Liquid Crystalline Polymers
The 2006 edition of this authoritative guide on liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) science was produced in response to the wealth of new material generated in the field. It takes the reader through the theoretical underpinnings to real-world applications of LCP technology in a logical, well-integrated manner. A chapter on liquid biopolymers has been introduced, whilst the in-depth discussion on applications describes not only maturing fields of high strength structural LCPs, but also a detailed analysis of the developing area of functional materials. The in-depth coverage and detailed glossary establishes this as an indispensable text for graduate students and researchers in the polymer field, as well as being of interest to those working in chemistry, physics and materials science.
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a brief history
Terminology and concepts
Stability of liquid crystalline polymers
Theories of liquid crystallinity in polymers
Local order and classification
Distortions and defects
Biological liquid crystalline polymers
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acid alignment angle anisotropic applied axial ratio backbone behaviour birefringence bonds Chem chiral cholesteric coefficients components concentration cross-linking Cryst density diffraction director field disclination distortion effect elastic constants elastomers ferroelectric fibres Finkelmann flexible spacers Flory flow free energy function increasing interaction isotropic isotropic phase lattice layers LCPs liquid crystal polymers liquid crystalline phase liquid crystalline polymers liquid-crystal lyotropic Macromolecules magnetic field main-chain material mesogenic mesophase modulus molecular weight molecule molecule liquid crystals monodomain nematic phase normal observed Onsager optical order parameter orientation parallel PBLG persistence length phase diagram phase transition Phys plane polarisation polymeric predicted properties range region rheology rigid rigid-rod rod-like rods rotation sample Section shear rate shown in Fig shows side-chain LCPs side-chain polymers side-groups small molecule liquid smectic smectic phase solution solvent splay stiffness strain rate strength stress structure tensor texture theory thermotropic transition temperature twist vector viscosity Windle