Chiral Structure Formation during Casting of Cellulose Nanocrystalline Films.
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A Landau-de Gennes formulation coupled with a mass-transfer equation was used to track the evaporation front and the development of chiral microstructures during the casting of sulfuric acid-hydrolyzed cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) films. These simulations are compared to thin-film casting experiments that used analogous processing parameters and environments. The results show that the initial concentration, chiral strength, surface anchoring, speed of drying, and the influence of initial shear alignment all affect the uniformity of the microstructure and the orientation of the chiral director. In this report, we aim to show that under optimal casting conditions, the lateral size of planar microstructural domains that exhibit uniform selective reflection can be achieved on the order of millimeters.
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Pospisil, M. J., Noor, M. M., Amit, S. K., Neufeld, C. W., Saha, P., Davis, V. A., & Green, M. J.
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Pospisil, Martin J||Noor, Matthew M||Amit, Sadat Kamal||Neufeld, Caleb W||Saha, Partha||Davis, Virginia A||Green, Micah J