Liquid Crystals

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Liquid Crystal Sensors

Albert Schenning, Gregory P. Crawford, Dirk J. Broer
August 28, 2017

Liquid Crystal Sensors discusses novel applications of liquid crystals that lie beyond electrically driven optical switches and displays. The main focus is on recent progress in the area of sensors based on low molar mass and polymer liquid crystals. This area of research became "hot" in recent...

Bent-Shaped Liquid Crystals: Structures and Physical Properties

Hideo Takezoe, Alexey Eremin
August 01, 2017

Bent-Shaped Liquid Crystals: Structures and Physical Properties provides insight into the latest developments in the research on liquid crystals formed by bent-shaped mesogens. After a historical introduction, the expert authors discuss different kinds of mesophase structures formed by bent-shaped...

NMR of Liquid Crystal Dendrimers

Carlos Rodrigues da Cruz, João L. Figueirinhas, Pedro J. Sebastião
December 05, 2016

Dendrimers are hyperbranched molecules with well-defined nanometer-scale dimensions. Important technological applications of these systems, both in biomedicine and materials science, have been recently proposed. Liquid crystal dendrimers are fascinating materials that combine the characteristics of...

Active Plasmonic Nanomaterials

Luciano De Sio
June 24, 2015

Plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) represent an outstanding class of nanomaterials that have the capability to localize light at the nanoscale by exploiting a phenomenon called localized plasmon resonance. The book is aimed at reviewing recent efforts devoted to utilize NPs in many research fields, such...

Dancing with Light: Advances in Photofunctional Liquid-Crystalline Materials

Haifeng Yu
February 25, 2015

Liquid crystal (LC) displays dominating in the present market of flat panel displays are generally based on interactions of light and LCs. Recent progress in this field indicates that integrating photochromic molecules into LC materials enables one to photomanipulate unique features such as...

Metal-Induced Crystallization: Fundamentals and Applications

Zumin Wang, Lars P. H. Jeurgens, Eric J. Mittemeijer
January 28, 2015

Crystalline semiconductors in the form of thin films are crucial materials for many modern, advanced technologies in fields such as microelectronics, optoelectronics, display technology, and photovoltaic technology. Crystalline semiconductors can be produced at surprisingly low temperatures (as low...

Thermochromic and Thermotropic Materials

Arno Seeboth, Detlef Lötzsch
December 23, 2013

Chromogenic materials change their optical properties in response to an external stimulus. Due to their potential applications as light valve (e.g., in sun protecting glazing) or as temperature sensor, thermotropic, and thermochromic materials have come more and more into the focus of research and...

Computational and Experimental Chemistry: Developments and Applications

Tanmoy Chakraborty, Michael J. Bucknum, Eduardo A. Castro
September 24, 2013

This book covers a range of new research on computational quantum chemistry, along with a special section devoted to exotic carbon allotropes and spiro quantum theory. The section on spiro quantum theory covers the technical presentation of the ideas surrounding the emergence of a synthetic,...

Chemical Process in Liquid and Solid Phase: Properties, Performance and Applications

Alfonso Jimenez, Ali Pourhashemi
August 17, 2013

This new book offers research and updates on the chemical process in liquid and solid phases. The collection of topics in this book reflect the diversity of recent advances in chemical processes with a broad perspective that will be useful to scientists as well as graduate students and engineers....

Nanostructures and Nanoconstructions based on DNA

Yuri M. Yevdokimov, V.I. Salyanov, S.G. Skuridin
June 04, 2012

Evolutionally optimized biomolecules and their complexes present attractive objects in the production of functionalized nanoobjects. Indeed, nucleic acid-based molecules are primary candidates as building blocks for development of nanoscale systems and devices. Written for chemists, physicists,...

DNA Liquid-Crystalline Dispersions and Nanoconstructions

Yuri M. Yevdokimov, V.I. Salyanov, S.V. Semenov, S.G. Skuridin
September 02, 2011

The discovery of the spatial structure of the double-stranded DNA molecule is one of the greatest achievements of science. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the DNA double helix is a distinguished symbol of modern biology. Divided into three parts, DNA Liquid-Crystalline Dispersions and...

Cross-Linked Liquid Crystalline Systems: From Rigid Polymer Networks to Elastomers

Dirk Broer, Gregory P Crawford, Slobodan Zumer
January 24, 2011

Liquid crystal displays were discovered in the 1960s, and today we continue to enjoy the benefits of that fundamental discovery and its translation into a wide variety of products. Like liquid crystals, polymers are unusual materials, and have similarly enjoyed a great deal of research attention...