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Handbook of Liquid Crystals

Handbook of Liquid Crystals

Dietrich Demus (Editor), John W. Goodby (Editor), George W. Gray (Editor), Hans W. Spiess (Editor), Volkmar Vill (Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-61927-6

Jun 2008

2400 pages

Select type: O-Book


The Handbook of Liquid Crystals is a unique compendium of knowledge on all aspects of liquid crystals. In over 2000 pages the Handbook provides detailed information on the basic principles of both low- and high-molecular weight materials, as well as the synthesis, characterization, modification, and applications (such as in computer displays or as structural materials) of all types of liquid crystals.

The five editors of the Handbook are internationally renowned experts from both industry and academia and have drawn together over 70 leading figures in the field as authors.

The four volumes of the Handbook are designed both to be used together or as stand-alone reference sources. Some users will require the whole set, others will be best served with a selection of the volumes.

Volume 1 deals with the basic physical and chemical principles of liquid crystals, including structure-property relationships, nomenclature, phase behavior, characterization methods, and general synthesis and application strategies. As such this volume provides an excellent introduction to the field and a powerful learning and teaching tool for graduate students and above.

Volume 2 concentrates on low-molecular weight materials, for example those typically used in display technology. A high quality survey of the literature is provided along with full details of molecular design strategies, phase characterization and control, and applications development. This volume is therefore by far the most detailed reference source on these industrially very important materials, ideally suited for professionals in the field.

Volume 3 concentrates on high-molecular weight, or polymeric, liquid crystals, some of which are found in structural applications and others occur as natural products of living systems. A high-quality literature survey is complemented by full detail of the synthesis, processing, analysis, and applications of all important materials classes. This volume is the most comprehensive reference source on these materials, and is therefore ideally suited for professionals in the field.
Introduction and Historical Development
Nomenclature and Classification of Liquid Crystals
Theory of the Liquid Crystalline State
General Synthetic Strategies
Symmetry and Chirality
Relationship between Chemical Structure and Transition Temperature
Physical Properties
Characterization Methods
Phase Structures of Calamitic Liquid Crystals
Phase Transitions in Rod-Like Liquid Crystals
Nematic Liquid Crystals
Chiral Nematic Liquid Crystals
Discotic Liquid Crystals -
Synthesis and Structural Features
Discotic Liquid Crystals -
Physical Properties
Applicable Properties of Discotic liquid Crystals
Twins, Oligomers Laterally Substituted
Laterally Substituted and Swallow-Tailed Liquid Crystals
Cubic Phases
Metal Complexes
Biaxial-Uniaxial Liquid Crystalline Materials
Charge-Transfer Systems
Hydrogen-Bonded Systems
Synthesis, Structure and Properties of Thermotropic Liquid Crystals
Synthesis and Characterization of Side-Group Liquid Crystal Polymers
Behaviour and Properties of Side-Group Thermotropic Liquid Crystal Polymers
Applications of Side-Group Thermotropic LCPs
Liquid Crystalline Elastomers
Introduction to Amphiphilic Liquid Crystals
Amphotropic Liquid Crystals
Surfactant Liquid Crystals
Living Systems
Natural Polymers