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...


Aug 26 2016 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Dr. Markus Ammann
Paul Scherrer Institut
Aug 31 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Rene Königs
Institute of Organic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen
Sep 7 2016 -
12:30pm to 3:30pm
Reza Tafteh
UBC Chemistry (Chou Group)


Dr. Takamasa Momose awarded 2016 George C. Pimentel Award

Congratulations to Dr. Takamasa Momose!

Dr. Takamasa Momose has been awarded the 2016 George C. Pimentel Award for advances in Matrix Isolation Spectroscopy. The George C. Pimentel Award has been awarded since 2005 to scientists who have made significant contributions in the field of...

Dr. Harry Brumer has been awarded the B.A. Stone Award

Congratulations to Dr. Harry Brumer!

Dr. Harry Brumer has been awarded the B.A. Stone Award for Excellence in Plant Polysaccharide Biochemistry at the XXVIII International Carbohydrate Symposium that took place in New Orleans, USA, 17-21 July ,2016. The award is sponsored by...