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Liquid crystal hydroglass formed via phase separation of nanocellulose colloidal rods

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Abstract

A new anisotropic soft material – a liquid crystal ‘hydroglass’ (LCH) – is created from aqueous suspensions of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) colloidal rods. Under specific conditions, the NCC suspension separates into a colloid-rich attractive glass matrix phase and a coexisting liquid crystal phase. LCH provides similar viscoelastic properties to polymer and colloidal gels, but permits reversibly-orientating the colloidal rods through shear forces.

Graphical abstract: Liquid crystal hydroglass formed via phase separation of nanocellulose colloidal rods

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The article was received on 08 Nov 2018, accepted on 07 Jan 2019 and first published on 08 Jan 2019


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM02288G
Citation: Soft Matter, 2019,15, 1716-1720

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    Liquid crystal hydroglass formed via phase separation of nanocellulose colloidal rods

    Y. Xu, A. D. Atrens and J. R. Stokes, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 1716
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM02288G

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