The Development of Liquid Crystal Research

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  • Dr. Volkmar Vill

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    1. Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Hamburg Martin-Luther-King-Platz 6 D-20146 Hamburg (FRG)
    • Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Hamburg Martin-Luther-King-Platz 6 D-20146 Hamburg (FRG)
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    • Volkmar Vill studied chemistry and physics at the University of Münster, Germany. He received his doctorate in chemistry, for work on the structure-property relationships of liquid crystals based on natural products, also from the University of Münster, in 1990. Since 1990 he has been at the University of Hamburg carrying out research on liquid crystals, in particular on the synthesis of carbohydrates as chiral liquid crystals, and establishing the database “Liqcryst”.


Abstract

Statistics and trends in liquid crystal (LC) research are presented, taken from the new “Liqcryst” database. Did you know that more than 50000 mesogenic compounds had been studied by 1990? Or that more than 2000 papers and 1500 patents are published in the field of liquid crystals each year? Some particular breakthroughs are highlighted and the current rate of development of chiral LCs, which exhibit ferroelectric, ferrielectric, and antiferroelectric phases, is compared with that of nematic displays some years ago.

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