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...


Dec 6 2016 -
12:45pm to 2:00pm
Dr. Linda Nazar I VWR Lecture
University of Waterloo, Department of Chemistry and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
Dec 8 2016 -
11:30am to 12:30pm
Preston Chase, Director of Academic Business Development
GreenCentre Canada


Congratulations to Love-Ese Chile!

Love-Ese Chile, from the Mehrkhodavandi group, recently received the Macromolecular Science and Engineering division oral presentation prize at the 2016 Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition.

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Congratulations to the Chemistry Undergraduate Society!

Dr. Michael Wolf presenting the CSC 2015 Student Chapter Merit Award to the Chemistry Undergraduates Society.  Presented to recognize and encourage initiative and originality in Student Chapter programming in Chemistry.