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From helical polyacetylene to helical graphite: synthesis in the chiral nematic liquid crystal field and morphology-retaining carbonisation

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Abstract

This tutorial review presents current progress in the synthesis of helical polyacetylene (H-PA) using a chiral nematic liquid crystal reaction field as an asymmetric polymerisation solvent. In addition, we review the morphology-retaining carbonisation for helical graphite using H-PA as a carbonisation precursor. Carbonisation of H-PA films, via iodine doping, is demonstrated to produce carbon and graphitic films bearing completely preserved morphologies and even helical nanofibril structures.

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The article was received on 26 Oct 2009 and first published on 19 Mar 2010


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B907990B
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 2466-2476
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    From helical polyacetylene to helical graphite: synthesis in the chiral nematic liquid crystal field and morphology-retaining carbonisation

    M. Goh, S. Matsushita and K. Akagi, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010, 39, 2466
    DOI: 10.1039/B907990B

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