phenomenon and explains the underlying mechanisms for experimentally determined morphological trends. A non-isothermal extension to the high-order model is derived and applied to study free growth under shallow undercooling conditions, where latent heat and anisotropic thermal diffusion are non-negligible. Growth laws, agreeing with experimental observations, are determined and

  2. 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.

  3. Cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles: optimization and evaluation for ocular delivery of tropicamide.

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    Verma, Purnima; Ahuja, Munish

    2016-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential of cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles for ocular delivery of tropicamide. Ultrasound-assisted fragmentation of cubic liquid crystalline bulk phases resulted in cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles employing Pluronic F127 as dispersant. The effects of process variables such as sonication time, sonication amplitude, sonication depth, and pre-mixing time on particle size and polydispersity index was investigated using central composite design. The morphology of tropicamide-loaded nanoparticles was found to be nearly cubical in shape by transmission electron microscopy observation. Further, small angle X-ray scattering experiment confirmed the presence of D and P phase cubic structures in coexistence. The optimized tropicamide-loaded cubic nanoparticles showed in vitro corneal permeation of tropicamide across isolated porcine cornea comparable to its commercial preparation, Tropicacyl®. Ocular tolerance was evaluated by Hen's egg-chorioallantoic membrane test and histological studies. The results of in vivo mydriatic response study demonstrated a remarkably higher area under mydriatic response curve (AUC0→1440 min) values of cubic nanoparticles over Tropicacyl® indicating better therapeutic value of cubic nanoparticles. Furthermore, tropicamide-loaded cubic nanoparticles exhibited prolonged mydriatic effect on rabbits as compared to commercial conventional aqueous ophthalmic solution.

  4. "Bicontinuous cubic" liquid crystalline materials from discotic molecules: a special effect of paraffinic side chains with ionic liquid pendants.

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    Alam, Md Akhtarul; Motoyanagi, Jin; Yamamoto, Yohei; Fukushima, Takanori; Kim, Jungeun; Kato, Kenichi; Takata, Masaki; Saeki, Akinori; Seki, Shu; Tagawa, Seiichi; Aida, Takuzo

    2009-12-16

    Triphenylene (TP) derivatives bearing appropriate paraffinic side chains with imidazolium ion-based ionic liquid (IL) pendants were unveiled to display a phase diagram with liquid crystalline (LC) mesophases of bicontinuous cubic (Cub(bi)) and hexagonal columnar (Col(h)) geometries. While their phase transition behaviors are highly dependent on the length of the side chains and the size of the ionic liquid pendants, TPs with hexadecyl side chains exclusively form a Cub(bi) LC assembly over an extremely wide temperature range of approximately 200 degrees C from room temperature when the anions of the IL pendants are relatively small. Wide-angle X-ray diffraction analysis suggested that the Cub(bi) LC mesophase contains pi-stacked columnar TP arrays with a plane-to-plane separation of approximately 3.5 A. Consistently, upon laser flash photolysis, it showed a transient microwave conductivity comparable to that of a Col(h) LC reference.

  5. [Influence of low-intensity laser radiation on the formation of liquid crystalline structures in a solution of glycoproteins].

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    Skopinov, S A; Iakovleva, S V; Denisova, E A; Vazina, A A; Zheleznaia, L A

    1989-01-01

    Liquid-crystalline structure formation in glycoprotein solutions irradiated by helium-neon laser in the presence of hydrogen peroxide was observed by both polarizing microscopy and spectrophotometry. High molecular weight (2.10(6) Da) and heavily glycosylated (about 80%) glycoprotein was isolated from the mucus layer of pig small intestine. Remarkable changes of both optic parameters of the solutions and the morphology of liquid-crystalline structures were detected in irradiated samples compared to the non-irradiated ones.

  6. Study on synthesis processes and crystallinity changes of nanographene materials synthesized by alcohol liquid-plasma

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    Kondo, Hiroki; Hagino, Tatsuya; Takeda, Keigo; Ishikawa, Kenji; Kano, Hiroyuki; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru

    2012-10-01

    Nanometer-sized graphene is one of promising materials for novel applications such as electrical device, compound materials, and so forth, owing to its excellent and unique electrical, physical and morphological properties. In recent years, we have realized the high-speed synthesis, over 1mg/min., of the nanographene with high-crystallinity using in-liquid plasma. In this study, elementary steps of nanographene synthesis and crystallinity change during synthesis were investigated. A high-voltage (10 kV) 60 Hz ac-voltage was applied to the two electrodes above and below alcohol surface. After the plasma discharge for 15 minutes, nanographene materials were dispersed in the alcohols and collected by a filtration method. According to the Raman spectra, when ethanol was used, types of metal electrodes did not affect synthesis rates and crystallinity. However, when 1-butanol was used, crystallinity of nanographenes drastically changed depending on types of metal electrodes. It is because different synthesis processes depending on types of alcohols have different dependence on metal electrodes.

  7. Silymarin glyceryl monooleate/poloxamer 407 liquid crystalline matrices: physical characterization and enhanced oral bioavailability.

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    Lian, Ruyue; Lu, Yi; Qi, Jianping; Tan, Yanan; Niu, Mengmeng; Guan, Peipei; Hu, Fuqiang; Wu, Wei

    2011-12-01

    Silymarin, a mixture of flavonolignans extracted from the seeds of milk thistle, is used clinically as a hepatoprotector to treat liver injuries and chronic hepatitis. However, its therapeutic effect is compromised by its poor oral bioavailability due to the poor solubility and low permeability across intestinal epithelia. The main purpose of this study was to prepare silymarin glyceryl monooleate/poloxamer 407 liquid crystalline matrices (GMO/P407 LCM) to improve the oral bioavailability of silymarin. GMO/P407 LCMs were prepared by a melting/congealing method. The isotropic phenomenon observed under polarized light microscope confirmed the liquid crystalline structure at the junction of LCM and water. Both differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed disappearance of silymarin crystallinity after incorporation into the LCMs. In vitro release of silymarin from LCMs was limited, whereas LCMs were readily degraded by lipase and released silymarin quickly and completely. Pharmacokinetic study in beagle dogs showed significantly increased peak concentration for silymarin GMO/P407 LCM, and, most importantly, a 3.46-fold increase in oral bioavailability as compared with Legalon®, a commercial silymarin formulation.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Ionic-liquid-assisted synthesis of YF{sub 3} with different crystalline phases and morphologies

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    Zhong Haoxiang; Hong Jianming; Cao Xiaofeng; Chen Xuetai Xue Ziling

    2009-03-05

    YF{sub 3} with different crystalline phases and morphologies have been prepared via a facile hydrothermal route assisted by imidazolium ionic liquids 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (C{sub 4}mimBF{sub 4}) or 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (C{sub 4}mimPF{sub 6}). The microstructures and morphologies of YF{sub 3} particles were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). Cubic and orthorhombic YF{sub 3} were selectively synthesized by adjusting the molar ratio of the reagents and using C{sub 4}mimBF{sub 4} as the fluoride source, while only orthorhombic YF{sub 3} was obtained using C{sub 4}mimPF{sub 6}, indicating that the crystalline phases and morphologies of the products were significantly influenced by fluoride source and reaction media.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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    Truong, Thai Viet

    2005-01-01

    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.

  15. 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

  16. Estimation of ground- and excited-state dipole moments of oxazine 1 in liquid and liquid crystalline media.

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    Gilani, A Ghanadzadeh; Moghadam, M; Zakerhamidi, M S

    2011-06-01

    The absorption and fluorescence spectra of a laser dye, oxazine-1 (OX1), in liquid and liquid crystalline media were studied at room temperature. The solvatochromic method was used to determine the ground- and excited-state dipole moments by means of Lippert-Mataga, Bakshiev, Kawski-Chamma-Viallet polarity functions. The solvent polarity has no large and regular effect on the spectral behavior of OX1, and thus it might be considered as a poor solvatochromic indicator dye. In addition, applicability of solvatochromic method for this dye in anisotropic media was investigated. On the other hand, nature and degree of the solute-solvent interactions were characterized using correlation of multi-parameter solvent polarity scales. Due to the theoretical restrictions and the dye molecular structure, deviations from the solvatochromic correlation were observed.

  17. Estimation of ground- and excited-state dipole moments of oxazine 1 in liquid and liquid crystalline media

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    Ghanadzadeh Gilani, A.; Moghadam, M.; Zakerhamidi, M. S.

    2011-06-01

    The absorption and fluorescence spectra of a laser dye, oxazine-1 (OX1), in liquid and liquid crystalline media were studied at room temperature. The solvatochromic method was used to determine the ground- and excited-state dipole moments by means of Lippert-Mataga, Bakshiev, Kawski-Chamma-Viallet polarity functions. The solvent polarity has no large and regular effect on the spectral behavior of OX1, and thus it might be considered as a poor solvatochromic indicator dye. In addition, applicability of solvatochromic method for this dye in anisotropic media was investigated. On the other hand, nature and degree of the solute-solvent interactions were characterized using correlation of multi-parameter solvent polarity scales. Due to the theoretical restrictions and the dye molecular structure, deviations from the solvatochromic correlation were observed.

  18. 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.

  19. Liquid crystalline polymer networks based on a nematic epoxy resin with azoxy group

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    Włodarska, M.; Mossety-Leszczak, B.; Bąk, G. W.; Galina, H.; Ledzion, R.

    2009-06-01

    The paper presents research results on curing two recently synthesized liquid crystalline epoxy materials with selected amines. The process of cross-linking, the final product of curing, and the pure monomers were examined using polarizing optical microscopy (POM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and dielectric spectroscopy (DS). Chemical structure of the products was confirmed using spectroscopic methods. The authors attempted to demonstrate how selection of curing conditions (such as the amine used as curing agent, the curing temperature or preparation of the surface in contact with the sample) influences optical properties of the cured product.

  20. 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

  1. Molecular Engineering of Liquid Crystalline Polymers by Living Polymerization. 22. Synthesis and Characterization of Binary Copolymers

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    1992-03-27

    are isomorphic but behave as a non-ideal solution. Poly [( l 5-8)-¢o-( -li: ] X/Y 10 This copolymer is synthesized from a pair of monomers whose parent...Science Case Western Reserve University D T IC Cleveland, OH 44106-2699 E L EC fE 7 Submitted for Publication • APR07 1992 , D in Liquid Crystal March...Crystalline Polymers by Living Polymerization. 22. Synthesis and Characterization of Binary Copolymers Of I l -14 -Cyano-4*-biphenyl)oxy]undecany Vinyl Ether

  2. 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.

  3. Light-Driven Liquid Crystalline Materials: From Photo-Induced Phase Transitions and Property Modulations to Applications.

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    Bisoyi, Hari Krishna; Li, Quan

    2016-12-28

    Light-driven phenomena both in living systems and nonliving materials have enabled truly fascinating and incredible dynamic architectures with terrific forms and functions. Recently, liquid crystalline materials endowed with photoresponsive capability have emerged as enticing systems. In this Review, we focus on the developments of light-driven liquid crystalline materials containing photochromic components over the past decade. Design and synthesis of photochromic liquid crystals (LCs), photoinduced phase transitions in LC, and photoalignment and photoorientation of LCs have been covered. Photomodulation of pitch, polarization, lattice constant and handedness inversion of chiral LCs is discussed. Light-driven phenomena and properties of liquid crystalline polymers, elastomers, and networks have also been analyzed. The applications of photoinduced phase transitions, photoalignment, photomodulation of chiral LCs, and photomobile polymers have been highlighted wherever appropriate. The combination of photochromism, liquid crystallinity, and fabrication techniques has enabled some fascinating functional materials which can be driven by ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light irradiation. Nanoscale particles have been incorporated to widen and diversify the scope of the light-driven liquid crystalline materials. The developed materials possess huge potential for applications in optics, photonics, adaptive materials, nanotechnology, etc. The challenges and opportunities in this area are discussed at the end of the Review.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Phase Structure and Properties of a Biodegradable Block Copolymer Coalesced from It's Crystalline Inclusion Compound Formed with alpha-Cyclodextrin

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    Shuai, Xintao; Wei, Min; Probeni, Francis; Bullions, Todd A.; Shin, I. Daniel; Tonelli, Alan E.

    2002-03-01

    A well-defined biodegradable block copolymer of poly(epsilon caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) was synthesized and characterized and then included as a guest in an inclusion compound (IC) formed with the host alpha-cyclodextrin (CD). The PCL-b-PLLA block copolymer was subsequently coalesced from it's CD-IC crystals by either treatment with hot water (50 C) or an aqueous amylase solution at 25 C. The coalesced PCL-b-PLLA was examined by FTIR, DSC, TGA, and WAXD and was found to be much more homogeneosly organized, with much less segregation and crystallinity of the PCL and PLLA microphases. The morpholgy, crystallization kinetics, thermal behavior, and biodegradability of the coalesced PCL-b-PLLA block copolymer was studied by comparison to similar observations made on as-synthesized PCL-b-PLLA, PCL and PLLA homopolymers, and their solution-cast blend. The PCL and PLLA blocks are found to be more intimately mixed, with less phase segregation, in the coalesced diblock copolymer, and this leads to homogeneous bulk crystallization, which is not observed for the as-synthesized diblock copolymer. The coalesced PCL-b-PLLA was also found to be more quickly biodegraded (lipase from Rhizopus arrhizus)than the as-synthesized PCL-b-PLLA or the physical blend of PCL and PLLA homopolymers. Overall, the coalescence of the inherently phase segregated diblock copolymer PCL-b-PLLA results in a small amount of compact, chain-extended PCL and PLLA crystals embedded in an amorphous phase, largely consisting of well-mixed PCL and PLLA blocks. Thus, we have demonstrated that it is possible to control the morpholgy of a biodegradable diblock copolymer, thereby significantly modifying it's properties, by coalescence from it's CD-IC crystals.

  8. Impact of ionic liquid pretreatment conditions on cellulose crystalline structure using 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate.

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    Cheng, Gang; Varanasi, Patanjali; Arora, Rohit; Stavila, Vitalie; Simmons, Blake A; Kent, Michael S; Singh, Seema

    2012-08-23

    Ionic liquids (ILs) have been shown to affect cellulose crystalline structure in lignocellulosic biomass during pretreatment. A systematic investigation of the swelling and dissolution processes associated with IL pretreatment is needed to better understand cellulose structural transformation. In this work, 3-20 wt % microcrystalline cellulose (Avicel) solutions were treated with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C(2)mim][OAc]) and a mixture of [C(2)mim][OAc] with the nonsolvent dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) at different temperatures. The dissolution process was slowed by decreasing the temperature and increasing cellulose loading, and was further retarded by addition of DMSO, enabling in-depth examination of the intermediate stages of dissolution. Results show that the cellulose I lattice expands and distorts prior to full dissolution in [C(2)mim][OAc] and that upon precipitation the former structure leads to a less ordered intermediate structure, whereas fully dissolved cellulose leads to a mixture of cellulose II and amorphous cellulose. Enzymatic hydrolysis was more rapid for the intermediate structure (crystallinity = 0.34) than for cellulose II (crystallinity = 0.54).

  9. Arrangement and SERS Applications of Nanoparticle Clusters Using Liquid Crystalline Template.

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    Kim, Dae Seok; Honglawan, Apiradee; Yang, Shu; Yoon, Dong Ki

    2017-02-16

    Manipulation of nanomaterials such as nanoparticles (NPs) and nanorods (NRs) to make clusters is of significant interest in material science and nanotechnology due to the unusual collective opto-electric properties in such structures that cannot be found in the individual NPs. This work demonstrates an effective way to arrange NP clusters (NPCs) to make the desired arrays based on removable and NP-guidable liquid crystalline template using sublimation and reconstruction phenomenon. The position of the NPCs is precisely controlled by the defect structure of the liquid crystal (LC), namely toric focal conic domains (TFCDs), during thermal annealing to construct the LC and corresponding NPC structures. As a proof of concept, the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of a fabricated array of gold nanorod (GNR) clusters is measured and shown to have highly sensitive detection characteristics essential for potential sensing applications.

  10. 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.

  11. Anchoring Strength of Thin Aligned-Polymer Films Formed by Liquid Crystalline Monomer

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Ikehata, Seiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2003-04-01

    We have evaluated the polar anchoring strength of a thin molecule-aligned polymer film formed by a liquid crystalline monomer. The polymer film was obtained by photopolymerization of the monomer oriented by a rubbed polyimide alignment layer in a chamber filled with N2 gas. We fabricated a nematic liquid crystal cell using the thin aligned-polymer films as alignment layers, and then evaluated the anchoring strength of the polymer by measuring the optical retardation curve of the cell driven by voltages. The experimental result showed that the anchoring strength was one order of magnitude lower than that of a conventional rubbed polyimide alignment layer, and decreased with increasing the cure temperature of the monomer film.

  12. Thermo- and photo-driven soft actuators based on crosslinked liquid crystalline polymers

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    Gu, Wei; Wei, Jia; Yu, Yanlei

    2016-09-01

    Crosslinked liquid crystalline polymers (CLCPs) are a type of promising material that possess both the order of liquid crystals and the properties of polymer networks. The anisotropic deformation of the CLCPs takes place when the mesogens experience order to disorder change in response to external stimuli; therefore, they can be utilized to fabricate smart actuators, which have potential applications in artificial muscles, micro-optomechanical systems, optics, and energy-harvesting fields. In this review the recent development of thermo- and photo-driven soft actuators based on the CLCPs are summarized. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 21134003, 21273048, 51225304, and 51203023) and Shanghai Outstanding Academic Leader Program, China (Grant No. 15XD1500600).

  13. New liquid crystalline materials based on two generations of dendronised cyclophosphazenes.

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    Jiménez, Josefina; Laguna, Antonio; Gascón, Elena; Sanz, José Antonio; Serrano, José Luis; Barberá, Joaquín; Oriol, Luis

    2012-12-21

    A divergent approach was used for the synthesis of dendritic structures based on a cyclotriphosphazene core with 12 or 24 hydroxyl groups, by starting from [N(3)P(3)(OC(6)H(4)OH-4)(6)] and using an acetal-protected 2,2-di(hydroxymethyl)propionic anhydride as the acylating agent. Hydroxyl groups in these first- and second-generation dendrimers, G1-(OH)(12) or G2-(OH)(24), were then condensed in turn with mono- or polycatenar pro-mesogenic acids to study their ability to promote self-assembly into liquid crystalline structures. Reactions were monitored by using (31)P{(1)H} and (1)H NMR spectroscopy and the chemical structure of the resulting materials was confirmed by using different spectroscopic techniques and mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). The results were in accordance with monodisperse, fully functionalised cyclotriphosphazene dendrimers. Thermal and liquid crystalline properties were studied by using optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The dendrimer with 12 4-pentylbiphenyl mesogenic units gives rise to columnar rectangular organisation, whereas the one with 24 pentylbiphenyl units does not exhibit mesomorphic behaviour. In the case of materials that contain polycatenar pro-mesogenic units with two aromatic rings (A4 vs. A5), the incorporation of a short flexible spacer connected to the periphery of the dendron (acid A5) was needed to achieve mesomorphic organisation. In this case, both dendrimer generations G1 A5 and G2 A5 exhibit a hexagonal columnar mesophase.

  14. Highly ordered monodomain ionic self-assembled liquid-crystalline materials.

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    Zakrevskyy, Y; Smarsly, B; Stumpe, J; Faul, C F J

    2005-02-01

    Liquid-crystalline properties of the ionic self assembled complex benzenehexacarboxylic- (didodecyltrimethylammonium)6 [BHC- (C12D)6] were investigated by polarizing microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), x-ray analysis, null ellipsometry, UV and IR spectroscopy. The complex exhibits a bilayer smectic Sm- A2 liquid-crystalline phase and aligns spontaneously. Alignment properties do not depend on the hydrophobic or hydrophilic treatment of the surfaces. The aligned complex possesses a negative (delta n=-0.02) homeotropically oriented optical axis, with layers aligned parallel to the surface. X-ray analysis of the aligned sample revealed a lamellar structure with a d spacing of 3.15 nm, consisting of sublayers of thicknesses d1 = 1.41 and d2 = 1.74 nm . This was confirmed by simple geometrical calculations and detailed temperature-dependent investigations, revealing that the first layer contains the BHC molecules and oppositely charged groups of the surfactants, and the second the alkyl tails of the surfactant. Changes in the order parameters (as calculated from the IR investigations) are correlated with the phase transitions as found by DSC. The properties of the complex are strongly influenced by the ionic interactions within the complex. The presence of these groups slows down the dynamics within the material sufficiently to allow for crystallization of the complex from an aligned LC phase into a single crystal domain, as well as restricting the transition to the isotropic phase.

  15. 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

  16. Enzyme Kinetics in Liquid Crystalline Mesophases: Size Matters, But Also Topology.

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    Sun, Wenjie; Vallooran, Jijo J; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2015-04-21

    Lyotropic liquid crystalline systems (LLCs) are excellent immobilizing carriers for enzymes, due to their biocompatibility and well-defined pore nanostructure. Here we show that the liquid crystalline mesophase topology can greatly influence the enzymatic activity in a typical peroxidase (Horseradish peroxidase, HRP) enzymatic reaction. Enzyme kinetics was investigated in different LLC mesophases based on monolinolein, with varying symmetries and dimensions such as the 1D cylindrical inverse hexagonal phase (HII), the 2D planar lamellar phase (Lα), and two 3D bicontinuous cubic phases of double diamond (Pn3m) and gyroid (Ia3d) space groups. As expected, the mesophase with largest water channel size shows highest activity, regardless of the topology. Interestingly, however, when mesophases with different topologies have the same water channel size, then the topology plays the dominant role, and the enzyme showed the highest activity in the 3D tetra-fold connected Pn3m, followed by the Ia3d with trifold connectivity, and finally the 1D HII phase. This study demonstrates that the enzymatic activity in LLC mesophases depends on both the water channel size and the topology of the mesophase.

  17. 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.

  18. The effect of liquid crystalline structures on antiseizure properties of aqueous solutions of ethoxylated alcohols.

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    Sulek, Marian Wlodzimierz; Bak, Anna

    2010-01-12

    Aqueous solutions of ethoxylated alcohols which form lyotropic liquid crystals at high concentrations (40-80%) were selected as model lubricating substances. Microscopic studies under polarized light and viscosity measurements were carried out in order to confirm the presence of liquid crystalline structures in the case of alcohol solutions with ethoxylation degrees of 3, 5, 7 and 10. Microscopic images and viscosity coefficient values characteristic of various mesophases were obtained. As expected, the viscosity of LLCs decreases considerably with an increase in shearing rate which is characteristic of liquid crystals being non-Newtonian liquids. Antiseizure properties were determined by means of a four-ball machine (T-02 Tester) and characterized by scuffing load (P(t)), seizure load (P(oz)) and limiting pressure of seizure (p(oz)). Alcohol ethoxylates forming mesophases in aqueous solutions have the strongest effect on the P(t) values which are several times higher than those measured in the presence of water. Ethoxylates with higher degrees of ethoxylation exhibit higher values of scuffing load. Those changes have been interpreted as a result of higher cloud points at which those compounds lose their amphiphilic properties. In general, the presence of mesophases in the bulk phase and particularly in the surface phase may lead to the formation of a lubricant film which separates the frictionally cooperating elements of a friction pair. The antiseizure efficiency of alcohol solutions is highest up to the load value which does not exceed the scuffing load value.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. A Comprehensive Study on Lyotropic Liquid-Crystalline Behavior of an Amphiphile in 20 Kinds of Amino Acid Ionic Liquids.

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    Fujimura, Kanae; Ichikawa, Takahiro; Yoshio, Masafumi; Kato, Takashi; Ohno, Hiroyuki

    2016-02-18

    We examined the self-organization behavior of a designed amphiphilic molecule in 20 kinds of amino acid ionic liquids composed of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium cation and natural amino acid anion ([C4mim][AA]). Addition of [C4mim][AA], regardless of their anion species, to the amphiphile provided homogeneous mixtures showing lyotropic liquid-crystalline (LC) behavior. Upon increasing the component ratio of [C4mim][AA] in the mixtures, a successive change of the mesophase patterns from inverted hexagonal columnar, in some case via bicontinuous cubic, to layered phases was observed. By examining the LC properties at various temperatures and component ratios, we constructed lyotropic LC phase diagrams. Interestingly, the appearance of these phase diagrams is greatly different according to the selection of [AA]. Through comparison, we found that the self-organization behavior of an amphiphile in ionic liquids can be tuned by controlling their ability to form hydrogen-bond, van der Waals, and π-π interactions.

  2. Photo-orientation of azobenzene-containing liquid-crystalline materials by means of domain structure rearrangement.

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    Bogdanov, Alexey V; Vorobiev, Andrey Kh

    2013-11-07

    A novel mechanism of photo-orientation of azobenzene-containing liquid-crystalline materials is proposed. This mechanism is based on the notion of photochemically induced domain rearrangement driven by destabilization of liquid-crystalline phase in light absorbing domains due to photochemical formation of non-mesogenic cis-azobenzene moieties. The experimental evidence of photoinduced movement of a domain boundary is presented, and the velocity of this movement is measured. A mathematical model for photo-orientation of a polydomain azobenzene-containing material is formulated. The values of model parameters for a liquid-crystalline azopolymer have been measured in separate experiments. Theoretical predictions demonstrate quantitative agreement with the experimental observations.

  3. 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

    2015-12-25

    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.

  4. Thermodynamics and phase behavior of acid-tethered block copolymers with ionic liquids.

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    Jung, Ha Young; Park, Moon Jeong

    2016-12-21

    We investigate the phase behavior of acid-tethered block copolymers with and without ionic liquids. Two phosphonated block copolymers and their sulfonated analogs were synthesized by fine-tuning the degree of polymerization and the acid content. The block copolymers carrying acid groups with ionic liquids exhibited rich phase sequences, i.e., disorder-lamellae (LAM), gyroid-LAM, gyroid-hexagonal cylinder (HEX), and gyroid-A15 lattice, and the cation/anion ratio in the ionic liquid exerted profound effects on the segregation strength and topology of the self-assembled structures. Additionally, using ionic liquids with excessive cation content was found to enhance the effective Flory-Huggins interaction parameter, χeff, of the samples. However, as the anion content of the ionic liquids increased the segregation strength decreased. This is attributed to the packing frustration accompanied by the prevailing repulsive electrostatic interactions of the anions in the ionic liquid and the polymer matrix. As the hydrophobicity of the ionic liquids increased, well-defined ordered phases emerged in the phosphonated block copolymers with increased anion content, contrary to the disordered phases of the sulfonated samples. Thus, the balance between solvation energy of the anions and the electrostatic interactions is a key determinant of the thermodynamics of acid-tethered block copolymers containing ionic liquids.

  5. 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.

  6. Segmented polyurethane elastomers with liquid crystalline hard segments. 1. Synthesis, characterization and rheology

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    Tang, W.; MacKnight, W.J.; Welder, W.

    1995-12-01

    Segmented liquid crystalline polyurethanes (LCPUE) have been studied with hard segments composed of the mesogen 4,4`-bis(6-hydroxyhexoxy)biphenyl, 2,4-tolylene diisocyanate, and 2,6-tolylene diisocyanate and soft segments composed of poly(tetramethylene oxides). Differential scanning calorimetry and wide-angle X-ray scattering experiments show the existence of an enantiotropic mesophase in the hard domains of the elastomer. Compared with nonsegmented polyurethane containing the same mesogen, the isotropization temperature of the mesophase in the elastomer is depressed. This is a result of the oligomeric structure of the hard domains. The endotherm corresponding to the isotropization transition is also broadened, reflecting a lack of uniformity of the hard domains. Furthermore, the mesophase can be oriented by elastic deformation, and it forms a more ordered chain packing during this process. The tensile properties of these segmented polyurethanes are determined by their morphologies and can be manipulated by controlling the hard- and soft-segment concentration ratio. The rheological study indicates a broad transition from a viscoelastic solid to a viscoelastic liquid at the isotropization temperature of the mesophase. Physical gelation studies identify a liquid/solid transition when cooled to 106{degrees}C or below, and show the characteristic, critical behavior at the gel point with a power law relaxation spectrum at low frequencies.

  7. High-pressure Raman study of liquid and crystalline CH3F up to 12 GPa

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    Wu, Y. H.; Shimizu, H.

    1995-01-01

    High-pressure Raman spectra of liquid and crystalline CH3F were measured up to 12 GPa at 300 K in a gasketed diamond-anvil cell. Two solid phases have been found; the transition pressures of liquid to solid phase I and phase I to phase II were determined to be 2.75 and 3.63 GPa, respectively. Among these, the solid phase I is an orientationally disordered (plastic) phase, while the solid phases II is an orientationally ordered phase. The frequency of CF stretching ν3(A1) vibration shows a large red shift with a slope dν/dP of about -2.6 cm-1/GPa in the liquid phase, and it splits into the TO and LO modes in the two solid phases. The Fermi resonances between the same symmetry vibrations of ν1(A1) and 2ν5(A1), and of ν4(E) and 2ν5(E) have been observed and their behaviors have been analyzed by the Fermi resonance theory. The pressure dependence of the CH stretching mode is compared with those of the other fluorinated methanes CH2F2, CHF2Cl, and CHF3.

  8. Bio-inspired production of chitosan/chitin films from liquid crystalline suspensions.

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    João, Carlos F C; Echeverria, Coro; Velhinho, Alexandre; Silva, Jorge C; Godinho, Maria H; Borges, João P

    2017-01-02

    Inspired by chitin based hierarchical structures observed in arthropods exoskeleton, this work reports the capturing of chitin nanowhiskers' chiral nematic order into a chitosan matrix. For this purpose, highly crystalline chitin nanowhiskers (CTNW) with spindle-like morphology and average aspect ratio of 24.9 were produced by acid hydrolysis of chitin. CTNW were uniformly dispersed at different concentrations in aqueous suspensions. The suspensions liquid crystalline phase domain was determined by rheological measurements and polarized optical microscopy (POM). Chitosan (CS) was added to the CTNW isotropic, biphasic and anisotropic suspensions and the solvent was evaporated to allow films formation. The Films' morphologies as well as the mechanical properties were explored. A correlation between experimental results and a theoretical model, for layered matrix' structures with fibers acting as a reinforcement agent, was established. The results evidence the existence of two different layered structures, one formed by chitosan layers induced by the presence of chitin and another formed by chitin nanowhiskers layers. By playing on the ratio chitin/chitosan one layered structure or the other can be obtained allowing the tunning of materials' mechanical properties.

  9. 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

  10. Copper-Coated Liquid-Crystalline Elastomer via Bioinspired Polydopamine Adhesion and Electroless Deposition.

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    Frick, Carl P; Merkel, Daniel R; Laursen, Christopher M; Brinckmann, Stephan A; Yakacki, Christopher M

    2016-12-01

    This study explores the functionalization of main-chain nematic elastomers with a conductive metallic surface layer using a polydopamine binder. Using a two-stage thiol-acrylate reaction, a programmed monodomain is achieved for thermoreversible actuation. A copper layer (≈155 nm) is deposited onto polymer samples using electroless deposition while the samples are in their elongated nematic state. Samples undergo 42% contraction when heated above the isotropic transition temperature. During the thermal cycle, buckling of the copper layer is seen in the direction perpendicular to contraction; however, transverse cracking occurs due to the large Poisson effect experienced during actuation. As a result, the electrical conductivity of the layer reduced quickly as a function of thermal cycling. However, samples do not show signs of delamination after 25 thermal cycles. These results demonstrate the ability to explore multifunctional liquid-crystalline composites using relatively facile synthesis, adhesion, and deposition techniques.

  11. Stereodynamic control of star-epoxy/anhydride crosslinking actuated by liquid-crystalline phase transitions.

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    Pin, Jean-Mathieu; Mija, Alice; Sbirrazzuoli, Nicolas

    2017-03-08

    The epoxy/anhydride copolymerization kinetics of an original star-epoxy monomer (TriaEP) was explored in dynamic heating mode using a series of isoconversional methods. Negative values of the apparent activation energy (Eα) related to an anti-Arrhenius behavior were observed. The transition from Arrhenius to anti-Arrhenius behavior and vice versa depending on the Eα of polymerization was correlated with the dynamics of mesophasic fall-in/fall-out events, physically induced transition (PIT) and chemically induced transition (CIT). This self-assembly phenomenon induces the generation of an anisotropic crosslinked architecture exhibiting both nematic discotic (ND) and nematic columnar (NC) organization. Particular emphasis was placed on evaluating the juxtaposition/contribution of the liquid-crystalline transitions to crosslinking, considering both the reaction dynamics and the macromolecular vision.

