Research

Wang Nature Commun

Structure and transformation of tactoids in cellulose nanocrystal suspensions

Liquid crystals are a phase of matter with fascinating properties that make them useful for liquid crystal displays (LCDs), thermometers, and other applications. Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) obtained from wood form a liquid crystalline phase in water, much the same way that soap forms micelles in water. The organization of the CNCs in water has been poorly understood, but is important for developing new applications with these materials. Now, Pei-Xi Wang (PhD student in the MacLachlan group) has discovered a way to trap the liquid crystalline phase in water. Using a rapid polymerization...

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Jan 24 2017 -
12:45pm to 2:00pm
Cathleen Crudden
Department of Chemistry, Queen's University
Jan 25 2017 -
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Dr. Peter Comba
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Heidelberg University
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Prof. Jim Pfaendtner
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

News

Congratulations to Dr. Straus!

The Straus Group's work, recently published in Scientific Reports (Nature), has been featured on the HHV6 Foundation website. Congratulations to the Straus Group!

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Congratulations Dr. Russ Algar!

Dr. Algar has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy Award presented by Spectroscopy magazine.  This award annually recognizes the achievements of a talented young molecular spectroscopist who has...