Statistical Mechanics of Rotaxane Switches
A solution of rotaxane switches, which can switch their length by external stimuli, is described using statistical thermodynamics. We show that this solution can exhibit different behaviors. This solution can rapidly switch between isotropic and nematic liquid crystalline phases without altering temperature and concentration. There is a minimum of 13% length extension for which transition from pure isotropic to pure nematic phase is possible in idealistic system. We provided a framework to help...[Show more]
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