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Nat Mater. 2007 Dec;6(12):929-38. Epub 2007 Nov 18.

Liquid-crystal materials find a new order in biomedical applications.

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Department of Physics, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA.

Abstract

With the maturation of the information display field, liquid-crystal materials research is undergoing a modern-day renaissance. Devices and configurations based on liquid-crystal materials are being developed for spectroscopy, imaging and microscopy, leading to new techniques for optically probing biological systems. Biosensors fabricated with liquid-crystal materials can allow label-free observations of biological phenomena. Liquid-crystal polymers are starting to be used in biomimicking colour-producing structures, lenses and muscle-like actuators. New areas of application in the realms of biology and medicine are stimulating innovation in basic and applied research into these materials.

PMID:
18026108
DOI:
10.1038/nmat2010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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