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Zhidk. krist. ikh prakt. ispol'z. = Liq. Cryst. and their Appl., 2012, 4, 86—112.
A. S. Sonin, N. A. Churochkina
Author affiliations A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds. Russian Academy of Sciences
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Abstract This review is devoted to the characteristics of a new class of liquid-crystalline gels (LC-gels) with non-covalent networks. They are obtained by the addition to liquid crystals (LC) of some relatively low-molecular weight organic compounds (gelators) containing various functional groups which are able to form gels with physical networks in the LC media. The LC-gel structures, their morphology, optical and electro-optical properties are examined and some areas of practical application of such materials are described.