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Self-Assembly of Phase-Segregated Liquid Crystal Structures

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Science  29 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5564, pp. 2414-2418
DOI: 10.1126/science.1070967-a

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Additional functionality can be incorporated into liquid crystalline materials by using phase segregation and self-assembly. Intermolecular interactions such as hydrogen bonding and ionic interactions play key roles in the formation of these complex structures. One-, two-, and three-dimensional phase-segregated structures on various scales of length are formed by self-assembly of a variety of partially incompatible molecules. Such structures can enhance anisotropic properties such as ionic conductivity.

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