Anisotropic Polyion-Complex Gels from Template Polymerization


  • We thank Prof. H. Orihara for his advice and help with the measurement of birefringence. This research was financially supported by a Grant-in-Aid for the Creative Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture of Japan.


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Anisotropic gels containing a very small amount of liquid crystals have been prepared. The gels exhibit strong birefringence, even after swelling, under crossed polarizers, although the monomer solutions do not (see Figure). The swollen gels have a liquid-crystal concentration (CLC) of only 0.14 wt.-%.