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Title: From water soluble mesogens to liquid crystal gold nanocomposites : synthesis and investigation of flexible chain variation in rod-shaped mesogens
Author: Alqahtany, Faleh
ISNI:       0000 0004 5920 5481
Awarding Body: University of Hull
Current Institution: University of Hull
Date of Award: 2015
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A number of new liquid crystalline systems were synthesized and the liquid crystal phase behaviour was investigated. The investigation of the liquid crystal properties involved the characterisation of the neat substances by optical polarizing microscopy (OPM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and for selected samples by x-ray diffraction (XRD) of magnetically aligned sample. The molecular architectures explored are based on a number of rod shaped architectures functionalized with either alkyl groups or ethylenoxy groups, at both ends of the central aromatic core, or at one terminus. The number was increased to three ethylenoxy chains. Additionally, for selected mesogen the results of the LC behaviour on the attachment gold nanoparticles was investigated. For the materials bearing ethylenoxy chains the mesomorphic phase behaviour on mixing with water was investigated by OPM of a number of selected mixtures.
Supervisor: Mehl, Georg M. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Chemistry