  12. Structure and optical properties of glasses in binary liquid crystalline systems based on cobalt octanoate

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    Mirnaya, T. A.; Tokmenko, I. I.; Yaremchuk, G. G.; Tolochko, A. S.

    2015-04-01

    The effect of composition and aggregative state (melt, mesophase, glass) on the coordination state of Co (II) ions in an octanoate ligand field has been studied for binary liquid crystalline systems based on cobalt (II) octanoate by the analysis of electronic absorption spectra. It has been shown that several coordination forms of Co (II) ions: octahedral, tetrahedral and dodecahedral ones can coexist in cobalt octanoate based systems. It has been found by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering that glasses of cobalt octanoate based systems have a bilayer and nanoporous structure. The thickness of cation-anion bilayers in mesophases and glasses of binary systems depends on the polarizing power of cations: it is the smaller, the higher the polarizing power of cations.

  13. Macroscopic Ordering of CNTs in a Liquid Crystalline Polymer Nano-Composite by Shearing

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    Kalakonda, P.; Sarkar, S.; Iannacchione, G. S.; Gombos, E.; Hoonjan, G. S.; Georgiev, G.; Cebe, P.

    2012-02-01

    We present a series of complimentary experiments exploring the macroscopic alignment of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a liquid crystalline polymer (isotactic polypropylene - iPP) nano-composites as a function of temperature, shear, and CNT concentration. The phase behavior of iPP+CNT, studied by Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry, revealed the evolution of the α-monoclinic transition and its dynamics, which are dependent on CNT content and thermal treatment. These results indicate that the CNT nucleates crystal formation from the melt. Spectroscopic ellipsometry reveals a change in the optical constants that are connected to the ordering of CNTs when the iPP+CNT is sheared. This anisotropy is also exhibited in measurements of the electrical and thermal conductivities parallel and perpendicular to the shear direction. The amount of order induced into the dispersed CNTs is relatively low for these low concentration samples (< 5 wt%).

  14. Dynamics of the guest-host orientational interaction in dye-doped liquid-crystalline materials.

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    Truong, Thai V; Xu, Lei; Shen, Y R

    2005-11-01

    We present a comprehensive study on the dynamics of laser-induced molecular reorientation in a dye-doped liquid crystalline (LC) medium that exhibits significant enhancement of the optical Kerr nonlinearity due to guest-host interaction. Using various techniques, we separately characterized the dynamical responses of the relevant molecular species present in the medium following photoexcitation and, thus, were able to follow the transient process in which photoexcitation of the dye molecules exert through guest-host interaction a net torque on the host LC material, leading to the observed enhanced optical Kerr nonlinearity. Experimental results agree quantitatively with the time-dependent theory based on a mean-field model of the guest-host interaction.

  15. Supramolecular ordering of DNA in the cholesteric liquid crystalline phase: an ultrastructural study.

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    Leforestier, A; Livolant, F

    1993-01-01

    Aqueous solutions of 146-base pair DNA fragments form a cholesteric liquid crystalline phase in the range of about 160-290 mg/ml. We present a structural analysis of this phase by comparing the data obtained from polarizing and electron microscopy. This phase shows multiple aspects or "textures" which are presented and interpreted. They mainly depend on the orientation of the structure relative to the observation plane and on the nature, distribution, and amount of defects present in the phase. These defects are then analyzed with the two methods, and the molecular orientations can be defined precisely in their core. The biological interest of such structural analyses is discussed in relation with the understanding of chromatin structure and function. Images FIGURE 2 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 6 FIGURE 8 FIGURE 9 FIGURE 13 PMID:8369461

  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; ...

    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. Electron tomography of the nucleoid of Gemmata obscuriglobus reveals complex liquid crystalline cholesteric structure

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    Yee, Benjamin; Sagulenko, Evgeny; Morgan, Garry P.; Webb, Richard I.; Fuerst, John A.

    2012-01-01

    The nucleoid of the planctomycete Gemmata obscuriglobus is unique within the Bacteria in being both highly condensed and enclosed by a double-membrane nuclear envelope, seemingly analogous to the nucleus of eukaryotes. Here we have applied electron tomography to study high-pressure frozen, cryosubstituted cells of G. obscuriglobus and found multiple nested orders of DNA organization within the condensed nucleoid structure. Detailed examination of the nucleoid revealed a series of nested arcs characteristic of liquid crystalline cholesteric DNA structure. The finest fibers were arranged in parallel concentrically in a double-twist organization. At the highest order of nucleoid organization, several of these structures come together to form the core of the G. obscuriglobus nucleoid. The complex structure of DNA within this nucleoid may have implications for understanding the evolutionary significance of compartmentalized planctomycete cells. PMID:22993511

  18. Photoluminescent nematic liquid crystalline elastomer with a thermomechanical emission variation function.

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    Wei, Renbo; He, Yaning; Wang, Xiaogong; Keller, Patrick

    2014-09-01

    Nematic liquid crystalline elastomer (LCE) microactuators are developed, showing simultaneous thermomechanical deformation and photoluminescence (PL) emission variation functions. The microactuators are prepared by a method combining soft-lithography and photo-polymerization/crosslinking. 1,4-Bis(α-cyano-4-methoxystyryl)benzene as the PL dye is synthesized, characterized, and introduced into LCEs as a dopant in the preparation process. During the heating process, PL emission of the LCE micropillars under blue light excitation becomes significantly weak when the micropillars contract. When cooling down, the emission completely recovers as the micropillars stretches back to their original shape. The PL intensity variation at the transition is proved to be related to the thermomechanical deformation.

  19. 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.

  20. The relationship between photooxidation defects and quantum yield loss in a liquid crystalline oligofluorene

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    Wesely, E. Jane; Rothberg, Lewis; Geng, Yanhou; Chen, Shaw

    2004-03-01

    We have studied the photophysics of a liquid crystalline oligofluorene which emits blue light with a quantum efficiency of forty-nine percent.( Y. Geng, S. Culligan, A. Trajkovska, J. Wallace and S. Chen, Chem. Mater; 2003, 15, 542-549.) The fluorescent yield is reduced when the film has been exposed to ultra-violet light and air. The resulting photooxidation creates luminescent defects that have previously been observed in some polyfluorenes.( E. J. W. List, R. Guentner, P. Scanducci de Freitas, and U. Scherf, Adv Mater., 2002, 14, 374-378.) The defects decrease the overall fluorescent yield because they divert energy away from the blue-emitting chromophores and emit at longer wavelengths with low efficiency. In contrast with previous studies of photooxidized polyfluorenes, we observe two emission peaks associated with defects that have distinct intensity dependence and decay dynamics.

  1. 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.

  2. Glass-sandwich-type organic solar cells utilizing liquid crystalline phthalocyanine

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    Usui, Toshiki; Nakata, Yuya; De Romeo Banoukepa, Gilles; Fujita, Kento; Nishikawa, Yuki; Shimizu, Yo; Fujii, Akihiko; Ozaki, Masanori

    2017-02-01

    Glass-sandwich-type organic solar cells utilizing liquid crystalline phthalocyanine, 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octahexylphthalocyanine (C6PcH2), have been fabricated and their photovoltaic properties have been studied. The short-circuit current density (J sc) and power conversion efficiency (PCE) depend on the C6PcH2 layer thickness, and the maximum performance, such as a J sc of 7.1 mA/cm2 and a PCE of 1.64%, was demonstrated for a device having a 420-nm-thick C6PcH2 layer. We examined the photovoltaic properties from the viewpoint of the C6PcH2-layer electrical conductance, based on the distribution of the column-axis direction.

  3. Controlled release of folic acid through liquid-crystalline folate nanoparticles.

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    Misra, Rahul; Katyal, Henna; Mohanty, Sanat

    2014-11-01

    The present study explores folate nanoparticles as nano-carriers for controlled drug delivery. Cross-linked nanoparticles of liquid crystalline folates are composed of ordered stacks. This paper shows that the folate nanoparticles can be made with less than 5% loss in folate ions. In addition, this study shows that folate nanoparticles can disintegrate in a controlled fashion resulting in controlled release of the folate ions. Release can be controlled by the size of nanoparticles, the extent of cross-linking and the choice of cross-linking cation. The effect of different factors like agitation, pH, and temperature on folate release was also studied. Studies were also carried out to show the effect of release medium and role of ions in the release medium on disruption of folate assembly.

  4. 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.

  5. Molecular characterization of gel and liquid-crystalline structures of fully hydrated POPC and POPE bilayers.

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    Leekumjorn, Sukit; Sum, Amadeu K

    2007-05-31

    Molecular dynamics simulations were used for a comprehensive study of the structural properties of monounsaturated POPC and POPE bilayers in the gel and liquid-crystalline state at a number of temperatures, ranging from 250 to 330 K. Though the chemical structures of POPC and POPE are largely similar (choline versus ethanolamine headgroup), their transformation processes from a gel to a liquid-crystalline state are contrasting. In the similarities, the lipid tails for both systems are tilted below the phase transition and become more random above the phase transition temperature. The average area per lipid and bilayer thickness were found less sensitive to phase transition changes as the unsaturated tails are able to buffer reordering of the bilayer structure, as observed from hysteresis loops in annealing simulations. For POPC, changes in the structural properties such as the lipid tail order parameter, hydrocarbon trans-gauche isomerization, lipid tail tilt-angle, and level of interdigitation identified a phase transition at about 270 K. For POPE, three temperature ranges were identified, in which the lower one (270-280 K) was associated with a pre-transition state and the higher (290-300 K) with the post-transition state. In the pre-transition state, there was a significant increase in the number of gauche arrangements formed along the lipid tails. Near the main transition (280-290 K), there was a lowering of the lipid order parameters and a disappearance of the tilted lipid arrangement. In the post-transition state, the carbon atoms along the lipid tails became less hindered as their density profiles showed uniform distributions. This study also demonstrates that atomistic simulations of current lipid force fields are capable of capturing the phase transition behavior of lipid bilayers, providing a rich set of molecular and structural information at and near the main transition state.

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

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    Fahrenkrug, Eli; Gu, Junsi; Maldonado, Stephen

    2013-01-09

    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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Novel lecithin-integrated liquid crystalline nanogels for enhanced cutaneous targeting of terconazole: development, in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Elnaggar, Yosra Sr; Talaat, Sara M; Bahey-El-Din, Mohammed; Abdallah, Ossama Y

    Terconazole (Tr) is the first marketed, most active triazole for vaginal candidiasis. Owing to poor skin permeation and challenging physicochemical properties, Tr was not employed for the treatment of cutaneous candidiasis. This is the first study to investigate the relevance of novel lecithin-integrated liquid crystalline nano-organogels (LCGs) to improve physicochemical characteristics of Tr in order to enable its dermal application in skin candidiasis. Ternary phase diagram was constructed using lecithin/capryol 90/water to identify the region of liquid crystalline organogel. The selected organogel possessed promising physicochemical characteristics based on particle size, rheological behavior, pH, loading efficiency, and in vitro antifungal activity. Microstructure of the selected organogel was confirmed by polarized light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Ex vivo and in vivo skin permeation studies revealed a significant 4.7- and 2.7-fold increase in the permeability of Tr-loaded LCG when compared to conventional hydrogel. Moreover, acute irritation study indicated safety and compatibility of liquid crystalline organogel to the skin. The in vivo antifungal activity confirmed the superiority of LCG over the conventional hydrogel for the eradication of Candida infection. Overall, lecithin-based liquid crystalline organogel confirmed its potential as an interesting dermal nanocarrier for skin targeting purpose.

  10. Novel lecithin-integrated liquid crystalline nanogels for enhanced cutaneous targeting of terconazole: development, in vitro and in vivo studies

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    Elnaggar, Yosra SR; Talaat, Sara M; Bahey-El-Din, Mohammed; Abdallah, Ossama Y

    2016-01-01

    Terconazole (Tr) is the first marketed, most active triazole for vaginal candidiasis. Owing to poor skin permeation and challenging physicochemical properties, Tr was not employed for the treatment of cutaneous candidiasis. This is the first study to investigate the relevance of novel lecithin-integrated liquid crystalline nano-organogels (LCGs) to improve physicochemical characteristics of Tr in order to enable its dermal application in skin candidiasis. Ternary phase diagram was constructed using lecithin/capryol 90/water to identify the region of liquid crystalline organogel. The selected organogel possessed promising physicochemical characteristics based on particle size, rheological behavior, pH, loading efficiency, and in vitro antifungal activity. Microstructure of the selected organogel was confirmed by polarized light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Ex vivo and in vivo skin permeation studies revealed a significant 4.7- and 2.7-fold increase in the permeability of Tr-loaded LCG when compared to conventional hydrogel. Moreover, acute irritation study indicated safety and compatibility of liquid crystalline organogel to the skin. The in vivo antifungal activity confirmed the superiority of LCG over the conventional hydrogel for the eradication of Candida infection. Overall, lecithin-based liquid crystalline organogel confirmed its potential as an interesting dermal nanocarrier for skin targeting purpose. PMID:27822033

  11. 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.

  12. Ultrafast vibrational dynamics of BH{sub 4}{sup −} ions in liquid and crystalline environments

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    Tyborski, Tobias Costard, Rene; Woerner, Michael; Elsaesser, Thomas

    2014-07-21

    Ultrafast vibrational dynamics of BH{sub 4}{sup −} ions, the key units in boron hydride materials for hydrogen storage, are studied in diluted polar liquid solution and in NaBH{sub 4} crystallites by femtosecond infrared spectroscopy. Two-color pump-probe experiments reveal v = 1 lifetimes of 3 ps for the asymmetric BH{sub 4}{sup −} stretching mode ν{sub 3} and of 3.6 ps for the asymmetric bending mode ν{sub 4} in the solvent isopropylamine. We provide direct evidence for the BH{sub 4}{sup −} stretching relaxation pathway via the asymmetric bending mode ν{sub 4} by probing the latter after femtosecond excitation of ν{sub 3}. Pump-probe traces measured in the crystalline phase show signatures of radiative coupling between the densely packed BH{sub 4}{sup −} oscillators, most clearly manifested in an accelerated subpicosecond depopulation of the v = 1 state of the ν{sub 4} mode. The radiative decay is followed by incoherent vibrational relaxation similar to the liquid phase. The excess energy released in the relaxation processes of the BH{sub 4}{sup −} intramolecular modes is transferred into the environment with thermal pump-probe signals being much more pronounced in the dense solid than in the diluted solution.

  13. 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.

  14. The synaptonemal complex has liquid crystalline properties and spatially regulates meiotic recombination factors

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    Rog, Ofer; Köhler, Simone; Dernburg, Abby F

    2017-01-01

    The synaptonemal complex (SC) is a polymer that spans ~100 nm between paired homologous chromosomes during meiosis. Its striated, periodic appearance in electron micrographs led to the idea that transverse filaments within this structure ‘crosslink’ the axes of homologous chromosomes, stabilizing their pairing. SC proteins can also form polycomplexes, three-dimensional lattices that recapitulate the periodic structure of SCs but do not associate with chromosomes. Here we provide evidence that SCs and polycomplexes contain mobile subunits and that their assembly is promoted by weak hydrophobic interactions, indicative of a liquid crystalline phase. We further show that in the absence of recombination intermediates, polycomplexes recapitulate the dynamic localization of pro-crossover factors during meiotic progression, revealing how the SC might act as a conduit to regulate chromosome-wide crossover distribution. Properties unique to liquid crystals likely enable long-range signal transduction along meiotic chromosomes and underlie the rapid evolution of SC proteins. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.21455.001 PMID:28045371

  15. Ionic liquid crystalline phases in 3-hexadecylimidazolium bromide and binary mixtures with 1-decanol.

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    Li, Cuihua; He, Jinhua; Chen, Jiahui; Liu, Jianhong; Zhang, Qianling; Yu, Zhenqiang

    2011-07-15

    3-Hexadecylimidazolium bromide was synthesized and characterized showing formation of thermotropic smectic liquid crystals at temperatures above its melting point from 48.5 to 150.9°C. With decreasing temperature, the peak intensities in XRD patterns increase and full widths at half-maximum decrease, suggesting structural order increases with decreasing temperature. Compared with 1,2-dimethyl-3-hexadecyl-imidazolium bromide and hexafluorophosphate, the IL shows a lower melting point and less degree of chain interdigitation. The main reason is due to a more symmetrical structure and denser assembly of the IL molecules, which results in more steric resistance for the alkyl chain to interdigitate. The self-assembly behavior of the hydrophobic IL in an organic solvent was investigated showing SmA(2) lyotropic liquid crystalline phases. The first-order scattering peak shifts to lower q values with increasing IL content, which is opposite to the shift directions of the binary mixtures of the soluble imidazolium IL and water, indicating a different packing behavior of the hydrophobic IL in 1-decanol.

  16. Carrier transport and viscosity of discotic liquid-crystalline photoconductor hexaoctylthio-triphenylene

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    Monobe, Hirosato; Shimizu, Yo

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the electronic and ionic carrier transports and viscosity of 2,3,6,7,10,11-hexaoctylthio-triphenylene (C8STP) were studied by a time-of-flight method and using a rotational viscometer. Ambipolar charge carrier transport was investigated in the isotropic liquid (Iso) phase of C8STP, similarly to the columnar hexagonal mesophase, and the activation energies were estimated to be 0.1 eV for one positive and one negative, and 0.4 eV for the other negative charge carrier mobility in Iso. The viscosity of C8STP was investigated using a rotation viscometer, and relative viscosity was measured by a capillary method in the isotropic phase, and the activation energy of viscosity was 0.4 eV. The Stokes radii of ionic carriers were experimentally estimated using Walden’s rule. The existence of ionic and electronic (hopping) carrier transports in Iso was implied for the discotic liquid crystalline photoconductor.

  17. Controlling molecular transport and sustained drug release in lipid-based liquid crystalline mesophases.

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    Zabara, Alexandru; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2014-08-28

    Lipid-based lyotropic liquid crystals, also referred to as reversed liquid crystalline mesophases, such as bicontinuous cubic, hexagonal or micellar cubic phases, have attracted deep interest in the last few decades due to the possibility of observing these systems at thermodynamic equilibrium in excess water conditions. This becomes of immediate significance for applications in the colloidal environment, such as in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical arenas. One possible application regarded as very promising is that of controlled delivery of functional ingredients. Different crystallographic structures of the lipid mesophase give access to different diffusion coefficients and distinct diffusion modes. It becomes thus crucial to engineer the space group of the mesophase in a controlled way, and ideally, in a stimuli-responsive manner. In this article we review the state of the art on diffusion and molecular transport in lipid-based mesophases and we discuss recent contributions to the controlled delivery of molecules and colloids through these systems. In particular we focus on the different available strategies relying on either endogenous or exogenous stimuli to induce changes in the symmetry and transport properties of lipid-based mesophases and we discuss the impact and implications this may have on controlled drug delivery.

  18. Lateral solidification of a liquid crystalline semiconductor film induced by temperature gradient

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    Hoshino, Tomoya; Ito, Hayato; Fujieda, Ichiro; Hanasaki, Tomonori

    2013-09-01

    Derivatives of [1]benzothieno[3,2-b]benzothiophene (BTBT) are attracting much attention as a highly soluble, highmobility semiconductor material for thin-film transistor applications. These small molecules are known to organize themselves into a single crystalline structure after spin coating or drop casting. Charge transport in a single crystal material is anisotropic in nature. Hence, it is desired to control its orientation during growth or recrystallization so that the source and drain electrodes of a transistor are to be placed along a faster transport direction. We propose to generate temperature gradient in a heated liquid crystalline thin film to induce lateral recrystallization. In experiment, we tried two methods. First, an aluminum plate with two narrow ridges was inserted between a temperature-controlled stage and a square silicon substrate with a 200nm-thick SiO2 and a spin-coated C8-BTBT film. We raised the temperature of the stage to 120oC and let it cool gradually. During cooling at around 105oC , the color of the sample started to change, indicating a phase change. This change proceeded from the corners of the film and in about 30 seconds, darker regions merged at the center of the substrate. Second, the sample was placed at the edge of the stage. In this case, the color change started from the protruding corner of the sample and proceeded toward the other end. Micrograph observation revealed that cracks were formed in these films and they were perpendicular to the direction of the phase change.

  19. PH-Induced Nanosegregation of Ritonavir to Lyotropic Liquid Crystal of Higher Solubility Than Crystalline Polymorphs

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    Rodriguez-Spong, B.; Acciacca, A.; Fleisher, D.; Rodriguez-Hornedo, N.

    2009-05-27

    Birefringent spherical vesicles of ritonavir (RTV) are formed by increasing the pH of aqueous solutions from 1 to 3 or to 7 and by addition of water to ethanol solutions at room temperature. Increasing the pH creates supersaturation levels of 30--400. Upon this change in pH, the solutions become translucent, implying that some kind of RTV assembly was formed. Small spherical vesicles of narrow size distribution are detectable only after a few hours by optical microscopy. The vesicles show similar X-ray diffraction patterns and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) behavior to amorphous RTV prepared by melt-quenching crystalline RTV. Examination by polarized optical microscopy suggests that these are lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLC) assemblies. Small-angle X-ray scattering and synchrotron X-ray diffraction further support the presence of orientational order that is associated with a nematic structure. RTV self-organizes into various phases as a result of the supersaturation created in aqueous solutions. The LLC vesicles do not fuse but slowly transform to the polymorphs of RTV (in days), Form I and finally Form II. Amorphous RTV in aqueous suspension also undergoes a transformation to a mesophase of similar morphology. Transformation pathways are consistent with measured dissolution rates and solubilities: amorphous > LLC >> Form I > Form II. The dissolution and solubility of LLC is slightly lower than that of the amorphous phase and about 20 times higher than that of Form II. RTV also self-assembles at the air/water interface as indicated by the decrease in surface tension of aqueous solutions. This behavior is similar to that of amphiphilic molecules that induce LLC formation.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Synthesis of Side Chain Liquid Crystal Polymers by Living Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization. 4. Synthesis of Amorphous and Side Chain Liquid Crystal AB Block Copolymers

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    1992-05-01

    Metathesis Polymerization. 4. Synthesis of C N00014-89-JI542 Amorphous and Side Chain Liquid Crystal AB Block Copolym rs 6. AUTHOR(S) Zen Komiya, Coleen ...Liquid Crystal AB Block Copolymers by Zen Komiya, Coleen Pugh: and Richard R. Schrock* Submitted to Macromolecules F r fCarnegie Mellon University...Amorphous and Side Chain Liquid Crystal AB Block Copolymers by Zen Komiya, Coleen Pught, and Richard R. Schrock* Contribution from Department of Chemistry 6

  4. Monodisperse nonionic isoprenoid-type hexahydrofarnesyl ethylene oxide surfactants: high throughput lyotropic liquid crystalline phase determination.

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    Fong, Celesta; Weerawardena, Asoka; Sagnella, Sharon M; Mulet, Xavier; Krodkiewska, Irena; Chong, Josephine; Drummond, Calum J

    2011-03-15

    The neat and lyotropic phase behavior of eight new ethylene oxide amphiphiles (EO = 1-8) with a hexahydrofarnesyl chain (3,7,11-trimethyldodecyl) and narrow polydispersity (>98.5% purity) is reported. Below five EO units the behavior of the neat surfactants show only a glass transition, Tg ∼ -90 °C. Above four EO units, crystallization (Tcrys) and crystal-isotropic liquid (Tm) transitions are also observed that increase with degree of ethoxylation of the surfactant headgroup. The lyotropic liquid crystalline phase behavior spans a complex spectrum of surfactant-water interfacial curvatures. Specifically, inverse phases are present below ambient temperatures for EO < 4, with HFarn(EO)2 exhibiting an inverse hexagonal (H(II)) phase stable to dilution. The phase diagram of HFarn(EO)3 displays both the gyroid (Ia3d) and double diamond (Pn3m) inverse bicontinuous cubic phases, with the latter being thermodynamically stable in excess water within the physiological regime. There is a strong preference for planar bilayer structures at intermediate headgroup ethoxylation, with the crossover to normal phases occurring at HFarn(EO)(7-8) which exhibits normal hexagonal (H(I)) and cubic (Q(I)) phases at ambient temperatures. The toxicity of colloidal dispersions of these EO amphiphiles was assayed against normal breast epithelial (HMEpiC) and breast cancer (MCF7) cell lines. The IC50 of the EO amphiphiles was similar in both cell lines with moderate toxicity ranging from ca. <5 to 140 μM in an in vitro cell viability assay. Observations are qualitatively rationalized in terms of the molecular geometry of the surfactant. The physicochemical behavior of the HFarnesyl ethylene oxide amphiphiles is compared to other ethylene oxide surfactants.

  5. 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.

  6. Liquid crystalline phase as a probe for crystal engineering of lactose: carrier for pulmonary drug delivery.

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    Patil, Sharvil S; Mahadik, Kakasaheb R; Paradkar, Anant R

    2015-02-20

    The current work was undertaken to assess suitability of liquid crystalline phase for engineering of lactose crystals and their utility as a carrier in dry powder inhalation formulations. Saturated lactose solution was poured in molten glyceryl monooleate which subsequently transformed into gel. The gel microstructure was analyzed by PPL microscopy and SAXS. Lactose particles recovered from gels after 48 h were analyzed for polymorphism using techniques such as FTIR, XRD, DSC and TGA. Particle size, morphology and aerosolisation properties of prepared lactose were analyzed using Anderson cascade impactor. In situ seeding followed by growth of lactose crystals took place in gels with cubic microstructure as revealed by PPL microscopy and SAXS. Elongated (size ∼ 71 μm) lactose particles with smooth surface containing mixture of α and β-lactose was recovered from gel, however percentage of α-lactose was more as compared to β-lactose. The aerosolisation parameters such as RD, ED, %FPF and % recovery of lactose recovered from gel (LPL) were found to be comparable to Respitose® ML001. Thus LC phase (cubic) can be used for engineering of lactose crystals so as to obtain particles with smooth surface, high elongation ratio and further they can be used as carrier in DPI formulations.

  7. Two-Dimensional Bipyramid Plasmonic Nanoparticle Liquid Crystalline Superstructure with Four Distinct Orientational Packing Orders.

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    Shi, Qianqian; Si, Kae Jye; Sikdar, Debabrata; Yap, Lim Wei; Premaratne, Malin; Cheng, Wenlong

    2016-01-26

    Anisotropic plasmonic nanoparticles have been successfully used as constituent elements for growing ordered nanoparticle arrays. However, orientational control over their spatial ordering remains challenging. Here, we report on a self-assembled two-dimensional (2D) nanoparticle liquid crystalline superstructure (NLCS) from bipyramid gold nanoparticles (BNPs), which showed four distinct orientational packing orders, corresponding to horizontal alignment (H-NLCS), circular arrangement (C-NLCS), slanted alignment (S-NLCS), and vertical alignment (V-NLCS) of constituent particle building elements. These packing orders are characteristic of the unique shape of BNPs because all four packing modes were observed for particles with various sizes. Nevertheless, only H-NLCS and V-NLCS packing orders were observed for the free-standing ordered array nanosheets formed from a drying-mediated self-assembly at the air/water interface of a sessile droplet. This is due to strong surface tension and the absence of particle-substrate interaction. In addition, we found the collective plasmonic coupling properties mainly depend on the packing type, and characteristic coupling peak locations depend on particle sizes. Interestingly, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancements were heavily dependent on the orientational packing ordering. In particular, V-NLCS showed the highest Raman enhancement factor, which was about 77-fold greater than the H-NLCS and about 19-fold greater than C-NLCS. The results presented here reveal the nature and significance of orientational ordering in controlling plasmonic coupling and SERS enhancements of ordered plasmonic nanoparticle arrays.

  8. Study of Friction between Liquid Crystals and Crystalline Surfaces by Molecular Dynamic Simulations

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    Zhang, Yong-Wen; Chen, Xiao-Song; Chen, Wei

    2016-10-01

    The lubrication characteristics of liquid crystal (LC) molecules sheared between two crystalline surfaces obtained from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are reported in this article. We consider a coarse-grained rigid bead-necklace model of the LC molecules confined between two atomic surfaces subject to different shearing velocities. A systematic study shows that the slip length of LC lubrication changes significantly as a function of the LC-surface interaction energy, which can be well described though a theoretical curve. The slip length increases as shear rate increases at high LC-surface interaction energy. However, this trend can not be observed for low interaction energy. The orientation of the LC molecules near the surface is found to be guided by the atomics surfaces. The influence of temperature on the lubrication characteristics is also discussed in this article. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 11504384 and 11121403 and computational resources provided by Supercomputing Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences (SCCAS)

  9. Phase biaxiality in nematic liquid crystalline side-chain polymers of various chemical constitutions.

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    Severing, Kirsten; Stibal-Fischer, Elke; Hasenhindl, Alfred; Finkelmann, Heino; Saalwächter, Kay

    2006-08-17

    In a previous deuterium NMR study conducted on a liquid crystalline (LC) polymer with laterally attached book-shaped molecules as the mesogenic moiety, we have revealed a biaxial nematic phase below the conventional uniaxial nematic phase (Phys. Rev. Lett. 2004, 92, 125501). To elucidate details of its formation, we here report on deuterium NMR experiments that have been conducted on different types of LC side-chain polymers as well as on mixtures with low-molar-mass mesogens. Different parameters that affect the formation of a biaxial nematic phase, such as the geometry of the attachment, the spacer length between the polymer backbone and the mesogenic unit, as well as the polymer dynamics, were investigated. Surprisingly, also polymers with terminally attached mesogens (end-on polymers) are capable of forming biaxial nematic phases if the flexible spacer is short and thus retains a coupling between the polymer backbone and the LC phase. Furthermore, the most important parameter for the formation of a biaxial nematic phase is the dynamics of the polymer backbone, as the addition of a small percentage of low molar mass LC to the biaxial nematic polymer from the original study served to shift both the glass transition and the appearance of detectable biaxiality in a very similar fashion. Plotting different parameters for the investigated systems as a function of T/Tg also reveals the crucial role of the dynamics of the polymer backbone and hence the glass transition.

  10. Gradient measurement technique to identify phase transitions in nano-dispersed liquid crystalline compounds

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    Pardhasaradhi, P.; Madhav, B. T. P.; Venugopala Rao, M.; Manepalli, R. K. N. R.; Pisipati, V. G. K. M.

    2016-09-01

    Characterization and phase transitions in pure and 0.5% BaTiO3 nano-dispersed liquid crystalline (LC) N-(p-n-heptyloxybenzylidene)-p-n-nonyloxy aniline, 7O.O9, com-pounds are carried out using a polarizing microscope attached with hot stage and camera. We observed that when any of these images are distorted, different local structures suffer from various degradations in a gradient magnitude. So, we examined the pixel-wise gradient magnitude similarity between the reference and distorted images combined with a novel pooling strategy - the standard deviation of the GMS map - to determine the overall phase transition variations. In this regard, MATLAB software is used for gradient measurement technique to identify the phase transitions and transition temperature of the pure and nano-dispersed LC compounds. The image analysis of this method proposed is in good agreement with the standard methods like polarizing microscope (POM) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). 0.5% BaTiO3 nano-dispersed 7O.O9 compound induces cholesteric phase quenching the nematic phase, which the pure compound exhibits.

  11. Advances in drug delivery and medical imaging using colloidal lyotropic liquid crystalline dispersions.

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    Mulet, Xavier; Boyd, Ben J; Drummond, Calum J

    2013-03-01

    The overarching goal of this feature article is to review the recent developments in the field of drug delivery specifically involving colloidal lyotropic liquid crystalline dispersions. The development of advanced particles for drug delivery applications is regarded as the next necessary step in the advancement of nanomedicine. An outline of the state of the art in preparation and application of self-assembled nanoparticles to drug delivery and medical imaging is presented. The basic concepts for controlling the nature of the internal structure of particles by tuning the self-assembly properties of small molecule amphiphiles is covered. Theranostics is an exciting emerging area for this colloidal material class, and the types of therapeutic compounds and medical imaging agents that can be incorporated as well as their methods of preparation are described. The stabilisation and biocompatibility of the colloidal dispersions are also discussed. Finally an overview of lesion-specific active and passive targeting is presented. Exploiting such a multi-functional drug delivery platform is essential to not only the next generation delivery of bioactive molecules but also in the creation of new diagnostic tools.

