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Liquid Crystals and their Application
Russian Journal

Zhidkie kristally i ikh prakticheskoe ispol'zovanie

Жидкие кристаллы и их практическое использование

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Zhidk. krist. ikh prakt. ispol'z. = Liq. Cryst. and their Appl., 2012, 4, 86—112.

Liquid-Crystalline Gels

A. S. Sonin, N. A. Churochkina

Author affiliations
A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds. Russian Academy of Sciences
Vavilova Str. 28, 119991, Moscow, Russia. 

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.

Keywords: iquid-crystalline gel, physical gel, hydrogen bonds, self-assembly, electro-optical properties

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