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...


Sep 27 2016 -
12:45pm to 2:00pm
Dr. Stephen Withers
University of British Columbia, Department of Chemistry
Sep 29 2016 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Sanjia Xu
UBC Chemistry (Ciufolini Group)
Sep 29 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dr. Debra Wallace
Principal Scientist, Chemical Process Development Merck & Co. New Jersey, New York


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