  12. 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.

  13. Tunable emissive lanthanidomesogen derived from a room-temperature liquid-crystalline Schiff-base ligand.

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    Pramanik, Harun A R; Das, Gobinda; Bhattacharjee, Chira R; Paul, Pradip C; Mondal, Paritosh; Prasad, S Krishna; Rao, D S Shankar

    2013-09-23

    A novel photoluminescent room-temperature liquid-crystalline salicylaldimine Schiff base with a short alkoxy substituent and a series of lanthanide(III) complexes of the type [Ln(LH)3(NO3)3] (Ln = La, Pr, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy; LH = (E)-5-(hexyloxy)-2-[{2-(2-hydroxyethylamino)ethylimino]methyl}phenol) have been synthesized and characterized by FTIR, (1)H and (13)C NMR, UV/Vis, and FAB-MS analyses. The ligand coordinates to the metal ions in its zwitterionic form. The thermal behavior of the compounds was investigated by polarizing optical microscopy (POM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The ligand exhibits an enantiotropic hexagonal columnar (Col(h)) mesophase at room temperature and the complexes show an enantiotropic lamellar columnar (Col(L)) phase at around 120 °C with high thermal stability. Based on XRD results, different space-filling models have been proposed for the ligand and complexes to account for the columnar mesomorphism. The ligand exhibits intense blue emission both in solution and in the condensed state. The most intense emissions were observed for the samarium and terbium complexes, with the samarium complex glowing with a bright-orange light (ca. 560-644 nm) and the terbium complex emitting green light (ca. 490-622 nm) upon UV irradiation. DFT calculations performed by using the DMol3 program at the BLYP/DNP level of theory revealed a nine-coordinate structure for the lanthanide complexes.

  14. Electro-rheological effects of liquid crystalline polymer on one-sided pattern electrodes

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    Takesue, Naoyuki; Furusho, Junji; Inoue, Akio

    2002-02-01

    In most industrial robots, serious problems of vibratory behavior are caused because of elasticity in the drive systems. An electro-rheological (ER) fluid is a substance that can change its apparent viscosity by the application of an electric field, and homogeneous ER fluids are effective in reducing vibration in robots. Conventional research into ER fluids is based on parallel electrodes with ER fluids between them. Since a high voltage is required for use of ER fluids with parallel electrodes, problems of cost, safety and wiring for practical applications are of concern. In this article, we propose one-sided pattern electrodes that solve some of the above problems. A one-sided pattern electrode is an electrode in a pattern arranged on only one of the two surfaces of a pair of electrodes, with an insulator arranged on the other surface. We developed two kinds of one-sided pattern electrodes: a concentric circle form and a radial form, experimentally verifying the manifestation of ER effects in a liquid crystalline polymer (a homogeneous ER fluid). In addition, the effect of disk gap upon viscosity change was investigated.

  15. Lattice Statistical Models for the Nematic Transitions in Liquid-Crystalline Systems

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    Nascimento, E. S.; Vieira, A. P.; Salinas, S. R.

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the connections between some simple Maier-Saupe lattice models, with a discrete choice of orientations of the microscopic directors, and a recent proposal of a two-tensor formalism to describe the phase diagrams of nematic liquid-crystalline systems. This two-tensor proposal is used to formulate the statistical problem in terms of fully connected lattice Hamiltonians, with the local nematic directors restricted to the Cartesian axes. Depending on the choice of interaction parameters, we regain all of the main features of the original mean-field two-tensor calculations. With a standard choice of parameters, we obtain the well-known sequence of isotropic, uniaxial, and biaxial nematic structures, with a Landau multicritical point. With another suitably chosen set of parameters, we obtain two tricritical points, according to some recent predictions of the two-tensor calculations. The simple statistical lattice models are quite easy to work with, for all values of parameters, and the present calculations can be carried out beyond the mean-field level.

  16. 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.

  17. The Role of Liquid-crystalline Structures in the Morphogenesis of Animal Fibers.

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    McKinnon, A John; Harland, Duane P

    2010-07-01

    The role of liquid-crystalline (mesophase) structures in extra-cellular morphogenesis is widely recognized. This paper summarizes a model for the more unusual case of intra-cellular mesophases. In the nascent mammalian hair cortex, cell differentiation is correlated with different mesophase textures within tactoids that are composed of intermediate filaments (IFs), and which form by a concerted process of unit-length-filament (ULF) polymerization and phase separation. Nematic and double-twist textures arise from differences in mesogen orientation and length in apposed tactoids. The model explains features of mature structures such as the fibril-matrix ratios in different cell types. The rapidity of IF formation suggests that a sudden-transition equilibrium polymerization, involving a high-energy initiating species, obeying the same statistical model as several other biological transitions, may be involved. This leads to an appealing symmetry, with the key factor in both polymerization and mesophase stability being the retention of protein head-group entropy.

  18. 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 ∼160 nm and zeta potential of +30.2 mV. 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 50 μg/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.

  19. Effect of Mesophase Order on the Dynamics of Side Group Liquid Crystalline Polymers

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    Auad, M.L.; Kempe, M.D.; Kornfield, J.A.; Rendon, S.; Burghardt, W.R.; Yoon, K.

    2010-07-13

    Rheology and X-ray scattering were employed to probe the viscoelastic properties and structural transitions of model cyano-biphenyl-based side-group liquid-crystalline polymers (SGLCPs) with molecular weights ranging from 91 to 1900 kg/mol. Temperature-dependent rheological data show a rapid change in dynamics over a small temperature range. Small-angle X-ray scattering reveals these changes to be associated with an isotropic to smectic transition with an appreciable biphasic region. The presence of a biphasic region is attributed to inhomogeneity in chain structure resulting from incomplete attachment of mesogens to every monomeric unit in the SGLCP polymer. While isotropic and smectic phase data may be separately time-temperature shifted to create master curves for the individual phases, we argue against attempts to achieve superposition between the two phases in the high-frequency regime, since smectic ordering may not simply slow the dynamics but also increase the modulus of the sample. Molecular weight has a strong influence on rheology in the isotropic phase, where an entanglement plateau emerges; however, the smectic-phase rheology is dominated by the layer structure and is fairly insensitive to molecular weight.

  20. 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.

  1. Study of the effect of director fluctuations on liquid-crystalline molecular reorientation

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    Sierakowski, M. W.; Woliński, T. R.; Orzechowski, K.

    2014-06-01

    Initial phase of field-induced molecular reorientation in threshold geometry of a liquid-crystalline structure is essentially influenced by thermal orientational fluctuations. Still not quite clear is the way in which the reorientation starts and how it runs over an LC-structure in its initial phase. Fluctuations are stochastic events in time and also in space. This feature suggests, that the reorientation process may be induced by director fluctuations locally in a particular part of the LC-structure. In this work we have studied the impact of fluctuations on the molecular reorientation in nematics involving optical nonlinear interaction. The restricted area of a nematic layer was excited by light beam that amplified director fluctuations locally. By manipulation of optical excitation we were able to affect the dynamics of the effect. Since the threshold-type configuration of nematics is used in a number of optical devices, the obtained results may have practical aspect contributing to a new way of controlling the field-induced transition.

  2. Liquid crystalline phase transitions in virus and virus/polymer suspensions

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    Dogic, Zvonimir

    Using experimental, theoretical, and simulation methods, we investigate the relationship between the intermolecular interactions of rod-like colloids and the resulting liquid crystalline phase diagrams. As a model system of rod-like particles we use bacteriophage fd, which is a charge stabilized colloid. We are able to engineer complex attractive and repulsive intermolecular interactions by changing the ionic strengths of the suspensions, attaching covalently bound polymers and adding nonadsorbing polymers. Using standard molecular cloning techniques it is also shown that the aspect ratio of the rod-like particle can be manipulated. In the limit of high ionic strength the fd virus quantitatively agrees with the Onsager theory for the isotropic-nematic (I-N) phase transition in hard rods. The role of attractive interaction on the nature of the I-N phase transition is investigated. As the strength of the attraction is increased we observe isotropic-smectic (I-S) phase transitions. Using an optical microscope we follow the kinetics of the I-S phase transition and observe a wide range of novel structures of unexpected complexity. We also investigate the influence of adding hard spheres, or polymers on the nematic-smectic phase transition. We conclude that adding small spheres stabilizes the smectic phase and destabilizes the nematic phase.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    2015-10-16

    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.

  5. 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

  6. Highly Oriented Neurofilament Liquid Crystalline Gels for Imaging and Scattering Studies

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    Holger, H. C.; Beck, R.; Ding, C.; Jones, J. B.; Deek, J.; MacDonald, N. C.; Li, Y.; Safinya, C. R.

    2009-03-01

    The neuronal cytoskeleton is composed of a variety of filamentous proteins including, neurofilaments (NFs), microtubules (MTs) and actin. These components form networks that maintain the cell's structure and shape. At high filament concentration, the proteins self-assemble in-vitro and form liquid crystalline phases maintained by their spatial anisotropy and interfilament interactions. Under physical confinement in microchannel with widths less than few persistence lengths, both MT and actin bundles align parallel to the surface^1. AFM imaging shows that despite being shorter and more flexible filamentous protein, NF networks maintain larger oriented domains over much longer length scales and unexpectedly align perpendicular to the microchannel walls^2. We discuss the extended orientation order in NFs in terms of the inter-filaments interactions originating from their polyampholyte side-chains. Supported by DOE DE-FG-02-06ER46314, NSF DMR-0803103, and the Human Frontier Science Program organization. [1] N.F.Bouxsein et al., APL 85 (2004) 5775; L.S.Hirst et al. Langmuir 21 (2005) 3910 [2] H.C.Hesse, R.Beck, J.Deek et al. Langmuir 24 (2008) 8397

  7. Impact of regeneration process on the crystalline structure and enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose obtained from ionic liquid.

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    Cao, Xuefei; Peng, Xinwen; Sun, Shaoni; Zhong, Linxin; Wang, Sha; Lu, Fachuang; Sun, Runcang

    2014-10-13

    The present study investigated the impact of regeneration process on the crystalline structure and enzymatic hydrolysis behaviors of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) regenerated from ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride. The crystalline structures of these regenerated samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction. Results suggested that almost amorphous cellulose was obtained by regenerating MCC in acetone (DRC-a), while partial cellulose II structure could be found in these regenerated samples from water and ethanol. Additionally, the enzymatic hydrolysis behaviors of MCC and its regenerated samples were comparatively studied. Results showed that above 90% of cellulose could be converted into glucose within 4h for DRC-a and regenerated cellulose without drying (WRC-w) as compared to that of MCC (9.7%). Therefore, the regeneration process could significantly influence the crystallinity and digestibility of cellulose.

  8. Effect of fatty acyl chain length and structure on the lamellar gel to liquid-crystalline and lamellar to reversed hexagonal phase transitions of aqueous phosphatidylethanolamine dispersions

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    Lewis, R.N.A.H.; Mannock, D.A.; McElhaney, R.N.; Turner, D.C.; Gruner, S.M. )

    1989-01-24

    The lamellar gel/liquid-crystalline and the lamellar liquid-crystalline/reversed hexagonal phase transitions of aqueous dispersions of a number of synthetic phosphatidylethanolamines containing linear saturated, branched chain, and alicyclic fatty acyl chains of varying length were studied by differential scanning calorimetry, {sup 31}P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. For any given homologous series of phosphatidylethanolamines containing a single chemical class of fatty acids, the lamellar gel/liquid-crystalline phase transition temperature increases and the lamellar liquid-crystalline/reversed hexagonal phase transition temperature decreases with increases in hydrocarbon chain length. For a series of phosphatidylethanolamines of the same hydrocarbon chain length but with different chemical structures, both the lamellar gel/liquid-crystalline and the lamellar liquid-crystalline/reversed hexagonal phase transition temperatures vary markedly and in the same direction. These results suggest that for any given hydrocarbon chain length, there may be a critical thickness at which the liquid-crystalline phosphatidylethanolamine bilayer becomes unstable with respect to inverted nonbilayer phases such as the H{sub II} phase and that the temperature at which this critical thickness is reached is dependent upon that bilayers proximity to the hydrocarbon chain-melting phase transition temperature.

  9. Quantitation of crystalline material within a liquid vehicle using 1H/19F CP/MAS NMR.

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    Farrer, Brian T; Peresypkin, Andrey; Wenslow, Robert M

    2007-02-01

    A method to detect and quantify a small amount crystalline material within a liquid solution of solubilized material is described. 19F CP-MAS ssNMR was investigated as a technique to detect low levels (0.2 mg/g) of crystalline sodium (2R)-7-{3-[2-chloro-4-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)phenoxy]propoxy}-2-methyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-chromane-2-carboxylate (I) within a solid mixture (with microcrystalline cellulose) and a slurry with a liquid vehicle (capric and caprylic acid triglycerides). The results demonstrate that the area of the 19F CP/MAS signal obtained in 25 min at 25 degrees C is linearly dependent (R2=0.997) on the mass of I within the ssNMR rotor. Slopes of CP-MAS peak area versus mass of I in the rotor were nearly identical for the solid mixture and slurry suspension. Signal-to-noise ratio for the low potency slurry suggest detection and quantitation of 0.1 mg of crystalline I in the rotor, corresponding to 2 mg/g of crystalline material within the slurry suspension.

  10. 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

  11. Functional Polymers and Sequential Copolymers by Phase Transfer Catalysis. 30. Synthesis of Liquid Crystalline Poly(epichlorohydrin) and Copolymers.

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    1986-10-01

    Copolymers K0 By Coleen Pugh and V. Percec Department of Macromolecular Science Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106 Submitted for... Coleen Pugh and V. Percec Department of Macromolecular Science Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106 f ABSTRACT/ -Poly(epichlotohydrin...Catalysis. 30. Synthesis of Liquid Crystalline Poly(epichlorohydrin) and Copolymers 12 PERSONAL AUTIIOR(S C Coleen Pugh and V. Percec 13a TYPE OF

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Bilayer membrane permeability of ionic liquid-filled block copolymer vesicles in aqueous solution.

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    Bai, Zhifeng; Zhao, Bin; Lodge, Timothy P

    2012-07-19

    The bilayer membrane permeability of block copolymer vesicles ("polymersomes") with ionic liquid interiors dispersed in water is quantified using fluorescence quenching. Poly((1,2-butadiene)-b-ethylene oxide) (PB-PEO) block copolymer vesicles in water with their interiors filled with a common hydrophobic ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide, were prepared containing a hydrophobic dye, Nile Red, by intact migration of dye-encapsulated vesicles from the ionic liquid to water at room temperature. A small quencher molecule, dichloroacetamide, was added to the aqueous solution of the dye-loaded vesicles, and the permeation of the quencher passing through the membrane into the interior was determined from the fluorescence quenching kinetics. Rapid permeation of the quencher across the nanoscale membrane was observed, consistent with the high fluidity of the liquid polybutadiene membrane. Two different PB-PEO copolymers were employed, in order to vary the thickness of the solvophobic membrane. A significant increase in membrane permeability was also observed with decreasing membrane thickness, which is tentatively attributable to differences in quencher solubility in the membranes. Quantitative migration of the vesicles from the aqueous phase back to an ionic liquid phase was achieved upon heating. These microscopically heterogeneous and thermoresponsive vesicles with permeable and robust membranes have potential as recyclable nanoreactors, in which the high viscosity and capital expense of an ionic liquid reaction medium can be mitigated, while retaining the desirable features of ionic liquids as reaction media, and facile catalyst recovery.

  15. 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

  16. Re-entrant cholesteric phase in DNA liquid-crystalline dispersion particles.

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    Yevdokimov, Yuri M; Skuridin, Sergey G; Semenov, Sergey V; Dadinova, Ljubov A; Salyanov, Viktor I; Kats, Efim I

    2017-03-01

    In this research, we observe and rationalize theoretically the transition from hexagonal to cholesteric packing of double-stranded (ds) DNA in dispersion particles. The samples were obtained by phase exclusion of linear ds DNA molecules from water-salt solutions of poly(ethylene glycol)-PEG-with concentrations ranging from 120 mg ml(-1) to 300 mg ml(-1). In the range of PEG concentrations from 120 mg ml(-1) to 220 mg ml(-1) at room temperature, we find ds DNA molecule packing, typical of classical cholesterics. The corresponding parameters for dispersion particles obtained at concentrations greater than 220 mg ml(-1) indicate hexagonal packing of the ds DNA molecules. However, slightly counter-intuitively, the cholesteric-like packing reappears upon the heating of dispersions with hexagonal packing of ds DNA molecules. This transition occurs when the PEG concentration is larger than 220 mg ml(-1). The obtained new cholesteric structure differs from the classical cholesterics observed in the PEG concentration range 120-220 mg ml(-1) (hence, the term 're-entrant'). Our conclusions are based on the measurements of circular dichroism spectra, X-ray scattering curves and textures of liquid-crystalline phases. We propose a qualitative (similar to the Lindemann criterion for melting of conventional crystals) explanation of this phenomenon in terms of partial melting of so-called quasinematic layers formed by the DNA molecules. The quasinematic layers change their spatial orientation as a result of the competition between the osmotic pressure of the solvent (favoring dense, unidirectional alignment of ds DNA molecules) and twist Frank orientation energy of adjacent layers (favoring cholesteric-like molecular packing).

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Interplay Between Liquid Crystalline And Isotropic Gels in Self-Assembled Neurofilament Networks

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    Jones, J.B.; Safinya, C.R.

    2009-05-18

    Neurofilaments (NFs) are a major constituent of nerve cell axons that assemble from three subunit proteins of low (NF-L), medium (NF-M), and high (NF-H) molecular weight into a 10nm diameter rod with radiating sidearms to form a bottle-brush-like structure. Here, we reassemble NFs in vitro from varying weight ratios of the subunit proteins, purified from bovine spinal cord, to form homopolymers of NF-L or filaments composed of NF-L and NF-M (NF-LM), NF-L and NF-H (NF-LH), or all three subunits (NF-LMH). At high protein concentrations, NFs align to form a nematic liquid crystalline gel with a well-defined spacing determined with synchrotron small angle x-ray scattering. Near physiological conditions (86mM monovalent salt and pH 6.8), NF-LM networks with a high NF-M grafting density favor nematic ordering whereas filaments composed of NF-LH transition to an isotropic gel at low protein concentrations as a function of increasing mole fraction of NF-H subunits. The interfilament distance decreases with NF-M grafting density, opposite the trend seen with NF-LH networks. This suggests a competition between the more attractive NF-M sidearms, forming a compact aligned nematic gel, and the repulsive NF-H sidearms, favoring a more expansive isotropic gel, at 86mM monovalent salt. These interactions are highly salt dependent and the nematic gel phase is stabilized with increasing monovalent salt.

  20. Prediction and design of first super-strong liquid-crystalline polymers

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    Dowell, F.

    1989-07-15

    This paper presents the details of the theoretical prediction and design (atom by atom, bond by bond) of the molecule chemical structures of the first candidate super-strong liquid-crystalline polymers (SS LCPs). These LCPs are the /ital first/ LCPs designed to have good compressive strengths, as well as to have tensile strengths and tensile moduli significantly larger than those of existing strong LCPs (such as Kevlar). The key feature of this new class of LCPs is that the exceptional strength is three dimensional on a microscopic, /ital molecular/ level (thus, on a macroscopic level), in contrast to present LCPs (such as Kevlar) with their one-dimensional exceptional strength. These SS LCPs also have some solubility and processing advantages over existing strong LCPs. These SS LCPs are specially-designed combined LCPs such that the side chains of a molecule interdigitate with the side chains of other molecules. This paper also presents other essential general and specific features required for SS LCPs. Considerations in the design of SS LCPs include the spacing distance between side chains along the backbone, the need for rigid sections in the backbone and side chains, the degree of polymerization, the length of the side chains, the regularity of spacing of the side chains along the backbone, the interdigitation of side chains in submolecular strips, the packing of the side chains on one or two sides of the backbone, 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 side chains, and the choice of types of dipolar and/or hydrogen bonding forces in the backbones and side chains for easy alignment.

  1. 21 CFR 524.2620 - Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...) Conditions of use. The drug is used as an aid in the treatment of external wounds and assists healing by... delivered to the wound site contains 0.12 milligram of crystalline trypsin, 87.0 milligrams of Peru balsam... gram delivered to the wound site contains 0.1 milligram of crystalline trypsin, 72.5 milligrams of...

  2. 21 CFR 524.2620 - Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...) Conditions of use. The drug is used as an aid in the treatment of external wounds and assists healing by... delivered to the wound site contains 0.12 milligram of crystalline trypsin, 87.0 milligrams of Peru balsam... gram delivered to the wound site contains 0.1 milligram of crystalline trypsin, 72.5 milligrams of...

  3. 21 CFR 524.2620 - Liquid crystalline trypsin, Peru balsam, castor oil.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...) Conditions of use. The drug is used as an aid in the treatment of external wounds and assists healing by... delivered to the wound site contains 0.12 milligram of crystalline trypsin, 87.0 milligrams of Peru balsam... gram delivered to the wound site contains 0.1 milligram of crystalline trypsin, 72.5 milligrams of...

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...) Conditions of use. The drug is used as an aid in the treatment of external wounds and assists healing by... delivered to the wound site contains 0.12 milligram of crystalline trypsin, 87.0 milligrams of Peru balsam... gram delivered to the wound site contains 0.1 milligram of crystalline trypsin, 72.5 milligrams of...

  5. Morphology and Proton Conductivity of Ionic Liquid Containing Sulfonated Block Copolymers

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    Kim, Sung Yeon; Park, Moon Jeong

    2011-03-01

    Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) offer the prospect of supplying clean electrical power for a wide variety of systems such as portable electronic devices and vehicles. Although, significant effort has been devoted to improvement of the transport properties of PEMs which is operated relatively lower temperature below 80circ; C, it suffers from a CO poisoning at Pt catalysis, complexity of water and heat management in the system. Herein, we report unique block copolymer electrolyte membrane systems containing ionic liquid. Due to the nonvolatile property of ionic liquid the systems exhibit effective proton transport above 100circ; C without humidification. In present study, sulfonated block copolymers, i.e., poly(styrenesulfonate-b-methylbuthylene) (SnMBm), are utilized for matrix materials by varying the ion contents and molecular weight. Imidazolium based ionic liquids are selectively incorporated into polystyrenesulfonate phases, which results in various morphological transitions as a function of the amount of the ionic liquid. The effect of counter ions on the observed morphologies is significant yielding concurrently different values of conductivity. Small angle x-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy have been employed to determine various morphologies of the ionic liquid containing sulfonated block copolymer membranes and impedance spectroscopy is used for the conductivity measurements.

  6. Effect of water uptake on morphology of polymerized ionic liquid block copolymers and random copolymers

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    Wang, Tsen-Shan; Ye, Yuesheng; Elabd, Yossef; Winey, Karen

    2012-02-01

    Dynamic studies of polymer morphology probe how the physical properties of polymerized ionic liquids are affected by the environment, such as temperature or moisture. For a series of poly(methyl methacrylate-b-1-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-Butylimidazolium X^-) block and random copolymers with hydrophilic counterions (X^- = Br^-, HCO3^-, OH^-), the introduction of water vapor to the system can swell the ionic liquid block, causing enlarged hydrophilic domains and swollen channels for ion conduction. This expected expansion of ionic liquid domains in humid environments can be used to intelligently design these copolymers for use in technological applications. The effect of water vapor exposure in these imidazolium-based acrylate polymers is studied by small-angle X-ray scattering. These morphology results will be discussed alongside complementary studies of water uptake and ion conductivity.

  7. Ionic liquid expedites partition of curcumin into solid gel phase but discourages partition into liquid crystalline phase of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine liposomes.

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    El Khoury, Elsy D; Patra, Digambara

    2013-08-22

    The hydrolysis of curcumin in alkaline and neutral buffer conditions is of interest because of the therapeutic applicability of curcumin. We show that hydrolysis of curcumin can be remarkably suppressed in 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) liposomes. The fluorescence of curcumin sensitively detects the phase transition temperature of liposomes. However, at greater concentrations, curcumin affects the phase transition temperature, encouraging fusion of two membrane phases. The interaction of curcumin with DMPC is found to be strong, with a partition coefficient value of Kp = 2.78 × 10(5) in the solid gel phase, which dramatically increases in the liquid crystalline phase to Kp = 1.15 × 10(6). The importance of ionic liquids as green solvents has drawn interest because of their toxicological effect on human health; however, the impact of ionic liquids (ILs) on liposomes is not yet understood. The present study establishes that ILs such as 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride (moic) affect the permeability and fluidity of liposomes and thus influence parition of curcumin into DMPC liposomes, helping in the solid gel phase but diminishing in the liquid crystalline phase. The Kp value of curcumin does not change appreciably with moic concentration in the solid gel state but decreases with moic concentration in the liquid crystalline phase. Curcumin, a rotor sensitive to detect phase transition temperature, is applied to investigate the influence of ionic liquids such as 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride, 1-buytl-3-methyl imadazolium tetrafluoroborate, and 1-benzyl-3-methyl imidazolium tetrafluoroborate on DMPC liposome properties. 1-Methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride lowers the phase transition temperature, but 1-buytl-3-methyl imidazolium tetrafluoroborate and 1-benzyl-3-methyl imidazolium tetrafluoroborate do not perceptibly modify the phase transition temperature; rather, they broaden the phase transition.

  8. High-Performance Active Liquid Crystalline Shutters for Stereo Computer Graphics and Other 3-D Technologies

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    Sergan, Tatiana; Sergan, Vassili; MacNaughton, Boyd

    2007-03-01

    Stereoscopic computer displays create a 3-D image by alternating two separate images for each of the viewer's eyes. Field-sequential viewing systems supply each eye with the appropriate image by blocking the wrong image for the wrong eye. In our work, we have developed a new mode of operation of a liquid crystal shutter that provides for highly effective blockage of undesired images when the screen is viewed in all viewing directions and eliminates color shifts associated with long turn-off times. The goal was achieved by using a π-cell filled with low-rotational-viscosity and high-birefringence fluid and additional negative birefringence films with splay optic axis distribution. The shutter demonstrates a contrast ratio higher than 800:1 for head-on viewing and 10:1 in the viewing cone of about 45°. The relaxation time of the shutter does not exceed 2 ms and is the same for all three primary colors.

  9. 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.

  10. Morphology and Ionic Conductivity of Block Copolymer--Ionic Liquid Systems

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    Hoarfrost, M. L.; Virgili, J. M.; Kerr, J. B.; Segalman, R. A.

    2009-03-01

    Block copolymer--ionic liquid systems are of interest for ion exchange membranes due to the ionic conductivity and thermal stability of the ionic liquid combined with the thermal stability and morphological control arising from a structural component in a block copolymer. It is anticipated that the morphology and connectivity of the resulting structural and ionic liquid-containing nanodomains will affect conduction properties. This relationship was investigated for poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) (S2VP) in ionic liquids composed of varying molar ratios of imidazole and bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (Im:TFSI). A stoichiometrically balanced ionic liquid (1:1 Im:TFSI) swells the 2VP lamellar domains for copolymer concentrations as low as 60wt%. With 9:1 Im:TFSI the lamellar structure tolerates more swelling, forming lamellar structures with as little as 30wt% copolymer. Ionic conductivities were derived from AC impedance measurements. The S2VP-Im:TFSI systems, characterized by microphase separated domains, demonstrate ionic conductivities comparable to those of P2VP--ionic liquid systems when normalized by 2VP (monomer) to Im:TFSI ratio.

  11. 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.

  12. Part-crystalline part-liquid state and rattling-like thermal damping in materials with chemical-bond hierarchy

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    Qiu, Wujie; Xi, Lili; Wei, Ping; Ke, Xuezhi; Yang, Jihui; Zhang, Wenqing

    2014-10-06

    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). Here, 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. Lastly, 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.

  13. Part-crystalline part-liquid state and rattling-like thermal damping in materials with chemical-bond hierarchy.

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    Qiu, Wujie; Xi, Lili; Wei, Ping; Ke, Xuezhi; Yang, Jihui; Zhang, Wenqing

    2014-10-21

    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.

  14. Part-crystalline part-liquid state and rattling-like thermal damping in materials with chemical-bond hierarchy

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    Qiu, Wujie; Xi, Lili; Wei, Ping; ...

    2014-10-06

    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). Here, 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 flowmore » 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. Lastly, 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.« less

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Amphiphilic brush polymers produced using the RAFT polymerisation method stabilise and reduce the cell cytotoxicity of lipid lyotropic liquid crystalline nanoparticles.

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    Zhai, Jiali; Suryadinata, Randy; Luan, Bao; Tran, Nhiem; Hinton, Tracey M; Ratcliffe, Julian; Hao, Xiaojuan; Drummond, Calum J

    2016-10-06

    Self-assembled lipid lyotropic liquid crystalline nanoparticles such as hexosomes and cubosomes contain internal anisotropic and isotropic nanostructures, respectively. Despite the remarkable potential of such nanoparticles in various biomedical applications, the stabilisers used in formulating the nanoparticles are often limited to commercially available polymers such as the Pluronic block copolymers. This study explored the potential of using Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) technology to design amphiphilic brush-type polymers for the purpose of stabilising phytantriol and monoolein-based lipid dispersions. The synthesised brush-type polymers consisted of a hydrophobic C12 short chain and a hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol)methyl ether acrylate (PEGA) long chain with multiple 9-unit poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) brushes with various molecular weights. It was observed that increasing the PEO brush density and thus the length of the hydrophilic component improved the stabilisation effectiveness for phytantriol and monoolein-based cubosomes. Synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments confirmed that the RAFT polymer-stabilised cubosomes had an internal double-diamond cubic phase with tunable water channel sizes. These properties were dependent on the molecular weight of the polymers, which were considered in some cases to be anisotropically distributed within the cubosomes. The in vitro toxicity of the cubosomes was assessed by cell viability of two human adenocarcinoma cell lines and haemolytic activities to mouse erythrocytes. The results showed that phytantriol cubosomes stabilised by the RAFT polymers were less toxic compared to their Pluronic F127-stabilised analogues. This study provides valuable insight into designing non-linear amphiphilic polymers for the effective stabilisation and cellular toxicity improvement of self-assembled lipid lyotropic liquid crystalline nanoparticles.

  18. Complex dendrimer-lyotropic liquid crystalline systems: structural behavior and interactions.

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    Bitan-Cherbakovsky, Liron; Libster, Dima; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2011-10-27

    The incorporation of dendrimer into three lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLCs) mesophases is demonstrated for the first time. A second generation (G2) of poly(propylene imine) dendrimer (PPI) was solubilized into lamellar, diamond reverse cubic, and reverse hexagonal LLCs composed of glycerol monooleate (GMO), and water (and D-α-tocopherol in the H(II) system). The combination of PPI with LLCs may provide an advantageous drug delivery system. Cross-polarized light microscope, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) were utilized to study the structural behavior of the mesophases, the localization of PPI within the system, and the interactions between the guest molecule and the system's components. It was revealed that PPI-G2 functioned as a "water pump", competing with the lipid headgroups for water binding. As a result, L(α)→H(II) and Q(224)→H(II) structural shifts were detected (at 10 wt % PPI-G2 content), probably caused by the dehydration of monoolein headgroups and subsequent increase of the lipid's critical packing parameter (CPP). In the case of H(II), as a result of the balance between the dehydration of the monoolein headgroups and the significant presence of PPI within the interfacial region, increasing the quantity of hydrogen bonds, no structural transitions occurred. ATR-FTIR analysis demonstrated a downward shift of the H-O-H (water), as a result of PPI-G2 embedment, suggesting an increase in the mean water-water H-bond angle resulting from binding PPI-G2 to the water network. Additionally, the GMO hydroxyl groups at β- and γ-C-OH positions revealed a partial interaction of hydrogen bonds with N-H functional groups of the protonated PPI-G2. Other GMO interfacial functional groups were shown to interact with the PPI-G2, in parallel with the GMO dehydration phenomenon. In the future, these outcomes can be used to design advanced drug delivery systems, allowing administration of

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Effect of Morphology on Ion Transport in Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers

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    Choi, Jae-Hong; Ye, Yuesheng; Elabd, Yossef; Winey, Karen

    2013-03-01

    We investigate the impact of morphology on ion transport in single-ion conductor polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) diblock copolymers. The morphology for two types of PIL block copolymers with different degrees of miscibility between blocks was studied using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). For poly(methyl methacrylate-b-1-[(2-methacryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) (MMA-b-MEBIm-TFSI) PIL diblock copolymers, the partial miscibility between the MEBIm-TFSI and MMA blocks resulted in a weakly microphase-separated morphology without long-range order. In poly(styrene-b-1-[(2-acryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium-TFSI) (S-b-AEBIm-TFSI) PIL block copolymers, a variety of self-assembled nanostructures including hexagonally packed cylinders, lamellae, and coexisting lamellae and network morphologies were observed by varying PIL composition. A comparison of ionic conductivity between PMMA- and PS-based PIL block copolymers suggests that strong microphase separation with well-defined structures can improve ionic conductivity. The local ion concentration and connectivity of the conducting microdomains also play an important role in ion conduction in these PIL block copolymers.

