Changed Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Structure Due to Polymerization of the Amphiphilic Component

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Science  10 Aug 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4406, pp. 607-608
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4406.607


Optical patterns in polarized light and x-ray reflections in the low-angle region were used to detect a shift from one liquid crystalline structure to another during polymerization. The polymerization took place in a Iotropic liquid crystal of water and sodium undecenoate, with a structure consisting of cylinders in a two-dimensional hexagonal close packing. After polymerization, a lamellar liquid crystalline structure was obtained.