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Introduction to optical methods for characterizing liquid crystals at interfaces.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23347378     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This Instructional Review describes methods and underlying principles that can be used to characterize both the orientations assumed spontaneously by liquid crystals (LCs) at interfaces and the strength with which the LCs are held in those orientations (so-called anchoring energies). The application of these methods to several different classes of LC interfaces is described, including solid and aqueous interfaces as well as planar and nonplanar interfaces (such as those that define a LC-in-water emulsion droplet). These methods, which enable fundamental studies of the ordering of LCs at polymeric, chemically functionalized, and biomolecular interfaces, are described in this Instructional Review on a level that can be easily understood by a nonexpert reader such as an undergraduate or graduate student. We focus on optical methods because they are based on instrumentation that is found widely in research and teaching laboratories.
Authors:
Daniel S Miller; Rebecca J Carlton; Peter C Mushenheim; Nicholas L Abbott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review     Date:  2013-02-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1520-5827     ISO Abbreviation:  Langmuir     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-12     Completed Date:  2013-09-04     Revised Date:  2014-03-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9882736     Medline TA:  Langmuir     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3154-69     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Emulsions / chemistry
Liquid Crystals / chemistry*
Microscopy, Polarization
Water / chemistry
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
5T32GM08349/GM/NIGMS NIH HHS; CA105730/CA/NCI NIH HHS; CA108467/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R01 CA108467/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R21 AI092004/AI/NIAID NIH HHS
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Emulsions; 059QF0KO0R/Water
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