  2. 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.

  3. Photochromic hybrid organic-inorganic liquid-crystalline materials built from nonionic surfactants and polyoxometalates: elaboration and structural study.

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    Poulos, Andreas S; Constantin, Doru; Davidson, Patrick; Impéror, Marianne; Pansu, Brigitte; Panine, Pierre; Nicole, Lionel; Sanchez, Clément

    2008-06-17

    This work reports the elaboration and structural study of new hybrid organic-inorganic materials constructed via the coupling of liquid-crystalline nonionic surfactants and polyoxometalates (POMs). X-ray scattering and polarized light microscopy demonstrate that these hybrid materials, highly loaded with POMs (up to 18 wt %), are nanocomposites of liquid-crystalline lamellar structure (Lalpha), with viscoelastic properties close to those of gels. The interpretation of X-ray scattering data strongly suggests that the POMs are located close to the terminal -OH groups of the nonionic surfactants, within the aqueous sublayers. Moreover, these materials exhibit a reversible photochromism associated to the photoreduction of the polyanion. The photoinduced mixed-valence behavior has been characterized through ESR and UV-visible-near-IR spectroscopies that demonstrate the presence of W(V) metal cations and of the characteristic intervalence charge transfer band in the near-IR region, respectively. These hybrid nanocomposites exhibit optical properties that may be useful for applications involving UV-light-sensitive coatings or liquid-crystal-based photochromic switches. From a more fundamental point of view, these hybrid materials should be very helpful models for the study of both the static and dynamic properties of nano-objects confined within soft lamellar structures.

  4. Liquid-crystalline phases of cholesterol/lipid bilayers as revealed by the fluorescence of trans-parinaric acid.

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    Reyes Mateo, C; Ulises Acuña, A; Brochon, J C

    1995-01-01

    The presence of two liquid-crystalline phases, alpha and beta, in mixed bilayers of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine/cholesterol was detected by the changes in the distribution of the fluorescence lifetimes of t-PnA, as analyzed by the Maximum Entropy Method. The formation of the liquid-ordered beta-phase, in the 30-40 degrees C temperature range as a function of cholesterol concentration (0-40 mol%), could be related quantitatively to the relative amplitude of a long lifetime component of the probe (10-14 ns). Based on this evidence, the phase behavior of mixtures of the unsaturated lipid palmitoyloleoylphosphatidylcholine and cholesterol was determined using the same technique, for cholesterol concentrations in the 0-50 mol% range, between 10 and 40 degrees C. It was found that two liquid-crystalline phases are also formed in this system, with physical properties reminiscent of the alpha- and beta-phases formed with saturated lipids. However, in this case it was determined that, for temperatures in the physiological range, the alpha- and beta-phases coexist up to 40 mol% cholesterol. This finding may be of significant biological relevance, because it supports the long held notion that cholesterol is responsible for the lipid packing heterogeneity of several natural membranes rich in unsaturated lipid components. PMID:7756560

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    2016-07-28

    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.

  7. Quasi-Liquid Crystalline Materials with Special Electro-Optic Properties.

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    1987-11-01

    of the US Army we have described a new type of organic material, quasi- liquid crystals (QLC’s) obtained by us from thermochromic spiropyrans with...is intended only for the internal management use of the Contractor and the U.S. Government". ABSTRACT Photo/ thermochromic liquid crystals and liquid ...34. During the past four months the studies on the project have been concentrated on examination of nonlinear optical properties of Quasi- liquid crystals

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    2015-12-29

    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.

  11. Evidence for phospholipid microdomain formation in liquid crystalline liposomes reconstituted with Escherichia coli lactose permease.

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    Lehtonen, J Y; Kinnunen, P K

    1997-01-01

    vesicles lacking the reconstituted protein only 40% quenching was evident. The addition of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-rac'-glycerol (DPPG) decreased IE/IM for PPDPC, revealing the driving force for the lateral segregation of this probe to become attenuated. More specifically for protein-free bilayers at XDPPG = 0.10 the rate of lateral diffusion of PPDPC in POPG is diminished, as evidenced by the 24% decrement in IE/IM, under these conditions the increase in IE/IM due to lac permease was strongly reduced, by approximately 84%. The present data are interpreted in terms of the hydrophobic mismatch theory, which predicts that integral membrane proteins will draw lipids of similar hydrophobic thickness into their vicinity. In brief, the approximate lengths of most of the predicted 12 hydrophobic, membrane-spanning alpha-helical segments of lactose permease range between 28.5 and 37.5 A and thus exceed the hydrophobic thickness of POPG of approximately 25.8 A. Therefore, to reduce the free energy of the assembly, longer lipids such as PPDPC and DPPF are accumulated in the immediate vicinity of lactose permease in fluid, liquid crystalline POPG bilayers. PMID:9138570

  12. The Distribution of Crystalline Hematite on Mars from the Thermal Emission Spectrometer: Evidence for Liquid Water

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    Christensen, P. R.; Malin, M.; Morris, D.; Bandfield, J.; Lane, M.; Edgett, K.

    2000-01-01

    Crystalline hematite on Mars has been mapped using the MGS TES. Two major, and several minor areas of significant accumulation are identified. We favor precipitation models involving Fe-rich water, providing direct mineralogic evidence for large-scale water interactions.

  13. 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

  14. 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

    2016-01-28

    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.

  15. 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

    2013-10-15

    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.

  16. 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

    2015-12-09

    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.

  17. Ionic liquid and plastic crystalline phases of pyrazolium imide salts as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

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    Abu-Lebdeh, Yaser; Abouimrane, Ali; Alarco, Pierre-Jean; Armand, Michel

    A new member of the plastic crystal, pyrazolium imide family, N, N‧-diethyl-3-methylpyrazolium bis-(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (DEMPyr123) was prepared. It showed a single, plastic crystalline phase that extends from 4.2 °C to its melting at 11.3 °C. When 10 mol% LiTFSI salt was added, the mixture showed ionic conductivities reaching 1.7 × 10 -3 S cm -1 at 20 °C, in the liquid state and 6.9 × 10 -4 S cm -1 at 5 °C, in the solid, plastic phase. A wide electrochemical stability window's of 5.5 V was observed by cyclic voltammetry of the molten salt mixture. Batteries were assembled with LiFePO 4/Li 4Ti 5O 12 electrodes and the salt mixture as an electrolyte. They showed a charge/discharge efficiency of 93% and 87% in the liquid and the plastic phase, respectively. The capacity retention was very good in both states with 90% of the initial capacity still available after 40 cycles. In general, the batteries showed good rate capability and cycle life performance in the ionic liquid phase that were sustained when the electrolyte transformed to the plastic phase. Comparison of the battery results with those of a classic (non-plastic crystal) ionic liquid has proven the advantage of the dual state of matter character in this electrolyte.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

    2015-05-21

    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.

  20. Ionic Conductivity and Gas Permeability of Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Evans, Christopher; Sanoja, Gabriel; Schneider, Yanika; Modestino, Miguel; Segalman, Rachel; Joint CenterArtificial Photosynthesis Team

    2014-03-01

    Polymer membranes for many energy applications, such as solar-to-hydrogen fuel production, require ionic conductivity while acting as gas diffusion barriers. We have synthesized a diblock copolymer consisting of poly(styrene-block-(4-(2-methacrylamidoethyl)-imidazolium trifluoroacetate) by treating poly(styrene-block-histamine methacrylamide) (PS- b-PHMA) with trifluoroacetic acid. The PS block serves as the structural support while the imidazolium derivative is an ion conducting polymerized ionic liquid (PIL). Small angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy demonstrate that the block copolymer self-assembles into well-ordered nanostructures, with lamellae and hexagonally packed cylindrical morphologies. The ionic conductivities of the PS-b-PHMA materials were as high as 2 x 10-4 S/cm while an order of magnitude increase in conductivity was observed upon conversion to PS-b-PIL. The ionic conductivity of the PS-b-PIL increased by a factor of ~ 4 up to 1.2 x 10-3 S/cm as the PIL domain size increased from 20 to 40 nm. These insights allow for the rational design of high performance ion conducting membranes with even greater conductivities via precise morphological control. Additionally, the role of thermal annealing on the ionic conductivity and gas permeability of copolymer membranes was investigated.

  1. Ionothermal synthesis--ionic liquids as functional solvents in the preparation of crystalline materials.

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    Morris, Russell E

    2009-06-07

    Ionothermal synthesis is the use of ionic liquids simultaneously as both the solvent and potential template or structure directing agent in the formation of solids. It directly parallels hydrothermal synthesis where the solvent is water. In this feature article I discuss the general features of ionothermal synthesis and how the properties of the synthesis differ from those of other synthetic methodologies. In particular, I will discuss the role of the ionic liquid anion in determining the structure of the synthesised solid, the role of mineralisers such as water and fluoride, and the targeted use of unstable ionic liquids to produce new inorganic and inorganic-organic hybrid materials.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Block Copolymers and Ionic Liquids: A New Class of Functional Nanocomposites

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    Lodge, Timothy

    2009-03-01

    Block copolymers provide a remarkably versatile platform for achieving desired nanostructures by self-assembly, with lengthscales varying from a few nanometers up to several hundred nanometers. Ionic liquids are an emerging class of solvents, with an appealing set of physical attributes. These include negligible vapor pressure, high chemical and thermal stability, tunable solvation properties, high ionic conductivity, and wide electrochemical windows. For various applications it will be necessary to solidify the ionic liquid into particular spatial arrangements, such as membranes or gels, or to partition the ionic liquid in coexisting phases, such as microemulsions and micelles. One example includes formation of spherical, cylindrical, and vesicular micelles by poly(butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) and poly(styrene-b-methylmethacrylate) in the common hydrophobic ionic liquids [BMI][PF6] and [EMI][TFSI]. This work has been extended to the formation of reversible micelle shuttles between ionic liquids and water, whereby entire micelles transfer from one phase to the other, reversibly, depending on temperature and solvent quality. Formation of ion gels has been achieved by self-assembly of poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide-b-styrene) triblocks in ionic liquids, and by the thermoreversible system poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-b-ethylene oxide-b-N-isopropylacrylamide), using as little as 4% copolymer. Further, these gels have been shown to be remarkably effective as gate dielectrics in organic thin film transistors. The remarkably high capacitance of the ion gels (> 10 μF/cm^2) supports a very high carrier density in an organic semiconductor such as poly(3-hexylthiophene), leading to milliamp currents for low applied voltages. Furthermore, the rapid mobility of the ions enables switching speeds approaching 10 kHz, orders of magnitude higher than achievable with other polymer-based dielectrics such as PEO/LiClO4. Finally, we have shown that ordered nanostructures of block

  5. Synthesis and Characterization of Liquid Crystalline Poly((N-acylethyleneimine)s.

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    1986-10-01

    8217%-,% , . . . % .% . . " ’% ’ # ./ / ." ’ z ’%’z . ’’ .’ ’ ’ 4. Ethyl-5-(4-phenylphenoxy)Valerate (BiPh-4-COO~t) 4- Phenylphenol (8g, 0.04 mol) and 1.656g (0.04...vacuum. The sodium salt of 4- phenylphenol was put Into 120 al of dried dimethylformamide and 8.5 .l (0.054 mol) of ethyl-5-bromovalerate and l.4g (10...that poly(BiPh-4-Oxz) is crystalline. This is not an unexpected result. The insertion of 4- phenylphenol as side group in polymers before, did give

  6. Morphology of crystalline-amorphous olefin block copolymers in solution characterized by small-angle neutron scattering and microscopy.

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    Radulescu, Aurel; Goerigk, Günter; Fetters, Lewis; Richter, Dieter

    2015-12-01

    The single-chain properties and self-assembly behavior in dilute solution of olefin block copolymers obtained by chain-shuttling technology and consisting of alternating crystallizable and amorphous ethylene/1-octene blocks were investigated by pinhole and focusing small-angle neutron scattering techniques, optical microscopy in bright-field and crossed-polarizer modes, and differential scanning calorimetry. The complex hydrocarbon soluble (precipitant free) macro-aggregates formed with decreasing temperature are characterized by spherulitic textures. The spherulites yield, on one hand, a morphology that depends on the chain structure properties and, on the other hand, multiple structural levels with a hierarchical organization that ranges from 10 Å up to tens of micrometres. This morphology displays peculiarities dictated by the polydisperse character of these materials.

  7. Modulatory effect of human plasma on the internal nanostructure and size characteristics of liquid-crystalline nanocarriers.

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    Azmi, Intan Diana Mat; Wu, Linping; Wibroe, Peter Popp; Nilsson, Christa; Østergaard, Jesper; Stürup, Stefan; Gammelgaard, Bente; Urtti, Arto; Moghimi, Seyed Moein; Yaghmur, Anan

    2015-05-12

    The inverted-type liquid-crystalline dispersions comprising cubosomes and hexosomes hold much potential for drug solubilization and site-specific targeting on intravenous administration. Limited information, however, is available on the influence of plasma components on nanostructural and morphological features of cubosome and hexosome dispersions, which may modulate their stability in the blood and their overall biological performance. Through an integrated approach involving SAXS, cryo-TEM, and nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) we have studied the time-dependent effect of human plasma (and the plasma complement system) on the integrity of the internal nanostructure, morphology, and fluctuation in size distribution of phytantriol (PHYT)-based nonlamellar crystalline dispersions. The results indicate that in the presence of plasma the internal nanostructure undergoes a transition from the biphasic phase (a bicontinuous cubic phase with symmetry Pn3m coexisting with an inverted-type hexagonal (H2) phase) to a neat hexagonal (H2) phase, which decreases the median particle size. These observations were independent of a direct effect by serum albumin and dispersion-mediated complement activation. The implication of these observations in relation to soft nanocarrier design for intravenous drug delivery is discussed.

  8. 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.

  9. Experimental realization of hyperbolic dispersion metamaterial for the whole visible spectrum based on liquid crystalline phase soft template.

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    Xiang, Xiangjun; Yang, Chengliang; Zhang, Ying; Peng, Zenghui; Cao, Zhaoliang; Zhao, Haifeng; Zhang, Peiguang; Xuan, Li

    2015-08-10

    We experimentally demonstrated a metamaterial composed of hexagonal arrays of silver nanowires that exhibits hyperbolic dispersion and negative refraction in the entire visual wavelength range. The nanowires with extremely small size of 10 nm diameter and 15 nm center-to-center distance were fabricated using the reverse hexagonal liquid crystalline phase template containing AgNO(3) solution. Through the experiments of angle dependent reflectance for s-polarization and p-polarization, the dielectric constants were measured in several wavelengths. Calculations and experiments both show hyperbolic dispersion relations from 370 nm to 750 nm which indicates the presence of all-angle negative refraction. For all the experimental wavelengths, the permittivities of the material are in good agreement with the theoretical calculations.

  10. 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

  11. Thermotropic and lyotropic behaviour of new liquid-crystalline materials with different hydrophilic groups: synthesis and mesomorphic properties.

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    Bubnov, Alexej; Kašpar, Miroslav; Hamplová, Věra; Dawin, Ute; Giesselmann, Frank

    2013-01-01

    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.

  12. X-ray Scattering Measurements of Molecular Orientation in Channel Flows of a Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polymer

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    Cinader, D., Jr.; Burghardt, W.

    1998-03-01

    We have constructed an extrusion die which allows collection of x-ray scattering patterns(Experiments performed at DND-CAT at the APS) as a function of position in channel flows. A single-screw extruder is used to pump the melt, while interchangeable spacers allow the channel flow geometry to be altered. Available geometries include contractions and expansions of sharp and gradual character, as well as a simple slit flow. We present studies of a commercial liquid crystalline polymer (Xydar resin supplied by Amoco), emphasizing results from expansion flow experiments. A sharp decrease in orientation is observed at the expansion, followed by a recovery in the straight downstream channel. Scattering patterns reveal orientation transverse to the flow direction induced by unfavorable extensional gradients. This mixed orientation state manifests itself as a Rfour spotS scattering pattern consisting of two sets of nematic peaks with axes aligned perpendicular to one another.(Work sponsored by an AFOSR MURI)

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Ordered and Disordered Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers: Morphology and Ionic Conductivity

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    Wang, Sharon; Ye, Yuesheng; Elabd, Yossef; Winey, Karen

    2013-03-01

    We systematically studied the influence of temperature and relative humidity on morphology and ionic conductivity in polymerized ionic liquid block copolymers (PIL BCP). Poly(methyl methacrylate- b-1-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium-X-) block copolymers (X- = OH-, Br-) were characterized by SAXS, dynamical mechanical analysis, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. At 25 °C, weak microphase separation was observed for the PIL BCP with ϕPIL = 0.38 and X- = OH-. Upon increasing the relative humidity to 90%, this polymer exhibited an order-disorder transition (ODT). The ODT was further studied in the PIL BCPs with X- = OH- and 0.11 <ϕPIL <0.38 over a range of temperatures and %RH. In contrast, the PIL BCP with ϕPIL = 0.38 and X- = Br- formed strongly microphase separated lamellae at all investigated T and %RH. At elevated temperature and 90 %RH, ionic conductivities of 30 and 6 mS/cm were observed for ϕPIL = 0.38 and X- = OH- and Br-, respectively, surpassing the conductivities of the corresponding PIL homopolymer. By selecting the counterion and relative humidity, we significantly impact the morphology and ionic conductivity of these PIL block copolymers.

  19. From nanoscale liquid spheres to anisotropic crystalline particles of tin: decomposition of decamethylstannocene in organic solvents.

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    Dreyer, Axel; Ennen, Inga; Koop, Thomas; Hütten, Andreas; Jutzi, Peter

    2011-11-04

    Routes are presented for synthesizing nano- and mesostructured β-tin particles in the form of monocrystalline spheres, cubes, and bars, as well as polycrystalline rods and needles, by the decomposition of decamethylstannocene in organic solvents under various conditions. The formation of the observed shapes is based on the presence of liquidlike and of partly crystalline droplets. These particle stages allow structure-determining processes such as entire coalescence, oriented superficial coalescence or superficial induced crystallization. Entire coalescence and oriented superficial coalescence take place in the absence of surfactants; the superficially induced crystallization occurs in the presence of ionic additives. The observed tin morphologies depend on the competition between droplet growth and crystallization behavior. The different tin particles are investigated by electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

  20. 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.

  1. Dynamics of liquid-crystalline magnetic suspensions in a rotating magnetic field.

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    Boychuk, Alexey N; Makarov, Dmitriy V; Zakhlevnykh, Alexander N

    2016-10-01

    We theoretically study the dynamics of the orientational structure of a ferronematic liquid crystal with soft planar coupling between the director and the magnetization in a rotating magnetic field. We determine critical parameters characterizing the boundary between synchronous and asynchronous rotation regimes. We show that the magnetic impurity increases the stability threshold of an asynchronous rotation regime. The critical angular velocity, the angles of the director and the magnetization rotation in each regime of orientational structure rotation are found for rigid planar coupling. We obtain that in weak magnetic fields when the main mechanism of the field influence on a ferronematic liquid crystal is associated with the effect on the magnetic particles, the critical angular velocity is linearly dependent on the field strength, while in strong magnetic fields, when the influence of a field is determined by a diamagnetic mechanism, the critical velocity is quadratically dependent on the field strength.

  2. Structure/Property Relationships of Siloxane-Based Liquid Crystalline Materials

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    1992-05-01

    Chemie; Weinheim, (1978). (66) Noel, C. in Side Chain Liquid Crystal Polymers, C. B. McArdle, Ed., Blackie; Glasgow, pp 159-195, (1989). (67) Viney , C...72.9 mm and 170 mm. Several samples were also examined with a Philips X-ray microcamera equipped with a 50 tim collimator. D-spacing calibrations were...cooled in ice water and fractured. TEM was performed with a Philips 300 electron microscope. Samples investigated were embedded within an epoxy

  3. Multifunctional supramolecular dendrimers with an s-triazine ring as the central core: liquid crystalline, fluorescence and photoconductive properties.

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    Bucoş, Madalina; Sierra, Teresa; Golemme, Attilio; Termine, Roberto; Barberá, Joaquín; Giménez, Raquel; Serrano, José Luis; Romero, Pilar; Marcos, Mercedes

    2014-08-04

    Novel liquid crystal (LC) dendrimers have been synthesised by hydrogen bonding between an s-triazine as the central core and three peripheral dendrons derived from bis(hydroxymethyl)propionic acid. Symmetric acid dendrons bearing achiral promesogenic units have been synthesised to obtain 3:1 complexes with triazine that exhibit LC properties. Asymmetric dendrons that combine the achiral promesogenic unit and an active moiety derived from coumarin or pyrene structures have been synthesised in order to obtain dendrimers with photophysical and electrochemical properties. The formation of the complexes was confirmed by IR and NMR spectroscopy data. The liquid crystalline properties were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, polarising optical microscopy and X-ray diffractometry. All complexes displayed mesogenic properties, which were smectic in the case of symmetric dendrons and their complexes and nematic in the case of asymmetric dendrons and their dendrimers. A supramolecular model for the lamellar mesophase, based mainly on X-ray diffraction studies, is proposed. The electrochemical behaviour of dendritic complexes was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The UV/Vis absorption and emission properties of the compounds and the photoconductive properties of the dendrons and dendrimers were also investigated.

  4. 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.

  5. A molecular design principle of lyotropic liquid-crystalline conjugated polymers with directed alignment capability for plastic electronics.

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    Kim, Bong-Gi; Jeong, Eun Jeong; Chung, Jong Won; Seo, Sungbaek; Koo, Bonwon; Kim, Jinsang

    2013-07-01

    Conjugated polymers with a one-dimensional p-orbital overlap exhibit optoelectronic anisotropy. Their unique anisotropic properties can be fully realized in device applications only when the conjugated chains are aligned. Here, we report a molecular design principle of conjugated polymers to achieve concentration-regulated chain planarization, self-assembly, liquid-crystal-like good mobility and non-interdigitated side chains. As a consequence of these intra- and intermolecular attributes, chain alignment along an applied flow field occurs. This liquid-crystalline conjugated polymer was realized by incorporating intramolecular sulphur-fluorine interactions and bulky side chains linked to a tetrahedral carbon having a large form factor. By optimizing the polymer concentration and the flow field, we could achieve a high dichroic ratio of 16.67 in emission from conducting conjugated polymer films. Two-dimensional grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction was performed to analyse a well-defined conjugated polymer alignment. Thin-film transistors built on highly aligned conjugated polymer films showed more than three orders of magnitude faster carrier mobility along the conjugated polymer alignment direction than the perpendicular direction.

  6. Physical vapor deposition as a route to glasses with liquid crystalline order

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    Gomez, Jaritza

    Physical vapor deposition (PVD) is an effective route to prepare glasses with a unique combination of properties. Substrate temperatures near the glass transition (Tg) and slow deposition rates can access enhanced mobility at the surface of the glass allowing molecules at the surface additional time to sample different molecular configurations. The temperature of the substrate can be used to control molecular mobility during deposition and properties in the resulting glasses such as higher density, kinetic stability and preferential molecular orientation. PVD was used to prepare glasses of itraconazole, a smectic A liquid crystal. We characterized molecular orientation using infrared and ellipsometry. Molecular orientation can be controlled by choice of Tsubstrate in a range of temperatures near Tg. Glasses deposited at Tsubstrate = Tg show nearly vertical molecular orientation relative to the substrate; at lower Tsubstrate, molecules are nearly parallel to the substrate. The molecular orientation depends on the temperature of the substrate during preparation and not on the molecular orientation of the underlying layer. This allows preparing samples of layers with differing orientations. We find these glasses are homogeneous solids without evidence of domain boundaries and are molecularly flat. We interpret the combination of properties obtained for vapor-deposited glasses of itraconazole to result from a process where molecular orientation is determined by the structure and dynamics at the free surface of the glass during deposition. We report the thermal and structural properties of glasses prepared using PVD of a rod-like molecule, posaconazole, which does not show equilibrium liquid crystal phases. These glasses show substantial molecular orientation that can be controlled by choice of Tsubstrate during deposition. Ellipsometry and IR indicate that glasses prepared at Tg - 3 K are highly ordered. At these Tsubstrate, molecules show preferential vertical

  7. GPU-accelerated molecular dynamics simulation for study of liquid crystalline flows

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    Sunarso, Alfeus; Tsuji, Tomohiro; Chono, Shigeomi

    2010-08-01

    We have developed a GPU-based molecular dynamics simulation for the study of flows of fluids with anisotropic molecules such as liquid crystals. An application of the simulation to the study of macroscopic flow (backflow) generation by molecular reorientation in a nematic liquid crystal under the application of an electric field is presented. The computations of intermolecular force and torque are parallelized on the GPU using the cell-list method, and an efficient algorithm to update the cell lists was proposed. Some important issues in the implementation of computations that involve a large number of arithmetic operations and data on the GPU that has limited high-speed memory resources are addressed extensively. Despite the relatively low GPU occupancy in the calculation of intermolecular force and torque, the computation on a recent GPU is about 50 times faster than that on a single core of a recent CPU, thus simulations involving a large number of molecules using a personal computer are possible. The GPU-based simulation should allow an extensive investigation of the molecular-level mechanisms underlying various macroscopic flow phenomena in fluids with anisotropic molecules.

  8. Liquid crystalline phases in suspensions of pigments in non-polar solvents

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    Klein, Susanne; Richardson, Robert M.; Eremin, Alexey

    We will discuss colloid suspensions of pigments and compare their electro-optic properties with those of traditional dyed low molecular weight liquid crystal systems. There are several potential advantages of colloidal suspensions over low molecular weight liquid crystal systems: a very high contrast because of the high orientational order parameter of suspensions of rod shaped nano-particles, the excellent light fastness of pigments as compared to dyes and high colour saturations resulting from the high loading of the colour stuff. Although a weak `single-particle' electro-optic response can be observed in dilute suspensions, the response is very much enhanced when the concentration of the particles is sufficient to lead to a nematic phase. Excellent stability of suspensions is beneficial for experimental observation and reproducibility, but it is a fundamental necessity for display applications. We therefore discuss a method to achieve long term stability of dispersed pigments and the reasons for its success. Small angle X-ray scattering was used to determine the orientational order parameter of the suspensions as a function of concentration and the dynamic response to an applied electric field. Optical properties were investigated for a wide range of pigment concentrations. Electro-optical phenomena, such as field-induced birefringence and switching, were characterised. In addition, mixtures of pigment suspensions with small amounts of ferrofluids show promise as future magneto-optical materials.

  9. Oil binding capacities of triacylglycerol crystalline nanoplatelets: nanoscale models of tristearin solids in liquid triolein.

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    Razul, M Shajahan G; MacDougall, Colin J; Hanna, Charles B; Marangoni, Alejandro G; Peyronel, Fernanda; Papp-Szabo, Erzsebet; Pink, David A

    2014-10-01

    Polycrystalline particles composed of triacylglycerol (TAG) molecules, and their networks, in anhydrous TAG oils find extensive use as edible oils in the food industry. Although modelling studies of TAG systems, have been carried out, none have attempted to address a problem of central concern to food science and technology: the "oil binding capacity" of a system of such edible oils. Crystalline nanoparticles (CNPs) have recently been identified as the fundamental components of solid fats in oils. Oil binding capacity is an important concept regarding the ability of fats particles to retain oil, and the ability of these CNPs to bind oil is important in designing healthy foods. We have carried out atomic scale molecular dynamics computer simulations to understand the behavior of a triacylglycerol oil (triolein) in nanoscale confinements between tristearin CNPs. We define a nanoscale oil binding capacity function by utilizing the average oil number density, 〈Φ(d)〉, between two CNPs as a function of their separation, d. We modelled pure tristearin CNPs as well as tristearin CNPs in which the surfaces are covered with an interface comprising soft permanent coatings. Their surfaces are "hard" and "soft" respectively. We found that for a pair of hard-surface tristearin CNPs a distance d apart, (i) triolein exhibits number density, and therefore density, oscillations as a function of d, and (ii) the average number density between two such CNPs decreases as d decreases, viz. the oil binding capacity is lowered. When a soft layer of oil covers the CNP surfaces, we found that the oscillations are smeared out and that the average number density between the two CNPs remained approximately constant as d decreased indicating a high oil binding capacity. Our results might have identified important nanoscale aspects to aid in healthy food design.

  10. Cubosomes from hierarchical self-assembly of poly(ionic liquid) block copolymers

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    He, Hongkun; Rahimi, Khosrow; Zhong, Mingjiang; Mourran, Ahmed; Luebke, David R.; Nulwala, Hunaid B.; Möller, Martin; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof

    2017-01-01

    Cubosomes are micro- and nanoparticles with a bicontinuous cubic two-phase structure, reported for the self-assembly of low molecular weight surfactants, for example, lipids, but rarely formed by polymers. These objects are characterized by a maximum continuous interface and high interface to volume ratio, which makes them promising candidates for efficient adsorbents and host-guest applications. Here we demonstrate self-assembly to nanoscale cuboidal particles with a bicontinuous cubic structure by amphiphilic poly(ionic liquid) diblock copolymers, poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(4-vinylbenzyl)-3-butyl imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, in a mixture of tetrahydrofuran and water under optimized conditions. Structure determining parameters include polymer composition and concentration, temperature, and the variation of the solvent mixture. The formation of the cubosomes can be explained by the hierarchical interactions of the constituent components. The lattice structure of the block copolymers can be transferred to the shape of the particle as it is common for atomic and molecular faceted crystals.

  11. Cubosomes from hierarchical self-assembly of poly(ionic liquid) block copolymers

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    He, Hongkun; Rahimi, Khosrow; Zhong, Mingjiang; Mourran, Ahmed; Luebke, David R.; Nulwala, Hunaid B.; Möller, Martin; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof

    2017-01-01

    Cubosomes are micro- and nanoparticles with a bicontinuous cubic two-phase structure, reported for the self-assembly of low molecular weight surfactants, for example, lipids, but rarely formed by polymers. These objects are characterized by a maximum continuous interface and high interface to volume ratio, which makes them promising candidates for efficient adsorbents and host-guest applications. Here we demonstrate self-assembly to nanoscale cuboidal particles with a bicontinuous cubic structure by amphiphilic poly(ionic liquid) diblock copolymers, poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(4-vinylbenzyl)-3-butyl imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, in a mixture of tetrahydrofuran and water under optimized conditions. Structure determining parameters include polymer composition and concentration, temperature, and the variation of the solvent mixture. The formation of the cubosomes can be explained by the hierarchical interactions of the constituent components. The lattice structure of the block copolymers can be transferred to the shape of the particle as it is common for atomic and molecular faceted crystals. PMID:28091605

  12. 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

    2013-02-07

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. System size dependence of the structure and rheology in a sheared lamellar liquid crystalline medium

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    Jaju, S. J.; Kumaran, V.

    2016-12-01

    , and the bulk of the sample moves as a block. The thickness of the shearing region appears to be invariant with the system size, leading to an increase of viscosity proportional to L. The time for structural evolution is found to be the inverse of the strain rate γ˙ -1. In the case of a significant viscosity contrast between the hydrophilic and hydrophobic parts, the average viscosity increases by 1-2 orders of magnitude due to the defect pinning mechanism, where the regions between defects move as a block, and shear localisation at the wall.

  17. Ionic conductivity of mesoporous block copolymer membranes in liquid electrolyte as a function of copolymer and homopolymer molecular weight

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    Wong, David; Mullin, Scott; Stone, Greg; Battaglia, Vincent; Balsara, Nitash

    2011-03-01

    Mesoporous block copolymer membranes have been synthesized using poly(styrene-block-ethylene-block-polystyrene) (SES). A series of symmetric SES copolymers and PS homopolymers have been studied at different blending fractions. Ionic conductivities of the porous films in a liquid electrolyte, 1.0 M Li PF6 in ethylene carbonate/diethyl carbonate, compare favorably to conventional battery separators and generally increase with internal surface area, as measured by nitrogen adsorption. Characterization of the effects of pore structure and SES morphology on conductivity will be presented. Support from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Vehicles Technologies (FCVT) under the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program.

