Thermo-sensitive discotic colloidal liquid crystals
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We fabricated for the first time thermo-sensitive discotic liquid crystals by grafting poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) onto zirconium phosphate (ZrP) platelets using pre-irradiated polymerization. The I-N transition was investigated by adjusting the temperature for a single set of samples. We found that soft disks self-assemble into nematic liquid crystals in a wider thickness-over-diameter ratio than do hard disks.
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Wang, X., Zhao, D. i., Diaz, A., Medina, I., Wang, H., & Cheng, Z.