Physical gels made of liquid crystalline B4 phase

  • Zep A
  • Salamonczyk M
  • Vaupotič N
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Abstract

The achiral liquid crystalline materials showing two B4 (HN) phases have been found to exhibit strong gelation ability for various organic solvents with reversible sol-gel phase transition. The gel is formed by helical tubules{,} which build entangled 3D network{,} encapsulating the solvent. The equilibrium of left- and right-handed tubules is preserved in the gel{,} even if the chiral solvent is used.

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Authors

  • Anna Zep

  • Miroslaw Salamonczyk

  • Nataša Vaupotič

  • Damian Pociecha

  • Ewa Gorecka

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