  18. 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.

  19. Irreversible properties of YBCO thick films deposited by liquid phase epitaxy on single crystalline substrates

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    Vostner, A.; Tönies, S.; Weber, H. W.; Cheng, Y. S.; Kurumovic, A.; Evetts, J. E.; Mennema, S. H.; Zandbergen, H. W.

    2003-10-01

    We report on the field and temperature dependence of the critical transport current density Jc, the angular dependence of the transport current at various external magnetic fields and the irreversibility fields in YBa2Cu3O7-delta (Y-123) thick films prepared by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE). A comparison of the irreversible properties between specimens produced with and without silver additions to the melt is also presented. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was employed to obtain information on the correlation between the transport properties and the microstructure. The samples were deposited either directly on NdGaO3 (NGO) or on seeded (100) MgO substrates, where a 200 nm thin YBCO film deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) acts as seed layer for the LPE process. The final thickness of the Y-123 layer is of the order of 1 µm for the NGO and between 2 and 10 µm for the MgO samples. The critical current densities reach 3 × 109 A m-2 at zero field and 77 K in the best case.

  20. 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.

  1. Mixing Effect of Polyoxyethylene-Type Nonionic Surfactants on the Liquid Crystalline Structures.

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    Kunieda; Umizu; Yamaguchi

    1999-10-01

    An effective cross-sectional area per surfactant molecule at hydrophobic interfaces of aggregates, a(S), in hexagonal (H(1)) and lamellar (L(alpha)) liquid crystals was calculated in homogeneous and mixed polyoxyethylene dodecyl ether systems as a function of polyoxyethylene (EO) chain length by means of small-angle X-ray scattering. The a(S) increases with increasing the EO chain length. The a(S) in the mixed surfactant system is considerably smaller than that in the single surfactant system, even if the average EO chain length is the same. The reduction of a(S) is larger than that predicted by ideal mixing of the surfactants. Moreover, if the EO chain lengths of the surfactants are more separated, the a(S) is smaller. The shapes of surfactant self-organizing structures may be governed by the balance of the attractive and the repulsive forces acting at the hydrophobic interfaces of the aggregates. According to this consideration, the mixing effect of surfactants with the different EO chain lengths on the a(S) in the L(alpha) phase was discussed. It is considered that the surfactant molecules are tightly packed in the aggregates since the reduction in repulsion force takes place in the excess EO chain part of the hydrophilic surfactant longer than the short EO chain of the lipophilic one. The lower surface tensions and the better stability of macroemulsions and the large solubilizing capacity of microemulsions result from the mixing effect. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  2. 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.; Abbott, Nicholas L.

    2014-08-15

    The spontaneous positioning of colloids on the surfaces of micrometer-sized liquid crystal (LC) 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 LC droplets and result in heterogeneous populations of patchy microparticles. To address this issue, in this paper it is demonstrated 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. Finally, by using magnetic colloids, the utility of the approach is illustrated 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.

  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.; ...

    2014-08-15

    The spontaneous positioning of colloids on the surfaces of micrometer-sized liquid crystal (LC) 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 LC droplets and result in heterogeneous populations of patchy microparticles. To address this issue, in this paper it is demonstrated 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 inmore » 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. Finally, by using magnetic colloids, the utility of the approach is illustrated 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.« less

  4. A Model Liquid Crystalline System Based on Rodlike Viruses with Tunable Chirality

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    Beller, Daniel; Barry, Edward; Dogic, Zvonimir

    2009-03-01

    Filamentous bacteriophages such as the fd virus have long been used as ideal model systems to investigate the phase behavior of suspensions of rodlike particles. We study the structure and phase behavior of a mutant, fd Y21M, and compare them to the properties of conventional fd wild-type (wt). These two viruses exhibit dramatically different phase behavior despite differing only by a single amino acid of the major coat protein pVIII. We find that this is attributable to significant differences in the flexibility of the viruses. Using the more rigid fd Y21M, we are able for the first time to quantitatively test the Onsager description of the isotropic-nematic phase transition of rigid rods. Even more surprising are the differences in the behavior of the cholesteric phase of fd Y21M and fd wt. While fd wt forms a cholesteric pitch with a left-handed helix, fd Y21M forms a cholesteric pitch with the opposite handedness. In addition, the magnitude of the cholesteric pitch changes by almost fivefold. Using mixtures of the two viruses, we are able to create liquid crystal systems with tunable control over the macroscopic chiral behavior.

  5. Theory of Plasmonic Waves on a Chain of Metallic Nanoparticles in a Liquid Crystalline Host

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    Stroud, David; Pike, Nicholas

    2014-03-01

    Linearly polarized plasmonic waves can propagate along a chain of metallic particles, of sufficiently small diameter and spacing. We have calculated the dispersion relations for these plasmonic waves when the host is either a nematic or a cholesteric liquid crystal (NLC or CLC). An NLC is found to alter the dispersion relations of both transverse (T) and or longitudinal (L) waves significantly from those for an isotropic host. If the NLC director is perpendicular to the metallic chain, the doubly degenerate T branch is split into two linearly polarized branches. Similar results are obtained for a CLC with twist axis parallel to the chain, except that the T branches are elliptically polarized. When a magnetic field is applied parallel to the chain, the dispersion relations for the T branches are no longer symmetric about k = 0 and the chain may act as a one-way waveguide at certain frequencies. We present numerical examples assuming spherical metal particle with a Drude dielectric function. This work was supported by the Center for Emerging Materials at The Ohio State University, an NSF MRSEC (Grant No. DMR0820414).

  6. Glassy dynamics in the isotropic phase of a smectogenic liquid crystalline compound.

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    Rzoska, Sylwester J; Pawlus, Sebastian; Czupryński, Krzysztof

    2011-09-01

    The temperature evolution of the primary relaxation time in the isotropic phase of 4-cyano-4'-tetradecylbiphenyl (14CB) above the isotropic-smectic A (I-SmA) transition is discussed. Based on the enthalpy space and distortion-sensitive analysis, the prevalence of the mode coupling theory (MCT) "critical" and "glassy" dynamics is shown. The obtained singular dependence is related to the MCT critical temperature located approximately 48 K below the clearing (I-SmA) temperature. However, a weak but detectable distortion in the immediate vicinity of the transition occurs. It is also shown that the value of the fragile strength coefficient D(T) is characteristic of a very fragile glassy liquid whereas the steepness index m is typical of a strong one. Both magnitudes anomalously change on approaching the I-SmA phase transition. The static permittivity shows the pretransitional effect linked to the temperature of the hypothetical continuous phase transition located approximately 10.2 K below the I-SmA transition.

  7. Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Two-Dimensional Diffusion Behavior in Smectic Liquid Crystalline Monolayers

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    Watanabe, Go; Saito, Jun-ichi; Fujita, Yusuke; Tabe, Yuka

    2013-08-01

    We have carried out molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for monolayers of smectic A and C liquid crystal (LC) phases in order to investigate the in-plane molecular diffusion from the microscopic point of view. In contrast to similar complex two-dimensional systems (e.g., biomembranes) whose molecular diffusion is anomalous, in-plane mean square displacements (MSDs) for both phases increase linearly with passing time similar to typical fluids on the nanosecond time scale. By following the relation between the diffusion and the viscosity in the fluids, we estimated the viscosity coefficients for both LC monolayers, and the obtained values indicate that the smectic A monolayer has a higher viscosity than the smectic C one. Moreover, we investigate the in-plane self-diffusion anisotropy D\\|/D\\bot for smectic C and found that the diffusion parallel to the molecular tilt is 1.5 times larger than that in the perpendicular direction. This anisotropic diffusion property in the smectic C monolayer has not been clearly confirmed thus far.

  8. Reversible Photoinduced Switching of Permeability in a Cast Non-Porous Film Comprising Azobenzene Liquid Crystalline Polymer.

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    Liu, Jian; Wang, Mingle; Dong, Mingling; Gao, Liude; Tian, Jingjing

    2011-10-04

    Permeation characteristics of an azobenzene-containing liquid crystalline (LC) non-porous film are investigated using a metallic corrosion method. Thin films (300 nm) are fabricated by the solution casting of an azobenzene side-chain LC polymer on freshly polished carbon steel coupons. Coated coupons are treated under the following conditions: a) gradual annealing at a cooling rate lower than 1 °C · min(-1) from 150 °C (above its Tg ) to room temperature, and b) irradiation at 465 nm (20 mW · cm(-2) ) with either circularly polarized light (CPL) or non-polarized light (NPL). The morphology of these films is characterized using X-ray diffraction, polarized optical microscopy, and transmission measurements. The results suggest that the annealing treatment resulted in the formation of a polydomain structure consisting of locally ordered small smectic domains that lack mutual orientation. Ordered micro domains are surrounded by disordered phases. CPL and NPL irradiation generates a monodomain orientated structure and an isotropic liquid crystal glass, respectively. The permeability of these non-porous films treated by CPL, NPL, and annealing are found to be 6.14 × 10(-4) , 1.92 × 10(-2) , and 1.56 × 10(-3) cm(3)  · m(-2)  · d(-1) . An orientation-dependent structure model is constructed to explain the permeation phenomenon, considering the ordered phase is impermeable, only the disordered phase is accessible to penetrating molecules. Fast switching of gas permeation is demonstrated by alternative irradiation of the film with CPL and NPL, which results in an approximately 30-fold difference in the permeability of the non-porous film.

  9. Nanostructured liquid crystalline particles provide long duration sustained-release effect for a poorly water soluble drug after oral administration.

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    Nguyen, Tri-Hung; Hanley, Tracey; Porter, Christopher J H; Boyd, Ben J

    2011-07-30

    This study is the first to demonstrate the ability of nanostructured liquid crystal particles to sustain the absorption of a poorly water soluble drug after oral administration. Cubic (V(2)) liquid crystalline nanostructured particles (cubosomes) formed from phytantriol (PHY) were shown to sustain the absorption of cinnarizine (CZ) beyond 48h after oral administration to rats. Plasma concentrations were sustained within the range of 21.5±1.5ng/mL from 12 to 48h. In stark contrast, cubosomes prepared using glyceryl monooleate (GMO) did not sustain the absorption of CZ and drug concentrations fell below quantifiable levels after 24h. Sustained absorption of CZ from PHY cubosomes lead to a significant enhancement (p<0.05) in oral bioavailability (F%=21%) compared to a CZ suspension (9%) and oleic acid emulsion (12%). Analysis of the nanostructured particles in simulated gastric and intestinal fluids using small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) revealed that the V(2)Pn3m nanostructure of PHY cubosomes was maintained for extended periods of time, in contrast to GMO cubosomes where the V(2)Im3m nanostructure was lost within 18h after exposure, suggesting that degradation of the LC nanostructure may limit sustained drug release. In addition, PHY cubosomes were shown to be extensively retained in the stomach (>24h) leading to the conclusion that in the case of non-digestible PHY cubosomes, the stomach may act as a non-sink reservoir that facilitates the slow release of poorly water soluble drugs, highlighting the potential use of non-digestible LC nanostructured particles as novel sustained oral drug delivery systems.

  10. Mesoscopic structure and properties of liquid crystalline mesophase pitch and its transformation into carbon fiber.

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    Mochida, Isao; Yoon, Seong-Ho; Korai, Yozo

    2002-01-01

    The history and present state of the art in the chemistry of mesophase pitch, which is an important precursor for carbon fiber and other high-performance industrial carbons, are reviewed relative to their structural properties. The structural concepts in both microscopic and macroscopic views are summarized in terms of the sp(2) carbon hexagonal plane as a basic unit common to graphitic materials, its planar stacking in clusters, and cluster assembly into microdomains and domains, the latter of which reflect the isochromatic unit of optical anisotropy. Such a series of structural units is described in a semiquantitative manner corresponding to the same units of graphitic materials, although the size and stacking height of the hexagonal planes (graphitic sheets) are very different. Mesophase pitch is a liquid crystal material whose basic structural concepts are maintained in the temperature range of 250 to 350 degrees C. The melt flow and thermal properties are related to its micro- and mesoscopic structure. The structure of mesophase-pitch-based carbon fiber of high tensile strength, modulus, and thermal conductivity has been formed through spinning, and has inherited the same structural concepts of mesophase pitch. Stabilization settles the structure in successive heat treatments up to 3000 degrees C. Carbonization and graphitization enable growth of the hexagonal planes and their stacking into units of graphite. Such growth is governed and controlled by the alignment of micro- and mesoscopic structures in the mesophase pitch, which define the derived carbon materials as nanostructural materials. Their properties are controlled by the nanoscopic units that are expected to behave as nanomaterials when appropriately isolated or handled.

  11. Polymer composites reinforced by locking-in a liquid-crystalline assembly of cellulose nanocrystallites.

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    Tatsumi, Mio; Teramoto, Yoshikuni; Nishio, Yoshiyuki

    2012-05-14

    An attempt was made to synthesize novel composites comprising poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) and cellulose nanocrystallites (CNC) (acid-treated cotton microfibrils) from suspensions of CNC in an aqueous 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) monomer solution. The starting suspensions (∼5 wt % CNC) separated into an isotropic upper phase and an anisotropic bottom one in the course of quiescent standing. By way of polymerization of HEMA in different phase situations of the suspensions, we obtained films of three polymer composites, PHEMA-CNC(iso), PHEMA-CNC(aniso), and PHEMA-CNC(mix), coming from the isotropic phase, anisotropic phase, and embryonic nonseparating mixture, respectively. All the composites were transparent and, more or less, birefringent under a polarized optical microscope. A fingerprint texture typical of cholesteric liquid crystals of longer pitch spread widely in PHEMA-CNC(aniso) but rather locally appeared in PHEMA-CNC(iso). Any of the CNC incorporations into the PHEMA matrix improved the original thermal and mechanical properties of this amorphous polymer material. In dynamic mechanical measurements, the locking-in of the respective CNC assemblies gave rise to an increase in the glass-state modulus E' of PHEMA as well as a marked suppression of the E'-falling at temperatures higher than T(g) (≈ 110 °C) of the vinyl polymer. It was also observed for the composites that their modulus E' rerose in a range of about 150-190 °C, which was attributable to a secondary cross-linking formation between PHEMA chains mediated by the acidic CNC filler. The mechanical reinforcement effect of the CNC dispersions was ensured in a tensile test, whereby PHEMA-CNC(aniso) was found to surpass the other two composites in stiffness and strength.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Highly effective surface-enhanced fluorescence substrates with roughened 3D flowerlike silver nanostructures fabricated in liquid crystalline phase

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    Zhang, Ying; Yang, Chengliang; Xiang, Xiangjun; Zhang, Peiguang; Peng, Zenghui; Cao, Zhaoliang; Mu, Quanquan; Xuan, Li

    2017-04-01

    Highly effective surface-enhanced fluorescence substrates with roughened 3D flowerlike silver nanostructures were fabricated by electrodeposition in liquid crystalline template which is simple and controllable. Due to the localized surface plasmon resonance of silver nanostructures, the substrates were used as surface enhanced fluorescence substrates. The morphology and optical properties of the substrates were studied. The fluorescence experiments of the Rhodamine 6G on the substrates for different growth times were carried out and the best enhancement factor of 181 was achieved. Eight substrates with the same growth conditions were used to study the reproducibility of the substrate which shows that the fluctuations are within 9%. This substrate was used in organic distributed feedback lasers and the amplified spontaneous emission of poly(2-methoxy-5-(2‧-ethyl-hexyloxy)-p-phenylenevinylene) was enhanced dramatically which means the reduced threshold and improved slope efficiency. Such easily fabricated flower-like silver nanostructure substrates with strong surface enhanced fluorescence effect and good reproducibility are good candidate for potential applications in optical imaging, biotechnology and material detections.

  16. 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.

  17. Temperature-independent hole mobility of a smectic liquid-crystalline semiconductor based on band-like conduction.

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    Funahashi, Masahiro; Ishii, Tomohiko; Sonoda, Akinari

    2013-08-26

    A liquid-crystalline (LC) phenylterthiophene derivative, which exhibited an ordered smectic phase at room temperature, was purified by vacuum sublimation under a flow of nitrogen. During the sublimation process, thin plates with sizes of 1 mm grew on the surface of the vacuum tube. The crystals exhibited the same X-ray diffraction patterns as the ordered smectic phase of the LC state that was formed through a conventional recrystallization process by using organic solvents. Because of the removal of chemical impurities, the hole mobility in the ordered smectic phase of the vacuum-grown thin plates increased to 1.2×10(-1) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at room temperature, whereas that of the LC precipitates was 7×10(-2) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). The hole mobility in the ordered smectic phase of the vacuum-sublimated sample was temperature-independent between 400 and 220 K. The electric-field dependence of the hole mobility was also very small within this temperature range. The temperature dependence of hole mobility was well-described by the Hoesterey-Letson model. The hole-transport characteristics indicate that band-like conduction affected by the localized states, rather than a charge-carrier-hopping mechanism, is a valid mechanism for hole transport in an ordered smectic phase.

  18. 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.

  19. Effect of long range order on sheared liquid crystalline materials: flow regimes, transitions, and rheological phase diagrams

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    Tsuji; Rey

    2000-12-01

    A generalized theory that includes short-range elasticity, long-range elasticity, and flow effects is used to simulate and characterize the shear flow of liquid crystalline materials as a function of the Deborah (De) and Ericksen (Er) numbers in the presence of fixed planar director boundary conditions; the results are also interpreted as a function of the ratio R between short-range and long-range elasticity. The results are effectively summarized into rheological phase diagrams spanned by De and Er, and also by R and Er, where the stability region of four distinct flow regimes are indicated. The four regimes for planar (two-dimensional orientation) shear flow are (1) the elastic-driven steady state, (2) the composite tumbling-wagging periodic state, (3) the wagging periodic state, and (4) the viscous-driven steady state. The coexistence of the four regimes at a quacritical point is shown to be due to the emergence of a defect structure. The origin, the significant steady and dynamical features, and the transitions between these regimes are thoroughly characterized and analyzed. Quantitative and qualitative comparisons between the present complete model predictions and those obtained from the classical theories of nematodynamics (Leslie-Ericksen and Doi theories) are presented and the main physical mechanisms that drive the observed deviations between the predictions of these models are identified. The presented results fill the previously existing gap between the classical Leslie-Ericksen theory and the Doi theory, and present a unified description of nematodynamics.

  20. Enhanced topical delivery of finasteride using glyceryl monooleate-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles stabilized by cremophor surfactants.

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    Madheswaran, Thiagarajan; Baskaran, Rengarajan; Yong, Chul Soon; Yoo, Bong Kyu

    2014-02-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the capability of two surfactants, Cremophor RH 40 (RH) and Cremophor EL (EL), to prepare liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCN) and to study its influence on the topical delivery of finasteride (FNS). FNS-loaded LCN was formulated with the two surfactants and characterized for size distribution, morphology, entrapment efficiency, in vitro drug release, and skin permeation/retention. Influence of FNS-loaded LCN on the conformational changes on porcine skin was also studied using attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopical image confirmed the formation of LCN. The average particle size of formulations was in the range of 165.1-208.6 and 153.7-243.0 nm, respectively. The formulations prepared with higher surfactant concentrations showed faster release and significantly increased skin permeation. Specifically, LCN prepared with RH 2.5% presented higher permeation flux (0.100 ± 0.005 μgcm(-2)h(-1)) compared with lower concentration (0.029 ± 0.007 μgcm(-2)h(-1)). Typical spectral bands of lipid matrix of porcine skin were shifted to higher wavenumber, indicating increased degree of disorder of the lipid acyl chains which might cause fluidity increase of stratum corneum. Taken together, Cremophor surfactants exhibited a promising potential to stabilize the LCN and significantly augmented the skin permeation of FNS.

  1. Boron liquid solution deposited by spray method for p-type emitter formation in crystalline Si solar cells

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    Panek, Piotr; Swatowska, Barbara; Dawidowski, Wojciech; Juel, Mari; Zieba, Paweł

    2016-12-01

    This paper reports the fabrication of n-type crystalline Si based solar cell using boron liquid solution (BLS) deposited by spray method for p-type emitter formation. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used for the analysis of surface composition and electronic states of elements at the glass layer of dopant (GLD) obtained from BLS. The investigation of the borosilicate glass layer (BSG) created on a base of GLD during diffusion process were carried out by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The diffusion profiles were determined by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and electrochemical capacitance-voltage (EC-V) techniques, whereas the solar cells were characterized by the light current-voltage (I-V) and spectral measurements. The influence of a doping process on a minority carrier lifetime of the Si wafers was detected by quasi-steady-state photoconductance technique. Application of the elaborated BSL allowed to obtain the p-type Si emitters from BSG layer which exhibits unproblematic etching behaviour after diffusion process and final fabrication of the solar cells with the fill factor of 74% and photoconversion efficiency of 13.04 %. The elaborated BLS is a source which offers an attractive practicable alternative to form emitters on the n-type Si substrate.

  2. Nonlinear optical performance of poled liquid crystalline azo-dyes confined in SiO2 sonogel films

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    Torres-Zúñiga, V.; Morales-Saavedra, O. G.; Rivera, E.; Flores-Flores, J. O.; Bañuelos, J. G.; Ortega-Martínez, R.

    2010-01-01

    The catalyst-free sonogel route was implemented to fabricate highly pure, optically active, hybrid azo-dye/SiO2-based spin-coated thin films deposited onto ITO-covered glass substrates. The implemented azo-dyes exhibit a push-pull structure; thus chromophore electrical poling was performed in order to explore their quadratic nonlinear optical (NLO) performance and the role of the SiO2 matrix for allowing molecular alignment within the sonogel host network. Morphological and optical characterizations were performed to the film samples according to atomic force microscopy (AFM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy and the Maker-fringe technique. Regardless of absence of a high glass transition temperature (T g) in the studied monomeric liquid crystalline azo-dyes, some hybrid films displayed stable NLO activity such as second harmonic generation (SHG). Results show that the chromophores were homogeneously embedded within the SiO2 sonogel network, where the guest-host molecular and mechanical interactions permitted a stable monomeric electrical alignment in this kind of environment.

  3. Liquid Crystalline Assembly of Coil-Rod-Coil Molecules with Lateral Methyl Groups into 3-D Hexagonal and Tetragonal Assemblies

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    Wang, Zhuoshi; Lan, Yu; Zhong, Keli; Liang, Yongri; Chen, Tie; Jin, Long Yi

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we report the synthesis and self-assembly behavior of coil-rod-coil molecules, consisting of three biphenyls linked through a vinylene unit as a conjugated rod segment and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) with a degree of polymerization (DP) of 7, 12 and 17, incorporating lateral methyl groups between the rod and coil segments as the coil segment. Self-organized investigation of these molecules by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermal polarized optical microscopy (POM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals that the lateral methyl groups attached to the surface of rod and coil segments, dramatically influence the self-assembling behavior in the liquid-crystalline mesophase. Molecule 1 with a relatively short PEO coil length (DP = 7) self-assembles into rectangular and oblique 2-dimensional columnar assemblies, whereas molecules 2 and 3 with DP of 12 and 17 respectively, spontaneously self-organize into unusual 3-dimensional hexagonal close-packed or body-centered tetragonal assemblies. PMID:24699045

  4. A novel twisted nematic alignment and its effects on the electro-optical dynamics of nanoscale liquid crystalline films

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    Rauzan, Brittany; Lee, Lay Min; Nuzzo, Ralph

    2015-03-01

    Vibrational spectroscopic studies of a surface induced, twisted alignment of the nematic liquid crystal, 4-n-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (5CB) and its temperature-dependent electro-optical (EO) dynamics were studied near the crystalline-nematic and nematic-isotropic transition temperatures, and at a median temperature in the nematic phase. A 50 nm thick film of 5CB was confined in nanocavities defined by the dimensions of a gold interdigitated electrode array patterned on a unidirectionally polished ZnSe substrate. The film was assembled between two polished substrates bearing extended nanometer-scaled grooves that are oriented orthogonally to one another. The results show that with this anchoring scheme, the molecular director of the LC film undergoes a ninety-degree twist. Step-scan time resolved spectroscopy (TRS) measurements were made to determine the rate constants for the temperature-dependent EO dynamics of both the electric field-induced orientation and thermal relaxation processes of the LC film. The work rationalizes the impacts of organizational anisotropy and illustrates how it can be exploited as a design principle to effectively influence the electric field-induced dynamics of LC systems.

  5. Crystalline Electric-Field Randomness in the Triangular Lattice Spin-Liquid YbMgGaO4

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    Li, Yuesheng; Adroja, Devashibhai; Bewley, Robert I.; Voneshen, David; Tsirlin, Alexander A.; Gegenwart, Philipp; Zhang, Qingming

    2017-03-01

    We apply moderate-high-energy inelastic neutron scattering (INS) measurements to investigate Yb3 + crystalline electric field (CEF) levels in the triangular spin-liquid candidate YbMgGaO4 . Three CEF excitations from the ground-state Kramers doublet are centered at the energies ℏω =39 , 61, and 97 meV in agreement with the effective spin-1 /2 g factors and experimental heat capacity, but reveal sizable broadening. We argue that this broadening originates from the site mixing between Mg2 + and Ga3 + giving rise to a distribution of Yb-O distances and orientations and, thus, of CEF parameters that account for the peculiar energy profile of the CEF excitations. The CEF randomness gives rise to a distribution of the effective spin-1 /2 g factors and explains the unprecedented broadening of low-energy magnetic excitations in the fully polarized ferromagnetic phase of YbMgGaO4 , although a distribution of magnetic couplings due to the Mg /Ga disorder may be important as well.

  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. Magnetic field detector consisting of magnetic and semiconducting nanoparticles co-assembled in a liquid crystalline matrix

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    Amaral, Jose; Rodarte, Andrea; Wan, Jacky; Ferri, Christopher; Quint, Makiko; Pandolfi, Ron; Scheibner, Michael; Hirst, Linda; Ghosh, Sayantani

    2015-03-01

    An exciting area of research is using nano-constituents to create artificial materials that are multifunctional and allow for modification post-fabrication and in situ. We are investigating the ensemble behavior of iron-oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) when dispersed in an electro-optically active liquid crystalline (LC) matrix. The directed assembly of NPs in the matrix is driven by the temperature-induced transition of the LC from the isotropic to the nematic phase as the NPs are mostly expelled into the isotropic regions, finally ending up clustered around LC defect points when the transition is complete. Our results show a two-fold intensity increase of QD photoluminescence intensity with low magnetic fields (less than 100 mT). We speculate this increase is due to MNP rearrangement which produces a compaction of the clusters, resulting in the detection of increased QD emission. The individual components work together to act as a magnetic field detector and since they are direct assembled in a LC medium, they could potentially be used in a wide range of fluid-based applications. This work was funded by NSF grants DMR-1056860 and ECC-1227034. This work was funded by NSF Grants DMR-1056860 and ECC-1227034.

  8. Real time evolution of liquid crystalline nanostructure during the digestion of formulation lipids using synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering.

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    Warren, Dallas B; Anby, Mette U; Hawley, Adrian; Boyd, Ben J

    2011-08-02

    The role of the digestion of lipids in facilitating absorption of poorly water-soluble compounds, such as vitamins, is not only an important nutritional issue but is increasingly being recognized as an important determinant in the effectiveness of lipid-based drug formulations. It has been known for some time that lipids often form complex liquid crystalline structures during digestion and that this may impact drug solubilization and absorption. However, until recently we have been unable to detect and characterize those structures in real time and have been limited in establishing the interplay between composition, digestion, and nanostructure. Here, we establish the use of an in vitro lipid digestion model used in conjunction with synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering by first confirming its validity using known, nondigestible liquid crystalline systems, and then extend the model to study the real time evolution of nanostructure during the digestion of common formulation lipids. The formation of liquid crystalline structures from unstructured liquid formulations is discovered, and the kinetics of formation and dependence on composition is investigated.

  9. 2,5-Thiophene-based liquid crystalline poly(amide)s, poly(arylene ether ketone)s, and poly(benzimidazole)s

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    Stompel, S.

    1993-01-01

    Poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) (PPTA or Kevlar[sup TM]) adopts an extended-chain crystal habit in the solid state which derives from the chain parallelism in its liquid crystalline (LC) phase. The objective of this dissertation is to investigate how the deviation from core linearity which is achieved by replacing terephthalic acid, a linear monomer, with 2,5-thiophenedicarboxylic acid, a monomer with a [approximately]148[degrees] bend, affects liquid crystalline properties of aromatic polyamides. The mesogenic properties of the 2,5-thiophene are initially verified for newly synthesized low molar mass diamide model compounds where the characteristic texture of the smectic A phase is observed by polarized optical microscopy. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) studies shows that the observed mesophase for the thiophene-based diamide is much narrower and exists at lower temperatures than that observed for the corresponding p-phenylene diamide. Extensions to macromolecules show that if each terephthalamide unit in PPTA is replaced with a 2,5-thiophenylamide unit, high molecular weight polymer can be synthesized and, moreover, such 2,5-thiophene-based aromatic polyamide (PPThA) is stable and exhibits liquid crystalline phases in concentrated sulfuric acid solutions. Preliminary mechanical properties of coarse fibers spun from the liquid crystalline solutions and isotropic solutions in sulfuric acid are compared. PPThA lyotropic solutions are studied using deuterium NMR spectroscopy. LC solutions may be aligned in a magnetic field to yield a [open quotes]single liquid crystal[close quotes]-a macroscopically oriented phase. In such uniaxial solutions, the transition to isotropic state at elevated temperatures may be indirectly monitored by deuterium NMR; quadrupolar interactions of the probe molecule (deuterated sulfuric acid) reflects changes in the macromolecular ordering. Direct monitoring of polymer order is accomplished using deuterium labeled PPThA.

  10. Fabrication of tensile-strained single-crystalline GeSn on transparent substrate by nucleation-controlled liquid-phase crystallization

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    Oka, Hiroshi; Amamoto, Takashi; Koyama, Masahiro; Imai, Yasuhiko; Kimura, Shigeru; Hosoi, Takuji; Shimura, Takayoshi; Watanabe, Heiji

    2017-01-01

    We developed a method of forming single-crystalline germanium-tin (GeSn) alloy on transparent substrates that is based on liquid-phase crystallization. By controlling and designing nucleation during the melting growth process, a highly tensile-strained single-crystalline GeSn layer was grown on a quartz substrate without using any crystal-seeds or catalysts. The peak field-effect hole mobility of 423 cm2/V s was obtained for a top-gate single-crystalline GeSn MOSFET on a quartz substrate with a Sn content of 2.6%, indicating excellent crystal quality and mobility enhancement due to Sn incorporation and tensile strain.

  11. 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

    2013-01-01

    Polymeric films with nanoscale networks were prepared by selectively swelling an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), with the CO2-expanded liquid (CXL), CO2-methanol. The phase behavior of the CO2-methanol system was investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiments, revealing that methanol can be expanded by CO2, forming homogeneous CXL under the experimental conditions. When treated with the CO2-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.Polymeric films with nanoscale networks were prepared by selectively swelling an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), with the CO2-expanded liquid (CXL), CO2-methanol. The phase behavior of the CO2-methanol system was investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiments, revealing that methanol can be expanded by CO2, forming homogeneous CXL under the experimental conditions. When treated with the CO2-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

  12. 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.

  13. Fabrication of composite thin films with microstructures of honeycomb, foam, and nanosphere arrays through adsorption and self-assembly of block copolymers at the liquid/liquid interface.

