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Advanced composites

One of the longer-term aims of our research is to create composite materials with advanced functionality, e.g. high-strength light-weight composites or materials with unique optical properties, based on liquid crystalline self-assembly. To turn the liquid crystal into a solid composite we can either polymerize a precursor within the liquid crystal, or we evaporate the solvent of a lyotropic liquid crystal. Or both processes can be used in concert. The motivation is the enhanced physical properties that may be expected if we can capture the long-range ordered structure of liquid crystal throughout the volume of the composite.

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Three most recent publications

Isotropic-isotropic phase separation and spinodal decomposition in liquid crystal-solvent mixtures, Catherine G. Reyes, Jörg Baller, Takeaki Araki and Jan P. F. Lagerwall , soft matter, 2019,15, 6044-6054

Liquid crystal elastomer shell actuators with negative order parameter, V. S. R. Jampani, R. H. Volpe, K. Reguengo de Sousa, J. Ferreira Machado, C. M. Yakacki and J. P. F. Lagerwall, Sci.adv.,DOI 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2476

Influence of head group and chain length of surfactants using for stabilising liquid crystal shells,
Anjali Sharma and J.P.F. Lagerwall,
Liquid crystals, DOI 10.1080/02678292.2018.1509391

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