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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2009;48(9):1652-5. doi: 10.1002/anie.200804500.

Size-dependent ordering of liquid crystals observed in polymeric capsules with micrometer and smaller diameters.

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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA.

Abstract

Made to order: Aqueous dispersions of polymer-encapsulated liquid crystal (LC) droplets were synthesized with precise interfacial chemistry and sizes in the micrometer-to-sub-micrometer range. Size-dependent changes in LC ordering could be observed. Study of the competition between size and interfacial chemistry on LC ordering enables size-dependent properties of LC droplets to be exploited in applications such as photonics and sensing.

PMID:
19156793
DOI:
10.1002/anie.200804500

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