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    Liu, Yanan; Chen, Lifang; Geng, Yuanyuan; Lee, Yong-Ill; Li, Ying; Hao, Jingcheng; Liu, Hong-Guo

    2013-10-01

    The adsorption and self-organization behaviors of two kinds of block copolymers, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) and poly(4-vinylpyridine)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP), at planar liquid/liquid interfaces were investigated. A gel film decorating with honeycomb-like microstructures forms at the liquid/liquid interface between PS-b-P4VP chloroform solution and chloroauric acid aqueous solution. However, foam films were developed when the chloroauric acid aqueous solution was replaced by a chloroplatinic acid solution or a silver nitrate solution. Furthermore, a free-standing film containing the ordered arrays of nanospheres appeared at the liquid/liquid interface between P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP chloroform solution and chloroauric acid aqueous solution. The formation of these microstructures was attributed to the adsorption of polymer molecules, combining with inorganic ions and the self-assembly of the composite species at the interface. The doped metal ions and complex ions were transformed to metal nanoparticles after further treatment. This is a facile and convenient method to prepare polymer/inorganic nanoparticle composites. These results also indicate the great influences of the polymer structures and the inorganic species in the aqueous phases on the self-assembly behaviors of the polymers at the interfaces, the final morphology, and structure of the composites. In addition, the formed thin composite films doped with well-dispersed, homogeneous small noble metal nanoparticles exhibit great and durable catalytic activities for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) by potassium borohydride.

  14. Liquid phase epitaxial growth and characterization of germanium far infrared blocked impurity band detectors

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    Bandaru, Jordana

    2001-01-01

    Germanium Blocked Impurity Band (BIB) detectors require a high purity blocking layer (< 1013 cm-3) approximately 1 mm thick grown on a heavily doped active layer (~ 1016cm-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° and 10° from the {111} toward the {100}. 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 ~1015 cm-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 ~ 1014 cm-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 (~1016 cm-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 (~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 dropped by an order of magnitude

  15. 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

  16. Morphology and Ionic Conductivity of Block Copolymer Electrolytes Containing Ionic Liquids

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    Park, Moon Jeong

    2015-03-01

    The global energy crisis and an increase in environmental pollution in the recent years have drawn the attention of the scientific community towards the development of efficient electrochemical devices. Polymers containing charged species have the potential to serve as electrolytes in next-generation devices and achieving high ion transport properties in these electrolytes is the key to improving their efficiency. Although the synthesis and characterization of a wide variety of ion-containing polymers have been extensively reported over the last decade, quantitative understanding of the factors governing the ion transport properties of these materials is in its infancy. In this talk, I will present the current understanding of the diverse factors affecting the thermodynamics, morphologies and ion transport of ion-containing polymers by focusing on the use of ionic liquids (ILs). Various strategies for accessing improved transport properties of IL-containing polymers are elucidated by focusing on the role of IL-polymer interactions. The major accomplishment of obtaining well-defined morphologies for these IL-containing polymers by the use of block copolymer is particularly emphasized as a novel means of controlling the transport properties. The application of IL-incorporated polymer electrolytes in high temperature fuel cells and electro-active actuators is also enclosed.

  17. 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.

  18. Morphology and Ionic Conductivity of Oriented Block Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Mixtures

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    Sharick, Sharon; Winey, Karen I.

    2015-03-01

    Ion-containing block copolymers with increased continuity and long-range order of ion-containing microdomains were prepared to probe the impact of grain boundaries and microdomain orientation on ion transport. We studied poly(styrene- b-methyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers swollen with 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonylimide) (SbMMA/IL), and characterized the thermal transitions, morphologies, and ionic conductivities by differential scanning calorimetry, small-angle X-ray scattering, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy over a range of compositions. Two glass transition temperatures (Tgs) are observed, corresponding to PS and PMMA/IL microdomains, and Tg,PMMA/IL is modeled well by the Gordon-Taylor expression. SbMMA/IL films prepared by solvent evaporation exhibit strongly microphase-separated lamellar morphology with long-range order. Slower rates of solvent evaporation produce films with lamellae preferentially oriented to be in the plane. In-plane conductivities increase with both increasing ionic liquid content and with better parallel alignment of lamellae. The Sax and Ottino model will be used to compare the conductivity of SbMMA/IL with the homopolymer/IL mixture, PMMA/IL, and to discuss the ion transport mechanism.

  19. The Monoglyceride Content Affects the Self-Assembly Behavior, Rheological Properties, Syringeability, and Mucoadhesion of In Situ-Gelling Liquid Crystalline Phase.

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    Nunes, Kariane M; Teixeira, Cristian C C; Kaminski, Renata C K; Sarmento, Victor H V; Couto, Renê O; Pulcinelli, Sandra H; Freitas, Osvaldo

    2016-08-01

    This article reports the development of a precursor liquid crystalline system based on a mixture of monoglycerides (MO) and Cremophor(®) (CREM) that exhibits in situ gelation to a liquid crystalline phase. The effects of different MO/CREM ratios and the water content (WC) on several performance characteristics were investigated with a full factorial design. The formulations were characterized by polarized light microscopy, small-angle X-ray scattering, and water uptake assays. Rheological, syringeability, and mucoadhesion evaluation were also performed. The polarized light microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering results for average and high MO/CREM ratios (2.1 and 4.0, respectively) indicated the coexistence of phases in transition to the liquid crystalline phase, independently of the WC. These systems became more viscous after taking up water, showing peaks characteristic of a cubic phase. Systems that had average and high MO/CREM ratios also exhibited shear-thinning behavior and high elasticity. Most systems showed suitable mucoadhesion for buccal purposes. Response surface methodology results demonstrated that the relative contribution of MO was the principal factor that affected the performance of the system. Accordingly, these precursor systems with average to high MO/CREM ratios and an average WC (10% w/w) demonstrated physicochemical and mucoadhesive properties that could enable them to be used as an in situ-gelling controlled drug delivery platform.

  20. 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.

  1. Entrapment of curcumin into monoolein-based liquid crystalline nanoparticle dispersion for enhancement of stability and anticancer activity

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    Baskaran, Rengarajan; Madheswaran, Thiagarajan; Sundaramoorthy, Pasupathi; Kim, Hwan Mook; Yoo, Bong Kyu

    2014-01-01

    Despite the promising anticancer potential of curcumin, its therapeutic application has been limited, owing to its poor solubility, bioavailability, and chemical fragility. Therefore, various formulation approaches have been attempted to address these problems. In this study, we entrapped curcumin into monoolein (MO)-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNs) and evaluated the physicochemical properties and anticancer activity of the LCN dispersion. The results revealed that particles in the curcumin-loaded LCN dispersion were discrete and monodispersed, and that the entrapment efficiency was almost 100%. The stability of curcumin in the dispersion was surprisingly enhanced (about 75% of the curcumin survived after 45 days of storage at 40°C), and the in vitro release of curcumin was sustained (10% or less over 15 days). Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis using a human colon cancer cell line (HCT116) exhibited 99.1% fluorescence gating for 5 μM curcumin-loaded LCN dispersion compared to 1.36% for the same concentration of the drug in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), indicating markedly enhanced cellular uptake. Consistent with the enhanced cellular uptake of curcumin-loaded LCNs, anticancer activity and cell cycle studies demonstrated apoptosis induction when the cells were treated with the LCN dispersion; however, there was neither noticeable cell death nor significant changes in the cell cycle for the same concentration of the drug in DMSO. In conclusion, entrapping curcumin into MO-based LCNs may provide, in the future, a strategy for overcoming the hurdles associated with both the stability and cellular uptake issues of the drug in the treatment of various cancers. PMID:25061290

  2. Structural effects of the dispersing agent polysorbate 80 on liquid crystalline nanoparticles of soy phosphatidylcholine and glycerol dioleate.

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    Wadsäter, Maria; Barauskas, Justas; Rogers, Sarah; Skoda, Maximilian W A; Thomas, Robert K; Tiberg, Fredrik; Nylander, Tommy

    2015-02-14

    Well-defined, stable and highly structured I2 (Fd3̅m) liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNP) of 50/50 (wt/wt) soy phosphatidylcholine (SPC)/glycerol dioleate (GDO), can be formed by using a low fraction (5-10 wt%) of the dispersing polymeric surfactant polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate (polysorbate 80 or P80). In the present study we used small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and deuterated P80 (d-P80) to determine the location and concentration of P80 within the LCNP and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to reveal the internal structure. SANS data suggests that some d-P80 already penetrates the particle core at 5%. However, the content of d-P80 is still low enough not to significantly change the internal Fd3̅m structure of the LCNP. At higher fractions of P80 a phase separation occurs, in which a SPC and P80 rich phase is formed at the particle surface. The surface layer becomes gradually richer in both solvent and d-P80 when the surfactant concentration is increased from 5 to 15%, while the core of the particle is enriched by GDO, resulting in loss of internal structure and reduced hydration. We have used neutron reflectometry to reveal the location of the stabiliser within the adsorbed layer on an anionic silica and cationic (aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) silanized) surface. d-P80 is enriched closest to the supporting surface and slightly more so for the cationic APTES surface. The results are relevant not only for the capability of LCNPs as drug delivery vehicles but also as means of preparing functional surface coatings.

  3. 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.

  4. Novel "star anise"-like nano aggregate prepared by self-assembling of preformed microcrystals from branched crystalline-coil alternating multi-block copolymer.

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    Chen, Si-Chong; Wu, Gang; Shi, Jing; Wang, Yu-Zhong

    2011-04-14

    Nano aggregates in aqueous medium with a novel "star anise"-like morphology were prepared from a branched alternating multi-block copolymer composed of 3-arm star-like hydrophobic poly(p-dioxanone) block and linear hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) block. The influence of block length on the morphology of the nano aggregate was investigated.

  5. The microwave heating mechanism of N-(4-methoxybenzyliden)-4-butylaniline in liquid crystalline and isotropic phases as determined using in situ microwave irradiation NMR spectroscopy.

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    Tasei, Yugo; Tanigawa, Fumikazu; Kawamura, Izuru; Fujito, Teruaki; Sato, Motoyasu; Naito, Akira

    2015-04-14

    Microwave heating effects are widely used in the acceleration of organic, polymerization and enzymatic reactions. These effects are primarily caused by the local heating induced by microwave irradiation. However, the detailed molecular mechanisms associated with microwave heating effects on the chemical reactions are not yet well understood. This study investigated the microwave heating effect of N-(4-methoxybenzylidene)-4-butylaniline (MBBA) in liquid crystalline and isotropic phases using in situ microwave irradiation nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, by obtaining (1)H NMR spectra of MBBA under microwave irradiation. When heated simply using the temperature control unit of the NMR instrument, the liquid crystalline MBBA was converted to the isotropic phase exactly at its phase transition temperature (Tc) of 41 °C. The application of microwave irradiation at 130 W for 90 s while maintaining the instrument temperature at 20 °C generated a small amount of isotropic phase within the bulk liquid crystal. The sample temperature of the liquid crystalline state obtained during microwave irradiation was estimated to be 35 °C by assessing the linewidths of the (1)H NMR spectrum. This partial transition to the isotropic phase can be attributed to a non-equilibrium local heating state induced by the microwave irradiation. The application of microwave at 195 W for 5 min to isotropic MBBA while maintaining an instrument temperature of 50 °C raised the sample temperature to 160 °C. In this study, the MBBA temperature during microwave irradiation was estimated by measuring the temperature dependent chemical shifts of individual protons in the sample, and the different protons were found to indicate significantly different temperatures in the molecule. These results suggest that microwave heating polarizes bonds in polar functional groups, and this effect may partly explain the attendant acceleration of organic reactions.

  6. A rapid and sensitive detection of D-Aspartic acid in Crystallin by chiral derivatized liquid chromatography mass spectrometry.

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    Mizuno, Hajime; Miyazaki, Yasuto; Ito, Keisuke; Todoroki, Kenichiro; Min, Jun Zhe; Toyo'oka, Toshimasa

    2016-10-07

    A method for the determination of D-Aspartic acid (D-Asp) and its D/L ratio in peptides and proteins has been developed. This method was carried out with good separation of the D/L chiral peptide pairs by combination of a chiral derivatization and an ADME column separation. Furthermore, a cationic derivatization reagent, DBD-Py-NCS, increased the sensitivity of the ESI-MS/MS detection. To confirm the comprehensive peptide analysis, synthesized α-Crystallin tryptic peptides, which included D-Asp residues, were analyzed. The 5 pairs of D/L-Asp that included peptide diastereomers were well separated. Their peak resolutions were more than 1.5 and the results were reproducible (RSD<0.05, n=5). As an application of this method, we analyzed the α-Crystallin standard and UV irradiated α-Crystallin. After trypsin digestion and DBD-Py-NCS derivatization, the tryptic peptide derivatives were applied to LC-MS/MS. Based on the results of peptide sequence identification, almost all the tryptic peptides of the αA- and αB-Crystallin homologous subunits of α-Crystallin were detected as DBD-Py NCS derivatives. However, there was no D-Asp residue in the standard proteins. In the case of the UV irradiated α-Crystallin, Asp(76) and Asp(84) in the αA-Crystallin and Asp(96) in αB-Crystallin were racemized to D-Asp. These results show that this proposed chiral peptide LC-MS/MS method using chiral derivatization provides a rapid and sensitive analysis for post translational Asp racemization sites in aging proteins.

  7. Thermodynamics and dynamics of phosphatidylcholine-cholesterol mixed model membranes in the liquid crystalline state: effects of water.

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    Shin, Y K; Budil, D E; Freed, J H

    1993-01-01

    A method for obtaining the thermodynamic activity of each membrane component in phosphatidylcholine (PC)/cholesterol mixtures, that is based upon ESR spin labeling is examined. The thermodynamic activity coefficients, gamma PC and gamma chol, for the PC and cholesterol, respectively, are obtained from the measured orientational order parameters, SPC and S(chol), as a function of cholesterol content for a spin-labeled PC and the sterol-type cholestane spin probe (CSL), respectively, and the effects of water concentration are also considered. At water content of 24 weight%, the thermodynamics of DMPC/cholesterol/water mixtures in the liquid-crystalline state may be treated as a two-component solution ignoring the water, but at lower water content the role of water is important, especially at lower cholesterol concentrations. At lower water content (17 wt%), gamma chol decreases with increasing cholesterol content which implies aggregation. However, at higher water content (24 wt%), gamma chol is found initially to increase as a function of cholesterol content before decreasing at higher cholesterol content. This implies a favorable accommodation for the cholesterol in the membrane at high water and low cholesterol content. Good thermodynamic consistency according to the Gibbs-Duhem equation was obtained for gamma PC and gamma chol at 24 wt% water. The availability of gamma chol (and gamma PC) as a function of cholesterol concentration permits the estimate of the boundary for phase separation. The rotational diffusion coefficients of the labeled PC and of CSL were also obtained from the ESR spectra. A previously proposed universal relation for the perpendicular component of the rotational diffusion tensor, R perpendicular, for CSL in PC/cholesterol mixtures (i.e., R perpendicular = R0 perpendicular exp(-AS2chol/RT)) is confirmed. A change in composition of cholesterol or of water for DMPC/cholesterol/water mixtures affects R perpendicular only through the dependence

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Lipid-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles as oral drug delivery vehicles for poorly water-soluble drugs: cellular interaction and in vivo absorption

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    Zeng, Ni; Gao, Xiaoling; Hu, Quanyin; Song, Qingxiang; Xia, Huimin; Liu, Zhongyang; Gu, Guangzhi; Jiang, Mengyin; Pang, Zhiqing; Chen, Hongzhuan; Chen, Jun; Fang, Liang

    2012-01-01

    Background Lipid-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNPs) have attracted growing interest as novel drug-delivery systems for improving the bioavailability of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. However, their cellular interaction and in vivo behavior have not been fully developed and characterized. Methods In this study, self-assembled LCNPs prepared from soy phosphatidylcholine and glycerol dioleate were developed as a platform for oral delivery of paclitaxel. The particle size of empty LCNPs and paclitaxel-loaded LCNPs was around 80 nm. The phase behavior of the liquid crystalline matrix was characterized using crossed polarized light microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering, and showed both reversed cubic and hexagonal phase in the liquid crystalline matrix. Transmission electron microscopy and cryofield emission scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed an inner winding water channel in LCNPs and a “ ball-like”/“hexagonal” morphology. Results Cellular uptake of LCNPs in Caco-2 cells was found to be concentration-dependent and time-dependent, with involvement of both clathrin and caveolae/lipid raft-mediated endocytosis. Under confocal laser scanning microscopy, soy phosphatidylcholine was observed to segregate from the internalized LCNPs and to fuse with the cell membrane. An in vivo pharmacokinetic study showed that the oral bioavailability of paclitaxel-loaded LCNPs (13.16%) was 2.1 times that of Taxol® (the commercial formulation of paclitaxel, 6.39%). Conclusion The findings of this study suggest that this LCNP delivery system may be a promising candidate for improving the oral bioavailability of poorly water-soluble agents. PMID:22888230

  13. Molecular Control of Liquid Crystalline Orientation of Poly(p-phenylene- 2,6-benzobisoxazole) and Poly(p-phenylene-2,6-benzobisthiazole).

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    1992-11-30

    Textile and Fiber Engineering Atlanta, GA 30332 To be Published in Polymer Preprints Spring 1993 November 30, 1992 Reproduction in whole, or in part...Report 4. lIlt I APIII 51.DIIhIWtI 5. jNO’N wqeuum; Molecular Control of the Liquid Crystalline Orientation of Polybenzoxazoles Grant* N-00014-91-J...APeluAlw3ft Norris Brown College GeorgTh Institute of ’’ ’’ Department of Chemistry Tech. School of Textil Atlanta, GA 30314 and Fiber Engineering

  14. Liquid-crystalline and electron-deficient coronene oligocarboxylic esters and imides by twofold benzogenic Diels-Alder reactions on perylenes.

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    Alibert-Fouet, Sonia; Seguy, Isabelle; Bobo, Jean-François; Destruel, Pierre; Bock, Harald

    2007-01-01

    Alkyl esters, imides and imido-esters of coronene-tri-, -tetra- and -octacarboxylic acids are accessible by a twofold oxidative benzogenic Diels-Alder reaction. Alkyl acrylates add to perylene, and maleic alkyl imides react twice with perylene as well as with perylene-tetracarboxylic tetraesters. Coronenes substituted with a greatly variable number of electron-withdrawing substituents are thus accessible, and di- and tetraimide derivatives are shown to be very pronounced electron-acceptor materials. The tri- and tetraalkyl esters and imidoesters self-assemble into columnar liquid-crystalline phases.

  15. 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.

  16. Liquid/Liquid interfacial fabrication of thermosensitive and catalytically active Ag nanoparticle-doped block copolymer composite foam films.

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    Liu, Mei; Wang, Qian; Geng, Yuanyuan; Wang, Changwei; Lee, Yong-Ill; Hao, Jingcheng; Liu, Hong-Guo

    2014-09-02

    An aqueous solution of AgNO3 (upper phase) and a DMF/CHCl3 solution of polystyrene-b-poly(acryl acid)-b-polystyrene (PS-b-PAA-b-PS) or PS-b-PAA-b-PS/1,6-diaminohexane (DAH) (lower phase) constituted a planar liquid/liquid interface. The lower phase gradually transformed to a water-in-oil (W/O) emulsion via spontaneous emulsification due to the "ouzo effect". Polymer molecules, DAH molecules, and Ag(+) ions assembled into microcapsules around emulsion droplets that adsorbed at the planar liquid/liquid interface, resulting in formation of a foam film. DAH acted as a cross-linker during this process. Transmission electron microscopic observations indicated that Ag nanoclusters that were generated through reduction of Ag(+) ions by DMF were homogeneously dispersed in the walls of the foam structure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic investigations revealed that Ag(I) and Ag(0) coexisted in the film, and Ag(I) transformed to Ag(0) after further treatment. The film formed without DAH was not stable, while the film formed with DAH was very stable due to intermolecular attraction between PAA and DAH and formation of amides, as revealed by FTIR spectra. The film formed with DAH exhibited high and durable catalytic activity for hydrogenation of nitro compounds and, very interestingly, exhibited thermoresponsive catalytic behavior.

  17. In situ compatibilizer-reinforced interface between a flexible polymer (a functionalized polypropylene) and a rodlike polymer (a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer).

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    Seo, Yongsok; Ninh, Tran Hai; Hong, Soon Man; Kim, Sehyun; Kang, Tae Jin; Kim, Hansung; Kim, Jinyeol

    2006-03-28

    We present an investigation of the interfacial reinforcement between a flexible folded-chain polymer (functionalized polypropylene-maleic anhydride-grafted polypropylene, MAPP) and a rodlike polymer (a themotropic liquid crystalline polymer, TCLP - poly(ester amide)). Fracture toughness was measured using an asymmetric double-cantilever beam test (ADCB). High fracture toughness at the bonding temperature of 200 degrees C indicates that a chemical reaction has occurred at the interface to provide a strong interaction between MAPP and TLCP. Despite the higher modulus of TLCP, the fracture was propagated in the TLCP phase because of inherent TLCP domain structure. An analysis on the locus of failure revealed that at constant bonding temperature the fracture toughness between MAPP and TLCP was influenced not only by the bonding temperature but also by the bonding time. The fracture toughness increased with the bonding temperature until 200 degrees C was reached and then decreased at higher bonding temperature. The fracture toughness increased with annealing time until it reached a plateau value. We ascribe the dependence of the fracture toughness on the bonding time to the progressive occurrence of two different failure mechanisms, adhesive failure and cohesive failure. The adhesive strength increased with bonding temperature whereas the cohesive strength decreased because of weaker adhesion between TLCP crystalline domains. The dependence of fracture toughness on bonding time was explained in terms of the TLCP crystalline domain structure.

  18. Transition of cellulose crystalline structure and surface morphology of biomass as a function of ionic liquid pretreatment and its relation to enzymatic hydrolysis.

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    Cheng, Gang; Varanasi, Patanjali; Li, Chenlin; Liu, Hanbin; Melnichenko, Yuri B; Simmons, Blake A; Kent, Michael S; Singh, Seema

    2011-04-11

    Cellulose is inherently resistant to breakdown, and the native crystalline structure (cellulose I) of cellulose is considered to be one of the major factors limiting its potential in terms of cost-competitive lignocellulosic biofuel production. Here we report the impact of ionic liquid pretreatment on the cellulose crystalline structure in different feedstocks, including microcrystalline cellulose (Avicel), switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), pine ( Pinus radiata ), and eucalyptus ( Eucalyptus globulus ), and its influence on cellulose hydrolysis kinetics of the resultant biomass. These feedstocks were pretreated using 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc]) at 120 and 160 °C for 1, 3, 6, and 12 h. The influence of the pretreatment conditions on the cellulose crystalline structure was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). On a larger length scale, the impact of ionic liquid pretreatment on the surface roughness of the biomass was determined by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Pretreatment resulted in a loss of native cellulose crystalline structure. However, the transformation processes were distinctly different for Avicel and for the biomass samples. For Avicel, a transformation to cellulose II occurred for all processing conditions. For the biomass samples, the data suggest that pretreatment for most conditions resulted in an expanded cellulose I lattice. For switchgrass, first evidence of cellulose II only occurred after 12 h of pretreatment at 120 °C. For eucalyptus, first evidence of cellulose II required more intense pretreatment (3 h at 160 °C). For pine, no clear evidence of cellulose II content was detected for the most intense pretreatment conditions of this study (12 h at 160 °C). Interestingly, the rate of enzymatic hydrolysis of Avicel was slightly lower for pretreatment at 160 °C compared with pretreatment at 120 °C. For the biomass samples, the hydrolysis rate was much greater for pretreatment at 160 °C compared with pretreatment

  19. Quantitative structure-retention and retention-activity relationships of beta-blocking agents by micellar liquid chromatography.

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    Detroyer, A; Vander Heyden, Y; Carda-Broch, S; García-Alvarez-Coque, M C; Massart, D L

    2001-04-06

    Sixteen beta-blocking agents (acebutolol, alprenolol, atenolol, bisoprolol, carteolol, celiprolol, esmolol, labetalol, metoprolol, nadolol, oxprenolol, pindolol, practolol, propranolol, sotalol and timolol) showing a large range of hydrophobicity (octanol-water partition coefficients, log P between -0.026 and 2.81) were subjected to micellar liquid chromatography with sodium dodecyl sulfate as micelle forming agent, and n-propanol as organic modifier. The correlation between log P and the retention factor extrapolated to a mobile phase free of micelles and organic modifier was investigated. The use of an interpolated retention factor or the retention factor for specific individual experimental mobile phases was however advantageous since the retention factors of all beta-blocking agents were measurable in the selected mobile phases. Good correlations with log P and with in vitro biological parameters (cellular permeability coefficients in Caco-2 monolayers and apparent permeability coefficients in rat intestinal segments) were found.

  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. Phase and orientational ordering of low molecular weight rod molecules in a quenched liquid crystalline polymer matrix with mobile side chains

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    Gutman, Lorin; Cao, Jianshu; Swager, Tim M.

    2004-06-01

    We study the phase diagram and orientational ordering of guest liquid crystalline (LC) rods immersed in a quenched host made of a liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) matrix with mobile side chains. The LCP matrix lies below the glass transition of the polymer backbone. The side chains are mobile and can align to the guest rod molecules in a plane normal to the local LCP chain contour. A field theoretic formulation for this system is proposed and the effects of the LCP matrix on LC ordering are determined numerically. We obtain simple analytical equations for the nematic/isotropic phase diagram boundaries. Our calculation show a nematic-nematic (N/N) first order transition from a guest stabilized to a guest-host stabilized region and the possibility of a reentrant transition from a guest stabilized nematic region to a host only stabilized regime separated by an isotropic phase. A detailed study of thermodynamic variables and interactions on orientational ordering and phases is carried out and the relevance of our predictions to experiments and computer simulations is presented.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Emulsion-directed liquid/liquid interfacial fabrication of lanthanide ion-doped block copolymer composite thin films.

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    Hong, Ming; Geng, Yuanyuan; Liu, Mei; Xu, Yuan; Lee, Yong-Ill; Hao, Jingcheng; Liu, Hong-Guo

    2015-01-15

    An emulsion-directed assembly and adsorption approach has been used to fabricate composite films of polystyrene-b-poly(acryl acid)-b-polystyrene (PS-b-PAA-b-PS) and Eu(3+) and La(3+) ions at the planar liquid/liquid interface of the polymer DMF/chloroform (1:1, v/v) mixed solution (lower phase) and aqueous solutions of the corresponding salts (upper phase). The lower phase gradually transformed to a water-in-oil (W/O) emulsion via spontaneous emulsification due to the "ouzo effect". Polymer molecules and the metal ions assembled around emulsion droplets that adsorbed at the planar liquid/liquid interface at last, resulting in formation of composite films. The film morphologies and structures depend on Ln(3+) ions: polymer/Eu(3+) composite films were foam films composed of microcapsules ranging in size from several hundreds of nanometers to micrometers, while polymer/La(3+) composite films were composed of hollow spheres several tens of nanometers in size. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra revealed that the coordination modes of carboxyl groups to Eu(3+) and La(3+) were bridging bidentate and ionic, respectively, in the two types of composites. These results indicate that stable microcapsules can be fabricated around droplets for polymer/Eu(3+) systems, while microcapsules of polymer/La(3+) are unstable. This leads to different film morphologies and structures. Compositions of these films were characterized using energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In addition, foam films of polymer/Eu(3+)/2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) were fabricated using this approach, and their photoluminescence properties were investigated.

  5. Polymers and Liquid Crystals Symposium held in Boston, Massachusetts on August 19-23, 2007 (Abstracts)

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    2007-12-20

    SCLCPs Coleen Pugh, Anirudha Singh 4:35 PM 5 Morphology of side chain liquid crystalline block copolymers: Influence of liquid crystal content Eric...Anirudha Singh, Coleen Pugh 472 Preparation of supramolecular discotic liquid crystals containing hydrogen bonds Seung Jun Lee, Mikyung You, Jin Woo Kim

  6. Hydrogen-Free Liquid-Helium Recovery Plants: The Solution for Low-Temperature Flow Impedance Blocking

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    Gabal, M.; Arauzo, A.; Camón, A.; Castrillo, M.; Guerrero, E.; Lozano, M. P.; Pina, M. P.; Sesé, J.; Spagna, S.; Diederichs, J.; Rayner, G.; Sloan, J.; Galli, F.; van der Geest, W.; Haberstroh, C.; Dittmar, N.; Oca, A.; Grau, F.; Fernandes, A.; Rillo, C.

    2016-08-01

    The blocking of fine-capillary tubes used as flow impedances in 4H3 evaporation cryostats to achieve temperatures below 4.2 K is generally attributed to nitrogen or air impurities entering these tubes from the main bath. The failure of even the most rigorous low-temperature laboratory best practices aimed at eliminating the problem by maintaining the cleanliness of the helium bath and preventing impurities from entering the capillary tubes suggests that a different cause is responsible for the inexplicable reduction of impedance flow. Many low-temperature research laboratories around the world have suffered this nuisance at a considerable financial cost due to the fact that the affected systems have to be warmed to room temperature in order to recover their normal low-temperature operation performance. Here, we propose an underlying physical mechanism responsible for the blockages based upon the freezing of molecular H2 traces present in the liquid-helium bath. Solid H2 accumulates at the impedance low-pressure side, and, after some time, it produces a total impedance blockage. The presence of H2 traces is unavoidable due its occurrence in the natural gas wells where helium is harvested, forcing gas suppliers to specify a lower bound for impurity levels at about 100 ppb even in high-grade helium. In this paper, we present a simple apparatus to detect hydrogen traces present in liquid helium and easily check the quality of the liquid. Finally, we propose a solution to eliminate the hydrogen impurities in small- and large-scale helium recovery plants. The solution has been implemented in several laboratories that previously experienced a chronic occurrence of blocking, eliminating similar occurrences for more than one year.

  7. A Solution-Processable Liquid-Crystalline Semiconductor for Low-Temperature-Annealed Air-Stable N-Channel Field-Effect Transistors.

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    Ozdemir, Resul; Choi, Donghee; Ozdemir, Mehmet; Kim, Hyekyoung; Kostakoğlu, Sinem Tuncel; Erkartal, Mustafa; Kim, Hyungsug; Kim, Choongik; Usta, Hakan

    2017-01-17

    A new solution-processable and air-stable liquid-crystalline n-channel organic semiconductor (2,2'-(2,8-bis(5-(2-octyldodecyl)thiophen-2-yl)indeno[1,2-b]fluorene-6,12-diylidene)dimalononitrile, α,ω-2OD-TIFDMT) with donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) π conjugation has been designed, synthesized, and fully characterized. The new semiconductor exhibits a low LUMO energy (-4.19 eV) and a narrow optical bandgap (1.35 eV). The typical pseudo-focal-conic fan-shaped texture of a hexagonal columnar liquid-crystalline (LC) phase was observed over a wide temperature range. The spin-coated semiconductor thin films show the formation of large (≈0.5-1 μm) and highly crystalline platelike grains with edge-on molecular orientations. Low-temperature-annealed (50 °C) top-contact/bottom-gate OFETs have provided good electron mobility values as high as 0.11 cm(2)  (V s)(-1) and high Ion /Ioff ratios of 10(7) to 10(8) with excellent ambient stability. This indicates an enhancement of two orders of magnitude (100×) when compared with the β-substituted parent semiconductor, β-DD-TIFDMT (2,2'-(2,8-bis(3-dodecylthiophen-2-yl)indeno[1,2-b]fluorene-6,12-diylidene)dimalononitrile). The current rational alkyl-chain engineering route offers great advantages for D-A-D π-core coplanarity in addition to maintaining good solubility in organic solvents, and leads to favorable optoelectronic/physicochemical characteristics. These remarkable findings demonstrate that α,ω-2OD-TIFDMT is a promising semiconductor material for the development of n-channel OFETs on flexible plastic substrates and LC-state annealing of the columnar liquid crystals can lower the electron mobility for transistor-type charge transport.

  8. Biologically relevant lyotropic liquid crystalline phases in mixtures of n-octyl β-D-glucoside and water. Determination of the phase diagram by fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Karukstis, Kerry K; Duim, Whitney C; Van Hecke, Gerald R; Hara, Nagiko

    2012-03-29

    When mixed with water, n-octyl β-D-glucoside forms self-assembled nanostructures, several of which are liquid crystalline and all of which depend on the water/glucoside ratio and temperature. For practical use of these phases, a detailed understanding of the conditions under which they exist (i.e., the isobaric phase diagram) is required. We use the fluorescence of the dye molecule prodan as a new approach to probe the phases formed in these mixtures. The prodan fluorescence signal depends on the polarity of its environment and thus the phase(s) in which the dye exists. Visual inspection of the total fluorescence signal can qualitatively determine the phases present, including coexisting phases. Temperature-induced phase changes are also detected from variations observed in the prodan fluorescence spectrum. The sensitivity of this new technique allows the single- and multiple-phase regions to be mapped carefully for the first time.

