Reactions and Interactions in Liquid Crystalline Media
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV CLEVELAND OH DEPT OF MACROMOLECULAR SCIENCE
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This chapter discusses critically the most representative examples of reactions performed both in low molar mass and polymeric liquid crystals. Examples of reactions whose pathway is affected when they are performed in low molar mass liquid crystals, as well as reactions performed on polymeric liquid crystals whose phase behavior is affected whether the reaction takes place in the isotropic or anisotropic solution or melt are discussed. Separation and transport processes in which the interaction between solute and low molar mass or polymeric liquid crystalline solvent affects the overall process are also discussed. Organization, miscibility, phase diagrams and reactions of any kind including polymerization in low molar mass and polymeric liquid crystals is an interplay of molecular chemistry i.e., the chemistry of the covalent bond and supramolecular chemistry i.e., the chemistry of intermolecular bonding through specific interactions.