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Isotropic and nematic liquid crystalline phases of adaptive rotaxanes

He, Hao; Sevick, Edith M.; Williams, David R. M.


We describe the thermodynamics of a solution of rotaxanes which can change their length from a short state of length L to a long state of length qL in response to their surrounding environment. We call these rotaxanes "adaptive." We show that such a system can exhibit both isotropic and nematic liquid crystalline phases. The system shows several interesting kinds of behaviour. First we predict that the fraction of short-length rotaxanes increases linearly with concentration and is a maximum at...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-03-22
Type: Journal article
Source: The Journal of chemical physics
DOI: 10.1063/1.4943098
Access Rights: Open Access


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