  9. Birefringent Pattern Formation in Photoinactive Liquid Crystalline Polymer Films Based on a Photoalignment Technique with Top-Coating of Cinnamic Acid Derivatives via H-Bonds.

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    Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro; Fujii, Ryosuke; Fujioka, Yu; Minami, Satoshi; Kondo, Mizuho

    2017-03-07

    The application of a top-coating of 4-methoxy cinnamic acid (MCA) onto a photoinactive liquid crystalline polymeric film containing benzoic acid (BA) side groups (P6BAM) is shown to enable thermally stimulated, photoinduced reorientation of the polymer structure. Annealing the MCA-coated P6BAM films leads to H-bond formation between BA and MCA, which also effectively smooths the film surface. Exposure to linearly polarized (LP) UV light initiates axis-selective photoreaction of the MCA groups; subsequent thermal treatment in the LC temperature range of P6BAM amplifies molecular reorientation of the BA side groups, while simultaneously eliminating the MCA molecules. Selective inkjet coating of MCA provides a facile route for the fabrication of patterned, oriented, and rewritable P6BAM films with multiple controlled alignment directions.

  10. 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.

  11. The influence of flexible segments on liquid crystalline properties in terms of solubility parameters. An attempt at quantitative interpretation.

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    Białecka-Florjańczyk, Ewa

    2006-02-16

    The phase behavior of some rodlike block molecules has been reviewed with reference to the polarity of constituent segments. It was found that the ability of the mesophase formation is connected with differences in polar character between the flexible chains and rigid cores. Thus the polar poly(oxyethylene) group connected with the polar rigid core reduces mesophase stability but is advantageous when put together with some apolar building blocks. An attempt at quantitative estimation of the incompatibilities of different parts of molecules by means of Hansen solubility parameters delta and Flory interaction parameters chi has also been made. On the basis of chi parameters the Gibbs free energies of mixing of these segments were calculated. The changes of Gibbs free energy reflecting the compatibility of segments and their tendency to the phase separation and the volume fraction of mesogenic rigid core reflecting their ability to arrangement in one direction appear to be crucial in terms of type of the mesophase formation.

  12. 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.

  13. Electro-optic properties of nematic and ferroelectric liquid crystalline nanocolloids doped with partially reduced graphene oxide

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    Lapanik, Valeri; Timofeev, Sergei; Haase, Wolfgang

    2016-02-01

    Flakes of partially reduced graphene oxide (PRGO) were doped in nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) and ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs), respectively. The dielectric and electro-optical properties of NLCs doped with those flakes have been investigated. Threshold voltage and switching times are reduced by 30%-50%. This is primarily due to the decrease of the elastic properties of the nanocolloids compared to the non-doped nematics. The influence of the PRGO flakes on the spontaneous polarization, tilt angle and switching time of FLCs was investigated too. Such flakes reduce the response time by 40%-60%, increases spontaneous polarization by 20%-25% and increase the tilt angle by 15%-20%.

  14. Beyer’s non-linearity parameter ( B/ A) in benzylidene aniline Schiff base liquid crystalline systems

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    Nagi Reddy, M. V. V.; Pisipati, V. G. K. M.; Madhavi Latha, D.; Datta Prasad, P. V.

    2011-02-01

    The non-linearity parameter B/ A is estimated for a number of liquid crystal materials of the type N-(p-n-alkoxy benzylidene)-p-n-alkyl anilines, popularly known as nO. m, where n and m are the aliphatic chains on either side of the rigid core, which can be varied from 1 to 18 to realize a number of LC materials with a variety LC phase variants. The B/ A values are computed from both density and sound velocity data following standard relations reported in literature. This systematic study in a homologous series provides an opportunity to study how this parameter behaves with (1) either the alkoxy and/or alkyl chain number, (2) with the total chain number ( n+ m), (3) with increase in molecular weight and (4) whether the linear relations reported in literature either with αT [thermal expansion coefficient ( α) and temperature ( T)] and sound velocity ( u) will hold good or not and if so to what extent. The results are discussed with the body of data available in literature on liquids, liquid mixtures and other LC materials.

  15. Concentration effects on the dynamics of liquid crystalline self-assembly: time-resolved X-ray scattering studies.

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    Petri, Marcel; Menzel, Andreas; Bunk, Oliver; Busse, Gerhard; Techert, Simone

    2011-03-24

    A manifold of ordering transitions relevant to chemical and biological systems occur at interfaces from liquids to self-assembled soft solids like membranes or liquid crystals. In the present case, we were interested in understanding the phase transition from the microemulsion phase to the liquid crystal phase in terms of their driving forces, i.e., activation energy and entropy. The purpose of this work was to clarify the influence of concentration effects of the amphiphilic molecules on the nature of these self-assembly processes. By photosensitization of the model system (polyalkylglycolether (C(10)E(4)), water, decane, and cyclohexane) with laser dyes, we could effectively induce and control the phase transition through the absorption of optical photons. The photo transformation conditions were chosen in such a way that the system was in thermal equilibrium. By application of time-resolved photo small-angle X-ray scattering we could monitor the conversion process and demonstrate that the surfactant concentration has a direct impact on the activation energy, which is observable through the length of the induction time.

  16. Optical generation of crystalline, quasicrystalline, and arbitrary arrays of torons in confined cholesteric liquid crystals for patterning of optical vortices in laser beams

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    Ackerman, Paul J.; Qi, Zhiyuan; Smalyukh, Ivan I.

    2012-08-01

    Condensed matter systems with topological defects in the ground states range from the Abrikosov phases in superconductors, to various blue phases and twist grain boundary phases in liquid crystals, and to phases of skyrmion lattices in chiral ferromagnets and Bose-Einstein condensates. In nematic and chiral nematic liquid crystals, which are true fluids with long-range orientational ordering of constituent molecules, point and line defects spontaneously occur as a result of symmetry-breaking phase transitions or due to flow, but they are unstable, hard to control, and typically annihilate with time. Here we describe the optical generation of two-dimensional crystalline, quasicrystalline, and arbitrary ensembles of particlelike structures manifesting both skyrmionlike and Hopf fibration features—dubbed “torons”—composed of looped double twist cylinders and point defects embedded in a uniform director field. In these two-dimensional lattices, we then introduce various dislocations, defects in positional ordering of the torons. We show that the periodic defect lattices with and without dislocation are light- and voltage-tunable reconfigurable two-dimensional diffraction gratings and can be used to generate various controlled phase singularities in the diffracted laser beams. The results of computer simulations of optical images, diffraction patterns, and phase distributions with optical vortices are in a good agreement with the corresponding experimental findings.

  17. Photoinduced dichroism and optical anisotropy in a liquid-crystalline azobenzene side chain polymer caused by anisotropic angular distribution of trans and cis isomers

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    Blinov, Lev M.; Kozlovsky, Mikhail V.; Ozaki, Masanori; Skarp, Kent; Yoshino, Katsumi

    1998-10-01

    Photochromism has been studied for two comb-like liquid-crystalline copolymers (I) and (II) containing azobenzene chromophores in their side chains. In a smectic glass phase of both copolymers, upon short-time irradiation by UV light, long-living cis isomers are observed. Both copolymers manifest the photoinduced anisotropy, the physical mechanisms of which seem to be quite different. In spin-coated films of polymer (II), the origin of the anisotropy is a strong stable dichroism, which is due to an enrichment and depletion of the chosen angular direction, correspondingly, with trans and cis isomers of the azobenzene chromophores. Polymer (I) manifests no dichroism at all, and its induced optical anisotropy may be accounted for by a rather slow chromophore reorientation. In copolymer (II) a considerable reorientation of the mesogenic groups also occurs as a secondary phenomenon at the stage of the cis isomer formation only. This observation shed more light on the general process of the light-induced molecular reorientation in polymers, liquid crystals, and Langmuir-Blodgett films, which is of great importance for holographic information recording.

  18. Experimental NMR spin-lattice relaxometry study in the liquid crystalline nematic phase of propylcyano-phenylcyclohexane.

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    Acosta, R H; Pusiol, D J

    2001-01-01

    The NMR spin-lattice proton relaxation dispersion T1(nu(L)) of the liquid crystal propylcyano-phenylcyclohexane is studied over several decades of Larmor frequencies and at different temperatures in the nematic mesophase. The results show that the order fluctuation of the local nematic director contribution to T1(nu(L)) undergoes a transition between two power regimes: from T1(nu(L)) protional to nu(1/2)L to nu(alpha)L (alpha approximately 1/3) on going from low to high Larmor frequencies.

  19. Advanced far infrared blocked impurity band detectors based on germanium liquid phase epitaxy

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    Olsen, C. S.

    1998-01-01

    This research has shown that epilayers with residual impurity concentrations of 5 x 10(sup 13) cm(exp -3) can be grown by producing the purest Pb available in the world. These epilayers have extremely low minority acceptor concentrations, which is ideal for fabrication of IR absorbing layers. The Pb LPE growth of Ge also has the advantageous property of gettering Cu from the epilayer and the substrate. Epilayers have been grown with intentional Sb doping for IR absorption on lightly doped substrates. This research has proven that properly working Ge BIB detectors can be fabricated from the liquid phase as long as pure enough solvents are available. The detectors have responded at reach minimum wavenumbers. Optimization of the Sb doping concentration should further decrease the photoionization energy of these detectors. Ge BIB detectors have been fabricated that respond to 60 cm(exp -1) with low responsivity. Through reduction of the minority residual impurities, detector performance has reached responsivities of 1 A/W. These detectors have exhibited quantum efficiency and NEP values that rival conventional photoconductors and are expected to provide a much more sensitive tool for new scientific discoveries in a number of fields, including solid state studies, astronomy, and cosmology.

  20. Advanced far infrared blocked impurity band detectors based on germanium liquid phase epitaxy

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    Olsen, Christopher Sean

    1998-05-01

    This research has shown that epilayers with residual impurity concentrations of 5 x 1013 cm-3 can be grown by producing the purest Pb available in the world. These epilayers have extremely low minority acceptor concentrations, which is ideal for fabrication of IR absorbing layers. The Pb LPE growth of Ge also has the advantageous property of gettering Cu from the epilayer and the substrate. Epilayers have been grown with intentional Sb doping for IR absorption on lightly doped substrates. This research has proven that properly working Ge BIB detectors can be fabricated from the liquid phase as long as pure enough solvents are available. The detectors have responded at proper wavelengths when reversed biased even though the response did not quite reach minimum wavenumbers. Optimization of the Sb doping concentration should further decrease the photoionization energy of these detectors. Ge BIB detectors have been fabricated that respond to 60 cm-1 with low responsivity. Through reduction of the minority residual impurities, detector performance has reached responsivities of 1 A/W. These detectors have exhibited quantum efficiency and NEP values that rival conventional photoconductors and are expected to provide a much more sensitive tool for new scientific discoveries in a number of fields, including solid state studies, astronomy, and cosmology.

  1. The effects of mechanical milling and alloying on poly(ethylene terephthalate) and its blends with Vectra(TM) liquid crystalline polymer

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    Bai, Changhe

    Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) has been subjected to high-energy ball-milling (mechanical milling) performed at three different temperatures. The resulting milled powder is characterized by molecular weight measurements, differential scanning calorimetry and wide-angle x-ray scattering. Regardless of the initial degree of crystallinity or milling temperature employed, mechanical milling of PET yields an "oriented amorphous" morphology in which the PET chains are aligned but rotationally disordered, which explains the amorphous wide-angle x-ray pattern from mechanically milled (MM) PET and the small, broad crystallization exotherm. and a large melting endotherm. Evidence is also presented to suggest that extended-chain crystals of PET are produced after crystallization of MM PET. Mechanical alloying of PET and a liquid crystalline polymer VectraTM has been performed at either room temperature or cryogenic temperature. Morphological studies using optical microscopy, TEM, and x-ray microscopy reveal that intimate mixing of PET and Vectra on a sub-micrometer scale has been achieved by mechanical alloying. No prior reports of preparing PET/Vectra blends on such a fine scale have been documented, which shows the efficacy of solid state mixing via mechanical alloying. The milled alloy is thermally unstable and severe phase separation ensues during post thermal processing. The scale of mixing can be largely preserved by compaction at a temperature below the melting point of either constituent polymer, which gives rise to rule-of-mixtures behavior in alloy hardness. Vectra does not function as a nucleation agent for PET, as evidenced from isothermal crystallization. Hot-melt adhesives may be a potential application for MA PET/Vectra blends. The scale of mixing, however, does not correlate with interfacial fracture toughness.

  2. Porous molecular networks formed by the self-assembly of positively-charged trigonal building blocks at the liquid/solid interfaces.

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    Tahara, Kazukuni; Abraham, Maria L; Igawa, Kosuke; Katayama, Keisuke; Oppel, Iris M; Tobe, Yoshito

    2014-07-21

    Tris-(2-hydroxybenzylidene)triaminoguanidinium salts having six alkyl chains with proper spacing served as new molecular building blocks for the formation of porous honeycomb networks by van der Waals interaction between interdigitated alkyl chains at the liquid/graphite interfaces.

  3. Azobenzene liquid crystalline materials for efficient optical switching with pulsed and/or continuous wave laser beams.

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    Hrozhyk, Uladzimir A; Serak, Svetlana V; Tabiryan, Nelson V; Hoke, Landa; Steeves, Diane M; Kimball, Brian R

    2010-04-12

    This study compares optical switching capabilities of liquid crystal (LC) materials based on different classes of azobenzene dyes. LCs based on molecules containing benzene rings with nearly symmetrical pi-pi conjugation respond more efficiently to a cw beam than to a nanosecond laser pulse and maintain the changes induced by the beam for tens of hours. Using azo dye molecules containing two benzene rings with push-pull pi-pi conjugation we demonstrate high photosensitivity to both a cw beam as well as nanosecond laser pulse with only 1 s relaxation of light-induced changes in material properties. Even faster, 1 ms restoration time is obtained for azo dye molecules containing hetaryl (benzothiazole) ring with enhanced push-pull pi-pi conjugation. These materials respond most efficiently to pulsed excitation while discriminating cw radiation.

  4. The clinical efficacy of cosmeceutical application of liquid crystalline nanostructured dispersions of alpha lipoic acid as anti-wrinkle.

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    Sherif, Saly; Bendas, Ehab R; Badawy, Sabry

    2014-02-01

    Topical 5% alpha lipoic acid (ALA) has shown efficacy in treatment of photo-damaged skin. The aim of this work was to evaluate the potential of poloxamer (P407) gel as a vehicle for the novel lipid base particulate system (cubosome dispersions) of ALA. Cubosome dispersions were formulated by two different approaches, emulsification of glyceryl monoolein (GMO) and poloxamer (P407) in water followed by ultrasonication, and the dilution method using a hydrotrope. Three different concentrations of GMO were used to formulate the cubosome dispersions using the first method, 5% (D1), 10% (D2) and 15% w/w (D3). In the second technique an isotropic liquid was produced by combining GMO with ethanol, and this isotropic liquid was then diluted with a P407 solution (D4). The dispersions were characterized by zeta potential, light scattering techniques, optical and transmission electron microscopy, encapsulation efficiency and in vitro drug release. Results showed that D4 was not a uniform dispersion and that D1, D2 and D3 were uniform dispersions, in which by increasing the GMO content in the dispersion, the size of the cubosomes decreased, zeta potential became more negative, encapsulation efficiency increased up to 86.48% and the drug release rate was slower. P407 gels were prepared using the cold method. Two concentrations of P407 gel were fabricated, 20 and 30% w/w. P407 gels were loaded with either ALA or dispersions containing ALA cubosomes. P407 gels were characterized by critical gelation temperature, rheological measurements and in vitro drug release studies. Results suggested that by increasing P407 concentration, the gelation temperature decreases and viscosity increases. Drug release in both cases was found to follow the Higuchi square root model. Gel loaded with ALA cubosomes provided a significantly lower release rate than the gel loaded with the un-encapsulated ALA. A double blinded placebo controlled clinical study was conducted, aiming to evaluate the efficacy

  5. Photo-stimulated electro-optic response of liquid-crystalline system with trans-cis photo-isomerizable agent

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    Hadjichristov, G. B.; Marinov, Y. G.; Yelamaggad, C. V.

    2014-12-01

    A rather strong photo-stimulated enhancement of photo-induced bend flexoelectric effect based on trans-cis photoisomerization of azo bond was found in a guest-host system formed from the nematic liquid crystal (LC) N-(4-methoxybenzylidene)-4-butylaniline (MBBA) as a host, and the azobenzene LC 4-hexyloxybenzoloxy-4'-cyanoazobenzene, as a guest photoactive agent at 1 wt.% concentration. Upon application of electric field, thin homeotropic layers of thickness 100 pm containing this photo-sensitized LC mixture were investigated as subjected to a relatively weak illumination with UV light (λ = 375 nm, from narrow-band light-emitting diode, LED). The stimulation of the photoactive electro-optic response of azobenzene-doped MBBA (owing to enhanced photo-induced bend flexoelectric effect driven by the photo-isomerizable dopants) was achieved by pre-resonant excitation of the photoactive agent. The degree of the effect measured is of potential interest for thin-film photoactive electro-optic applications. The UV light-induced effect in azobenzene-doped MBBA was reversible; the back (relaxation) process was stimulated by light in the blue from a LED with broadband spectrum centered at 455 nm.

  6. Stealth, biocompatible monoolein-based lyotropic liquid crystalline nanoparticles for enhanced aloe-emodin delivery to breast cancer cells: in vitro and in vivo studies

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    Freag, May S; Elnaggar, Yosra SR; Abdelmonsif, Doaa A; Abdallah, Ossama Y

    2016-01-01

    Recently, research has progressively highlighted on clues from conventional use of herbal medicines to introduce new anticancer drugs. Aloe-emodin (AE) is a herbal drug with promising anticancer activity. Nevertheless, its clinical utility is handicapped by its low solubility. For the first time, this study aims to the fabrication of surface-functionalized polyethylene glycol liquid crystalline nanoparticles (PEG-LCNPs) of AE to enhance its water solubility and enable its anticancer use. Developed AE-PEG-LCNPs were optimized via particle size and zeta potential measurements. Phase behavior, solid state characteristics, hemocompatibility, and serum stability of LCNPs were assessed. Sterile formulations were developed using various sterilization technologies. Furthermore, the potential of the formulations was investigated using cell culture, pharmacokinetics, biodistribution, and toxicity studies. AE-PEG-LCNPs showed particle size of 190 nm and zeta potential of −49.9, and PEGylation approach reduced the monoolein hemolytic tendency to 3% and increased the serum stability of the nanoparticles. Sterilization of liquid and lyophilized AE-PEG-LCNPs via autoclaving and γ-radiations, respectively, insignificantly affected the physicochemical properties of the nanoparticles. Half maximal inhibitory concentration of AE-PEG-LCNPs was 3.6-fold lower than free AE after 48 hours and their cellular uptake was threefold higher than free AE after 24-hour incubation. AE-PEG-LCNPs presented 5.4-fold increase in t1/2 compared with free AE. Biodistribution and toxicity studies showed reduced AE-PEG-LCNP uptake by reticuloendothelial system organs and good safety profile. PEGylated LCNPs could serve as a promising nanocarrier for efficient delivery of AE to cancerous cells. PMID:27703348

  7. Stealth, biocompatible monoolein-based lyotropic liquid crystalline nanoparticles for enhanced aloe-emodin delivery to breast cancer cells: in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Freag, May S; Elnaggar, Yosra Sr; Abdelmonsif, Doaa A; Abdallah, Ossama Y

    Recently, research has progressively highlighted on clues from conventional use of herbal medicines to introduce new anticancer drugs. Aloe-emodin (AE) is a herbal drug with promising anticancer activity. Nevertheless, its clinical utility is handicapped by its low solubility. For the first time, this study aims to the fabrication of surface-functionalized polyethylene glycol liquid crystalline nanoparticles (PEG-LCNPs) of AE to enhance its water solubility and enable its anticancer use. Developed AE-PEG-LCNPs were optimized via particle size and zeta potential measurements. Phase behavior, solid state characteristics, hemocompatibility, and serum stability of LCNPs were assessed. Sterile formulations were developed using various sterilization technologies. Furthermore, the potential of the formulations was investigated using cell culture, pharmacokinetics, biodistribution, and toxicity studies. AE-PEG-LCNPs showed particle size of 190 nm and zeta potential of -49.9, and PEGylation approach reduced the monoolein hemolytic tendency to 3% and increased the serum stability of the nanoparticles. Sterilization of liquid and lyophilized AE-PEG-LCNPs via autoclaving and γ-radiations, respectively, insignificantly affected the physicochemical properties of the nanoparticles. Half maximal inhibitory concentration of AE-PEG-LCNPs was 3.6-fold lower than free AE after 48 hours and their cellular uptake was threefold higher than free AE after 24-hour incubation. AE-PEG-LCNPs presented 5.4-fold increase in t1/2 compared with free AE. Biodistribution and toxicity studies showed reduced AE-PEG-LCNP uptake by reticuloendothelial system organs and good safety profile. PEGylated LCNPs could serve as a promising nanocarrier for efficient delivery of AE to cancerous cells.

  8. Biocatalytic synthesis of C3 chiral building blocks by chloroperoxidase-catalyzed enantioselective halo-hydroxylation and epoxidation in the presence of ionic liquids.

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    Liu, Yan; Wang, Yali; Jiang, Yucheng; Hu, Mancheng; Li, Shuni; Zhai, Quanguo

    2015-01-01

    The optically active C3 synthetic blocks are remarkably versatile intermediates for the synthesis of numerous pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. This work provides a simple and efficient enzymatic synthetic route for the environment-friendly synthesis of C3 chiral building blocks. Chloroperoxidase (CPO)-catalyzed enantioselective halo-hydroxylation and epoxidation of chloropropene and allyl alcohol was employed to prepare C3 chiral building blocks in this work, including (R)-2,3-dichloro-1-propanol (DCP*), (R)-2,3-epoxy-1-propanol (GLD*), and (R)-3-chloro-1-2-propanediol (CPD*). The ee values of the formed C3 chiral building blocks DCP*, CPD*, and glycidol were 98.1, 97.5, and 96.7%, respectively. Moreover, the use of small amount of imidazolium ionic liquid enhanced the yield efficiently due to the increase of solubility of hydrophobic organic substrates in aqueous reaction media, as well as the improvement of affinity and selectivity of CPO to substrate.

  9. Effects of confinement, surface-induced orientations and strain on dynamical behaviors of bacteria in thin liquid crystalline films.

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    Mushenheim, Peter C; Trivedi, Rishi R; Roy, Susmit Singha; Arnold, Michael S; Weibel, Douglas B; Abbott, Nicholas L

    2015-09-14

    We report on the organization and dynamics of bacteria (Proteus mirabilis) dispersed within lyotropic liquid crystal (LC) films confined by pairs of surfaces that induce homeotropic (perpendicular) or hybrid (homeotropic and parallel orientations at each surface) anchoring of the LC. By using motile vegetative bacteria (3 µm in length) and homeotropically aligned LC films with thicknesses that exceed the length of the rod-shaped cells, a key finding reported in this paper is that elastic torques generated by the LC are sufficiently large to overcome wall-induced hydrodynamic torques acting on the cells, thus leading to LC-guided bacterial motion near surfaces that orient LCs. This result extends to bacteria within LC films with hybrid anchoring, and leads to the observation that asymmetric strain within a hybrid aligned LC rectifies motions of motile cells. In contrast, when the LC film thickness is sufficiently small that confinement prevents alignment of the bacteria cells along a homeotropically aligned LC director (achieved using swarm cells of length 10-60 µm), the bacterial cells propel in directions orthogonal to the director, generating transient distortions in the LC that have striking "comet-like" optical signatures. In this limit, for hybrid LC films, we find LC elastic stresses deform the bodies of swarm cells into bent configurations that follow the LC director, thus unmasking a coupling between bacterial shape and LC strain. Overall, these results provide new insight into the influence of surface-oriented LCs on dynamical bacterial behaviors and hint at novel ways to manipulate bacteria using confined LC phases that are not possible in isotropic solutions.

  10. Estimation of activation energy for electroporation and pore growth rate in liquid crystalline and gel phases of lipid bilayers using molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Majhi, Amit Kumar; Kanchi, Subbarao; Venkataraman, V; Ayappa, K G; Maiti, Prabal K

    2015-11-28

    Molecular dynamics simulations of electroporation in POPC and DPPC lipid bilayers have been carried out at different temperatures ranging from 230 K to 350 K for varying electric fields. The dynamics of pore formation, including threshold field, pore initiation time, pore growth rate, and pore closure rate after the field is switched off, was studied in both the gel and liquid crystalline (Lα) phases of the bilayers. Using an Arrhenius model of pore initiation kinetics, the activation energy for pore opening was estimated to be 25.6 kJ mol(-1) and 32.6 kJ mol(-1) in the Lα phase of POPC and DPPC lipids respectively at a field strength of 0.32 V nm(-1). The activation energy decreases to 24.2 kJ mol(-1) and 23.7 kJ mol(-1) respectively at a higher field strength of 1.1 V nm(-1). At temperatures below the melting point, the activation energy in the gel phase of POPC and DPPC increases to 28.8 kJ mol(-1) and 34.4 kJ mol(-1) respectively at the same field of 1.1 V nm(-1). The pore closing time was found to be higher in the gel than in the Lα phase. The pore growth rate increases linearly with temperature and quadratically with field, consistent with viscosity limited growth models.

  11. An investigation of the structure and bond rotational potential of some fluorinated ethanes by NMR spectroscopy of solutions in nematic liquid crystalline solvents

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    Emsley, J. W.; Longeri, M.; Merlet, D.; Pileio, G.; Suryaprakash, N.

    2006-06-01

    NMR spectra of 1,2-dibromo-1,1-difluoroethane and 1-bromo-2-iodo-tetrafluoroethane dissolved in nematic liquid crystalline solvents have been analysed to yield the magnitudes and signs of the scalar couplings, Jij, and total anisotropic couplings, Tij, between all the 1H, 19F, and 13C nuclei, except for those between two 13C nuclei. The values obtained for Tij in principle contain a contribution from Jijaniso, the component along the static applied magnetic field of the anisotropic part of the electron-mediated spin-spin coupling. Neglecting this contribution allows partially averaged dipolar couplings, Dij, to be extracted from the Tij, and these were used to determine the structure, orientational order, and the conformational distribution generated by rotation about the C-C bond. The values obtained are compared with the results of calculations by ab initio and density functional methods. The differences found are no greater than those obtained for similar compounds which do not contain fluorine, so that there is no definitive evidence for significant contributions from JCFaniso or JFFaniso in the two compounds studied.

  12. Petascale lattice-Boltzmann studies of amphiphilic cubic liquid crystalline materials in a globally distributed high-performance computing and visualization environment.

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    Saksena, Radhika S; Mazzeo, Marco D; Zasada, Stefan J; Coveney, Peter V

    2010-08-28

    We present very large-scale rheological studies of self-assembled cubic gyroid liquid crystalline phases in ternary mixtures of oil, water and amphiphilic species performed on petascale supercomputers using the lattice-Boltzmann method. These nanomaterials have found diverse applications in materials science and biotechnology, for example, in photovoltaic devices and protein crystallization. They are increasingly gaining importance as delivery vehicles for active agents in pharmaceuticals, personal care products and food technology. In many of these applications, the self-assembled structures are subject to flows of varying strengths and we endeavour to understand their rheological response with the objective of eventually predicting it under given flow conditions. Computationally, our lattice-Boltzmann simulations of ternary fluids are inherently memory- and data-intensive. Furthermore, our interest in dynamical processes necessitates remote visualization and analysis as well as the associated transfer and storage of terabytes of time-dependent data. These simulations are distributed on a high-performance grid infrastructure using the application hosting environment; we employ a novel parallel in situ visualization approach which is particularly suited for such computations on petascale resources. We present computational and I/O performance benchmarks of our application on three different petascale systems.

  13. A QCM-D and SAXS Study of the Interaction of Functionalised Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Lipid Nanoparticles with siRNA.

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    Tajik-Ahmadabad, Behnoosh; Mechler, Adam; Muir, Benjamin W; McLean, Keith; Hinton, Tracey M; Separovic, Frances; Polyzos, Anastasios

    2017-02-23

    Biophysical studies were undertaken to investigate the binding and release of short interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) from lyotropic liquid crystalline lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). These carriers are based on phytantriol (Phy) and a cationic lipid, DOTAP (1, 2-dioleoyl-3 trimethylammonium propane). The non-lamellar phase LNPs were tethered to the surface of the QCM chip for analysis based on biotin-neutravidin binding, which enabled the controlled deposition of siRNA-LNP complexes with different lipid/siRNA charge ratios on a QCM-D crystal sensor. The binding and release of biomolecules such as siRNA from LNPs was demonstrated to be reliably characterized using this technique. Essential physicochemical parameters of the cationic LNP/siRNA lipoplexes, such as particle size, lyotropic mesophase behavior, cytotoxicity, gene silencing and uptake efficiency, were also assessed. The SAXS data show that upon lowering the pH to 5.5, the structure of lipoplexes did not change, indicating that the acidic conditions of the endosome were not a significant factor in the release of siRNA from the cationic lipidic carriers.

  14. Effect of Added Salts or Polyols on the Cloud Point and the Liquid-Crystalline Structures of Polyoxyethylene-Modified Silicone.

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    Iwanaga; Kunieda

    2000-07-15

    The effect of added salts (NaCl, Na(2)SO(4), and NaSCN) or polyols (glycerin (Gly), 1,3-butanediol (1,3-BD), ethylene glycol (EG), and polyethylene glycol (PEG400)) on the hexagonal liquid-crystalline structure of polyoxyethylene-modified silicone was investigated by means of small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The effective cross-sectional area of the lipophilic part of the aggregate, a(s), in the hexagonal phase decreases upon the addition of salts, on one hand, lowering the cloud point in the dilute aqueous siloxane surfactant solutions. On the other hand, if added salt raises the cloud point, the a(s) increases. Similar results were obtained in the case of the addition of polyols. Since the a(s) mainly depends on the EO chain length, the above results are direct evidence that the hydration or dehydration of the EO chain is affected by these additives. The static fluorescence probe method was applied to the Gly and 1,3-BD systems using 8-anilino-1-naphthalene-sulfonic acid, ANS, to know the change in hydration of the EO chains. In the Gly system, the hydration of the EO chain monotonically decreases whereas 1,3-BD first increases the hydration and then decreases it at high 1,3-BD content. These results are very consistent with the SAXS and cloud temperature results. Copyright 2000 Academic Press.

  15. Formation of liquid-crystalline structures in the bile salt-chitosan system and triggered release from lamellar phase bile salt-chitosan capsules.

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    Tangso, Kristian J; Lindberg, Seth; Hartley, Patrick G; Knott, Robert; Spicer, Patrick; Boyd, Ben J

    2014-08-13

    Nanostructured capsules comprised of the anionic bile salt, sodium taurodeoxycholate (STDC), and the biocompatible cationic polymer, chitosan, were prepared to assess their potential as novel tailored release nanomaterials. For comparison, a previously studied system, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (polyDADMAC) was also investigated. Crossed-polarizing light microscopy (CPLM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) identified the presence of lamellar and hexagonal phase at the surfactant-polymer interface of the respective systems. The hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions between the oppositely charged components were studied by varying temperature and salt concentration, respectively, and were found to influence the liquid-crystalline nanostructure formed. The hexagonal phase persisted at high temperatures, however the lamellar phase structure was lost above ca. 45 °C. Both mesophases were found to dissociate upon addition of 4% NaCl solution. The rate of release of the model hydrophilic drug, Rhodamine B (RhB), from the lamellar phase significantly increased in response to changes in the solution conditions studied, suggesting that modulating the drug release from these bile salt-chitosan capsules is readily achieved. In contrast, release from the hexagonal phase capsules had no appreciable response to the stimuli applied. These findings provide a platform for these oppositely charged surfactant and polymer systems to function as stimuli-responsive or sustained-release drug delivery systems.

  16. Significantly improving enzymatic saccharification of high crystallinity index's corn stover by combining ionic liquid [Bmim]Cl-HCl-water media with dilute NaOH pretreatment.

