Nematic liquid crystalline mineral polymers

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  • DR. Patrick Davidson,

    1. Laboratoire de Physique des Solides Unité Associée au CNRS No 2 Université de Paris-Sud F-91405 Orsay (France)
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  • Jean-Christophe Gabriel,

    1. Laboratoire de Physique des Solides Unité Associée au CNRS No 2 Université de Paris-Sud F-91405 Orsay (France)
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  • DR. Anne-Marie Levelut,

    1. Laboratoire de Physique des Solides Unité Associée au CNRS No 2 Université de Paris-Sud F-91405 Orsay (France)
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  • DR. Patrick Batail

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    1. Laboratoire de Physique des Solides Unité Associée au CNRS No 2 Université de Paris-Sud F-91405 Orsay (France)
    • Laboratoire de Physique des Solides Unité Associée au CNRS No 2 Université de Paris-Sud F-91405 Orsay (France)
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Abstract

Anisotropic fluids are demonstrating that liquid crystals need not be organic. Recent theories predict the existence of lyotropic liquid crystalline phases for particular anisotropies and concentrations of the fluid-constituting objects, regardless of their chemical nature. Attention has been focused on the solution-phase chemistry of LiMo3Se3, which dissolves in highly polar solvents to give very long Mo3Se3 strings (the Figure shows a texture photograph of LiMo3Se3 in N-methylformamide).

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