From colloids in liquid crystals to colloidal liquid crystals

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Abstract

Liquid crystals in combination with nanoparticles are a fascinating topic of research, because of the wealth of aspects and questions to study. These range from simple effects of nanoparticles on phase transitions and phase diagrams, to the tuning of physical properties, adding of novel functionalities, all the way to the formation of spontaneous order by nanoparticles themselves and the possibilities that templating has for future materials design and applications. This article intends to provide a flavour of the multiplicity, variety and diversity that these thermotropic and lyotropic systems have to offer in the area of materials development, which we believe will become increasingly important, especially for switchable non-display applications and nanotechnology. It is not intended to provide a conclusive overview, which would be a presumptuous attempt considering the limited space available, but rather to place our own work into a wider context and to point out some more recent developments and trends in liquid crystal – nanoparticle
dispersions.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalLiquid Crystals
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Jul 2019