Liquid crytals (LCs) are probably the most exciting state of matter. They attract scientists across disciplines such as chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering—theorists and experimentalists alike. These days, you can buy quite affordable LCD TV sets around the corner, but that's just one of the many things liquid crystals can do. The selection of recent research articles presented below illustrates the broad interest in this area of soft condensed matter.
J. W. Goodby, P. J. Collings, T. Kato, C. Tschierske, H. Gleeson,
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Glassy bicontinuous cubic liquid crystals are developed to be a matrix having a hydrophilic infinite periodic minimal surface (IPMS). They function as a scaffold for water, leading to the formation of a 3D continuous hydrogen-bonding network of water molecules along the IPMS. This material design is advantageous for developing novel electrolytes with rigidity and high proton conductivity.
Tsubasa Kobayashi, Takahiro Ichikawa, Takashi Kato, Hiroyuki Ohno
Adv. Mater., November 24, 2016, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201604429. Read article
An optically resolvable and thermally chiral-switchable device for circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) is constructed using a light-emitting conjugated polymer film and a double-layered cell of chiral nematic liquid crystal (N*-LC) with opposite handedness at each layer. The chirality switching of the CPL is achieved via selective reflections of the N*-LCs with different helical senses.
Jialin Yan, Fuyuki Ota, Benedict A. San Jose, Kazuo Akagi
Adv. Funct. Mater., November 15, 2016, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201604529. Read article
Ionic de Vries liquid crystals: Five novel ionic liquid crystals with a smectic C phase, a common liquid crystal phase that is rarely found in ionic materials, are presented. Investigations into the phase transition from the orthogonal smectic A to the tilted smectic C phase reveal similarities to the tilting transition in “de Vries”-type smectics.
Nadia Kapernaum, Carsten Müller, Svenja Moors, M. Christian Schlick, Eugen Wuckert, Sabine Laschat, Frank Giesselmann
ChemPhysChem, October 28, 2016, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201600829. Read article
Easy access: Tris-benzoimidazolyl benzene (TBIB) forms C3-symmetric, hydrogen-bonded columnar discotic liquid crystalline complexes with a wide range of fatty acids.
Jody A. M. Lugger, Rint P. Sijbesma
ChemistryOpen, October 24, 2016, DOI: 10.1002/open.201600078. Read article
Bart Kahr, Alexander G. Shtukenberg
Isr. J. Chem., July 06, 2016, DOI: 10.1002/ijch.201600002. Read article