Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Abstract

This paper summarizes recent progress toward an emerging, unconventional application of thermotropic liquid crystals (LCs) - their use as solvents for controlling the assembly of non-LC nanoscale building blocks. LCs offer a number of potential advantages compared to conventional isotropic solvents, including the ability to influence building block orientation and other structural properties. Strategies are reviewed for the exploitation of LC media to engineer order in a range of systems, including oriented organic monolayers, chiral films, and nanometer-scale particles.

Publication Title

Proceedings of SPIE

Volume

5936

Required Publisher's Statement

© (2005) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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Chemistry Commons

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