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    He, Yu-Cai; Liu, Feng; Gong, Lei; Zhu, Zheng-Zhong; Ding, Yun; Wang, Cheng; Xue, Yu-Feng; Rui, Huan; Tao, Zhi-Cheng; Zhang, Dan-Ping; Ma, Cui-Luan

    2015-01-01

    In this study, a pretreatment by combining acidified aqueous ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (IL [Bmim]Cl) solution with dilute NaOH extraction was employed to pretreat high crystallinity index (CrI) of corn stover before its enzymatic saccharification. After NaOH extraction, [Bmim]Cl-HCl-water (78.8:1.2:20, w/w/w) media was used for further pretreatment at 130 °C for 30 min. After being enzymatically hydrolyzed for 48 h, corn stover pretreated could be biotransformed into reducing sugars in the yield of 95.1%. Furthermore, SEM, XRD and FTIR analyses of untreated and pretreated corn stovers were examined. It was found that the intact structure was disrupted by combination pretreatment and resulted in a porous and amorphous regenerated cellulosic material that greatly improved enzymatic hydrolysis. Finally, the recovered hydrolyzates obtained from the enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated corn stovers could be fermented into ethanol efficiently. In conclusion, the combination pretreatment shows high potential application in future.

  17. CRYSTALLINE DESOXYRIBONUCLEASE

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    Kunitz, M.

    1950-01-01

    A crystalline enzyme capable of digesting thymus nucleic acid (desoxyribonucleic acid) has been isolated from fresh beef pancreas. The enzyme called "desoxyribonuclease" is a protein of the albumin type. Its molecular weight is about 60,000 and its isoelectric point is near pH 5.0. It contains about 8 per cent tyrosine and 2 per cent tryptophane. It is readily denatured by heat. The denaturation is reversible if heated in dilute acid at pH about 3.0. The digestion of thymus nucleic acid by crystalline desoxyribonuclease is accompanied by a gradual increase in the specific absorption of ultraviolet light by the acid. The spectrophotometric measurement of the rate of increase in the light absorption can be conveniently used as a general method for estimating desoxyribonuclease activity. Details are given of the method for isolation of crystalline desoxyribonuclease and of the spectrophotometric procedure for the measurement of desoxyribonuclease activity. PMID:15406373

  18. Crystalline Membranes

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    Tsapatsis, Michael (Inventor); Lai, Zhiping (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    In certain aspects, the invention features methods for forming crystalline membranes (e.g., a membrane of a framework material, such as a zeolite) by inducing secondary growth in a layer of oriented seed crystals. The rate of growth of the seed crystals in the plane of the substrate is controlled to be comparable to the rate of growth out of the plane. As a result, a crystalline membrane can form a substantially continuous layer including grains of uniform crystallographic orientation that extend through the depth of the layer.

  19. Guest-responsive covalent frameworks by the cross-linking of liquid-crystalline salts: tuning of lattice flexibility by the design of polymerizable units.

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    Ishida, Yasuhiro; Sakata, Hiroaki; Achalkumar, Ammathnadu S; Yamada, Kuniyo; Matsuoka, Yuki; Iwahashi, Nobutaka; Amano, Sayaka; Saigo, Kazuhiko

    2011-12-23

    Cross-linked polymers prepared by the in-situ polymerization of liquid-crystalline salts were found to work as solid-state hosts with a flexible framework. As a component of such hosts, four kinds of polymerizable amphiphilic carboxylic acids bearing alkyl chains with acryloyloxy (A), dienyl (D), and/or nonreactive (N) chain ends (monomeric carboxylic acids; M(AAA), M(ANA), M(DDD), and M(DND)) were used. The carboxylic acids were mixed with an equimolar amount of a template unit, (1R,2S)-norephedrine (guest amine; G(RS)), to form the corresponding salts. Every salt exhibited a rectangular columnar LC phase at room temperature, which was successfully polymerized by (60)Co γ-ray-induced polymerization without serious structural disordering to afford the salt of cross-linked carboxylic acid (polymeric carboxylic acid; P(AAA), P(ANA), P(DDD), and P(DND)) with G(RS) . Owing to the noncovalency of the interactions between the polymer framework P and the template G(RS), the cross-linked polymers could reversibly release and capture a meaningful amount of G(RS). In response to the desorption and adsorption of G(RS), the cross-linked polymers dramatically switched their nanoscale structural order. A systematic comparison of the polymers revealed that the choice of polymerizable groups has a significant influence on the properties of the resultant polymer frameworks as solid-state hosts. Among these polymers, P(DDD) was found to be an excellent solid-state host, in terms of guest-releasing/capturing ability, guest-recognition ability, durability to repetitive usage, and unique structural switching mode.

  20. Effect of hygroscopicity of the metal salt on the formation and air stability of lyotropic liquid crystalline mesophases in hydrated salt-surfactant systems.

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    Albayrak, Cemal; Barım, Gözde; Dag, Ömer

    2014-11-01

    It is known that alkali, transition metal and lanthanide salts can form lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLC) mesophases with non-ionic surfactants (such as CiH2i+1(OCH2CH2)jOH, denoted as CiEj). Here we combine several salt systems and show that the percent deliquescence relative humidity (%DRH) value of a salt is the determining parameter in the formation and stability of the mesophases and that the other parameters are secondary and less significant. Accordingly, salts can be divided into 3 categories: Type I salts (such as LiCl, LiBr, LiI, LiNO3, LiClO4, CaCl2, Ca(NO3)2, MgCl2, and some transition metal nitrates) have low %DRH and form stable salt-surfactant LLC mesophases in the presence of a small amount of water, type II salts (such as some sodium and potassium salts) that are moderately hygroscopic form disordered stable mesophases, and type III salts that have high %DRH values, do not form stable LLC mesophases and leach out salt crystals. To illustrate this effect, a large group of salts from alkali and alkaline earth metals were investigated using XRD, POM, FTIR, and Raman techniques. Among the different salts investigated in this study, the LiX (where X is Cl(-), Br(-), I(-), NO3(-), and ClO4(-)) and CaX2 (X is Cl(-), and NO3(-)) salts were more prone to establish LLC mesophases because of their lower %DRH values. The phase behavior with respect to concentration, stability, and thermal behavior of Li(I) systems were investigated further. It is seen that the phase transitions among different anions in the Li(I) systems follow the Hofmeister series.

  1. Functional disubstituted polyacetylenes: Synthesis, liquid crystallinity, light emission, and fluorescent photopatterning of biphenyl-containing poly(1-phenyl-octyne)s with different functional bridges.

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    Lam, Jacky W Y; Qin, Anjun; Dong, Yuping; Lai, Lo Ming; Häussler, Matthias; Dong, Yongqiang; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2006-11-02

    Biphenyl (Biph)-containing 1-phenyl-1-octynes and their polymers are synthesized, and the effects of functional bridge groups on the mesomorphic and optical properties of the polymers are studied. The nonmesomorphic disubstituted acetylene monomers (C6H13)C[triple bond]C(C6H4)O(CH2)12O-Biph-OC7H15 (1), (C6H13)C[triple bond]C(C6H4)O(CH2)11OOC-Biph-OC7H15 (2), and (C6H13)C[triple bond]C(C6H4)CO2(CH2)12OOC-Biph-OC7H15 (3) are prepared by multistep reaction routes and converted into their corresponding polymers P1-P3 by a WCl6-Ph4Sn catalyst. The structures and properties of the polymers are characterized and evaluated by NMR, TGA, DSC, POM, XRD, UV, and PL analyses. The mesogenic pendants have endowed the polymers with high thermal stability (> or =400 degrees C). While P1 exhibits no liquid crystallinity, P2 and P3 form enantiotropic S(A) phase with a monolayer structure. Upon photoexcitation, the polymers emit blue and blue-green lights of 460 and 480 nm, respectively, in THF with quantum efficiencies larger than 30%. UV irradiation of a thin film of P2 through a mask oxidizes and quenches the light emission of the exposed regions, generating a two-dimensional luminescent photoimage.

  2. Separation of parent homopolymers from polystyrene and poly(ethylene oxide) based block copolymers by liquid chromatography under limiting conditions of desorption-3. Study of barrier efficiency according to block copolymers' chemical composition.

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    Rollet, Marion; Pelletier, Bérengère; Berek, Dušan; Maria, Sébastien; Phan, Trang N T; Gigmes, Didier

    2016-09-02

    Liquid Chromatography under Limiting Conditions of Desorption (LC LCD) is a powerful separation tool for multicomponent polymer systems. This technique is based on a barrier effect of an appropriate solvent, which is injected in front of the sample, and which decelerates the elution of selected macromolecules. In this study, the barrier effects have been evaluated for triblock copolymers polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrene (PS-b-PEO-b-PS) according to the content of polystyrene (wt% PS) and PEO-block molar mass. PS-b-PEO-b-PS samples were prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP). The presence of respective parent homopolymers was investigated by applying optimized LC LCD conditions. It was found that the barrier composition largely affects the efficiency of separation and it ought to be adjusted for particular composition range of block copolymers.

  3. Can ionic liquid additives be used to extend the scope of poly(styrene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) for directed self-assembly?

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    Bennett, Thomas M.; Pei, Kevin; Cheng, Han-Hao; Thurecht, Kristofer J.; Jack, Kevin S.; Blakey, Idriss

    2014-07-01

    Directed self-assembly (DSA) is a promising approach for extending conventional lithographic techniques by being able to print features with critical dimensions under 10 nm. The most widely studied block copolymer system is polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA). This system is well understood in terms of its synthesis, properties, and performance in DSA. However, PS-b-PMMA also has a number of limitations that impact on its performance and hence scope of application. The primary limitation is the low Flory-Huggins polymer-polymer interaction parameter (χ), which limits the size of features that can be printed. Another issue with block copolymers in general is that specific molecular weights need to be synthesized to achieve desired morphologies and feature sizes. Here we explore blending ionic liquid (IL) additives with PS-b-PMMA to increase the χ parameter. ILs have a number of useful properties that include negligible vapor pressure, tunable solvent strength, thermal stability, and chemical stability. The blends of PS-b-PMMA with an IL selective for the PMMA block allowed the resolution of the block copolymer to be improved. Depending on the amount of additive, it is also possible to tune the domain size and the morphology of the systems. These findings may expand the scope of PS-b-PMMA for DSA.

  4. On the "tertiary structure" of poly-carbenes; self-assembly of sp3-carbon-based polymers into liquid-crystalline aggregates.

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    Franssen, Nicole M G; Ensing, Bernd; Hegde, Maruti; Dingemans, Theo J; Norder, Ben; Picken, Stephen J; Alberda van Ekenstein, Gert O R; van Eck, Ernst R H; Elemans, Johannes A A W; Vis, Mark; Reek, Joost N H; de Bruin, Bas

    2013-08-26

    The self-assembly of poly(ethylidene acetate) (st-PEA) into van der Waals-stabilized liquid-crystalline (LC) aggregates is reported. The LC behavior of these materials is unexpected, and unusual for flexible sp(3)-carbon backbone polymers. Although the dense packing of polar ester functionalities along the carbon backbone of st-PEA could perhaps be expected to lead directly to rigid-rod behavior, molecular modeling reveals that individual st-PEA chains are actually highly flexible and should not reveal rigid-rod induced LC behavior. Nonetheless, st-PEA clearly reveals LC behavior, both in solution and in the melt over a broad elevated temperature range. A combined set of experimental measurements, supported by MM/MD studies, suggests that the observed LC behavior is due to self-aggregation of st-PEA into higher-order aggregates. According to MM/MD modeling st-PEA single helices adopt a flexible helical structure with a preferred trans-gauche syn-syn-anti-anti orientation. Unexpectedly, similar modeling experiments suggest that three of these helices can self-assemble into triple-helical aggregates. Higher-order assemblies were not observed in the MM/MD simulations, suggesting that the triple helix is the most stable aggregate configuration. DLS data confirmed the aggregation of st-PEA into higher-order structures, and suggest the formation of rod-like particles. The dimensions derived from these light-scattering experiments correspond with st-PEA triple-helix formation. Langmuir-Blodgett surface pressure-area isotherms also point to the formation of rod-like st-PEA aggregates with similar dimensions as st-PEA triple helixes. Upon increasing the st-PEA concentration, the viscosity of the polymer solution increases strongly, and at concentrations above 20 wt % st-PEA forms an organogel. STM on this gel reveals the formation of helical aggregates on the graphite surface-solution interface with shapes and dimensions matching st-PEA triple helices, in good agreement

  5. Hierarchical supramolecular ordering with biaxial orientation of a combined main-chain/side-chain liquid-crystalline polymer obtained from radical polymerization of 2-vinylterephthalate.

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    Xie, He-Lou; Jie, Chang-Kai; Yu, Zhen-Qiang; Liu, Xuan-Bo; Zhang, Hai-Liang; Shen, Zhihao; Chen, Er-Qiang; Zhou, Qi-Feng

    2010-06-16

    The liquid-crystalline (LC) phase structures and transitions of a combined main-chain/side-chain LC polymer (MCSCLCP) 1 obtained from radical polymerization of a 2-vinylterephthalate, poly(2,5-bis{[6-(4-butoxy-4'-oxybiphenyl) hexyl]oxycarbonyl}styrene), were studied using differential scanning calorimetry, one- and two-dimensional wide-angle X-ray diffraction (1D and 2D WAXD), and polarized light microscopy. We have found that 1 with sufficiently high molecular weight can self-assemble into a hierarchical structure with double orderings on the nanometer and subnanometer scales at low temperatures. The main chains of 1, which are rodlike as a result of the "jacketing" effect generated by the central rigid portion of the side chains laterally attached to every second carbon atom along the polyethylene backbone, form a 2D centered rectangular scaffold. The biphenyl-containing side chains fill the space between the main chains, forming a smectic E (SmE)-like structure with the side-chain axis perpendicular to that of the main chain. This biaxial orientation of 1 was confirmed by our 2D WAXD experiments through three orthogonal directions. The main-chain scaffold remains when the SmE-like packing is melted at elevated temperatures. Further heating leads to a normal smectic A (SmA) structure followed by the isotropic state. We found that when an external electric field was applied, the main-chain scaffold greatly inhibited the motion of the biphenyls. While the main chains gain a sufficiently high mobility in the SmA phase, macroscopic orientation of 1 can be achieved using a rather weak electric field, implying that the main and side chains with orthogonal directions can move cooperatively. Our work demonstrates that when two separate components, one offering the "jacketing" effect to the normally flexible backbone and the other with mesogens that form surrounding LC phases, are introduced simultaneously into the side chains, the polymer obtained can be described as an

  6. Liquid-crystalline dendrimer Cu(II) complexes and Cu(0) nanoclusters based on the Cu(II) complexes: An electron paramagnetic resonance investigation

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    Domracheva, N. E.; Mirea, A.; Schwoerer, M.; Torre-Lorente, L.; Lattermann, G.

    2007-07-01

    New nanostructured materials, namely, the liquid-crystalline copper(II) complexes that contain poly(propylene imine) dendrimer ligands of the first (ligand 1) and second (ligand 2) generations and which have a columnar mesophase and different copper contents (x = Cu/L), are investigated by EPR spectroscopy. The influence of water molecules and nitrate counterions on the magnetic properties of complex 2 (x = 7.3) is studied. It is demonstrated that water molecules can extract some of the copper ions from dendrimer complexes and form hexaaqua copper complexes with free ions. The dimer spectra of fully hydrated complex 2 (x = 7.3) are observed at temperatures T < 10 K. For this complex, the structure is identified and the distance between the copper ions is determined. It is shown that the nitrate counterion plays the role of a bridge between the hexaaqua copper(II) complex and the dendrimer copper(II) complex. The temperature-induced valence tautomerism attended by electron transport is revealed for the first time in blue dendrimer complexes 1 (x = 1.9) with a dimer structure. The activation energy for electron transport is estimated to be 0.35 meV. The coordination of the copper ion site (NO4) and the structural arrangement of green complexes 1 (x = 1.9) in the columnar mesophase are determined. Complexes of this type form linear chains in which nitrate counterions serve as bridges between copper centers. It is revealed that green complexes 1 (x = 1.9) dissolved in isotropic inert solvents can be oriented in the magnetic field (B 0 = 8000 G). The degree of orientation of these complexes is rather high (S z = 0.76) and close to that of systems with a complete ordering (S z = 1) in the magnetic field. Copper(0) nanoclusters prepared by reduction of complex 2 (x = 7.3) in two reducing agents (NaBH4, N2H4 · H2O) are examined. A model is proposed for a possible location of Cu(0) nanoclusters in a dendrimer matrix.

  7. Estimation of thermodynamic and Beyer's parameter ( B / A ) in liquid crystalline 5. m , 5O. m , 5.O m , 5O.O m compounds with m =5 and 16

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    Madhavi Latha, D.; Pisipati, V. G. K. M.; Ramakrishna Nanchara Rao, M.; Datta Prasad, P. V.

    2011-10-01

    The thermodynamic parameters such as Sharma parameter ( So), Huggins parameter ( F), reduced volume ( V˜), reduced compressibility ( V), etc. are studied using the volume expansion coefficient ( α), which is estimated from density for N-( p- n-pentyl benzylidene)- p- n-pentyl aniline (5.5), N-( p-n-pentyloxy benzylidene)- p-n-pentyl aniline (5O.5), N-( p-n-pentyl benzylidene)- p- n-pentyloxy aniline (5.O5), N-( p- n-pentyloxy benzylidene)- p- n-pentyloxy aniline (5O.O5), N-( p- n-pentyl benzylidene)- p- n-hexadecyl aniline (5.16), N-( p- n-pentyloxy benzylidene)- p- n-hexadecyl aniline (5O.16), N-( p- n-pentyl benzylidene)- p- n-hexadecyloxy aniline (5.O16) and N-( p- n-pentyloxy benzylidene)- p- n-hexadecyloxy aniline (5O.O16) compounds in isotropic and liquid crystalline phases. The parameters like intermolecular free length ( Lf), molecular radius ( mr) and Beyer's non-linearity parameter ( B/ A) are also computed from density data for the above compounds. The results are discussed in the light of these parameters variation with temperature in a particular phase in a liquid crystal molecule and with the position of oxygen atom. The thermodynamic parameter So exhibits a constant characteristic value 1.11±0.01 in all the compounds like other reported liquid crystalline compounds, liquids and polymers. The variation of other thermodynamic parameters in LC phases of these compounds with temperature is discussed in the light of the body of the data available.

  8. Specific Volumes of the Zr(41.2)Ti(13.8)Cu(12.5)Ni(10.0)Be(22.5) Alloy in the Liquid, Glass, and Crystalline States

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    Ohsaka, K.; Chung, S. K.; Rhim, W. K.; Johnson, W. L.; Peker, A.; Scruggs, D.

    1997-01-01

    The specific volumes of the Zr(41.2)Ti(3.8)Cu(2.5)Ni(10.0)Be(22.5) alloy as a function of temperature, T, are determined by employing an image digitizing technique and numerical calculation methods applied to the electrostatically levitated spherical alloy. The linear fitting of the volumes of the alloy in the liquid, V(sub l), glass, V(sub g) and crystalline V(sub c), states in the temperature ranges shown in parentheses are V(sub l)(T) = 0.1583 + 8.877 x 10(exp -6) T(cu cm/g) (700-1300 K);V(sub g)(T) = 0.1603 + 5.528 x 10(exp -6) T (400-550 K);V(sub c)(T) = 0.1583 + 6.21 x 10(exp -6)T(400-850 K). The average volume thermal expansion coefficients within the temperature ranges are determined to be 5.32, 3.39. and 3.83 x 10(exp -5) (1/K) for the liquid, glass, and crystalline states, respectively.

  9. Interrogation of Surface, Skin, and Core Orientation in Thermotropic Liquid-Crystalline Copolyester Moldings by Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering

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    Rendon,S.; Bubeck, R.; Thomas, L.; Burghardt, W.; Hexemer, A.; Fischer, D.

    2007-01-01

    Injection molding thermotropic liquid-crystalline polymers (TLCPs) usually results in the fabrication of molded articles that possess complex states of orientation that vary greatly as a function of thickness. 'Skin-core' morphologies are often observed in TLCP moldings. Given that both 'core' and 'skin' orientation states may often differ both in magnitude and direction, deconvolution of these complex orientation states requires a method to separately characterize molecular orientation in the surface region. A combination of two-dimensional wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) in transmission and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is used to probe the molecular orientation in injection molded plaques fabricated from a 4,4'-dihydroxy-{alpha}-methylstilbene (DH{alpha}MS)-based thermotropic liquid crystalline copolyester. Partial electron yield (PEY) mode NEXAFS is a noninvasive ex situ characterization tool with exquisite surface sensitivity that samples to a depth of 2 nm. The effects of plaque geometry and injection molding processing conditions on surface orientation in the regions on- and off- axis to the centerline of injection molded plaques are presented and discussed. Quantitative comparisons are made between orientation parameters obtained by NEXAFS and those from 2D WAXS in transmission, which are dominated by the microstructure in the skin and core regions. Some qualitative comparisons are also made with 2D WAXS results from the literature.

  10. Bilinear weighting and threshold scheme for low-power two-dimensional local dimming liquid crystal displays without block artifacts

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    Kim, Seul-Ki; Song, Seok-Jeong; Nam, Hyoungsik

    2014-06-01

    A two-dimensional (2-D) weighted roll-off local dimming algorithm that eliminates any visible block artifacts caused by the spatial mismatch between a discontinuous panel image and a continuous backlight is described. The proposed scheme enhances the high gray details by means of a roll-off scheme and removes the block artifacts with bilinear weighting of a pixel-compensated panel image. In addition, the threshold scheme is used to resolve overcompensation problems that lead to visible artifacts around the boundaries of dark local blocks. The image quality and the power consumption are evaluated for 40 test images through both simulation and measurement. Compared to 15.56 and 1.45 of a 2-D roll-off method, the maximum and average color difference values of a proposed scheme are reduced to 7.76 and 0.72 in the simulation. For a prototype 40-in. light emitting diode TV, the average power saving over 40 test images is measured as 60.96%.

  11. Guar gum as biosourced building block to generate highly conductive and elastic ionogels with poly(ionic liquid) and ionic liquid.

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    Zhang, Biao; Sudre, Guillaume; Quintard, Guilhem; Serghei, Anatoli; David, Laurent; Bernard, Julien; Fleury, Etienne; Charlot, Aurélia

    2017-02-10

    In this study, we report on the simple and straightforward preparation of ionogels arising from the addition of guar gum (a plant-based polysaccharide) in a solution of precisely-defined poly(ionic liquid) chains (PIL) in imidazolium-based ionic liquid (IL). The development of intermolecular polar interactions (mainly hydrogen bonds) and topologic chain entanglements induces the formation of physical biohybrid ionogels, whose elastic properties can be easily tuned by varying the composition (up to 30000Pa). The combined presence of guar gum and PIL confers excellent dimensional stability to the ionogels with no IL exudation combined with high thermal properties (up to 310°C). The resulting materials are shown to exhibit gel scattering profiles and high conductivities (> 10(-4)S/cm at 30°C). The benefit linked to the formation of guar/PIL associations in IL medium enables to find a good compromise between the mechanical cohesion and the mobility ensuring the ionic transport.

  12. Ellipsoidal Colloids with a Controlled Surface Roughness via Bioinspired Surface Engineering: Building Blocks for Liquid Marbles and Superhydrophobic Surfaces.

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    Zhang, Pengjiao; Yang, Lu; Li, Qiang; Wu, Songhai; Jia, Shaoyi; Li, Zhanyong; Zhang, Zhenkun; Shi, Linqi

    2017-03-01

    Understanding the important role of the surface roughness of nano/colloidal particles and harnessing them for practical applications need novel strategies to control the particles' surface topology. Although there are many examples of spherical particles with a specific surface roughness, nonspherical ones with similar surface features are rare. The current work reports a one-step, straightforward, and bioinspired surface engineering strategy to prepare ellipsoidal particles with a controlled surface roughness. By manipulating the unique chemistry inherent to the oxidation-induced self-polymerization of dopamine into polydopamine (PDA), PDA coating of polymeric ellipsoids leads to a library of hybrid ellipsoidal particles (PS@PDA) with a surface that decorates with nanoscale PDA protrusions of various densities and sizes. Together with the advantages originated from the anisotropy of ellipsoids and rich chemistry of PDA, such a surface feature endows these particles with some unique properties. Evaporative drying of fluorinated PS@PDA particles produces a homogeneous coating with superhydrophobicity that arises from the two-scale hierarchal structure of microscale interparticle packing and nanoscale roughness of the constituent ellipsoids. Instead of water repelling that occurs for most of the lotus leaf-like superhydrophobic surfaces, such coating exhibits strong water adhesion that is observed with certain species of rose pedals. In addition, the as-prepared hybrid ellipsoids are very efficient in preparing liquid marble-isolated droplets covered with solid particles. Such liquid marbles can be placed onto many surfaces and might be useful for the controllable transport and manipulation of small volumes of liquids.

  13. A rapid, comprehensive liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS)-based survey of the Asp isomers in crystallins from human cataract lenses.

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    Fujii, Norihiko; Sakaue, Hiroaki; Sasaki, Hiroshi; Fujii, Noriko

    2012-11-16

    Cataracts are caused by clouding of the eye lens and may lead to partial or total loss of vision. The mechanism of cataract development, however, is not well understood. It is thought that abnormal aggregates of lens proteins form with age, causing loss of lens clarity and development of the cataract. Lens proteins are composed of soluble α-, β-, and γ-crystallins, and as long lived proteins, they undergo post-translational modifications including isomerization, deamidation, and oxidation, which induce insolubilization, aggregation, and loss of function that may lead to cataracts. Therefore, analysis of post-translational modifications of individual amino acid residues in proteins is important. However, detection of the optical isomers of amino acids formed in these proteins is difficult because optical resolution is only achieved using complex methodology. In this study, we describe a new method for the analysis of isomerization of individual Asp residues in proteins using LC-MS and the corresponding synthetic peptides containing the Asp isomers. This makes it possible to analyze isomers of Asp residues in proteins precisely and quickly. We demonstrate that Asp-58, -76, -84, and -151 of αA-crystallin and Asp-62 and -96 of αB-crystallin are highly converted to lβ-, dβ-, and dα-isomers. The amount of isomerization of Asp is greater in the insoluble fraction at all Asp sites in lens proteins, therefore indicating that isomerization of these Asp residues affects the higher order structure of the proteins and contributes to the increase in aggregation, insolubilization, and disruption of function of proteins in the lens, leading to the cataract.

  14. Detection and Quantification of Antibodies to Newcastle Disease Virus in Ostrich and Rhea Sera Using a Liquid Phase Blocking Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay

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    de Sousa, Ricardo Luiz Moro; Montassier, Helio José; Pinto, Aramis Augusto

    2000-01-01

    A liquid phase blocking ELISA (LPB-ELISA) was adapted for the detection and quantification of antibodies to Newcastle disease virus. Sera from vaccinated and unvaccinated commercial flocks of ostriches (Struthio camelus) and rheas (Rhea americana) were tested. The purified and nonpurified virus used as the antigen and the capture and detector antibodies were prepared and standardized for this purpose. The hemagglutination-inhibition (HI) test was regarded as the reference method. The cutoff point for the LPB-ELISA was determined by a two-graph receiver operating characteristic analysis. The LPB-ELISA titers regressed significantly (P < 0.0001) on the HI titers with a high correlation coefficient (r = 0.875). The two tests showed good agreement (κ = 0.82; P < 0.0001), relative sensitivity (90.91%) and specificity (91.18%), and accuracy (91.02%), suggesting that they are interchangeable. PMID:11063502

  15. The determination of the phase transition temperatures of a semifluorinated liquid crystalline biphenyl ester by impedance spectroscopy as an alternative method

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    Yıldız, Alptekin; Canli, Nimet Yilmaz; Karanlık, Gürkan; Ocak, Hale; Okutan, Mustafa; Eran, Belkız Bilgin

    2016-12-01

    Dielectric spectroscopy (DS) is a very powerful and important for better understanding of the molecular dynamics and relaxation phenomena in liquid crystals. The dielectric and impedance characteristics Ethyl 4-(7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,10-nonafluorodecyloxy)biphenyl-4‧-carboxylate (ENBC) liquid crystal have been analyzed over the frequency range of 100 Hz to MHz in the temperature region from room temperature to 180 °C. The compound ENBC shows enantiotropic a smectic mesophase in a wide temperature range. The phase transition temperatures T (°C) of the liquid crystal ENBC, which were characterized by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), have been verified by the dielectric measurements and conductivity mechanisms of the ENBC. The activation energies for some selected angular frequencies have also been calculated.

  16. Photoresponsive azo-doped aerosil/7CB nematic liquid-crystalline nanocomposite films: the role of polyimide alignment layers of the films

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    Hadjichristov, Georgi B.; Marinov, Yordan G.

    2017-01-01

    We studied thin films (25 µm-thick) of nanomaterials composed from 3 wt.% aerosil nanospheres and the room-temperature nematic liquid crystal 4-n-heptyl cyanobiphenyl (7CB). The inclusion of 3 wt.% of the photoactive liquid crystal 4-(4‧-ethoxyphenylazo)phenyl hexanoate (EPH) in the aerosil/7CB nanostructured nematics make them photoresponsive. The films had alignment layers from rubbed polyimide (PI). Our study is concentrated on the inspection of the PI-role for the photo-stimulated electro-optical properties of the considered EPH-doped aerosil/7CB nanocomposite films.

  17. A facile and environmentally friendly NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid route to prepare crystalline β-CaSiO3 nanowires.

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    Wang, Wenzhong; Zhang, Suyun; Wang, Lijuan; Shi, Honglong

    2013-05-01

    We described an environmentally friendly and facile NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid route for the first time to synthesize β-CaSiO3 nanowires. β-CaSiO3 nanowires were prepared by annealing precursor calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) nanostructures in NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid, in which the precursor CSH nanostructures were first prepared by a facile one-step, solid state reaction, ground with both NaCl and surfactant nonyl phenyl ether (9) (NP-9), and heated at 850 °C for 2 h. β-CaSiO3 nanowires were characterized by XRD, TEM and HRTEM. The comparative experiments have been conducted systemically to investigate the growth mechanism of β-CaSiO3 nanowires, and the roles of salt NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid and NP-9 on the formation of β-CaSiO3 nanowires. The results demonstrated that both salt NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid and surfactant NP-9 played key roles on the formation of β-CaSiO3 nanowires. A rational growth mechanism of β-CaSiO3 nanowires has been proposed on the basis of experimental results.

  18. Imide/arylene ether block copolymers

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    Jensen, B. J.; Hergenrother, P. M.; Bass, R. G.

    1991-01-01

    Two series of imide/arylene either block copolymers were prepared using an arylene ether block and either an amorphous or semi-crystalline imide block. The resulting copolymers were characterized and selected physical and mechanical properties were determined. These results, as well as comparisons to the homopolymer properties, are discussed.

  19. Crystalline and Crystalline International Disposal Activities

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    Viswanathan, Hari S.; Chu, Shaoping; Reimus, Paul William; Makedonska, Nataliia; Hyman, Jeffrey De'Haven; Karra, Satish; Dittrich, Timothy M.

    2015-12-21

    This report presents the results of work conducted between September 2014 and July 2015 at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the crystalline disposal and crystalline international disposal work packages of the Used Fuel Disposition Campaign (UFDC) for DOE-NE’s Fuel Cycle Research and Development program.

  20. Enhancing and reducing chirality by opposite circularly-polarized light irradiation on crystalline chiral domains consisting of nonchiral photoresponsive W-shaped liquid crystal molecules.

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    Choi, Suk-Won; Takezoe, Hideo

    2016-09-28

    We found possible chirality enhancement and reduction in chiral domains formed by photoresponsive W-shaped molecules by irradiation with circularly polarized light (CPL). The W-shaped molecules exhibit a unique smectic phase with spontaneously segregated chiral domains, although the molecules are nonchiral. The chirality control was generated in the crystalline phase, which shows chiral segregation as in the upper smectic phase, and the result appeared to be as follows: for a certain chiral domain, right-CPL stimuli enhanced the chirality, while left-CPL stimuli reduced the chirality, and vice versa for another chiral domain. Interestingly, no domain-size change could be observed after CPL irradiation, suggesting some changes in the causes of chirality. In this way, the present system can recognize the handedness of the applied chiral stimuli. In other words, the present material can be used as a sensitive chiral-stimuli-recognizing material and should find invaluable applications, including in chiroptical switches, sensors, and memories as well as in chiral recognition.