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Chromonic liquid crystals: properties and applications as functional materials

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Chromonic liquid crystals (or chromonics) are formed by the self-organization of aromatic compounds with ionic or hydrophilic groups in aqueous solutions. This review summarizes the research on chromonic liquid crystals in the last two decades. The research embraced the studies of commercially available chromonic dyes and drugs, the syntheses and investigations of molecularly designed mesogens, the invention of novel processes for aligning chromonic liquid crystals, and the development of new applications as functional materials and biosensors.

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Submitted
17 Sep 2007
Accepted
04 Dec 2007
First published
07 Jan 2008

Chem. Commun., 2008, 1957-1967
Article type
Feature Article

Chromonic liquid crystals: properties and applications as functional materials

S. Tam-Chang and L. Huang, Chem. Commun., 2008, 1957
DOI: 10.1039/B714319B

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