NMR of Liquid Crystals - MRC Special Issue

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  • Published: Oct 8, 2014
  • Author: spectroscopyNOW
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NMR of Liquid Crystals

Liquid crystals consist of anisotropic soft matter that is intermediate between an isotropic liquid and a crystalline solid. These ubiquitous materials can be found in biology such as in membranes, in commercial products like soups and detergents, in display devices found in cell phones, television panels, and laptops and in industrial applications ranging from sensors and bio-robotic devices to molecular semiconductors. NMR has contributed very valuable information that is useful in all these fields.

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is one of many experimental techniques that have been used for more than six decades to study the physical and chemical properties of liquid crystals (LCs). Liquid crystals consist of anisotropic soft matter that is intermediate between an isotropic liquid and a crystalline solid. These ubiquitous materials can be found in biology such as in membranes, in commercial products like soups and detergents, in display devices found in cell phones, television panels, and laptops and in industrial applications ranging from sensors and bio-robotic devices to molecular semiconductors. NMR has contributed very valuable information that is useful in all these fields.

Given the number of NMR active nuclei, the wealth of modern NMR pulse techniques and recent technical advances in NMR instrumentation, solid-state NMR has proven to be a valuable avenue for the investigation of orientational/positional order, molecular dynamics, chiral discrimination, mesomorphic phase structures and phase transitions in liquid crystals. This special volume aims to cover these topics. In fact it is a collection of articles that are written by experts to summarize recent advances in the field of NMR and in particular its applications to the liquid-crystal field.

Discover more at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/mrc.v52.10/issuetoc

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